The Musical Theatre performer should be able to belt, sing legit, and sing pop, and should be able to do all three really well. There are a few students who are magically gifted at performing these feats. However, most of us must take voice lessons, whether that be online singing lessons or from a local singing instructor, and learn how to sing each facet of musical theatre.
Usually, I use my online voice lessons blog about things that sound somewhat scholarly – usually about topics like “how to sing” or “musical theatre auditions”. I typically use the education my parents paid for and turn those expensive Musical Theatre undergrad and graduate courses into a topic that I think my “Voice Lessons Fort Worth” students and internet readers may benefit from. However, this blog entry is for me! It is my rant.
There are a lot of bad vocal habits that enter my voice studio doors in Fort Worth. A lot of online singing lessons are devoted to ridding the vocalist of their bad habits. One such habit, is the grovel of the vocal chords.
As a singing teacher, I work with my voice students on their audition books. (I have already mentioned needing a binder and matte sheet protectors in another “Fort Worth voice lesson” blog entry.) One of the keys to having a successful Musical Theatre audition book, is having clearly marked cuts of your Broadway songs. If you do not have an online vocal coach or music instructor in your local area that you are working with, you can follow the advice in this blog entry and create your own unique Broadway songbook.
Want to know how to sing “Let it Go” from Frozen with alternate notes (lower notes) that are easier to sing then the high notes Idina Menzel has in her vocal range? I have made a series of videos that give you an option to sing a slightly different melody…
A common void I have noticed in the Fort Worth singing lessons and the online voice lessons that I teach, is a lack of connection between the text of the song and the vocalist’s emotional performance. As a vocal coach focussing on Musical Theatre styles, I try to get the best performance out of my students.
It may seem like a common since idea, but you should warm up your voice before auditioning for Musical Theatre, auditioning for Broadway, auditioning for Community Theatre, etc. The same is of course true for performance, you should do vocal warm-ups before you perform. No matter if you take Fort Worth vocal lessons from me, or you take online voice lessons, or you take private voice lessons from someone else, it is a fact that you need to free your voice by doing warm-ups.
I am a private voice teacher in Fort Worth, TX, as well as an online voice teacher.
I have come across a lot of students lately who have decided to use Stephen Sondheim or Jason Robert Brown songs for their auditions. Regardless of the audition, whether it is for college musical theatre programs, Broadway auditions, community theatre auditions, regional theatre auditions, or just a high school musical audition or middle school audition, these song choices should be avoided.
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,…