What age can you start voice lessons?

If you have a small child who sings, we strongly encourage students to start with 1 year of piano lessons before taking voice lessons.  We can start lessons at age 7 if your child understands that voice lessons are like piano lessons - in that there will be academic aspects that require weekly practice.  Young children often want a microphone and a spotlight - developmentally, this is the normal drive to sing and perform.  Voice lessons do not really satisfy that drive.  If the child starts with piano, then they are in the habit of practicing and looking at music as something that can be read, a skill to be improved upon.  Then, after a year, the transition to voice lessons is a seamless one and the spotlight and microphone come after the work has been done.  We do also offer a split lesson - 15 minutes of voice and 15 minutes of piano, but in our experience, a year of piano is more likely to be conducive to long-term success for a child under 4th grade.

What do students study at each age?

  • Ages 6-9, Age-appropriate songs, developmentally appropriate voice training (absolutely no belting), do-re-mi’s, music reading and keyboard skills.  Simple songs like Home on the Range, or easy Disney songs.

  • Ages 10-13, Age-appropriate songs, developmentally appropriate voice training (absolutely no belting and no heavy operatic technique), do-re-mi’s, music reading and keyboard skills.  Musical Theater and folk songs like The Sound of Music and Somewhere Over the Rainbow

  • Ages 13-16, More advanced voice building using a variety of methods, understanding of registers, diction, music reading and rhythm reading, singing in Latin or Italian, Musical Theater songs that are more advanced, folk songs from the UK and early America, light classical and church repertoire, occasional pop songs, audition prep.

  • Adults, More advanced voice building using a variety of methods, understanding of registers, diction, music reading and rhythm reading, singing in Latin or Italian, Musical Theater songs that are more advanced, folk songs from the UK and early America, light classical and church repertoire, occasional pop songs.  Performance projects and recording work.

 

Do your students compete in competitions?

The NATS (National Association of the Teachers of Singing) competition is held in October for students who study classical songs.  The Teen Arts Festival is a popular competition among local high schools - if your school participates, consider entering as a soloist.  Grades 6-12 audition for region and state choir.  Competitions can be a good motivational tool, but there aren’t many to choose from that don’t require a hefty fee (these are for-profit competitions, which we don’t recommend)

 

Do you offer coaching or audition preparation aside from lessons?

Sure, if you need coaching for a role or audition preparation, let us know.  Auditions for a competition, choir, or musical should take about 8 weeks to prepare.  Auditions for a college entrance as a voice major take about 18-months at a minimum to be competitive.

Lessons by Appointment

 

Monday-Thursday 12:00pm-9:00pm

Friday 3:00pm - 6:00pm

Saturday 9:00am-2:00

Sunday 4:00-8:00pm

 

Address

40 South Broadway /Second Ave, Pitman, NJ

pitmanmusiclessons@gmail.com

Across from the Broadway Theatre

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