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The Right Song For Your Range - Boston Singing Lessons

By Maya A. - Boston Singing Teacher

We hear tons of songs on the radio, on our iPods and on the Internet. Why do the singers make them sound so effortless? As a teacher of singing lessons in Boston, I'm always surprised as to what students think their voice should be able to do already before any lessons. I had one student who was very ambitious about singing songs at the top of his register, so I introduced a few songs that worked on slowly expanding his range. Eventually, he was able to sing higher songs effortlessly.

As a voice teacher of multiple genres, students have asked me
if they can sing a song that goes a little too high or too low for their voice. What makes a song right for your range? When you pick a song you want to sing, there are a few things you might want to consider: for example, is the song sung by a woman or a man? Men and women have different voices. Pop and rock songs are usually written to suit the needs of these two different categories. Let's take an example. If you're a guy who feels comfortable singing low notes without much effort then a John Mayer song might be great for you! However, if you are a girl who loves to sing high, a low jazz song may not be right for you.

When you start voice lessons in Boston, you and your teacher should work together to find a song that sits comfortably on your voice: it might have a breathy low or high note when you start learning it, but no notes that take a great amount of effort to sing. Over a period of weeks, working on "comfortable" songs like these will help to expand your range so those breathy low and high notes will become clearer!

It's important to remember that everyone's voice is different. Most songs are written for a particular singer's vocal range. If you've been trying to master a song for months and it still feels awkward to sing, it might not be not you; it might be the song! Move on and try a different song.

I hope these tips help as you embark upon your singing lessons in Boston and work on finding the right songs for your voice. Good luck!
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Ian Lewis P.

Cambridge, MA

About Ian Lewis

Hi! I am excited to work with students of all ages and levels, and I am here to help you unlock the treasury of our music together. I'm devoted to passing on the joy of music-making to performers of any age, whether you are passionate about musical theater, classical music, popular music, or just for the fun of making music. As a soloist, I am a frequent performer throughout the Northeast. This season's performances include engagements with Lowell House Opera, Opera Brittenica, Cantata Singers, Opera Providence, and concerts and TV appearances with the award-winning folk music group Voice of the Turtle, as well as numerous recitals. As a classical collaborative singer, I've performed in a choral setting with the New York Philharmonic, the Dresden Philharmonic, the Philadelphia ...

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Xu Z. September 19, 2012
Verified Student
Encouraging and Patient!

Ian is the most encouraging teacher I've hardly met. He is always ready to point out the improvements and in a sincere way. Even though I tend to repeat the mistake, he takes it as a natural learning process and gives time for myself to overcome it.

Besides, it usually takes me more effort to understand the terms/background of the pieces we work on since English is not my native language but Ian is able to translate into something I could understand.
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Joshua F.

Allston, MA

Singing is one of the most challenging and rewarding areas of musical performance. It's so personal and expressive that a lot of us feel uncomfortable approaching the voice at all. I've been singing and performing for over a decade. Using proper breathing technique and customized warm-ups I can help you become the best possible singer you can be! The first step is always the hardest but I am confident that we can do it!

About Joshua

I eat/breathe/sleep music. From writing and conducting my first A Capella piece in high school to playing in bands that have toured around the world (The Fates, Ben Levin Group), I am a music machine! I value nothing more than finding that passion in others and working together to turn musical fantasies into realities. From grade school to high school I took rigorous classical piano lessons. In 2006-07 I attended two summer programs at Berklee College of Music where I studied jazz/rock performance, and continued to study jazz piano at Washington University. At Boston University, I studied classical music composition/theory, and was accepted to for a dual degree in Music Composition, Psychology, but decided to pursue music as a minor in order to allow more time for gigging. Since ...

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Gina V. February 15, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I started taking piano lessons with Josh a year ago and I am happy to say it is a great experience! Josh is an amazing teacher. He is only focused on what his student want and build his lessons around that to further their growth. Josh is flexible with scheduling lessons and is accommodating when lessons need to be changed or cancelled. He is overall a fun, interactive, and patient teach. I highly recommend him!
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Sue Anne W. February 9, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
I had weekly lessons on introductory singing (warmup exercises, singing pop songs and choir songs, and reading music sheet) for 4 months.

Enjoyable, flexibility in learning what I wanted to learn, and building on what I practice at home = best instructor ever.
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Alison Z. February 5, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Wow! No music instructor connected as closely as Josh did with my 13-year-old son. Josh met him on his own terms, using the music that my son likes rather than dragging him through other kinds. And did I mention that he's, all in all, is a great guy? If you want an easy going, yet energetic, coach who can motivate his student, you've hit on the right coach!
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Anne M.

Boston, MA

Designed for singing enthusiasts or hobbyist, adults or children. Also appropriate for vocal coaching to review of basic voice production.

Take singing or speaking lessons for the first time or build your knowledge and skills. Learn to sing/speak with more ease and power. Sing or speak better at school, church or in your band.
Learn to sing any style of popular music.

Professional voice users and intermediate-advanced singers should sign up for "Music Performance" or "Speaking Voice."

About Anne

"Anne M is an experienced and supportive teacher, a jazz vocalist, pianist, composer and lyricist with a conservatory degree in jazz voice from Manhattan School of Music and advanced studies with prominent, NYC jazz piano, music theory and songwriting instructors. She is currently attending Boston University, Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences and working toward becoming certified as a speech-language pathologist and vocal therapist." *Note for Spring-Summer 2015: As I continue in my graduate school program my time is limited, but I will try my best to accommodate any student with a strong interest in improving and maintaining a regular weekly lesson schedule. Pay-as-you go scheduling is not encouraged because of time constraints and lack of consistency for ...

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Jareds M. May 28, 2015
Speaking Voice · In studio
Verified Student
Anne is great. She is a great teacher who is extremely nice and easy to relate to. I'm learning a lot. I highly recommend her to anyone looking for speaking lessons.
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Sarah Z. December 5, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Thank you Anne. I get the most from you that one should play piano with the body in a natural state. "Nature commended should be obeyed."

I think it is incredible that you keep learning new things!

Wish you all the best in the future.

Genuinely
Sarah
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Scott S. October 31, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Returning to fundamentals as an adult learner is very difficult and challenging but, at least in my case, very necessary. Annie has been a wonderful piano and voice teacher guiding me through this process - patient and kind, tolerant of my poor practice habits, and able to help me work on all aspects of my music. I would highly recommend her to any prospective student, and hope to continue working with her well into the future.
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Amelia J.

Brighton, MA

About Amelia

I have been interested in music for as long as I can remember. I began taking piano lessons when I was six and started auditioning for musicals at eight. I fell in love with performing, and my passion has grown into a career path. I began studying voice privately when I was in thirteen. Music and performing have brought so much joy to my life, and I love to help others develop and cultivate their own passion for music. I recently received my Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from the New England Conservatory. I also hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance from DePaul University. During undergrad, I was able to study abroad for a semester in Vienna, Austria where I performed in an opera workshop. I have spent two summers on Cape Cod singing with the College Light Opera ...

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Chukwunwike A. October 9, 2012
Singing
Verified Student
Great technique teacher

Amelia helped me navigate my voice breaks. She has a strong grip on vocal techniques and would be an asset to any singer
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Phil B.

Cambridge, MA

Everyone is born with their own unique voice which, over the course of a lifetime, acquires its own unique habits, tensions, fears, limitations, and strengths. I firmly believe that anyone can sing once they understand the basics of vocal mechanics: need, thought, breath, and sound. Together, we'll work to release old habits and tensions, strengthen the vocal muscles and reconnect with the true voice deep inside you.

About Phil

Hello! My name is Phil B., I'm a working theater artist, musician, composer, and educator based in Somerville, MA. I've taught performing arts to students ages 2-75 for the last six years with organizations like the American Repertory Theatre, Citi Performing Arts Center, 826 Boston, Boston University, Puppet Showplace Theatre, and Cambridge Public Schools. My private lessons are completely flexible and designed to meet the needs and goals of each individual student wherever they are in their own unique creative journey. GUITAR: Are you looking to finally play that dusty guitar that's been sitting in the corner forever? Has your child been begging you for lessons? Maybe you played a long time ago and want to tune up your skills, or be able to play music at your school or place of ...

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Judy Y. May 20, 2015
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Phil is the best!!! He is humorous and knows how to adapt method based on my situation. He also has a piano now :))))
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Marie D. January 7, 2014
Guitar
Great Teacher!

One of my sons has been taking guitar classes and singing classes from Mr. Phil for the last two years and both of my sons have taken his theater class. Mr. Phil is an excellent teacher, great with kids, lots of fun and a great musician. We have been very happy with his teaching.
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Liz V. December 10, 2013
Guitar
Awesome Teacher!!!

Phil is an awesome guitar teacher. He is very knowledgeable and uses my musical interests and reasons for learning (the guitar) to aid in teaching. He is able to adapt and meet me at my level yet pushes me to excel and reach my potential. I am always excited for every lesson!

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