Thursday, August 16, 2012

Musical Study and Voice Lessons - Why do We Sing and What do We Get from Voice Lessons?

Musical Study and Voice Lessons - Why do We Sing and What do We Get from Voice Lessons?

We study an instrument to fulfill a passion and to perfect a craft. We love music and want to share that love with others. A singing teacher gives you the tools to get there, achieve your goals, and instill the drive to get you there. Together a student and voice teacher find the path to where each student is meant to be as a singer, but the student must follow through on the task. The nuts and bolts of a solid technique are provided and much repertoire is studied. Working within a studio gives a student individual support and interaction with others who are focused on fine tuning their own singing voice.

Singing lessons are so like and unlike studying any other instrument. Voice study is not only a way to perfect and fine tune an instrument, but you actually learn how to play that instrument called your body. You also study yourself. What makes you tick, what inspires you, how you can take care of yourself to improve your singing, and how you communicate a song with your body that you live and breathe with all the time. You never put the instrument away in a case or walk away from it. It is a part of you and therefore you guard it.

Singers want to share their song with others but sometimes get caught up with fear of sharing a part of themselves (as do all musicians). Voice Studio masterclasses, performances and comraderie can help to foster development and overcome the hurdle of fear through moral support, regular interactions with others who enjoy singing, and instill a drive to be the best they can be.

Why is Studio Interaction Important?


  • There is a drive to perfect performances because there is always opportunity to share one's talent.
  • There is constant exposure to new literature.
  • There is comfort in sharing the musical gift of singing with others in various settings.
I feel it is essential to have regular masterclass opportunities, both on specific topics and generalized study, and a few performance opportunities a year. There is always something new on the horizon for students to gleam from various experiences and ways to meet others who love to sing and may encourage them to "reach for the stars"! Voice lessons begin as a way to perfect the art of singing, but in this business, how wonderful it is to find a support system to help you get there and have fun in the process!
As a teacher, the highest reward is watching your students not only greatly expand their abilities and talents, but supporting one another in their quest to share music with others and be the best singer they can be!

As a teacher, what is the best thing you gleam from teaching?

As a student, what is the best thing a teacher can do for you?

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