This is a question I get SO often from people I meet and people inquiring about lessons. If you are asking yourself if you should take voice lessons, you might want to dig a little deeper into the reasons that you want to start taking them and what you will get out of them. Here are a few ways you can benefit from voice lessons and skills you will learn in them.
Learning to Read Music
The skill of reading music does not come over night, but it
doesn’t take too long either if you put a sufficient amount of practice in. There are many online and printed tools that you can also use to help you read music, but nothing helps quite as much as your own personal music reading tutor.
Learning to Sight Sing
Are you considering auditioning for your local choir? Are you DC kidz trying to get into one of the highly competitive choirs in the area? Guess what they will make you do at your audition….SIGHT SING! Yes, they will pull out a couple
measures of music that you have never seen before, and you will have to sing it for them. Being able to read music is the first skill that this employs and being able to sing what is in front of you is another.
Finding Your Voice
If you can speak, you can sing. You use the same two vocal folds that you use to speak and you do to sing. What is the difference? Air pressure. More air pressure released through your vocal folds with allow them to vibrate more quickly, allowing you to sing. The coordination of the breath and resonance of the sound is what you work on in vocal lessons also referred to as technique. Together, you and your teacher will find what you sound like! Most of my beginning students sound like an entirely different singer 6 months into studying(plus lots of practice)!
Building Your Confidence
Much of singing is learning how to get out of your own way. This is as much mental as it is physical. The great thing about
working to build up confidence through your voice is that it will also apply to other areas of your life. Do you dread getting up and speaking in front of your team at work? Do you have to do a podcast interview on your area of expertise that you have the nervous jitters about? Voice lessons might be a great outlet for you that will allow you to do these public speaking tasks with ease. The next time you get invited to an open mic night, you won't just be watching!!!
If these sound like things you would like to work on, please contact me for a trial lesson!
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