The overall goal of our voice program is to help each singer reveal their natural voice. In order to do this, optimal air-flow and resonance must be achieved. This allows singers to support their musicianship and expression with healthy vocal technique. Different exercises and tools are used to increase breath-flow and resonance. Every singer is different, so no single formula works for everyone to reach their singing potential. By offering healthy vocal techniques, a singer’s natural voice can be uncovered – projection, stamina, and clarity of sound can be developed.
a) First, we listen to the student sing.
b) Than determine what is working well for the student and what can be improved upon.
c) Engage the student in a discussion pertaining to the various sensations felt while they are singing.
Adjustments will be offered to the student based upon the assessment made. Adjustments can be myriad of different things such as thoughts, images, physical postures, etc.
Once an adjustment has been considered, the concept being taught must be defined for the student. Questions will be asked to determine what the student feels post-adjustment and how that compares to singing pre-adjustment. If, after the question/answer period, the concept is not understood in the student’s own words, a clear, specific explanation will be offered as to what the concept is and why it is beneficial to the student.
Once the concept is defined, the process that led to the implemented concept must be defined. To define this process, the student and teacher will begin a dialogue which is designed to discover what adjustments were made for the student to implement the concept. It is this process the student will be asked to practice and make habitual.
30 Minute Lessons – Thirty minute lessons work especially well for beginning singers or very young singers; they can begin to appropriately get used to the different sensations, learn to sing songs and learn to sing with a pianist. The first 10-15 minutes will be spent vocalizing (singing scales and other vocal exercises) with the last 15-20 minutes dedicated to working on repertoire or other such music the student is working on.
60 Minute Lessons – Sixty minute lessons are geared towards intermediate/advanced students who have begun to build a foundation of healthy vocal concepts and can understand more subtle changes to their technique. Within this time frame, students will also have an opportunity to build stamina for longer periods of singing. The first 30-35 minutes will be spent vocalizing (singing scales and other vocal exercises) with the last 25-30 minutes dedicated to working on repertoire or other such music the student is working on.
Written by OMI Voice Instructor: Michael Hadary