“Your voice is an instrument.” That’s the first thing most music teachers will tell your kids, and it’s true—to a point. Your voice isn’t just an instrument, though, like a saxophone or a piano. Your voice is you, uniquely you, a nothing-else-in-the-world-like-it gift that your child can learn to love the way he or she loves to run. Even “speakers” of ASL (American Sign Language) have a unique “voice,” a way of saying something that no one else will. Yes, every virtuoso piano player phrases her melodies differently, but every novice piano player makes mistakes in a similar way. It’s only in excellence that our unique musical abilities begin to appear with an instrument. Not so with the voice. Your child’s voice is never a mistake. Its special tone and various micro pitches are unique like a fingerprint. Yes, singers often need to learn healthy techniques, or how to match pitch, or clarify their tone, but everyone’s voice is already, from the very beginning, unique. Teaching a student to sing is teaching him to use what he already has. Not everyone has an oboe in his home. But everyone has a voice. That’s where our voice lessons begin and end—with your children.
What They Learn During Voice Lessons:
- Vocal exercises to warm up and strengthen your voice
- Breathing Techniques for Singing
- Good Singing Posture
- How to Match Pitch
- How to find chest and head voice
- How to sing with a bright, forward tone
- Melody and Harmony
- How to blend your voice with others in a choir
- How to interpret a song
- Performance technique
All of our voice lessons are done in small groups because singing together is the way we all learned to sing. Think about it: the first time you sang a song, it was along with someone, even if it was a recorded someone. You tried to match what the singer was doing, because singing along with another person is natural. And just as importantly for our program, hearing other voices helps your child learn more about her own voice. It’s not that private voice lessons aren’t effective—they are—very effective with the right teacher, but your child will learn things in a group that he won’t learn anywhere else.
The Benefits of Small Group Classes:
- They learn to sing and work together in a group
- They learn to match pitch faster by singing along with others
- They learn to maintain a steady beat by needing to stay in time with other voices
- They learn voice blending
- They get extensive performance practice by singing in front of a group and can learn to combat performance nerves this way
- They learn, not just by hearing their own list of techniques to work on, but also by hearing and watching what other students are working on.
- Because it’s such a small group, they get all the benefits of a group activity with the added bonus of personal attention
Just Sing Method
The "no style fits all" vocal method. The "Just Sing" philosophy is that there isn't just one right way to sing. There are many, many styles of singing and many, many correct ways to sing. We'll teach your kids how to sing in a variety of styles, helping them to find what they're passionate about so that they can discover their own unique voice.
Just Sing: Junior
For our youngest singers, grades TK through 2nd, we offer Just Sing: Junior, a playful, age-appropriate introduction to singing that gets kids singing their favorite songs, playing performance games, and making new friends.
Just Sing: Glee
Choir with a twist! For 3rd grade and up. Our Glee program, based off of ABC’s hit show Glee, also goes over singing basics, while teaching students to do solo work and backing vocals on some of their favorite music!
Solo Vocal Program
Students learn to sing and perform by themselves, choosing a song at the beginning of the course and gaining extensive performance experience and technique through weekly workshops.
Prerequisite: Just Sing, Glee, or by audition