About our Voice Teachers
The majority of PLIYH Voice Teachers are professional performers. That means our students have the advantage of working with someone who knows what it takes to be successful in the music/singing business. Opera singers, folk and pop singers, Musical Theatre Actors/Singers and Cantors all make up our staff, and can help kids and adult students with stage presence, public speaking and vocal projection. Just as with piano lessons, all voice teachers have annual recitals for their studios and they encourage students to take part in our Young Performer’s Awards, Master Classes and Concert Series.
Piano Lessons In Your Home voice teachers are professional instructors and performers who understand the advantage of having proper voice training. Each instructor is required to have voice and singing lesson teaching experience prior to being offered a contact, and we ask them specifically about the age ranges they feel comfortable teaching and how they tailor the approach so that it is appropriate for the growing student. Within our vocal singing program, you can therefore expect lessons that focus on approaches and techniques for singing Classical Arias, Pop Music, Musical Theatre repertoire and music for religious services [upon request]. Piano Lessons In Your Home voice teachers are also excellent at helping students of all ages prepare for choir auditions, solo and ensemble adjudications, musical theatre auditions, competitions and talent shows. Materials used in lessons focus on all styles previously mentioned and are attainable both through our Buy Book stores and Lending Library.
It’s important for our voice students’ parents to know that we believe in promoting good vocal health, and healthy singing. In turn, we do not put students in a situation where they could damage the voice from singing incorrectly, and our teachers will not push a young singer’s voice to function in the ways an adult singers voice does even if requested to do so. Belting techniques are therefore taught when the voice mechanism matures to ensure a student’s singing is a lifelong enjoyment rather than a short lived talent.
Voice Lesson Lengths
In general, Piano Lessons In Your Home offers 30-minute, 45-minutes, and one hour lessons. We recommended that each of our voice students also be studying piano so they can learn to read music properly. Studying piano also helps voice students with ear training and sight singing. Most importantly, our voice students who study piano can play their vocal lines when the teacher isn’t present during weekly practice. They can check themselves to make sure they are singing the correct notes, and sometimes even accompany themselves while singing.
Initially we can accommodate families by splitting the lesson so it’s half piano and half voice or some other time arrangement. For piano/voice split students, a minimum 45-minute lesson length is highly recommended to ensure the teacher has enough time to work on both skills during the lesson. Otherwise, 30 minute lessons are a good place for beginning voice only students. As the student progresses, teachers will begin conversations with parents about lengthening lessons, but prior to doing so, the student needs to have demonstrated at numerous lessons: the physical stamina to have a longer lesson, proficiency at increasingly more difficult repertoire, as well as healthy singing and practice habits. Lessons length and frequency may also be increased if a student is considering competitions and auditions.
Voice Lesson Format
All voice lessons start with vocalises. These are exercises used to warm up the voice, to develop breath control and airflow, to focus on smooth transitions through the passaggi (or natural passage between the student’s different vocal ranges). Vocalises also expand the singers vocal range, or the number of notes they can sing. Diction, vowel modification and learning the IPA (International Phonetic Alphabet) are just a few additional parts of our vocal training that groom our voice students to sound terrific.
During the course of study, teachers share with parents how the student’s voice is developing and which types of good and bad habits to watch and listen for at home. Students are often asked to sing in front of a mirror to ensure they are applying what is being taught and eliminating bad singing habits. Our voice teachers also help the student understand their voice type classification (Bass, Baritone, Tenor, Alto, Mezzo, Soprano) and what range of notes would be best for them when learning songs. Singing literature that is not in the correct range is how many singers develop bad habits and even damage their voice. Our voice teachers select music that is appropriate for the student’s current vocal range and they will bring the music to lessons to ensure they have the right pieces.
Sometimes, pre-recorded accompaniments are available to assist with weekly practice and performances. Over time, it is very important that Piano Lessons In Your Home voice students be comfortable with their own voice, versus wanting to focus on imitating other singers. Finding your own voice means developing a better you and that’s what we will help you do…develop a better you.
Practical Uses for Voice Training
Voice lessons help people in many ways other than just singing. They can help a shy individual to come out of their shell. Voice lessons build confidence when they need to stand in front of a room of people to deliver a report for class, a lecture to a professional group or a presentation to a large company. They develop tone, delivery and inflection as we speak and sing. For busy professionals who want to be more successful in this regard, we can make special arrangements with packages of lessons which may or may not occur on a weekly basis depending on the student’s availability and preferences. For more information, click here to speak with a local representative.
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