Our Award-Winning Voice Lessons
1. VOICE LESSON BASICS
What Age Should A Child Start Singing Lessons?
Most of us learn about singing from the moment we come into the world. Singing surrounds us our parents and teachers singing us nursery rhymes, and the singing we hear on the tv, radio, and online. Singing is such a cornerstone of every culture that it’s nearly impossible to avoid it!
So it’s not surprising then that many children love to sing! We see many schools featuring choirs of young children as part of their education very early on. The readiness of children to start voice lessons will vary from child to child as to whether they demonstrate a higher than average interest for singing, and their ability to stay focussed and attentive for the length of a private lesson. We’ve had some students start voice lessons as young as 4 and 5 years, while some students feel more ready between ages 6 and 8 years. At our academies, most of our students take 30 minutes lessons, and we find that this is the perfect for them to learn new skills without getting overwhelmed.
How Does The Voice Work?
The voice is a fascinating instrument that is still often misunderstood, even after centuries of research. While the voice may sound easy and seem simple (and in many ways it is), much like any other instrument, the voice is a system of many relatively small pieces working together at the same time. Singing starts with air pressure leaving from the lungs, setting in motion vibration of the vocal cords, then producing sound waves that resonate through the spaces inside your throat and mouth areas.
Singing Sounds Easy. Why Is It So Hard?
While most other instruments are learned tangibly through touching your instrument and building eye-hand coordination, you can’t actually touch the voice. Singer’s must learn to sing by FEEL. Therefore, Learning singing can be difficult when there is no physical instrument to touch.
Just the same as playing a guitar, violin, or wind instrument at first, the voice can be a challenge to get pleasing musical tones when you’re just starting out. When we speak, we don’t have to think about how we’re speaking, and most of us speak easily with great ease. But when we sing, the instrument has to come together to produce sound in a particular way that is musical. This may seem like it should be easy, but often takes a good amount of training to be able to do well, and sound good!
I’m Not Very “Good”. Can You Help Me?
There are many things that can make learning singing challenging. One common issue is that you can’t physically touch an instrument to control it, the way you would with any other instrument. Over time, and with a good voice teacher that provides quality voice lessons, a singer can learn how to control the tiny muscles of their vocal cords by feel. As a result, singing on pitch, essential to sounding good as singers, or finding a good degree of style, can be challenging, but you’re in good hands here at Toronto Arts Academy.
What Kind Of Voice Program Do You Teach?
Voice lessons provide a wonderful outlet for self-expression, an opportunity to build confidence, and a safe space for the exploration of identity for voice students of all ages. At Toronto Arts Academy, we are thrilled to be able to use what is perhaps Canada’s leading contemporary voice program for singers of all levels.
To help with this, we use the Singer’s Edge Program at Toronto Arts Academy to help singers develop more quickly and efficiently by providing singers with tracking cards, a wide array of online practice scales, homework practice sheets, and achievement certificates as you complete each level! Voice lessons have never been so easy, and fun!
Our director Brandon Brophy developed the Singer’s Edge program in 2015 by expanding on his book The Singer’s Instinct which was used at Disney and Paul McCartney’s school LIPA in the Uk, among many other colleges and universities that have used his book. He has worked with some of the best voices on the radio including The Weeknd, Drake’s Majid Jordan, and more.
Do I Need To Play Another Instrument To Sing Better?
We often get asked if learning singing provides the same benefits as learning other instruments. And our answer is unequivocally, absolutely, provided that you practice singing, as much as you would any other instrument. With that said, many singers who take the craft of singing more seriously do choose to learn how to play another instrument as well, usually guitar or piano. Many of the world’s most successful and popular singers are able to play at least one other instrument at a basic level. By being able to play another instrument, it enables you to become a more dynamic songwriter. Also, being a self-accompanist makes you more independent, so you don’t have to rely on other musicians to accompany you.