Beginning Voice

6-13 years*

If your child has some voice training and loves to sing, or they are in elementary or middle school and this is their very first voice lesson, this class is for them!

Weekly private classes begin with a greeting, a relaxing and centering body stretch, breathing exercises, body mapping. With basic voice exploration in easy siren sounds, lip-trills, and warming up the voice, learning to sing on the breath, perfect fifths, and basic scales, intervals, practicing consonants, vowels, dipthongs.

Students learn best practices to care for our body as an instrument including managing stress, healthy everyday routines, and drinking plenty of water. An introduction to music theory, sight singing, ear training, cannons, and a versatile repertoire of folk songs, Western art songs, musical theater songs, and more.

Students learn to use their full range in a healthy way in a preparation for a lifetime of bel canto and the joy of healthy singing. There is nothing quite like the lift in your lungs and the smile in your step after a good singing session. Lessons end with a song or exercise of the student's choice. 

Some books we love to use are The Book of Cannons, The Book of Echo Songs, The Book of Call and Response, Seiber: 36 eight measure vocalises, Marchesi Vocal Method, 26 Italian Songs and Arias, The first book of Soprano/Mezzo/Alto/Bass/Tenor Solos, Singers Musical Theater Anthology, 333 Reading Exercises, Kodaly Choral Method: 100 Hungarian Folk Songs and more. 

Recommended materials: It's not necessary to bring anything other than yourself to the first lesson. If you'd like you can prepare a tote bag, notebook, pencil with eraser, two sturdy three ring binders, voice recording device, and your teacher will recommend books and recordings for you. 

Voice students are encouraged to also study piano or another instrument. 

Visit www.KatherinePark.com/KPCA for more information.

For inquiries call (508) 579 - 6781 or email k@katherinepark.com.

Katherine Park Center of the Arts ,1242 Park Street, Alameda, California 94501