The health of your voice requires the health of your entire body to be at its best form. Many voice professionals advise that students drink adequate water, get enough rest, avoid stress, and exercise regularly. Singers are advised to not talk or scream at excessive levels on the days of performances, and to also avoid overuse of alcohol or antihistamines as they can dry out your vocal folds and make singing efficiently more difficult.
Taking vocal lessons from the comfort of your own home is the most convenient way of learning how to sing with good technique. Finding the additional time out of a busy schedule to transport your child to and from their lessons can be difficult, making home lessons a convenient, time and money saving option. The only thing necessary for home lessons is a quiet room in which to sing! There is no difference between the lesson content of studio or home lessons - only the location is different. Home lessons help provide a safe, familiar and comfortable learning environment for students.
Voice lessons focus on development of vocal skills and breathing techniques to help increase projection of the voice and improve the range of the voice. Students will learn how to read music and also learn to emotionally interpret lyrics and melodies during their performance. Vocal method books and lesson materials can be purchased from a local music store. You can study a variety of vocal styles in your lessons ranging from classical and opera to jazz and pop.
There are numerable reasons why adults may wish to start taking singing lessons. Singing is a highly enjoyable, fun and creative way to express yourself musically. Many students take lessons simply to improve their singing for fun or to take up a new hobby. Students who have specific goals in mind can also have lessons to achieve those aims. Often singers want to improve a particular aspect of their singing such as increasing their vocal range or learning to sing with vibrato or greater agility (runs, fills...). Singers who have a certain style of singing in mind can also learn the techniques behind a wide range of genres.
Many young children want to sing like their musical heroes and icons. As professional vocal coaches, we recommend kids wait until puberty to start voice lessons. After age 11 or 12, kids are physically and emotionally mature enough to handle the rigors of regular voice lessons. Starting lessons sooner could cause permanent vocal strain or damage. Wait until your children start puberty and reach the recommended age. Then provide in-home or in-studio lessons that teach them how to sing without harming their voice.