With this exceptional and trying Covid 19 era there’s no doubt you’ve come across one of your favourite artists singing on a live feed, either on Facebook or Instagram. Here the creation values are lowered with the usual glossy costumes being replaced with low maintenance, almost pajama-like get-up.
While viewing one of these home concerts perhaps you considered what it would be like to sing as well? Did the idea of grabbing a guitar or warming those vocals appeal to you? Maybe you blasted the volume, booming out L.A.B.’s In The Air Tonight. As one of the breakout singles from the summer, I’m not shocked.
Yes, all these legends have come from somewhere. Whether it be stringing four chords together in a shared flat, practicing piano or learning their favorite song with vocal gusto. It’s certainly not too late to start something new; singing could be that new break-through or hobby you’re ready to dive into. No matter your current singing level, there’s always room to grow. There’s also many great perks of singing that make it worth your while. So what can singing classes do for you?
What singing perks in your journey will you find?
Shake those worries away:
Do you know that crawling feeling of stress? The one where your cortisol levels increase, and you feel entirely flabbergasted by whatever life throws at you? Take a breathe: singing has been proven to drop your stress hormone levels. This makes your body and mind more at ease. You will feel more comfortable and invigorated by belting out one of your favorite songs, even if for guilty pleasure only. So remember the next time you’re stuck in traffic when you’re singing at the peak of your lungs: you are actually doing yourself a massive service.
Give your mental health some relief:
Singing has been recognized to help your mental health. Twenty people from the UK in 2018 participated in a study, where they did singing workshops. Each person had an array of mental health disorders. The study revealed the people received an enhanced sense of mood and a stronger sense of well-being after singing in the study. This is no wonder given that singing releases feel-good endorphins. You don’t even have to have an incredible voice, you’re boosting your mental health just by opening your mouth and freeing your voice.
Give your immune system a boost:
What if you could aid your body and defend it from getting that irksome cold that’s lingering at the back of your attention? A study on people’s immune responses showed that people who sung along to the music played for them had higher levels of antibodies. These of course fight off illnesses. The individuals from the study who sang along with the music showed higher levels than those who simply just listened to the music. So next time you’re c commuting to work, do yourself a favor; lift your immune system at the same time
So what would singing lessons look like for you?
Becoming a great singer is a voyage. There’s no doubt about it. Taking up vocal lessons is as intricate as any other instrument like keys or electric guitar. But we are fortunate since we have our instrument already built-in. So belting out notes can seem very personal as it literally roars out from us and is not external like all the other instruments we use.
Soon in your lessons you will learn that there are different parts within your voice. These parts access different tones and require different sets of attention. The ‘chest voice is the loudest and most powerful aspect, that gives off a belting feeling. Then you have the head voice which is the soft tone and sing more in the nasal area. When you begin to navigate these two you then will be able to develop a ‘mix’. Here, the two parts of the voice come together enabling a balance of power and subtly. Worry not, this will happen over time gradually you and your teacher will unlock your singing voices natural tone.
Learning to find your voice should be an exciting quest, unravelling new knowledge and applying it as you get better. What should you expect to learn in your vocal lessons?
- It’s all about breathing!:
Learning when to breathe while navigating your notes is so important. Singing is different from talking in that we often take a break between our sentences. Ideally, when singing you will navigate the right time to get those breaths in your songs as well as getting to know all about your diaphragm: the central power of your breath control.
- Feeling good, feeling confident: When you start your singing journey your tutor should be about building your confidence and helping you be brave in your discovery of new ideas. Having a singing teacher is like having a friend to cheer you on but also to push you to develop your talent.
- Stand up straight, feel in your body: Not only will you be taught to centre your body and gain awareness of its importance, but you will also improve your posture. The more room you give your body by sitting up straight, the better access you will have to your diaphragm for voice control.
So, are you ready to find a singing teacher?
Stuart Clark has a versatile background and can cater to your ideas
With Stuart Clarke, you will be given an understanding of the voice from a more contemporary perspective, which will include pop, rock, jazz and even musical theatre. Located in Miramar, you will learn all the fundamentals of singing that include breathing support and vowel pronunciation. Curb that kiwi accent and get to know more subtle vowel sounds. It will make your singing clarity that much better. If you want, a full 20 minute vocal assessment can be done prior to your lesson, where Stuart can learn and cater to your specific personal needs. It’s a great opportunity to get an expert opinion on where your voice is currently at. Stuart has a range of students, from beginners who have never sung before right through to expert level, so whatever your current skill level, considered yourself covered. No two voices are alike and Stuart believes with some time and practise you can unleash your potential and achieve those singing goals.
Encore might be the team you need to get you performance ready:
If your wanting access to a group of singing teachers, then Encore School Of Music is the way to go. There are three vocal teachers that you can work with who each provide their own stamp on teaching the voice. You will learn to widen your range and overall improve your technique both of breathing and vowel onsets. You can also have the option of having duo lessons or even group lessons, if you want to get a taste for performing with others. The great thing about Encore is they have a range of opportunities where you can perform. Could be a great excuse to have a supportive network where you can test out your vocals and get feedback from your performance.
Connect with the words that you sing with Coco
On the other hand, if you are wanting a more holistic understanding of the voice, then the Vocal Lab could be for you. Coco Favre has a unique background as a performer, has taught vocals at a private school in wellington and is now 4 years into her own voice teaching business. Her philosophy is about tapping into your mind and body and bringing your full self to the table when singing. You will learn how to connect with the words you are singing as well as fundamentals like breathe support. Coco teaches all levels of singing, so even if you are starting out she will be able to provide insight for you as well.
Or maybe you can't stand the commuting place to place, rest assured there are so many online teachers who can help you get to the next level.
Take Singing Lessons with Superprof
Superprof is an online tutoring website that has a whole range of tutors who are equipped to take your vocal hobby to the next stage.
They are so keen to help, the first lesson is completely on the house. Superprof is confident you’ll find a tutor who resonates with your singing journey. They will also save you driving in that never-ending traffic queue since their lessons are all online. Who knows, you may end up singing to more people than just your shower head and the shampoo amenities?
With Superprof, you and your tutor can craft a package that suits you personally. It’s about curating an experience for you that will make you feel comfortable with your singing voice and how to unlock your potential. Who knows what singing will do for you in your life. Follow that lead and tap into all the benefits.