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The Human Instrument
A student new to voice lessons 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, voice lessons transition 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.
What Do Students Learn in Voice and Singing Lessons?
The goal for most singers in their singing lessons 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 JFMA voice lessons. As we teach a variety of different genres, we can match our students up with teachers who specialize in genres other than classical.
Our voice lesson students are taught how to interpret a melodic line, whether it is an opera aria, musical theatre piece, or pop/rock song. Melodic interpretation is a key element of performance and is studied in depth with each new piece. Performance opportunities are made available to all students through our renowned JFMA recital program. 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 in our voice lessons including musical theatre, jazz, blues, improv, rock, pop, classical voice (art songs, opera, new music), sacred, and worship songs, among others.
How Voice Lessons Work at Joe Ferrante Music Academy
At the Joe Ferrante Music Academy in Monrovia, each voice 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 of our voice lessons is spent 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 they are given the opportunity to perform in recitals from a beginning level to an advanced level.