Singing for teenagers and adults
There’s something very special and extremely personal about singing solo. While it can be terrifying the first few times you do it, you’ll soon come to realise that it can make you feel so good you’ll forget about everything else. It’s a wonderful way to connect with ourselves and others, something that can so often be left behind.
We all sang when we were little, but it’s easy to lose confidence in our ability when all it might take is some training and encouragement to re-discover something we used to do so naturally.
The balance off activities is something we will work out together, and can include:
- correct and safe singing technique, including breathing and note production
- how to look after your voice
- general musicianship and music-reading
- ear training
- how to sing harmonies
- recording technique
- microphone technique and performance skills
- song writing and arranging
We’ll be singing together right from the first lesson, which means you’ll be learning to listen critically, improving your sense of pitch and rhythm, and learning how to open your mouth and take that first breath without fear.
Singing for younger learners
Children love to sing, as it’s a natural way fro them to express themselves, whether singing solo or with others. In my studio there is a difference between lessons for younger children (from age ten) and older learners (from age twelve/thirteen). Because younger singers are still growing physically the focus is less on technique and more on ear training, pitch control, breathing, and sight-singing. We do lots of singing together, including part-songs, rounds (canons), as we as working on songs that students choose themselves.
Recording is also an integral part of lessons, providing the opportunity to listen critically, and to experiment with layering harmonies and backing vocals, as well as percussion.