Young Singers Club

Comprehensive Voice & Performance Program
Santa Barbara, CA

Vocal Training Outline

* Encourage good and healthy singing habits, including good posture, head voice, chest voice singing, diction work, introduction to breath support and breath management, exploring resonances, pitch, rhythms.

* Introduce methodical vocal scales and exercises.

* Give freedom to explore voice and stage freely and with guidance to boost confidence.

* Give freedom to make solo song choice.

* Show and rehearse choreography for solo and group songs.

* Give opportunities to perform in front of audience in various safe settings.

* Train practical and helpful microphone techniques.

Foster memorizing and practice habits.

* Inspire expression and joy in performing for all abilities and levels of singing.

* Teach respectful audience manners and team support.

* Provide CDs with song suggestions with lyrics and with tracks without lyrics 

* Provide one-on-one singing time to instruct as specifically and individually needed.

* Continue building overall healthy vocal and performance skill and technique, as well as musicianship.

* Expect singers to practice more frequently and to do some light homework, using a workbook.

Vocal exercises and songs will very gradually become more sophisticated.

* Students will be singing songs from a variety of genres, including musical theater, jazz, and classical.

* Singers will participate in settings where they will be exposed to a larger selection of music, teachers and experiences. 

* Give age-appropriate and practical music theory, musicianship, and ear training lessons, using workbooks designed for singers.

* Teach harmonizing.

* Expose singers to great artists of various genres.

* Encourage some piano and dance lessons, as well as participating in a full musical theater productions

School GradeScales and ExercisesRepertoirePracticingMusic Theory * Eartraining ** Musicianship Musical TermsEnsemble Singing Musical TheaterExtra-Curricular and Other
3rdThree-note, triads, five note descending, arpeggios, simple diction, simple octaves, ng exercisesat least one Broadway song two to three times per week Introduction to staff, notes, pitches, rhythms, Solfege, intervalsparticipate in group songs attend one musical theater recital or show, take dance class for at least one semester
4thSame as 3rd and add: five-note agililty, more complex diction, octave to headvoice, more complex ng exercisesat least two Broadway songs, contrasting in style three to four times per week Hear “do” of key and some intervals, “do” through “sol” reading, time signatures,         Workbook Level 1  simple roundsattend musical theater recital or show, participate in one MTAC Monday eve recital, learn monologue
5thSame as 3rd and 4th and add intervals, chromatics, and major/minor at least one Jazz song and one Broadway song three to four times per week Hear major/minor, hear and sing intervals, Workbook Level 2 Harmonize simple 2-partShow attendance, Monday eve recital participation, attend vocal master class or workshop, learn monologue,
6thSame as 3-5th and add messa di voce, more complex diction and intervals, vocalises One musical theater audition song and one classical song, one duet three to five times per weekKeys, Syncopation, chromatics, intervals, Workbook Level 3 Harmonize 2 partAttend one classical recital, participate in MTAC Festival recital, attend master class or workshop,
7thadd more challenging vocalises and arpeggiosBroadway and classical four to five times per week Workbook Level 3 or 4 Harmonize  Attend and participate in recitals and concerts regularly
8thwork through Dave Jones vocalises and lessonsBroadway and classical  four to five times per week Workbook Level 3-5Harmonize Attend and participatein recitals regularly 
9-11thcontinue as individually needed Broadway and classical daily Workbook Level 3-8Harmonize 3-4 partAttend and participate in  recitals regularly Certificate of Merit option
12th continue as individually needed Audition songs dailyWorkbook Level 6+  Harmonize 3-5 part Certificate of Merit

*  We will use Sarah Sandvig’s Music Theory for Singers, various levels

* * Sight reading book for all four years will be Audrey Snyder’s “The Sight Singer”  – more information