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Voice

Music Lessons for Voice

Our voice teachers can help you achieve your goals and will create a singing/voice lesson program based on your vocal range and musical interests. Our Voice lessons are offered to students starting at age 8. Beginning students can expect to start with the fundamentals of voice/singing lessons, such as learning proper posture, correct breath and diaphragm support and vocalization. More advanced and experienced students continue to progress in their singing/voice lessons with a goal of proficiency in advanced vocal technique, notation, rhythm, diction and languages. All of our lessons include instruction on music theory, notation, and rhythm while students explore classical music, popular music, and jazz!

About Singing

There are lots of different singing styles in the world. Each one has a different technique. In Western classical music singers learn to sing in a bel canto voice which uses lots of resonance in the head and makes a smooth sound. Bel canto was used in Italian opera. Later, in the 19th century, Richard Wagner wrote operas in which the singers needed to be more dramatic. Opera singers today can have different kinds of voices: bel canto, lyrical, dramatic, coloratura (extremely high and light) etc.

In church choirs the singers are often trained to use a lot of head voice because this sounds beautiful in large cathedrals.

Pop and Musical singers generally have a different technique: their singing is more from the throat. They do not need to develop powerful voices like opera singers because they sing into microphones so that their voices are electronically amplified (made louder).

Voices singing music from different parts of the world may sound very different. Chinese singing sounds nasal (through the nose). In Mongolia there is a technique of overtone singing which sounds rather like a finger being rubbed against the rim of a wineglass. In Switzerland men often yodel. Rap is a kind of singing in which the rhythm is the most important thing. The pitch is high and low, but not to any particular notes. Scat singing is rather like rap. Acappella singing is vocal music specifically without instrumental accompaniment. The name is from Latin a (without) and cappella (musical accompaniment). Cantata is a term that exclusively refers to accompanied singing, which is the exact opposite of Acappella.

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