Student Resources

Student Resources

Student resources for resourceful students.

The 5 Vocal Elements are:

  1. slow down (staccato)
  2. open you mouth (wide/big)
  3. emphasize consonants (exaggerate/punch)
  4. smile (wide/big)
  5. listen (close your eyes/checklist)

Proper posture is always important. Chin level with the floor and hands by your side. Relax your shoulders, hands and face. Release all tension in your body ...and speak/sing.

Vocal Exercises

Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do
Ti
La
So
Fa
Mi
Re
Do Re Mi Fa So La Ti Do

Singing Exercises or Speaking Exercises

How to memorize a song?

  1. Write out the lyrics while listening to the song without looking at the words.
  2. Trust yourself and sing it once without looking at the lyrics (turn the sheet over)
  3. Allow yourself to make some mistakes.
  4. When you are done singing it once, pick up the lyrics and look for the spots where you forgot the words.
  5. Sing it again without looking at the lyrics (turn the sheet over)
  6. Repeat this process until all the words are memorized

You will be surprised how fast the lyrics and the rhythm sink in!

Now find a karaoke track or pick up your favourite instrument and sing along 🙂

How to Practice Effectively

How to choose Sheet Music

Voice & Performance Tips

You are never too old to learn to sing.

Stage Fright

Use stage fright to your advantage. The more scared you are, the bigger you should be.

Don’t stop just because you made a mistake. Keep going!

To avoid vocal fatigue, warm up hours before your performance.

Smiling opens the sides of your mouth and helps with projection.

Listen to yourself. Appreciate the good, fix the bad.

Listening is equally as important as singing or speaking. Be teachable!

Stay focused on your goals.

Be teachable.

Humming is an excellent vocal warm up.

Wanna hit that high note? Try opening your mouth!

Mumblers are never taken seriously. Open your mouth and people will listen.

If you are talking over someone else, then you are not listening.

It’s better to hit a wrong note than to make excuses.

You can only teach yourself so much before you hit a wall.

Focus on the message and stage fright becomes less important.

Participate in open mics, karaokes, spoken word, poetry jams and improv.

Everyone has a talent. Many choose to ignore it.

It’s not about you, its about connecting with the audience.

If you’re trying to think of what to say next, then you are not listening.

No one cares about your mistakes more than you.

Practice daily in the shower. The steam helps open up your sinuses.

Smile

When you perform, Smile! If you think you’ll look silly then consider what it looks like when when all you do is frown.

Storytelling

Singing is storytelling. Singers are storytellers.

Sing every day.

bigger

Bigger is better. Don’t hold back!

Relax, slow down, take your time and don’t rush. Less is more!

Recommended Websites:

  • Diva Devotee/Vocal Ranges - Excellent resource for looking up vocal ranges of famous celebrities
  • Don't have a Piano?  Don't worry....its not difficult to find a Piano app for your android or iPhone.  Search "Virtual Piano" or "Virtual Keyboard."  You can also use this Free Virtual Keyboard on your computer.
  • We all know its easy to find free karaoke on You Tube....but what do you do if the song you are looking for is not there OR its on its not in the correct key??? Try Karaoke Version - yes you have to pay BUT its reliable and has many Many options you will never find on You Tube 🙂
  • Go to Musicnotes.com for sheet music needed for Singing Master Class.
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