Voice lessons are available at Scherzo Music School year round. Lessons are structured in 30, 45 or 60 minute lessons, once or twice a week, and enrollment is ongoing throughout the year.
Voice lessons are an excellent way to introduce children as young as 4 years old to the benefits of music education, and our program at Scherzo Music School customizes the curriculum to fit the needs of each student. Our voice teachers teach a variety of styles of music, including classical/opera, musical theater, and pop/rock.
Learning to sing is similar to learning any other instrument, except the instrument is a part of your body. Voice lessons usually include voice warm ups and other exercises to strengthen the vocal muscles and build technique, as well as learning songs. Beginning singers will start by learning proper posture, breathing, and how to sing with a relaxed, open throat.
After learning the basics, students will begin learning more challenging vocal technique concepts, like increasing range (being able to sing higher and lower), dynamics (singing louder and softer), agility (moving faster between different notes), and resonance (shaping the sound to make it stronger and clearer). Voice students also learn the basics of music theory and how to read music.
For intermediate to advanced students, we encourage the exploration of different genres and styles of singing. Some students choose to focus on the traditional musical theater or classical repertoire, while others study exclusively current popular songs. We encourage all of our students to set specific musical or performance goals, such as performing in student recitals, auditioning for a musical theater production, or taking a standardized music exam (such as the ABRSM).
At Scherzo Music School, we believe that even very young children can begin developing their musical and vocal skills. Many people have been told that it isn’t a good idea for young children to take voice lessons, but there is no scientific evidence to support this idea. There is no reason that young children shouldn’t learn to sing, as long as they are singing in an age-appropriate way and not forcing their voices to sound older. For some young beginners, it works well to combine voice lessons with another instrument, such as piano.
If you are interested in voice lessons for yourself or your child, we are happy to answer any questions that you have or schedule a new student assessment to see if voice lessons are a good fit.
It’s possible to sing almost any style of music with healthy technique, so it’s important to find a teacher who is comfortable teaching the music that you like to sing. Singing without good technique can cause the voice to get tired or scratchy, and can even damage the vocal cords. Singers are like athletes, and vocal training is very much like training for any other sport: proper technique allows you to consistently perform better, with reduced risk of strain or injury.
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