Liz McNaughton MA, LLB - Freelance Voice Specialist, Speaking and Singing
Liz McNaughton has been teaching and researching both the speaking and singing voice for more than thirty years and, for the last 25 years, through her own business Phoenix Again based in Reading, Berkshire.
Her first experience of teaching was in the primary sector and with English as a Foreign Language in Sweden and the UK. She also spent several years working for the BBC World Service Radio as a studio manager, writer, presenter and producer before studying and teaching voice full time.
Liz's spoken voice clients range from private individuals to corporate groups and include teachers, call centre agents, managers, sales executives, priests and carers. She also works on accent reduction with clients for whom English is a second language.
Her singing clients range from complete beginners to professional performers. She has taught in schools and colleges, including the BRIT School and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and run workshops for groups from barbershop to teachers for toddlers.
Liz is particularly interested in voicework as a way to improve health and overall wellbeing and has close links with laryngologists and speech and language therapists on a referral basis to improve, maintain and strengthen damaged voices.
She has been involved with special needs music and neurological impairment singing groups and also with social projects for the homeless and those with drug and alcohol dependence problems to achieve vocal confidence and, thereby, improved self-esteem.
Liz has been on the Council of the British Voice Association, an accredited tutor for Voice Care Network UK and a member of the Sounds of Intent team at the Institute of Education, UCL. She has presented papers and posters at voice conferences in the USA, Sweden, Austria and the UK.