Performing Sarah McLachlan
Coty performing a Arms of an Angel
Ayden See performing a song he wrote
Ayden busking at the Peninsula Mall
Instructor Lee Gattenby
Lee performing a cover of ‘We all die young’
Emerald Poland performing
Emme also performing at the Peninsula Mall
THIS REQUIRES EXPERT INSTRUCTION TO PERFORM! Don’t try this at home, you can injure yourself!
Are you ready for voice lessons?
Vocals are an instrument all in itself. Many people think you either have a great voice or you don’t. A lot of things go into singing well.
There are four physical processes involved in producing vocal sound: respiration (power), phonation (pitch), resonation (tone) and articulation (pronunciation). These processes occur in the following sequence:
1. Breath is taken
2. Sound is initiated in the larynx.
3. The vocal resonators receive the sound and influence it
4. The articulators shape the sound into recognizable units
Although these four processes are separate, to sing effectively they must be used together. Often it involves control of muscles that untrained singers are unaware of. It takes an expert to train vocals at this level.
This is a picture that most of us envision ourselves as a singer right? Right? In fact, most people that come to learn how to sing are scared to death. Well, not to worry. Anyone and everyone that can sing went though a learning curve of finding pitch and being able to project their voice. If you learn to sing at my studio, I encourage mistakes. Why? How can you learn if you never make a mistake? (and quite frankly, If you didn’t make any mistakes we would be out of a job)
As a musician, polyrhythm is your friend. It the simultaneous use of two or more conflicting rhythms (singing and playing an instrument for instance). If you sing and play an instrument at the same time, this happens. Even though you may play your (Guitar, Bass, Drums) well, can you sing or harmonize while playing? If not we can definitely help you.
Instructors are affiliated with the National Association of Teachers of Singing through the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.
Frequently Asked Questions
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- Children can learn at a very young age, but they have to be able to sit and listen without fidgeting for around 15 minutes at a time. We have taught as voice to children as young as three years of age.
- Male teens around the age of 11-15 go through changes in their voice. Voice lessons actually helps to stabilize their vocals and helps them to control jumps in pitch in normal speech
- The oldest student we have taught was 70 years old. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns.
Your water-skiing is horrible too if you don’t train for it. Singing has a lot of internal physiology to it. You have to know how to breath efficiently, you have to train your ear to hear the pitches and you have to annunciate correctly. There is a lot of muscle training that goes on in learning how to sing well. Most problems are totally correctable.
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
- Asperger Syndrome
- Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Troubled teens
Again, the best way to see if we suit your needs is to partake in our free introductory lesson for student placement.
Our students learn how to adapt and improvise, basically to use their heads. Music is a great learning tool in recovering from mistakes. We are serious about our students and we want them to excel in not just music, but in Life. We have a strict no-drug/alcohol policy among our teens, and suspensions are not unheard of. We believe that our students need mentors, so we hold ourselves to a high standard.
Its how things should be done.