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In-studio voice lessons
Lehigh Valley | Easton, Pennsylvania

Phillipsburg, NJ, Easton, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Allentown, Emmaus, Hellertown, Quakertown, and the nearby area.
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"One needs a voice teacher to learn singing technique, to solidify his singing foundation, and to add more delicate techniques as he continues his progress. Strengthening, training, and stamina-building are taught and drilled in the voice lessons. A voice teacher suggests and assigns repertoire; first, as a learning tool, later as a showcase to be added to the student's own portfolio."

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Pradichaya Poonyarit Voice Studio | Lehigh Valley, Easton, PA

At which age should your child start taking voice lessons?

How about you? How old is too old?

There are sports activities, such as Little League baseball, Peewee football, soccer, golf, tennis, gymnastics, and others, in which children start taking proper lessons- in other words, from coaches and pros- at an early age. In some of them, it is necessary to train and stretch one's muscles, and so it is best to begin when they are young. Learning the proper way to sing is no different from these activities, since one needs to prepare to involve the whole body: the muscles need to be trained, and the path of the breath needs to be utilized efficiently and proficiently. It may even be more demanding.

Think of muscle training as yoga or gymnastics practice: One must understand what she can make each of her muscles do, and what her limits are. The younger one's body the more flexible her muscles are, and therefore the easier it will be to train. However, because voice study also requires the language and communication skills to achieve an understanding of how the voice works, one must also be mature enough to communicate effectively with her instructor. Some reading comprehension is necessary, and an ability to recognize "good feeling," "bad feeling," "right," and "wrong," is very important.

I have experience in teaching students from the ages of 5 to more than 70 years-old, and in almost every case they achieved the goals I had set for each of them. For 5-11 year-old students, so long as they can follow directions, and because their voices are still delicate, I make sure to go gently and let them sing with their voices. Rather than putting an emphasis on teaching them songs, I spend a large amount of time working with their breath in conjunction with their bodies. For this, the younger the better, and this training will likely stay with them throughout their lives. They are more likely to use their voices correctly both for speaking and singing; and, even if they never pursue singing professionally, they will still benefit from having learned how to carry themselves and how to breathe well, and they are not as likely to get sick or have neck-shoulder-back pains often.

Preteens and teenagers to young adults are those who are at the best ages to take voice lessons. Their muscles are still flexible, bad habits are not firmly ingrained, voices start to gain maturity, and people this age are generally not old enough to bring in baggage and the weight of the world on their shoulders. I carefully choose repertoire for these students, especially for the young men- since their voices, while on the way to full development, have not yet arrived at their maximum maturity. Still, the work on their bodies, in conjunction with vocal exercises, are emphasized. One has to learn how to fly before one can actually fly.

Adult students, though the most vocally-developed, are the hardest and most complex to teach. When one of these students produces the right sound it is so good it sends chills and goosebumps up and down my spine. However, I've found that these students are their own worst enemies as far as learning goes, and most of them walk into the studio with a glass more-than-half full. It takes a while to establish trust and to proceed with the learning process. Yet, when an adult "gets" it he really gets it, and instead of having to undergo repetitions of the same aspect over-and-over (as I would for my younger students), I move on to guiding him to the next level of his vocal discovery. Once he's "there," I introduce a variety of repertoire, since his voice is already mature.

To conclude, voice lessons can be taught to people of almost any age and at any stage of physical development. While the goal for a voice teacher may be the same for all her students, the approach to each student is different. One can be certain that the path everyone's own vocal journey takes is unique, as her vocal approach is designed and tailored especially for her by her own voice teacher.

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