Week 1: Warming up, singing in tune, breathing and posture
The basics of singing are the foundation for improving and as we can’t see inside our own voice box, it is important to get feedback and start to feel how to create a better sound. We start with breathing exercises, then making funny noises and move from there to singing warm-ups. Awareness of your breathing is essential for controlling nerves.
Week 2: Picking songs that suit your range, learning your song
Each voice is different and certain songs may suit you better than others and regular practice expands the range of notes that you can easily sing. Learning a song accurately is similar to learning a speech or a poem. It takes some focused time and attention and I give you an approach that can speed this up.
Week 3: Developing confidence
Confidence means that you trust yourself and it takes time to develop it. The weekly classes allow for the time to build on the techniques you need to trust your own voice. Also, having a group of like-minded people who are encouraging and supportive helps you to feel more confident and your self-esteem gradually improves.
Week 4: Techniques and tips for improving your sound, Moving from low to high notes
The sound you make originates with your breathing and the control of pitch is more about your ability to hear yourself and the muscle control. To improve your voice we cover the shape you create inside your mouth as well as visualisations that can unlock tension.
Week 5: Expressing the meaning of a song
To me, the meaning of the song is THE most important element of singing. Even if you’re voice isn’t where you would like it to be, when you bring your full emotion and feeling to it, you can reach the audience in a profound way. If a song is emotional for you then you’ll need to accept and control those feelings and relax when you sing.
Week 6: Connecting with the audience
Firstly, we need to feel comfortable in our own skin and have the ability to stand up and be seen and heard. What is your message? Each song has a message and to connect with the audience we discuss what that message is for you and how different ways of singing it can enhance how to connect with the listener.
Week 7: Using a microphone, performance skills
Using a microphone will bring up nerves for most people and it can be hard to hear yourself amplified. Just getting used to how to use it and how it sounds will help. Singing for other people means singing TO them and communicating. We work on tuning into the room and the audience to allow you to do just that.
Week 8: Class and rehearsal, working with musicians
Rehearsals are a chance to decide how you want to enhance your song with the accompanist. Some songs are more straight forward than others and it takes a few goes to start to feel comfortable with it. We cover how to communicate your chosen tempo, dynamics and mood for your song with the accompanist.