Friends, we have great news for you! Edora Music School has opened a contemporary and classical (academic) vocal program and gladly welcomes our new teacher Margarita (Margaret). Margaret graduated from the National Music Academy of Ukraine with a master’s degree in Music Arts. She has been teaching singing for over 10 years (for her detailed teacher profile, click here).
As an excellent specialist in her field, Margaret teaches both adults and children how to sing correctly – or rather, how to correctly produce sounds while singing, because we all can sing, but only a few of us know how to do it correctly. We asked Margaret some of the most popular questions that may arise before signing up for vocal lessons to shed light on some difficulties and problems that beginner singers may encounter during their study.
Is it possible to learn to sing, or do you need to be born with this talent?
Anyone can sing, even a person who doesn’t have outstanding natural abilities. To achieve success in a short period of time, you need the following ingredients: DESIRE + DILIGENCE + DAILY PRACTICE + PROFESSIONAL TEACHER. If you have an excellent teacher and you spend a lot of time and energy on self-improvement, the results will be not long in coming. On the other hand, it should be noted that there are people with naturally extraordinary singing abilities who do not need to develop their voice. However, such people are very few. Musical history knows a large number of famous performers who had no outstanding natural abilities, but thanks to daily work on themselves and hours of singing practice, they have achieved worldwide popularity and recognition.
Why do I sing out of tune and why does my voice get tired quickly?
The answer is quite simple: you are singing wrong. Your voice has not been trained, and most likely you are singing from the throat without supporting breath, which leads to “off-key” singing, producing a flat, shallow and faint sound. As a teacher, my task is to train your voice so that it becomes dense, timbre-rich and robust. I will also teach you to sing in tune. Thanks to numerous exercises that I will provide and many hours of vocal practice, you will hear how your voice can actually sound, and you will love it.
At what age is it best to start singing?
You can start learning vocals at any age. Both children and adults have a chance of success, but only through regular singing practice and constant work with a teacher to develop the vocal apparatus. The only thing I would like to note is that during puberty, voice change, or voice mutation occurs (which is more pronounced in men than in women). Vocal lessons during this period should be interrupted. Voice mutation in boys usually occurs at the age of 14-15 years, and for girls, 13-14 years.
How fast can I learn to sing beautifully and clearly?
Much depends on your ability, purposefulness, and desire to practice regularly in class with the teacher and on your own at home. It’s difficult to give an exact timeline, but as a rule, you will master your voice and proper breathing, and you will activate all of your resonators in one year. Do not forget that you don’t have to be a genius; you just must be persistent and consistent. Often, I encounter the opposite: a person who has talent, but at the same time is very lazy and irresponsible. Most likely this person will never reveal his or her true abilities and natural talent. Work hard every day and success will not keep you waiting.
Why is it better to study at a music school, and not on your own?
Studying music is the same as studying a foreign language. You can study the language for years with tutorials and YouTube lessons and never start speaking it. Or you can move to the country of the language’s native speakers and in one-year start speaking a language which you knew nothing about beforehand. Just like the feedback, you’d get from a native speaker; a music teacher can significantly boost your results. In only one minute, a professional teacher can find and fix all the mistakes which might otherwise be invisible to you for years. A professional teacher will correct you, help you in choosing a repertoire, and give you exercises that will cause your development to skyrocket. If you are a self-studying singer, try to take at least a couple of lessons from an experienced teacher, and you will undoubtedly notice the difference.
Can I choose the singing style?
Edora Music School provides lessons for both classical (academic) and contemporary singing. Remember, if you do not have the ambition of becoming a famous opera singer and you just want to sing popular songs from such artists as Beyoncé, Adele, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, etc., you can sign up for our contemporary singing lessons. After all, classical technique differs from modern in many ways: larynx position, pronunciation, articulation, etc. Do not believe it if someone tells you that it’s better to begin studying classical singing technique and later switch to contemporary technique. This is a big mistake! If you build your technique on a classical approach, it will be complicated to get rid of classical habits and voice posture in the future.