In this peculiar Covid19 era, chances are you’ve come across a New Zealand artist or musician sweep your screen with some humble home concerts. All made possible of course, by the famed Kiwi ‘number eight wire’ and that can-do attitude we so affectionally like to flaunt. Such living room concerts captivate our attention by the ‘going live’ platforms like Facebook and Instagram. Both solo artists and bands alike, have participated in 20 to 60-minute sessions of songs and music. Infused with common interruptions of pets, or even family members walking in on their live feeds; we witness such flippant homely vibes, loving every second.
It’s this mentality of doing-it-yourself that is something to truly grab onto, especially when you are wanting to dive into something new. Have you ever thought of picking up the guitar and try to learn the lead on your favorite Six60 song? Or do you sing from the top of your lungs ‘Super lonely’ by Auckland’s own, Benee whilst merging into traffic? Or perhaps you may have sung from the top of your lungs to L.AB’s, ‘In the air’, at one of their summer gigs?
From New Zealand’s beloved and acclaimed Six60, to our pure heroine Lorde, New Zealand is no short of talent. But of course, all these legends have come from somewhere. Be it a first lesson on the piano, a campfire jam with friends, or messing around in a garage with some chords. There’s no doubt that inspiration first comes from taking that plunge. Singing can bring so many benefits that can truly lift your everyday life. Think you’ve got a song to sing? Ready to have teacher to guide your creative urge? So what can singing lessons do for you?
What are some of the benefits of singing as a practice?
Would you believe spending time singing will lower your cortisol levels? That’s science-speak for reducing your stress load in the body. Whether it’s working long hours or piling in on homework, we all negotiate varying levels of stress during our days. Together with a teacher, just by allocating time working on your singing technique, you can count relaxation as a way of staying on top of your worries. Next time you catch yourself belting out a tune in the car, you’re actually doing your body and mind a real service.
Singing boosts your mental health!
Similar to working out at the gym, feel-good endorphins are released into your body. Those feel-good chemicals serve up happiness galore. So, get this: you don’t have to have an amazing voice because anyone can grab a hold of these benefits, regardless of your current skill level. Music in all its wonder is relaxing to the soul. Once you’ve made the plunge, starting your singing journey, you can also release muscle tension by launching into your favorite song.
Be apart of something bigger:
Together with your singing teacher, you will be plugged into the wonderful world of music. Music connects you with a wider sense of belonging. Depending on what songs you sing and how you engage with the material, you will experience a connection with others and develop your sense of empathy. In a study done measuring empathy in a range of people’s experience, those who listened to music had a high activation on the MRI’s reward center in their brains. So singing can make you feel more connected with others and gain perspective from not just the lyrics but also the sheer act of expressing yourself.
So, what will singing lessons look like for you?
It’s a journey where you slowly begin to understand the voice as an instrument, just like anything else. We all have a singing voice built in, but still it needs just as much training as you would if you were learning a physical instrument like a guitar or piano.
There are so many different parts of your voice that you can access. Did you know you have what is called a chest voice? This is where belting comes into play, where a range of muscles helps utilize a more powerful tone. On the other hand, your head voice, is softer and slightly more nasal, for the more tender moments. With your singing teacher you will be able to discover what’s called a ‘mix’. This is the part of your voice that combines your head and chest voice. No two singers are alike, so take learning these parts of your voice as an exciting discovery. Your singing teacher will gradually unlock your unique head, chest, and mix voice.
To find a singing coach who understands your unique vocal tone should be an enjoyable journey: you just need to know what you are looking for!
In an ideal world your singing teacher should show you how to work on the following:
- Breathe in, then breathe out. Life gets heavy sometimes hey? A good grasp of breathing techniques can transform your song or performance to sky-high heights. I kid you not: when I say breath management is the holy grail in your singing journey. Especially if you’re out to rock one of Adele’s ballads or unleash your karaoke chops to all your friends.
- Confidence: No matter what level you’re at with your singing, your teacher should be hyping you up to support your growth and ability. This includes both the technical aspects of your voice as well as your emotional connection to the song.
- Having excellent posture: If you don’t train your body to stand up straight and get that air flowing into your lungs, your flow and intonation could be compromised. That’s music-guru speak for your words to trail off, as you heave for a breath in the wrong place. Every word that leaves your lips needs to be heard, so standing like a dignified measurement ruler will most certainly help.
- Vocal Health: Your voice is a muscle and as such, like after a leg day you need to rest those used muscles. In the same way, your vocal muscles also need some TLC and relaxation. This includes all over body stretches plus the habit of drinking water.
So, are you ready to find a singing teacher?
Claire Martin can get your voice ready:
For a good understanding of your voice and what you can do, why not dive into Claire Martin’s classes? If you’re not sure what style to tackle first, Claire can guide you through everything from pop, contemporary, right through to classical and musical theatre. In all singing genres she teaches the foundational importance of breathing. Are you someone who can belt out those high notes? Or do you bask in those velvety low notes with more ease? With guidance, as well as mastering genres you will begin to view singing as a story. Every line is important and expressing the words your singing is vital. Whatever your voice level Claire can help get you to the next stage. She is based on Auckland’s North Shore and her lessons usually last 45 minutes.
Find your vocal health routine with Big Notes Get Votes:
And for those of you who have paused in their singing journey and want to return, Cherie Mathewson (Big Notes Get Votes) could be just the coach for you. As a singing guru, Cherie has toured with a range of New Zealand bands and enjoys helping singers’ step into their own power. A huge part of Cherie’s process is educating students on vocal health. If you’re looking at stepping up with your singing, Cherie will guide you through by helping with your vocal warmups, getting that posture pristine and much more. You can reach her by email to arrange a lesson at her studio or home, whatever suits you.
Learn with 'Sing Creative':
If you're also wanting a teacher to be your mentor as well, then check out Ra Charmian's lessons. She has extensive performance skills, and will guide you into discovering your voice and its full potential. 'Sing Creative' is an experience where Ra will design and craft the lesson to whatever ability are currently at. It's this in tune nature, that makes classes so motivating.
Or, if you want some flexibility in your day, then maybe trying an online tutor might be more practical for you. For those who want to beat the traffic and have access to a wide range of excellent tutors, online tutoring is a great option.
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 level.
In fact, 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?
Have you ever had a singing teacher who had you singing show tunes when you really wanted to be belting the pop bangers you hear on the radio? It’s good to find a singing teacher who is flexible and moulds their curriculum around your wants and desires. Superprof tutors give personalised feedback, designing the course around you.