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.
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.