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Holiday Gift Certificates are Here!

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Singing Lesson Gift Certificates are here for the Holidays! Forget about giving another ugly tie! Watch them do the happy dance when you buy them singing lessons. Buy your Holiday gift certificates online now! Print off a beautifully designed certificate to give to your loved one in-person. Or EMAIL the gift certificate to them for an on-time delivery. They will love your thoughtfulness. And …

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How to Choose Songs that Build Your Voice

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by Koichi Nakamura We all love singing, especially our favourite songs. They might be pop, rock, R&B…Death metal!? But is there a difference between a song that is merely fun to sing and one that builds our voice? Is every song a good one to practice or are some better for you than others? I believe there are songs that will help …

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How Do I Sing Without Losing My Breath?

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by Koichi Nakamura If you were in school choir, your teacher may have encouraged you to “sing from your diaphragm, not your throat” or to “take a deep breath and support your voice with more air. ” Breathing is one of the important skills in singing, but breathing techniques doesn’t always solve singing problems. On the contrary, sometimes encouraging people to take in …

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How to Sing with Power

How to Sing with Power

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“Loud is not power. Force is not power. Strain is not power.” Our associate teacher Rebecca Lam pulls apart the myths to uncover what it means to sing with real vocal power.

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Singing Foundations: Group Voice Classes, Oct 16-Nov 6

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EARLY BIRD PRICE until OCT 1st! • Love to sing but always get frustrated by the parts of your range where you BREAK or STRAIN? • Always wanted to study singing but don’t have the time or money to take weekly private voice lessons? • SINGING FOUNDATIONS is a group singing course that introduces you to your VOICE and gets you doing what …

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Help! My Voice Hurts After I Practice

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by Spencer Welch We all know we should practice more. Singing exercises.  Piano scales. Lines for the school play.  Somewhere someone told us something about 10,000 hours of practice…and then you’ve mastered the thing. Granted, most of us would rather spend 10 hours practicing and the other 9,990 binge-watching Netflix. But deep down we know practice is good for us…like Brussels sprouts.  Practice …

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Singing High Notes

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by Spencer Welch I was desperate. Only 12 years old, singing a solo in church choir rehearsal, and then it happened. My voice started to change! Until this turn of events, I had enjoyed a long illustrious (two-year) career with my boy soprano voice. I even got to play Francis Scott Key in my elementary school’s July 4th musical, quite a feat for …

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Why Do I Sing All These Funny Sounding Scales?

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by Ko Nakamura If you have taken a voice lesson with an IVA certified teacher, you might have sung some funny sounding scales before singing an actual song. There are many reasons why we assign these exercises to our students. For an inside look at the secrets of singing only voice teachers know, keep reading. VOCALISES In your first voice lesson, we …

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3 Myths about Singing

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by Spencer Welch If you’ve spent any time in a choir, garage band, or church worship team, you’ve probably had a run-in. They look good. They sound true. They strut around rehearsal rooms, daring you to throw the first punch. They are myths and half-truths. And vocal technique is where they go to retire. So in the interest of clearing the air, I’m …

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Good Teaching is about DO, not DON’T

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by Spencer Welch Another week, another student with a horror story: “My last singing teacher would get angry at me when I couldn’t sing the high notes. He was always criticizing: ‘You’re nasal! You’re flat!’ I didn’t know what I was doing wrong. I didn’t know how to fix it. And I didn’t know when the next scolding was coming. So now, …

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