So you want to take voice lessons....?
Voice lessons can be the best part of your week! In order to begin lessons on a high note (pun intended), I have included a breakdown of what to expect:
The Talk: "Wait...I thought I was here to sing?"
Yes, you are! But...
During the first few minutes of your lesson I'll ask you some questions about you! Nothing crazy...I just want to get to know you as a person. I might ask you who your favorite singers are and what kind of music you listen to. I will likely ask you why you have chosen to take voice lessons and why you want to learn to sing. I customize each and every lesson depending on the individual's voice and personality.
Voice Building: Stretching & Strengthening your voice
The next part of the lesson will focus on vocalises (warm-ups). Just like an athlete warms up for an athletic event, you will warm up your voice to sing. I will walk you through each exercise and explain to you why I have you make these specific sounds. This part of the lesson will take the most time, but I promise to keep you engaged! See the video at the bottom to see a student singing one of these warm ups!
Repertoire: "A fancy French word for songs you sing"
In the last few minutes, I will ask you to sing a song of your choice. I've had people sing Opera, Musical Theater, Jazz, Gospel, Pop, Rock, Country, etc. Even if you choose to sing "Happy Birthday" it will still give me an idea of what your voice can do! Singing a song of your choice gives you the chance to finely tune a song you enjoy singing, and gives me the opportunity to get to know your voice!
In short, you don't have to prepare much for your lesson. Just come ready to explore your voice with a song you love!
Helpful items to bring to your lesson:
Hopefully this gives you a good idea of what to expect from your first voice lesson. Feel free to also reference my FAQ page if you have additional questions.
4/29/2018 04:20:22 pm
Thanks for letting me know what to expect for my first voice lesson!
12/26/2021 12:09:25 pm
Hi my name is Rachel Bryant I what someone to help me sing
8/18/2022 07:39:54 am
My son wants to learn how to sing, so I want to get him lessons. It makes sense that they would do more than just singing at first. I'll make sure that my son is ready to talk about why he wants to learn how to sing so that they know what to focus on.
8/19/2022 11:32:16 am
Great! We will be starting up lessons again in September and look forward to connecting with your family!
9/23/2022 09:21:39 pm
I'm glad that you talked that warmups before the practice is important just like any other sports. The other day, my wife mentioned that she was planning to enroll our daughter in voice lessons class as she loves to sing every time, and she asked if I had any idea what would be the best option to do. Thanks to this enlightening article, I'll be sure to tell her that it will be much better if she consults a well-known singing lesson as they can answer all her inquiries.
3/2/2023 11:10:47 am
I found it interesting when you elaborated on what we'd expect from a singing trial lesson. The other day, my cousin told me she's interested in taking singing lessons to know if she'd create a music band with her friends, so I think she'd be glad to read your article. I appreciate your insight on expecting to get stretching and strengthening exercises to warm up our voices.
3/28/2023 09:10:34 pm
Thank you for mentioning that singing a song of your choice allows you to fine-tune a song you like singing and allows you to get to know your voice. My sister expresses a desire to sing. I'll advise her to enroll in online voice lessons so she can learn to know her voice.
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Maria Palombo is the founder of Finely Tuned Voice Lessons, a private voice studio. Her studio is open to all regardless of age or ability.