What To Expect At Your First Voice Lesson

So you’re thinking about taking voice lessons, but are a little nervous about what to expect at your first voice lesson. Well, relax and read the next few paragraphs; we think you’ll see that voice lessons are fun, and not as intimidating as they first appear.

When you arrive for your first voice lesson, you may first be shown around the studio, and then introduced to your voice instructor. Your instructor will likely ask you questions regarding your singing and general music background; for example, have you sung in a choir or solo before? Do you have any experience singing or performing in front of people? Do you play in instrument? What are your goals for your lessons? These questions will help the instructor to format the lessons based on your individual experience level and goals.

Then comes the fun! It’s time so sing!! Well… almost. First, your instructor will discuss two important fundamental elements of proper technique: posture and breathing. These two elements (along with vowel shaping) will be reinforced throughout your voice lessons as they are critical in obtaining the singing voice that you’ve always dreamed of having.
OK, it’s almost time to sing! But, before you start working on an actual song, your instructor will use scales to both determine your vocal range, and to get an indication of your pitch accuracy. Of course knowing your vocal range is necessary in order to pick an appropriate song, in the correct key, for you to work on. And knowing your pitch accuracy is important for the instructor as they’ll assign various exercises based on your level of pitch accuracy.

Finally, it’s time to sing! Your instructor will pick a song that is appropriate for both your skill level, and physical singing capabilities. The goal is a song that you’re both familiar with, and would love to sing. Of course, based on your skill level your first few songs you work on may not be the songs of your dreams, but the goal is to get there.

your first voice lesson

Voice lessons are fun, and everybody can improve their singing voice!

If you stick with voice lessons, you’ll see the following happen:
  • Your vocal range will expand.
  • Your pitch control will be more accurate.
  • Your overall singing will improve.
  • Your ear will develop and you will hear music differently than before. You will understand pitch better. You’ll be able to better distinguish individual elements in music. As our instructor Ethan Brown puts it, “ear training is just as important as the physical aspects of singing. You need to be sure of each note to be sung before it comes out of your mouth.”

When do all these great things happen? It varies on the individual; their background, their natural abilities, and the amount of time they spend practicing. Regardless, we see improvements in all of our students. Of course, not everybody is a Frank Sinatra, or an Adele, but everyone can improve their singing voice, and the speed at which they improve is based on how much time they spend practicing.

Last but not least, an incredibly important element of general musicianship is performing skills. For this reason, we hold bi-monthly recitals, and we hope to see most of our students participate in these free recitals. Although many students find performing initially a challenge, after a couple of performances it becomes less stressful, and more fun! Students that have performed in several recitals often look forward to future events, whereas at first they dreaded them.
We hope that, after reading this, you have a better idea of what your first voice lesson will be like should you decide to start. If you’re interested in scheduling a lesson, you can do so below. You can see our instructors HERE.





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