Weekly voice lessons are important. Those that take an occasional voice lesson will not see significant improvement. It takes a weekly lesson to see true improvement of the voice. Through weekly lessons, the student will begin to strengthen their muscles. AND reading music is just like learning a foreign language, and therefore it must be practiced frequently. If you meet with a private voice teacher once a week and then practice on your own daily, a student can begin to learn this new language and learn to read music. Also, by meeting with a voice teacher each week, the student will begin to change bad habits. It takes time and repetition to replace bad habits with healthy/good habits. Read the article below and then contact D’Lytha for your weekly Musical Theatre voice lesson.
Check out this article by E.J. Mundell for HealthDayNews. He writes about a study conducted by E. Glenn Schellenberg , of the University of Toronto at Mississauga.
“Schellenberg offered 12 Toronto-area 6-year-olds free weekly voice or piano lessons at the Royal Conservatory of Music, described by Schellenberg as Canada’s “most prestigious music conservatory.”
He chose 6-year-olds because their developing brains still retain a large degree of “plasticity,” defined as “the ability of the brain to change and adapt to environmental stimuli.”
On the other hand, children younger than 6 were deemed less suitable “because you also want the lessons to be rigorous enough, and you can’t really start serious musical training with 4-year-olds,” he said.
Schellenberg also wanted to separate out the effect on IQ of training in music per se, from that of training in the arts in general. To do this, he provided a third group of 6-year-olds with free, weekly drama classes. A fourth group of 6-year-olds received no classes during the study period.
The children’s IQs were tested beforehand using the full Weschler intelligence test, which assesses various aspects of intellectual function in ten separate areas. All of the children, Schellenberg explained, “came into my lab in the summer before first grade and they had the entire test, which takes about three hours.”
Following that initial assessment, the children “went off to first grade and to the four different groups that they were assigned. Then, in between first and second grade, they came back to the lab and were retested.”
At the time of retesting, all of the students–even those not enrolled in music or drama classes–displayed increases in IQ of at least 4.3 points, on average, Schellenberg said. “That’s just a common consequence of going to school,” he said.
Focusing first on the children taking the drama class, Schellenberg found they “didn’t differ [in increased IQ] from those in the no-lessons group.” However, kids taking the acting class did tend to score higher on aspects of sociability than other children, probably due to the cooperative nature of putting on a play.
The only added boost to IQ came to kids taught either piano or voice. According to Schellenberg, children in the music groups “had slightly larger increases in IQ than the control groups,” averaging 7-point gains in their IQ scores from the previous year.”
For the full article, go to http://www.forbes.com/2004/07/15/cx_0715health.html.