How To’s for Music Students

How To’s of Singing

Student Materials

Here are the techniques and exercises you’ll learn during your vocal lessons. Once familiar with them, you can use the handy one-page Vocal Daily Exercises to practice at home. Laminate a copy for the shower!!☺

“I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.”

~ William James

See the Larynx in Action
Watch this interesting video of an actual larynx.

Diaphragm During Respiration
3D view of diaphragm with explanation.

No matter what style of music you want to explore, these video clips present some of the ideas we will explore to help you become a better singer.

Masters of the Craft

Listen and watch as renowned sopranos Renee Fleming and Kiri Te Kanawa coach their students.

Renee Fleming
Interpretation tips, what is support 4:00.

Kiri Te Kanewa
Simple approaches, smile into the sound, being fit.

Consider Joining A Choir

Learning to sing with confidence can be greatly enhanced when you apply what you’re learning to a specific goal. Some clients find that joining a choir gives them the focus they need to apply what they’re learning in their private lessons. There are many wonderful choral groups in Calgary. Google “choirs in Calgary” to find a choir that fits your needs.

Text Neck

“Text neck”, a new condition caused by repeated periods of looking down at your smart phone, can cause neck issues and impair singing. The head forward and down position prevents your voice from working efficiently, mechanically, and acoustically. This short video demonstrates how to enjoy your smart phone without the risk of neck issues.

Musical Tools and Apps

  • Acappella – an app that enables singers to create acapella videos. (Download to your mobile device.)
  • Cyberbass.com – choral parts for popular classical music for practice in parts or combined SATB for purchase or online use.
  • Freegigmusic.com – download PDF’s of popular classical sheet music for various instruments.
  • iRig Mic Cast – a small recording device for iPhone or iPad. Available in stores and online including at Amazon.
  • Musicnotes.com – sheet music site with the flexibility to transpose.
  • SingSnap.com – online karaoke to listen or record.
  • Singstar: music video game for PlayStation which tests pitch and rhythm accuracy in competitive or duet experiences.
  • Smule – karaoke singing app for singles or duets. (Download to your mobile device.)

Contact us for more information about voice or piano lessons in Calgary.