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The Human Instrument
A student new to voice instruction begins with a traditional approach to singing, which includes an emphasis on key elements of vocal production and mastering techniques such as posture, mouth/ tongue, and soft palate positioning. As the fundamentals of learning voice are achieved, instruction transitions to tone quality and resonating positions, the vocal break, bel canto, and achieving vocal range and power. Throughout all of one's technical training, correct breathing and support are emphasized, with special attention paid to the diaphragm, rationing the breath, and using breath variations to achieve varying effects.
The goal for most singers is public performance and our training bridges technical knowledge with the actual delivery of a song. Pronunciation and diction, both in English and foreign languages, are taught as part of our voice program. As we teach a variety of different genres, we can match our students up with those teachers who specialize in genres other than classical.
Our students are taught how to interpret a vocal line, whether it is an opera aria, musical theatre piece or pop/rock song, as doing so is another key element of performance and is studied along with each new piece. Performance opportunities are made available to all students through both private events and public recitals. Those Students entering the academy with prior training or experience and who are working towards a more advanced level will be challenged by our voice teachers, since many of them hold their masters or doctorate degrees in voice. We teach a variety of different vocal genres including: classical voice (art songs, opera, new music), musical theatre, jazz, blues, improv, rock, pop, sacred and worship songs.
At the Joe Ferrante Music Academy, each lesson has three major components. The first segment is devoted to last week's lesson assignment where the student gets a chance to demonstrate what he or she has worked on. The second component is time spent on technical development and music theory training. Students are taught how to read music, increasingly complex rhythms, note interval recognition, ear training, and chord construction. The third component is introducing the next assignment and teaching the student the important elements of their new song(s). Students are tested for their level of achievement twice a year, we have 10 levels of achievement, and are given the opportunity to perform in recitals from a beginning level to an advanced.