Singing Lessons – Vocal Lessons
Can anyone learn to sing? In a word . . . YES!
While everyone has different singing gifts & abilities, everyone who takes voice lessons through Sing for the Health of It will:
- Get to know your amazing internal instrument . . . your voice!
- Learn how to make a freer, more beautiful sound that expresses your
personality as well as the music you’re singing.
- Learn the fundamentals of music reading.
- Develop poise and confidence when standing before groups of
- Participate in performance throughout the year (master classes,
soirees, annual recital).
- Be better prepared to enjoy and contribute to college, community,
church choirs and musical theater productions.
Many of our students are involved in local musical organizations including school/college productions, church and community choirs. Some have gone on to musical studies at New York University/New York City and Metro State University/Denver and have been semi-finalists or finalists in state vocal competitions. Others have studied voice to help them fulfill big personal dreams (listen to former students Crystal and Natasha ).
VOICE: YOUR INTERNAL INSTRUMENT
STRETCHSTAND BREATHE SING!
In your Voice Lessons (for all vocal styles), you will learn about and enjoy:
- Technique: Tall/aligned posture; released, low/belly breath;
suspened ribcage and relaxed jaw.
- Repertoire: selecting/performing pieces that supports you where
you are, challenges you to grow, and lets you shine!
- Artistry: gestures, postures, expressions and motivations for an
- Musicianship: fundamentals of music reading
We’ll approach sound-making based on your age, vocal needs and the type of music (genre) you want to sing (classical, pop, country, jazz, rock & roll), targeting different aspects of singing to make the right sound for that genre.
French Horn Lessons
FRENCH HORN: AN EXTERNAL INSTRUMENT. Although French Horn is considered one of the more difficult instruments to learn to play, as an external instrument it can be easier to learn than singing because you can see what you’re doing!
In your French Horn lessons, you will learn about and enjoy:
- The parts of the French horn, how to hold it and put it away safely
- Posture and playing position
- Embouchure (your mouth position)
- Making your first sounds/fingering
- Basic music reading and musicianship
- Student/teacher duets
Our text will be “Sound Innovations for Concert Band” by Robert Sheldon, Peter Boonshaft, Dave Black and Bob Phillips, available through the Studio or online
Training for All Ages: Grade School, Middle School, High School, College and Beyond!
“Scientists have found that music has the ability to train the brain for higher levels of thinking . . . .”
“Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education.” Plato
While good vocal habits can be taught within a group setting starting in the first grade, for different reasons this does not always happen. Voice teacher Carol Joy has worked with children as young as age 6-7 (“Little Singers”, grades 1-2) and 8-11 (“Young Singers”, grades 3-6), compiling lesson notebooks for each age group explaining good posture, breathing, and beginning note reading with fun diagrams and exercises.
Devon’s first solo: “Desperado”
Madison performs “Castle on a Cloud”
From the Experts:
- Kenneth H. Phillips: (“Teaching Kids to Sing”, 1996) Singing is a learned behavior; it is not some type of gift bestowed only upon a talented few. Children and adolescents can be taught to sing, and each person has the right to learn to sing in order that he or she may experience the joy of music as an active participant. (p. 106). The first grade is the time to begin instruction in vocal techniques . . . The mere singing of songs is not a complete singing program. Without proper instruction in the process of singing, children develop bad habits that become ingrained for life. (p.72)
- Sharlene Habermeyer: (“Good Music, Brighter Children”, 1999) In this technical age in which we live, scientist have found that, while we continue to learn throughout our lives, the years between 3 and 10 are particularly important for learning music. The brain is primed in such a way that it is able to process new information quickly and effectively. During these early years, brain circuits become permanently wired, so that children remember these skills the rest of their lives.
- Tony Mickela: (“Does Music Have an Impact on the Development of Students?”, prepared for the 1990 state convention of California Music Educators Association.) The Norwegian Research Council for Science and the Humanities found that students who . . . are involved in the arts, are more likely to succeed in school because their confidence in themselves is higher.
It’s Never Too Late to Learn to Sing Better!
Mary Fran (70+)
sings the Habanera from Bizet’s Carmen
Libera (88) & Friend with
I Paesani Singers
Too old? Not a chance!
Look at these Silver Singers (60+) enjoying singing in later years:
- Libera Casaccio Evans, Bethlehem, PA, was a scholarship recipient at The Academy of Vocal Arts/Philadelphia in 1940 at the tender age of 20. After six children and fulltime work, at 82, Mrs. Evans continued to perform major choral works as a member of the Lehigh Choral Union in Bethlehem, PA, under the direction of Dr. Steven Samitz, as well as I Paesani, an Italian singing and dancing group. Brava Bella!!
- Hugues Cuenod, a marvelous Belgian tenor, made his Metropolitan Opera debut in the role of the Emperor in Puccini’s Turandot at the age of nearly 85! I sang for Monsieur Cuenod in a French Song Master Class in Aldeburgh, England, in 1995, when he was 93. His ability to demonstrate with a clear, sustained tone was impressive and inspiring! Mr. Cuenod died at the age of 108 in 2010. From his obituary in the NYTimes: “Mr. Cuénod, who continued to sing publicly until he was in his early 90s, did not have a large voice or, as he cheerfully admitted, the world’s most beautiful. But it was those very attributes, he often said, that let him sing to so ripe an age.” (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/08/arts/music/08cuenod.html?_r=0)
- George Stevens of Highland Park, CA, at the age of 91 was still singing with the oldest non-university men’s singing club in the nation, which he joined in 1928 when he was 22 years old.