Singing Tips : Singing Lesson Plan
A basic singing lesson plan includes sheet music, warming up vocal cords and practicing singing favorite songs. Discover ways to incorporate music theory into a singing lessons plan with help from a professional singer and vocal teacher in this free video on singing lessons.
Expert: Kendall McGuire
Bio: Kendall McGuire earned her Bachelor of Science degree in voice performance and has been performing for more than 20 years.
Filmmaker: Christopher Rokosz
Series Description: Taking singing lessons can help with vocal range, endurance, breathing correctly and overcoming stage fright. Perform at a high vocal level with help from a professional singer and vocal teacher in this free video series on singing exercises and tips.
Questions and Answers
I'm about to take voice lessons and I was wondering exactly what you do. Thanks!
Good on you!
If this is your first lesson ever, and you are a beginning student:
Your teacher will first try to establish where you are vocally by having you sing warmup exercises that will span the top and the bottom of your range as it is now. She will listen for your overall range, tonal quality/timbre, strengths/weaknesses in your voice, and where your voice changes registers (your breaks). She will do this for the following reasons:
1) to establish your vocal type (soprano, alto, bass, tenor, baritone) assumng that you don't know this. Even if you think you do, SHE will probably want to confirm it, especially if you've never had lessons. You both need to know this in order to pick out and start learning suitable mjusic.
2) to identify your present skill level, which will determine what type of music that will be suitable for you now. Understand, though that skill level evolves with training, so don't get bent out of shape if she/he determines, for example, that you can only sing simple songs for now in a narrow range, and not an operatic aria with killer high notes a la Pavoratti or Beverly Sills. The songs you can sing now will be different from what you may ultimately be able to sing. It's a journey, so where you are now is in NO WAY indicative of what you are capable of after some training. Even Pavoratti wasn't always Pavoratti.
3) to identify those things about your singing that need work/training (breath work, focusing the tone, etc) so that she can tailor your lessons to what you need.
4) to identify any other vocal abilities (ability to match pitch which is your musical "ear", speed at which you can sing the exercises she will give you, how fast you can pick up tone patterns in your exercises, strength/power of your voice, etc).
She or he will also ask you some questions, like:
1) What type of music are you interested in singing?
2) How long have you been singing? What types of singing have you done?
3) Do you read music?
4) Do you play piano or any musical instrument?
5) Why do you want lessons? In other words, is this for fun, or are you planning a career, or what? What are your goals?
These questions will help her to determine how to structure your lessons. If, for example you can read music, and want to learn for fun, she/he will structure your lessons differently than if you are there to start a professional career.
YOU should also ask her questions as well:
1) What kind of training do you have?
2) Do you/have you sung professionally?
3) What are your rules for our arrangent (when do you pay her, cancellation policies, what you should bring to your lesson, etc)?
Just a few so that you know who you are dealing with.
Good luck, and have fun with it.
Hello, I have looked into possibly taking lessons at a music store for voice. I would like to set up an appointment to go talk to the store as well as the specific teacher. Therefore, I was wondering if someone could answer some questions. First, what sfould I bring with me? Second, what will my teacher do? A previous answer said that they will assess the maturity of my larynx. How will this be done? Will they ask me to sing a song? Walk me through everything fhom start to finish what will happen, I've taken lessons before but this was at my teacher's house. Thanks.
There is generally very little difference in taking voice lessons at a teacher's home versus taking voice lessons at a store
First, what should I bring with me?
Answer: You should bring a song for which you are seeking coaching tips.
Second, what will my teacher do?
Answer: The teacher will likely ask you to sing something simple and familiar, possibly "Happy Birthday To You" or "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," etc., which will give the teacher an idea as to the type of voice that you have. The teacher will also determine your vocal range by having you sing vocal scales.
A previous answer said that they will assess the maturity of my larynx. How will this be done?
Answer: Wow, I don't know the answer to this. I was 19-years-old when I first started to take voice lessons, and none of my voice teachers has ever assessed the maturity of my larynx.
Will they ask me to sing a song?
Answer: The teacher will likely ask you to sing something simple and familiar, possibly "Happy Birthday To You" or "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star," etc., which will give the teacher an idea as to the type of voice that you have.
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