Our free goal-setting printables make the first music lessons of 2016 fun and productive for teachers and students. Even the youngest students benefit from talking about their accomplishments in 2015 and planning their goals for the upcoming year. Teachers, walk through the goal-setting process with your students by
As all veteran singers know, vowels are the meat-and-potatoes of our trade. However, I want to explain to young singers just a few of the different ways they may use vowels in their practicing to enhance their vocal skills. In this article I’ll talk about the importance of finding favorite vowels, round vowel sounds, when to modify vowels, and singing legato by focusing on vowels.
I know many singers, voice teachers, choir directors, and anyone who works with singers are well aware of these terms head voice and chest voice. However, not all professionals agree on their meanings. For this reason, I’d like to offer my definitions, and I invite other singers and voice teachers to respond with their own thoughts.
There is a lot of excitement surrounding our student, Isabel Gonzalez, and her recent audition on American Idol. She “wowed” the judges and received feedback that is equally as impressive as her audition. Nicki Minaj told Isabel that her audition was “effortless” and that she’s a “natural.” Keith Urban praised our 17 year old student for walking out with confidence to perform in front of them. And we all love Mariah Carey’s quote, “You are so adorable. People are going to fall in love with you, because you are a star.” These music industry heavy-hitters were instantly head-over-heels for Isabel. So, the question remains, what did she do to get there?
When I tell someone that I teach piano, the initial response I get is, “I wish I had taken piano lessons when I was younger” or “I wish my mom forced me to continue piano lessons rather than letting me quit.” Since I started teaching in 1992, no one has ever said, "I wish I hadn't learned how to play the piano."As adults and parents, we seem to understand how essential and beneficial learning to play an instrument is in our childhood and adolescent years. Parents have various reasons for investing in music lessons for their kids. One of the main reasons is parents’ belief that music lessons will help their kids in school. And they are right! This is one of the 5 top reasons why kids need to learn a musical instrument. As shown by research, taking music lessons has numerous benefits especially in the development of intelligence and character. Here are 5 Top Reasons for getting your kids involved in music lessons.
When determining whether or not you want to take piano lessons, guitar lessons, voice lessons, violin lessons, or drum lessons, the third thing to consider is how your TIME should factor into the decision. In Reason #3 of Why You Should Have In-Home Music Lessons, we consider the TIME SAVINGS of in-home music lessons.
When determining whether or not you want to take piano lessons, guitar lessons, voice lessons, violin lessons, or drum lessons, the second thing to consider is WHY you would like to take in-home music lessons. In Reason #2 of Why You Should Have In-Home Music Lessons, we consider the CONVENIENCE of in-home music lessons.
When determining whether or not you want to take piano lessons, guitar lessons, voice lessons, violin lessons, or drum lessons, the first thing to consider is WHERE you would like to take the lessons. In Reason #1 of Why You Should Have In-Home Music Lessons, we consider the ENVIRONMENT in which you want to learn.