There are so many wonderful reasons to take voice lessons! I have noticed that the following are at the top of the list when working specifically with high school students.
Improved test scores
Dr. Kyle Pruett, clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine, says “People who have had formal musical training tend to be pretty good at remembering information stored in memory.” Who knew that you could train for the SAT/ACT away from a book and desk?
Encourages collaboration and communication skills
Singers rarely perform alone. Typically, they collaborate with a pianist, guitarist or another instrumentalist. This act of collaboration practices the social skills required to communicate effectively with someone. I have seen high school students make tremendous strides in their communication and their listening ability by taking just a few private voice lessons.
It teaches discipline
They say that practice makes perfect, but I have learned that practice makes permanent. What you practice with your voice will become second nature. Practicing also requires a bit of a self-starting attitude, as sometimes practice isn’t fun at first. I define Finely Tuned as "making precise adjustments for optimal performance." Once a student internalizes how to Finely Tune their voice in lessons, they can then apply these same principles to other activities in their lives.
It promotes self awareness
Let’s face it…what high school student couldn’t benefit from a little bump up in their self-awareness? These can be trying years, but learning how to sing creates self-awareness by noticing and recognizing how you create specific sounds using your body.
It forces the brain to work harder
A singer must use many parts of the brain to create their art. They are constantly internalizing notes, words, and rhythms, all while trying to convey a message. This is multi-tasking at its finest! The focus required to take a private voice lesson forces a student to be engaged the whole time, as opposed to hiding in a class with 30 other people as so many high school students do in band or chorus classes.
The Bottom line: Taking private voice lessons not only allows high school student to pursue a hobby, but also helps them develop habits that are applicable to everything they do in life. Visit our Voice Lessons page to learn more about our approach.
About Finely Tuned Voice Lessons:
Finely Tuned Voice Lessons (FTVL) is a private music studio located in Mercer County, NJ. Our studio offers 5-star rated private voice lessons to singers of all ages and abilities, with a special emphasis on high school students. You can learn more about about our voice studio by visiting our website, sending us at an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For performers, "the first day of school" means the first day of rehearsal! I began rehearsing for Rameau's Pygmalion with New York City Opera on 2/26. So, 2/26 was my first day of school! YAY! There are some specific items that I needed for a successful rehearsal today. I carry them in a classic black Mary Poppins-esque bag. Everything I could ever need is inside!
What's in my bag?!?
*Did you notice that I ask you to bring several of these items with you to your voice lessons? :)
First day of school? It's in the bag! (I'm so proud of myself for this pun)
Maria Palombo is a Voice Instructor and Singer living in Central NJ. She is the founder of Finely Tuned Voice Lessons, a private voice studio in Mercer County, NJ.