Singing Lessons

SINGING LESSONS

Online & In-Studio singing lessons are offered on an individual basis for teenagers and adults in contemporary styles of music. Lessons are 50 minute duration. Lessons are either weekly or on a casual basis. 

My job is to educate, facilitate, guide and inspire you along your vocal and musical path. Lessons are flexible and based on your needs, but always with an emphasis on healthy vocal technique and enjoyment. We will work together to help find your natural singing voice, enabling you to sing with ease, power, freedom, and confidence. You will sing songs you want to, with guidance.  

Students always leave the studio feeling energised, inspired and smiling. Students who practice exercises covered in lessons daily will show rapid improvement and amazing results. 

YOUR FIRST LESSON

The first lesson usually involves a chat about your music history and goals. If comfortable, I may ask you to sing a verse and chorus of your favourite song. Then we will jump right into simple vocal assessment exercises on a 5 note scale, don't stress it's very relaxed. Don't warm up at home before your lesson. This lesson gives you and Dot time to decide whether you are compatible before committing to further lessons. 

 

WHAT I WILL LISTEN AND WATCH FOR: 

  • Your ability to sing in tune and in time.

  • The quality of the lower, middle & upper register and the transition between registers.

  • Types of vocal onsets of sound being used

  • Any tension in the body, neck, jaw, shoulders, etc

  • Breathing and posture

  • Your energy levels and volume

TEENAGERS

Lessons are tailored to meet individual needs and are structured to compliments your goals and learning style. Dot will encourage you to sing songs that you are passionate about. Whatever your reasons for taking singing lessons, we can help. 

Teenagers will find Dots Singing as: 
  • a fun, safe and nurturing environment where it's okay to make mistakes.

  • a place to express yourself in a healthy and creative manner.

  • an environment that reduces stress and anxiety especially during VCE years.

  • a fun and exciting energised, physical activity to look forward to each week.

  • a positive effect on mood and state of mind.

  • a place where positive outcomes create growth in confidence, self-esteem and a sense of achievement.

  • a place where you are encouraged to be kind and patient with yourself through the use of positive self-talk, exploration and creativity.

WHAT TO BRING TO FACE-TO-FACE LESSONS

  • Water bottle

  • Printed lyrics

  • Notebook

  • A recording device if possible

 

​STUDENT EXPECTATIONS

  • Practice at least 10 to 20 minutes a day, 6 days a week  

  • Attend lesson even if you haven't practiced

  • Do not practice on the day of your lesson (unless instructed to)

  • Please arrive 5 minutes before your lesson time

WHY HAVE A SINGING TEACHER OR VOCAL COACH

A singing teacher develops an ability to hear things that an untrained person cannot, although there are many sites online with good advice, ultimately you need another set of ears to listen and assess your voice. Much of the information available online should be considered as a resource rather than a replacement for a good teacher. I have seen beginner students who have spent a year learning online have not achieved a basic foundation of singing. 

POSSIBLE AREAS COVERED IN LESSONS:

  • Audition Preparation

  • Stage Presentation 

  • Microphone Technique

  • Anatomy & Physiology

  • Performance Anxiety & Strategies 

  • Song Interpretation

  • Performance Coaching

  • Acoustics and Resonance 

  • Visual Feedback and Analysis

  • Simple piano & ukulele accompaniment

  • Music theory 

  • Song interpretation

  • Genre & Phrasing

  • Vocal Health and Recovery

  • Posture and body alignment

  • Breath Management 

  • Blending registers

  • Vocal Registers & Qualities

  • Range extension 

  • Vocal stamina 

  • Agility and flexibility

  • Diction and Articulation

  • Vowel formation - bright and dark vowels

  • Types of Onsets

  • Song selection and development  

  • Performance Preparation 

  • Pitch and ear training, solfege, hand-signs

  • Active listening skills and musicianship