Frequently Asked Questions
Who should take singing lessons?
Singing lessons are for anyone who loves music and has the desire to explore their full potential as an expressive human being!
I believe anyone can learn to sing and improve their voice. Of course, some are born with a natural gift for expressing themselves through song. With excellent training and years of dedication, these talented souls may blossom into true vocal artists. But singing is not only for the most talented! The art and a skill of singing can be developed by anyone with persistence, dedication, and the love of music.
I teach kids and adults, beginners as well as professionals. My students take lessons for a variety of reasons. Many take lessons for the sheer delight of singing!
Kids may be interested in auditioning for their school musicals and talent shows. Teenagers may want to improve their voices in order to sing in a band or to be able to perform songs that they compose themselves. Talented high school students may want to prepare to be music majors or minors in college, and go on to professional careers as musicians. Academically advanced teenagers may wish to add achievements to their academic resumes by participating in a graded evaluation program. Both children and adults may take lessons in order to enhance their creativity and expressiveness.
My adult students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and all walks of life. I have taught students of many different ages, countries, and professions. My students also come from many different musical backgrounds. Although my training and expertise is in the classical style of Western musical tradition, I have taught students interested in singing mariachi, rock, pop, musical theater, jazz, cabaret, Arabic, country, and sacred styles.
How are children’s voice lessons structured?
Lessons may be scheduled in 30 or 45 minute time frames. Each lesson consists of a physical and vocal warmup, sight-reading exercises, and work on repertoire (songs). Ages 7-8 learn well-known children’s songs and folk songs. Ages 9-11 may add musical theater selections. Ages 12-13 may concentrate on musical theater selections or beginning classical repertoire.
What is the best age to begin private voice lessons?
The best age to begin private voice lessons is a very individual matter and is determined on a case by case basis, depending on the physical, intellectual, and emotional maturity of each child.
How can I help my child prepare for private voice lessons?
The best preparation for singing lessons is piano study. Students learn the basics of reading music and develop the ability to learn new music independently.
The the next best preparation is group singing. It’s fun, it doesn’t put too much strain on the voice, and it introduces a wide variety of music. It is also extremely helpful to take piano lessons. This lays a solid foundation in the musical skills needed to learn to sing well and to be able to read musical notation. Taking piano lessons helps promote good practice habits and sufficient musical understanding to make voice lessons more successful.
I sang in high school. Is it too late for me to take it up again?
It’s never too late! Singing is a wonderful pastime that is good for the body, mind, and spirit.
Physically, it helps improve posture, breathing, and balance. Mentally, it engages all parts of the brain, strengthening mental alertness, concentration, and memory.
Singing improves mood by releasing endorphins into your system that make you feel energized and reduce pain. Singing helps reduce stress and improves sleep. Singing broadens expressiveness, enhancing empathy and social connections. Singing adds a richer, more pleasant quality to the speaking voice, improving the communication ability of all kinds of speakers, including actors, business people, attorneys, and teachers.
No, it is never too late to take up singing!
How do I schedule lessons?
Please contact Knight Music Academy in North Barrington: 847-726-8742 or email regarding fees, availability, and scheduling, including your FREE SAMPLE LESSON!
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