Soulstream Music Studio takes a comprehensive approach to music instruction, by assessing each student's abilities and strengths in order to customize their learning experience.  Because of this each and every lesson becomes uniquely  customized to each student's needs with concentrations in three main areas of music instruction....


  Technique

Imagine yourself singing with effortless control, strength and power, as if it's just second nature to you!  Vocal technique is the door into the world of this type of singing!   As a singer you make extensive use of your voice.  A great vocal technique is paramount to the level of strength, control and longevity that you should have over your instrument.   Whether you're a newbie to singing or you are looking to take your vocals to the next level, vocal technique is key.  Some areas of vocal technique that are explored include: 

  • - Vocal Production (the ease and efficiency in singing)
  • - Range
  • - Awareness and Usage Of Registers
  • - Control And Coordination
  • - Body Awareness & Balance
  • - Development of Diaphragmatic breathing
  • - Breath and Vocal coordination
  Musicality

We've all experienced hearing less than desirable singing at some point in our lives!  You may yourself even feel self-conscience about using your singing voice for fear of being judged mercilessly!   But what makes "bad" singing?  Honestly, the biggest culprits are usually bad pitch and lack of rhythm.  Put these two together and you have someone who cannot "make music" very well.

Great musicality is what we most often identify as "talent" in most singers.  If a singer seems to flow through melodies with confidence and ease it sounds musical to our ears.   These concepts normally fall under the category of "ear training".  And depending on your level of musicality, part of your lesson may include a concentration in:

  • - Hearing & Matching Pitch
  • - Hearing & Identifying Your Pitch
  • - Hearing & Discriminating between Different Pitches
  • - Distinguishing between and hearing harmonies
  • - Self-tuning
  • - Awareness of tempo & the subdivided beat
  • - Feeling & understanding the layers of rhythm within music
  • - Recognizing meter & subdivision of the beat
  • - Executing rhythm over tempo


   


Artistic Expression/Artist Development

"Art is a dynamic, multifaceted enterprise. Above all else, it is a means of giving form to feelings and ideas..." ~ Laura Chapman

Finding your voice is amongst one of the greatest desires of all people pursuing their musical passion!  Technique and musicality will make no difference in your music if there is no soul; no fire!   Artistic expression must be attentively cultivated and nurtured within the singer.  Through working in the areas of performance skills, improvisation and personal style we tend to each singer's nourishment in some of the following areas: 

  • - Managing Nervousness & Stage Fright
  • - Connecting to your Song    
  • - Connecting to the Audience
  • - Mastering Riffs, Runs and Trills
  • - Developing your improvised vocabulary
  • - Finding your improvisational personality
  • - Self-study & examination: Why do I sing?
  • - Your personal aesthetic: What do I like/love?
  • - Your musical aspiration: Your vision of musical performance
  • - Your heroes: musical influences & artists