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Anyone Can Sing! Tips for Building up the Inexperienced Singer

By Robert M. - TakeLessons Singing Teacher

There is nothing more enjoyable than the human voice. All of us use our singing to bring out artistry and fun in all places, whether it is echoing the radio, wailing in the shower, praising in congregations, or just humming while you work. Preparing the inexperienced singer can prove to be a difficult, multi-tasking job as teachers attempt to build up their students’ abilities, fundamentals, techniques, tonality and most importantly, confidence.

Since I have had many opportunities to work with all types of students taking singing lessons in Houston, I have drawn together common characteristics that allow me to always have a prepared and quick diagnosis as well as extensive goals within the first lesson. The most common concerns with beginner voice students include pitch control, breat
h control and posture, lip shaping, tongue placement, and balance of the vocal register. Building up a beginner or even someone with very little singing ability requires routine procedures that will always yield results. Some of my favorite techniques include the following:
• Use melodic intervals to aid in pitch location such as the common Dominant to Tonic
• Utilize a hand mirror/standing mirror for the student to self-check lip shaping while observing the instructor
• Fix breath control by advising the student to lean back and pretend to sleep in order to activate the proper intercostals muscles and the diaphragm
• Adjust the pitches to the correct registers by using the incorrect pitch and sliding it up or down to the right pitch with the keyboard
• Empower the students by reminding them that their musical success and progress is in their hands, as the instructor is only the guide and interpreter
• Anticipate every student inability in order to always have a prepared solution to any repetitive issue

What is so important to vocal lessons is the need to continually shape and manipulate the beginning students, expanding their abilities that require a teacher to give them precise direction. My music education background allows me to go beyond just the musical necessities as I know the best strategies and approaches for students: gaining their focus and confidence, manipulating the mental filters that inhibit the learning process, push for intrinsic motivation with few rewards, and always make the material relative on a personal basis. If you are ready to begin your musical journey and let out your inner voice, I encourage you to sign up for singing lessons in Houston today!
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Laura R. Houston, TX

About Laura

I am a mezzo soprano with a bachelor and masters of music degree in vocal performance from the University of Houston. I am pursuing a career in opera while teaching private voice and piano lessons, During my voice lessons I like to focus on developing the student's voice through a classical approach. By forming a strong foundation in healthy singing the student will be able to sing in various genres without strain to his/her voice. In my piano lessons I use the series of method books, Piano Adventures, developed by Nancy and Randall Faber. Through these instructions the student will learn to read music as well as establish a proficiency for playing the piano. *** Lesson Details *** If you take lessons from me we will have fun while working hard. I develop my lessons around what I ...

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Larry P. April 10, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Laura was good at explaining the basics and that is what I need and patient as we worked together on it.
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Melanie R. May 13, 2013
Piano
Verified Student
Great teacher

As a beginner, I appreciate Laura’s patience and thoroughness in teaching and explaining techniques. I really enjoy my lessons with her.
Charles D. Houston, TX

I teach a vocal technique which is called singing on the speaking level, or "Singing with the ease of Speech". It provides the student with a systematic approach to link together all the registers of the voice-chest and head. The student and I work together to build a bridge between the low voice and high voice, (through the break) combining those parts in the middle creating "the mix" ( a blend of chest and head voice), that most singers struggle to master and the vast majority of teachers don't know how to teach or identify. This allows the singer to access all of his or her range without strain. A student would begin to experience positive results within a few weeks of study, both in the studio and with practice between lessons.

One of the best things about this technique is that it allows you to sing any style of music. Whether you sing Pop/R&B, Rock, country, musical theater, gospel, or opera, you can experience vocal freedom and confidence that every singer wants to have. As

About Charles

Charles, a self described spiritual vocal artist whose repertoire offers songs of faith, healing, hope, love, peace, harmony, and enlightenment. He has a flair for infusing familiar and beloved inspirational and spiritual songs with a fresh, smooth, and distinctive sensibility entirely his own. His self-confidence is projected with warmth, charm, and genuine love for his music. He captures the essence and spirit of those classic singers that have gone before him and established a tradition of great singing€¦.Johnny Mathis, Nat King Cole, and Harry Belafonte, as well as the more contemporary sounds of Peabo Bryson, Wintley Phipps, Luther Vandross, Jeffrey Osborne. He is in his element singing as a soloist for spiritual ceremonies, concerts, conferences, services and related events.

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Steven R. February 24, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Very good teacher! Very professional! I would recommend anybody to learn singing lessons from him!
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Latoya C. November 16, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I couldn't have asked for a better voice teacher. I am soooo happy I found him. His singing philosophy works for me. After just three lessons, I have received some valuable tools that have already improved the quality of my singing voice. Not only is he a great teacher but he is professional and very hospitable. He is great to work with. Its not just a job for him, he enjoys what he does. He cares about the development of his students. I'm excited to see how much I will grow in a year from now.
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shamalle P. October 6, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Charles is really great and has me singing better than ever!!!
Octavio M. Houston, TX

Basic technique to use the vocal instrument correctly.

About Octavio

I have been teaching voice for 7 years and my beginner students are already singing their own gigs. I have had only one advanced student in singing and in 2010 he got the zarzuela prize in the most prestigious opera competition in the world "Placido Domingo´s Operalia). I can teach in Spanish, English and Italian. and for voice I specialize in opera and mariachi music. In guitar as well as in Piano I only teach beginners. *** Lesson Details *** For voice I only take students from 15 years old and on. This is only because the children's voice is very delicate and I think it requires a teacher who specializes in children for it is a big responsibility. Once the puberty voice change is gone: this is my field of expertise. with great discipline and a huge desire of success, a student ...

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Surabhi P. October 18, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
Mr. Octavio knows how to motivate a child. My son gets easily distracted with telling stories, etc and Mr. Octavio is able to get him to focus so well. He has an excellent combination of firmness with motivation. Plus he really knows how to get my 8 year old to understand lessons. Highly recommend!
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Maria S. June 4, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Great Instructor! Extremely satisfied with his teachings, he is well knowledgeable and takes the time to answer and explain all questions.he is a great motivator and this class has been a positive experience.
Paula L. Houston, TX

About Paula

Paula is a passionate teacher with diverse musical styles who lives in Houston, TX. Paula has over 8 years of experience in music instruction. She primarily teaches piano and voice. Her students range as young as pre-school all the way to older adults. Paula was musically trained at very young age. At the age of 5 she already began singing in font of her church congregation. At the age of 7 she began taking piano lessons. Paula has entered in many music competitions such as NATS, GMA and all regions. She also received an Outstanding Student Award in Fine Art from McLennan Community College, where she received her Associate Degree in music. She later received a Bachelor Degree from Houston Baptist University in music and political science. Paula had also performed in many musical plays ...

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Clinton T. February 16, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
I recommend taking lessons with Miss Paula. She worked hard to help prepare my kid for an audition.
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Robyn W. July 17, 2014
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Paula is great! She is obviously well trained and works very well with children. She is patient but tough and really brings the most out in your child. She tailors her lessons to each individual child's needs and is enthusiastic about the learning process.
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Tammy D. January 22, 2014
Piano
Verified Student
Amazing instructor, very precise concepts

Mrs. Paula is a great instructor. I have come to understand and apply all of her lessons. I actually feel like in advancing fairly well.

When an excise in challenging, Ms. Paula helps me through that particular lesson and she is very patient with me.

She has a great spirit and smiles all the time.

She is always present and available.

I would recommend her to anyone who is interested in learning how to play the piano.
Steven E. Houston, TX

My lesson plans are designed to be musical and fun. I want my students to learn the language of the music and understand the theory behind it. Techniques on how to strengthen the voice and get the best tonal quality. The one thing that will allow you to succeed is having a desire to learn and a passion for music. If you have those two things then I can direct you to the right path to achieve your musical goals!

About Steven

Steven E. is an American guitarist, pianist, singer, educator, producer, and song writer. Steve currently is a music director at CrossPoint Community Church. He also is a former member of Christian pop-rock group Press Play playing for thousands of people in Los Angeles, Ca. Steve holds a degree from one of the best contemporary music schools. At Musicians Institute he had an opportunity to study and play with some of the best teachers and students studying an eclectic array of musical styles. Learning from players such as Scott Henderson, Alan Hinds, Alex Machacek, Paul Gilbert, Chris Broderick, the list goes on.. During that time he produced several records. He also worked on projects for members of Melissa Ethridge as well as mixing projects for jazz virtuoso Marcus Singletary. Steve ...

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Larry F. March 27, 2015
Guitar · In studio
Verified Student
Steven was kind, considerate (seriously listened to my guitar goals and concerns), very knowledgeable about music and the guitar. I am glad I met and chose him.
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Jim and Lorraine Y. October 13, 2014
Guitar · In home
Verified Student
I've been working with Steve for a little over a year now and my knowledge of the guitar has increased a lot as has my overall music knowledge. Steve is great to work with and has helped my playing a lot.

Highly Recommended!
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Estella G. September 9, 2014
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
I would like to thank Steven very much for his Piano Lessons.
I am very pleased with Steven, he has been very patient with me, especially because I am Dyslexic......Dyslexia is a reading disorder, but i see, and feel it interfering also with my piano lessons!!

I would recommend him to my family & friends...

Thanks again!!
Troy W. Houston, TX

I have been teaching this subject for over 13 years. There is no specific curriculum as each student will come to lessons with their own unique skills, needs, and goals. Lessons are tailored to those specifics. It is not necessary to know how to read music at the first lesson for beginners. However, learning to read is required for subsequent lessons and will be a large focus for all non-readers. Music is not learned "by ear." A certain amount of theory will be a part of every lesson just as technique and repertoire. Concerning repertoire, it may be selected from the western classical, musical theatre, and popular rep based on the student's goals and learning needs with their input. The main emphasis on performance lessons, however, will be technique and reading. Students should come to the first lesson prepared to discuss their background & goals and the plan of their course of study.

About Troy

Composer Troy W. graduated from the New England Conservatory, earning his Bachelors, Masters (cum laude) and Graduate Diploma while studying with mentor Malcolm Peyton. After spending a year studying with Lukas Foss in Boston, Mr. W. moved to Houston in 2001 where he continued graduate studies at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music. During his time as a teacher with the Michael P. Hammond Preparatory Program at Rice University's Shepherd School of Music, Troy taught classes in music fundamentals and music theory for pre-college students. He has also served on the faculty of the Summer Institute for Piano teaching courses in Form & Analysis for pre-college students. Troy also has maintained a private studio, tutoring and teaching private lessons in composition, ear training, ...

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Ginni S. April 13, 2015
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Troy is a very good piano instructor. He is patient and helps keep my 7 year old daughter in task. he is always reliable and accommodating with regards to his schedule.
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Hao H. February 16, 2015
Piano · In studio
Verified Student
Troy is a great piano teacher! Troy has a great grasp on the material that he teaches. Troy's helpful and diligent teaching style helps further my progress.
The schedule that Troy has also works great for us which is always a plus! Thank you Troy!
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Christina S. February 15, 2015
Singing · In home
Verified Student
Troy is the best vocal instructor ever! I feel like I hit the jackpot in finding him as my coach. He is extremely knowledgeable and great at communicating concepts that might otherwise be difficult to understand. My vocal technique and confidence has improved so much since I started taking lessons from Troy in September 2014. I was so impressed with my progress with Troy that I have now expanded my lessons to twice a week. Troy is great at making a plan to help me achieve my goals, and he is right with me every step of the way. I am so grateful to have an instructor that not only helps me get better, but also has an inspiring attitude to share a love for music.

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