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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 i
n 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, breath 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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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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Ralph S. April 27, 2015
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
Awesome.
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LaVita R. April 26, 2015
Music Performance · In studio
Verified Student
Charles helped me push past my nervousness and seems to be a pro. I am confident he will teach me great things about my voice. Really enjoyed my first session. Looking forward to the rest.
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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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Shakeatha D.

Houston, TX

About Shakeatha

I have sung for as long as I could speak! I hail from a family of recording artists and have graced the stage since the age of 4. During high school, I learned to read music and took piano lessons. This peaked my interest in wanting to learn the fundamentals of music so I decided to major in it in college. I then went on to Xavier University, where I received a Bachelor of Arts in Music. While at Xavier I participated in many productions. I also received a Xavier University Music Scholarship for four years. I have noted my experience in detail: Xavier University of Louisiana-Senior Recital; Xavier University Student Recital – “Opera under the Stars”, April 2008; Xavier University Concert Choir Midwest Tour – Soloist for “Amazing Grace”, April 2008; Xavier University of Louisiana ...

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Ronique W. June 16, 2014
Vocal Training · In studio
Verified Student
Shakeatha is great! After just a few lessons, I felt like I was improving. I like that she stresses proper vocal technique and breathing as well, which are very important. She's also highly versatile, so no matter what style you want to learn, whether its pop, jazz, soul, or classical, she's got you covered. She really encouraged and challenged me, reawakening my love for singing and music overall. I highly recommend her!
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Ciara W. January 6, 2014
Singing
Verified Student
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I enjoy singing lessons with Ms.Shakeitha , she makes learning fun and easy and she pushes you. Overall she's the best teacher and my singing is improving.
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Yolanda B. December 19, 2013
Singing
Excellent!!!

Shae is extremely talented and has a well trained voice. She is very knowledgeable about the nuances of singing and is a great teacher!!
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Elisabeth P.**

Houston, TX

From Beginner to Advanced - All Ages

Well structured lesson plan covering all aspects of music, specifically designed to help you reach your individual goals.

About Elisabeth

Sara is an established voice and piano teacher in the New York City Area. She is a thoughtful and dedicated instructor with nearly a decade of teaching experience, and her students range from beginners to professionals. As a voice teacher, she has helped students audition for competitive music schools and The Voice, and has also helped others to be able to sing with more confidence in their community theaters, churches and karaoke parties. As a piano teacher, she has been excited to be able to help many beginning and intermediate students develop the musical and technical fundamentals that they need to excel in many different genres of music. Although Elisabeth primarily performs classical music, she loves applying her extensive technical knowledge to many different styles. Sara ...

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AzenaA July 12, 2012
Amazing and Knowledgeable Teacher

I could not be happier with Elisabeth. She is wonderful and has a overall wealth of knowledgem,talent, and experience. She has also been very patient with helping me with my shyness and finding my true voice.
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NatashaD April 28, 2012
Natacha dorante

Miss Elisabeth S.I Can says your're a very nice and compation ,patients ,you like to push to help better my kids tara ,thanks you so much for your time
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MischaI March 22, 2012
Fabulous

Elisabeth has just the right balance in what I hoped for in a teacher. She challenges me just enough for me to feel frustrated but like I'm growing, and she affirms my work just enough for me to feel good about myself and confident. She also has a great balance between a friendly energy and getting down to work.
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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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Zane W.

Houston, TX

When I see "singing" I assume the website means "Speech level singing" What is speech level singing? It is learning to shape ones voice to its original tone quality.

About Zane

Zane W. starting taking lessons from Guitar Institute of technology graduate, Charlie Lair at 12 years of age and studied with him for 6 years. Zane began serious classical voice lessons when he was 18 from Dr. Paul Busselburg, and is now currently taking speech level singing. He has taken 8 music theory courses and 8 ear training courses. Also, he is a proficient song writer. Zane has been teaching both singing and guitar lessons for 4 years. ***He recently lost touch with most of his previous students due to working with t.v. show "The Voice" but is passionate about sharing his gift with others now that he is back in Houston.

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Samreen Z. October 14, 2014
Singing · In studio
Verified Student
He's an awesome instructor! Made me feel very comfortable and went at the perfect pace for me.

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