faq-mike

Why take voice lessons if I can already sing really well?

Vocal cords are like muscles and with good training you can get a lot more out of them. With age and use your voice can lose range, flexibility and stamina. Vocal cords can damage easily, developing nodules or tears which can end a career. We can prevent or take care of these hazards safely and unleash all of your vocal potential. ‘A good singer never stops learning’, Seth Riggs

Do you teach pop, opera, jazz and all genres of music?

We teach vocal technique, not style. Focusing on healthy vocal technique gives you the vocal coordination you need enabling you to sing any style you wish. Our clients sing a whole array of genres.

How many lessons do I need?

This is very much like fitness as we are dealing with muscles. The voice is in  constant need of care and attention. If you want to sing consistently and stay healthy then you should study regularly. Some people need a voice teacher to get through a specific problem area; others want to continually refine their skill. We have solved range and ‘break’ problems in a single lesson, but most need continual study in order to stay consistent and become regular clients or on-and-off for their entire careers. Advanced voice teachers are often called in before recording sessions, or brought by singers on tour to prevent them from hurting their voices.

Are all singing teachers teaching healthy techniques?

Sadly, no. Poor instruction and exercises can lead a singer into physically harming their voice. The other problem is teaching bad habits that can prevent a singer from maximising their voice. It is not uncommon for us to work with experienced singers and increase their range dramatically in a handful of lessons even though they had already taken previous lessons for years. The good news is that in many cases the damage can be undone.

Can you be too young or too old to start singing?

No. If a student has a love for singing and an attention span, they can work towards improving their voice and achieving their goals. We have worked with singers as young as 5 and 6yrs old and singers in their late 70s.

Can anyone improve or are singers born with the gift to sing?

Some certainly are more gifted than others, but as long as you can speak and are not tone deaf (which is an EXTREMELY rare medical condition), you can sing. Everyone can improve their voice and everyone will see a difference in their very first lesson with us. To what degree is up to you, how often you study and practice in between.

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