There are a number of things to consider for vocalists who wish to keep their voices healthy and in top shape. Firstly, there is no substitute for good vocal technique. Shouting, forcing, pushing and straining the voice represents bad technique and will likely lead to fatigue or injury. Developing a great singing voice requires strengthening and coordinating the small intrinsic muscles of the larynx, and largely de-activating the muscles that cause constriction and tension. This can be done through specific exercises target at developing the necessary coordinations and muscular strength. Warm ups and plenty of water should be taken before singing.
We offer one on one voice lessons in home for students. This offers a practical way to learn the art of singing. Our teachers customize their lesson plan to work with your needs and goals. Lessons are generally once a week and are tailored around your schedule.
Students will learn and develop good, safe and effective vocal technique during their vocal lessons. The best way to build a strong, powerful voice is to learn the techniques and practice the exercises covered in lessons. The essence of good vocal technique is centred around being able to successfully bridge from the chest voice to the head voice, with no vocal breaks or noticeable change in tonality. To do this successfully requires strength, timing and coordination of the intrinsic muscles of the larynx, the ability to maintain good vocal fold closure and to tilt the thyroid cartilage. To do these things successfully students will also learn how to support their singing with breath management, as it is important that the air pressure above and below the vocal folds is balanced. During lessons, students will be taught the exercises in order to successfully master these skills. They will also learn about performance, stylistic and interpretive techniques and how to apply them to singing songs.
Adults of all ages and abilities are welcome to start taking singing lessons. Learning to sing is a great way to develop your musicianship, confidence and self-esteem, and is a fun and rewarding skill to learn. Students who have specific goals in mind such as range extension, learning to correct pitch problems or to correct bad vocal habits and technique, can achieve these goals with our expert vocal coaches. Many students just want to learn to sing for their own enjoyment and love of singing, or would like to join and a band or singing group. All lessons are customized with these goals in mind.
Students can have fun learning how to sing from as young as 11 or 12 years old. As students of this age are approaching puberty, their voices are not fully matured, so care must be taken not to place too much pressure or strain on the voice for fear of risking injury. That said, through lessons and practice, students can learn safe vocal techniques, how to look after their voices, develop their ability to hear and recreate pitch and work on their musical theory. Students can also improve their concentration levels, confidence and self-esteem.