June went by super fast!! I hope you are
all enjoying your Summer!!!
There are just
a few- but important- announcements for July.
·I’m MOVING! I’m pretty sure
that I have talked to everyone about this.
I will be moving to California on August 1. This doesn’t affect online students. You will all have your lessons as
scheduled. Utah students are welcome to
make the transition to online lessons, if you would like. Please let me know
ASAP if you would like to. I am hoping
to compile a list and send instructions to you.
Also, please don’t feel like you have to commit to a certain amount of
lessons. If you want to try it for a month and see how it goes, that is
·There are NO LESSONS the week of July 27-31. This is a 5th week and will not
need a make-up. Students with lesson
times on Monday and Tuesday will be using June 29 and 30th as “July
lessons” instead of June.
·When arriving to lessons, please make sure you arrive as close to
your assigned time as possible. You are welcome to come in 5 minutes before
your lesson time. Any earlier can make the student before you a little
uncomfortable. The same should be applied to staying after your lesson time as
·Finally, I know that you want to have as much time as possible to
sing during your lesson. However, please
do not wait until the END of your lesson to inform me of scheduling changes
that need to happen. This takes time
away from the lesson after you. Also, please be considerate of my personal
time. I often receive texts or phone calls early in the morning, or late in the
evening or night. I thought it might help if I set OFFICE HOURS. Therefore, you may contact me from 12:30-2:00
daily, and from 5:30-6:30 on weekdays.
Outside of those hours and on weekends, I will be spending time with my
family and will not respond until my earliest convenience. HOWEVER, the BEST
time to work out scheduling conflicts is DURING YOUR LESSON TIME! If it will only take a few minutes, I suggest
taking care of things at this time. Otherwise, please try to contact me during
the early afternoon or evening.
Thanks so much!
Again, let me know if you are planning on online lessons. I have been teaching online for 5 years and
find it to be successful. I do believe
that it takes a certain personality though. If you choose not to do online
lessons, I am contacting other teachers in the area and requesting their help
in placing you.
Hey folks! Welcome to
SUMMER!! Time of crazy vacations, swimming, and total “boredom” all
Just a few reminders for
voice lessons during the summer.
1.Lesson times will
remain as scheduled. I have adult students that take lessons, and they
can only come after work. So, I keep everyone in the afternoon and early
2.If you go on
vacation, make sure that you let me know so that we can reschedule your
time. Remember, lessons are NOT made up if you forget a lesson or cancel
after the 3 hour grace period.
3.I will NO LONGER
be calling students to remind them that of their lessons. This means that
if you forget, you won’t get a text or call from me, and you will STILL be
charged for the lesson time. This also means that you will want to double check
lesson times if you aren’t sure of your slot.
Other than that! I hope
that everyone enjoys their summer!!! Don’t forget June payment is due by
the 1st! Get it to me by the 5th to avoid a late
Sorry that this is a bit late getting to all of you! Just a few reminders for this month!
Unless I have said otherwise to you directly, payment for December will be the FULL amount! We will only have THREE (3) lessons this month, but we had FIVE lessons in September/October to make up for the missing lesson this month.
There will not be lessons from December 21-Jan 3. NO MAKE UP NEEDED.
MONDAY STUDENTS: I will be gone on January 5th and would like to make up that lesson later on that week if possible. We can schedule that lesson as it gets closer, but I wanted to give you a heads up.
Congratulations to the Upscale Singer Scholarship winners!!! You guys make me so proud!
Sophia Humbert- 1st Place
Ally Lane- Honorable Mention
I hope that you all had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving and that this Christmas season gives you even more time to spend with your families! Let me know if you have any questions!
As October comes to a close, and the leaves change on the trees, I am reminded that the holiday season is upon us! Although that means gratitude, giving, and happiness, it ALSO means choir concerts, Christmas parties, and re-scheduling lessons! AHHH! Let's try to get as many of your conflicts taken care of ASAP. Remember, if YOU cancel a lesson, you get a make up or can choose to forfeit, but you do NOT get a credit for it. So, you will want to make sure that you are "on the ball" with scheduling.
I have openings in my studio for students 16 years of age and older. If you refer someone that signs up for lessons, YOU get a FREE lesson! Spread the word! Thank you to Ashlee Dorius who referred a new student this month! Take that credit Ashlee!!
We have some students that are auditioning for their very first time this month! We also have some experienced students waiting to hear back on some other important auditions! Keep your fingers crossed for them!
Congrats to Sonia Tomaso for making the Arizona All-State Show Choir!! You are AWESOME!
TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS
The week of Thanksgiving is always CRAZY! As a reminder, I WILL be teaching on Wednesday November 26th and Friday November 28th. If you would like to reschedule your lesson, please do so ASAP.
If your lesson falls on Thanksgiving, I will be re-scheduling those lessons for the following Saturday, November 29th. Those will be scheduled over the next couple of weeks, during your normal lesson time.
Tuition is DUE BY THE 1st! Be sure to get it in the mail, PayPal, etc. Due to my illness this past month, a lot of you chose to take a credit for November. If you have questions about how much you owe please contact me.
With schedules getting busier, it will become harder to find time to practice! Try singing in the car, in the kitchen while baking, or in the shower! :) The important thing is that you get your practicing time in!
Is there something that you would like to see change in the lesson policy or in your lessons? Drop me an email and let me know about it! I'm always looking for ways to make things easier or better for you guys! (No, I won't assign rap songs.... so, don't ask.)
Well, as we inhale, the diaphragm muscle contracts causing
the lungs to expand and air to be drawn into the lungs. As we exhale, the
diaphragm will relax and move upward reducing the size of the lungs and causing
air to be expelled from the lungs.
This exhaled breath is then forced out along the trachea, and through the vocal
folds, which are capable of vibrating at an incredibly fast rate. For voice to
exist at all, the vocal folds must vibrate and it is at this point that the
vibration of the vocal folds, coupled with the power of the exhaling breath
gives rise to the creation of vocal sound.
This sound is then shaped by the manipulation of the various structures along
the vocal tract, such as the position of the tongue, and the larynx, etc. The
articulators are the cheeks, tongue, teeth and lips and they all contribute to
vocal articulation, whereas the sinus, chest, laryngeal and pharyngeal cavities
all act as resonating chambers for the voice.
It is through the repetition of exercises, designed specifically to
strengthen the larynx and the diaphragm, that the voice is trained. The singer
is able to control the muscles in the diaphragm and the vocal tract
resulting in increased quality of vocal tone and more power of vocal
The Vocal Folds
Sound occurs as a result of vibration. This is true
throughout all of Nature and is evident in a myriad of different forms. The
human voice is no exception.
We have all heard of the term “vocal chords”. Current pedagogy, however,
describes them as Vocal Folds, due to the malleable nature of their ligament-like
The vocal folds attach to the front of the larynx at the Adam’s Apple (or
thyroid cartilage) - and at the rear of the larynx, via the arytenoids, to the
cricoid cartilage. Here the folds can come together and move apart, allowing
for breathing and sound production.
The primary function of the larynx is to protect the airways
and stop food entering into the lungs. The larynx itself is protected in the
neck by an increase in muscle, cartilage and bone. The provision of sound is a
secondary function of the vocal folds.
The vocal and vestibular folds close during the acts of swallowing, coughing,
excreting, giving birth and when pushing or lifting heavy objects etc. This
closing is called constriction.
As we can see here, the vocal folds are suspended over
the open space of the trachea, where they act as a sort of portal, through
which all the air that comes into and goes out from the body must pass. We can
also see the vestibular or false vocal folds which sit just above the delicate
vocal folds, protecting them from damage through strain and swallowing. This is
where constriction of the voice and the optimum retraction of false folds
The Lungs and the Diaphragm
Breath is crucial to the fundamental workings of the voice.
Without breath there would be nothing to power the voice, or even to ensure
that the vibration of the vocal folds can be heard. The Thoracic Diaphragm is a
trampoline-like rainbow-shaped muscle stretched across the abdominal cavity,
separating the organs of the chest cavity from those in the lower abdominal
cavity. The movement of this muscle allows the lungs to expand and contract
during the process of breathing.
The commonly heard phrase “Singing from the diaphragm” means that by expanding
the abdomen during inhalation, increasing the rate of contraction in the diaphragm
and taking more air into the lungs, the singer is able to provide more power,
through increased breath support, and control through strengthening of the
diaphragm muscle. We will cover proper use of the diaphragm later on.
The Sinus Cavities
Sinus cavities are found within the bone structure of the
face, where they act as acoustic resonating chambers, adding higher frequencies
and increasing the brightness and vitality of the sound.
The Sinus cavities are spaces in the skull which have
various purposes such as airflow, drainage, etc.
Allowing the sound to come forward into the sinus cavities can help a student
with volume as well as make it easier to sing certain pitches and placements.