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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."

Learn to be a singer

Learn To Be A Singer Or Learn To Sing, that is a question of choice. If you decide to start taking voice lessons, you need to know what it is that you want to learn.

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This question goes, also, to the parents of talented children: What is it that you would like your children to pursue, learning how to be a singer, or learning how to sing?

They are not the same, and any good voice teacher can tell you that.

If you watch American Idol, America's got Talent, The Voice, or any of the rest of the reality shows; listen to the most popular singers, such as Adele, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, and the like; or even watch the latest and most acclaimed musical "Les Miserables," performed by Hollywood actors- and you think that you want to be able to sing just like that- before you start looking up voice teachers in the Yellow Pages, answer these few questions so that you begin your voice-studying journey with a clear understanding of your own wants and needs.

If you want to sing like your favorite singers/performers, what is it that you like in these singers/performers?

  • Is it the sheer beauty of their voices you think you hear?
  • What voice characteristics do you hear that makes you classify your favorite singer's voice as "beautiful?"
    • *It's important that you know what you hear when listening to a celebrity or famous singer, since most people, instead of hearing the voice at present, hear their brain's prerecorded memory of the first time they heard that singer.
  • Is it how they touch you when they sing/perform?
  • Is it how they look good when they sing/perform?
  • Is it how popular they are?

According to your answer, why do you want to sing just like them?

After you have an answer to the above question, ask yourself next, why do you want to take voice lessons, and what would you like to achieve from your own voice study?

If any of the aforementioned statements fit you, or you answer "yes" to any of these questions, you are in the category of those wanting to "Learn how to BE a singer."

Since singing is comprised of both mental and physical effort -and when I say, "physical," I mean the WHOLE BODY- before anyone opens his mouth and "sings," he ought to think about which body functions are involved and relied upon when he "sings," or makes any sound.

You (and the parents of the prospective singers) may want to skip this step of the process, and I don't blame you! We were all born taking the voice for granted. Why not? It is a given. A baby screams at the top of her lungs when she is born. Throughout her childhood she's making sounds, so why not put some tunes to those sounds? And, voila, she "sings!!"

Soon, she and her parents see and hear singers on television, on You Tube, and on the rest of the media networks. That's it! I (or my daughter), too, can sing!

I wish singing could be as easy and automatic as some of the other functions that we seem to know how to do, and to do without thinking; opening an eye, blinking, going to the bathroom, sleeping, and waking up.

A baby lets out its first breath with such strong force of the lungs, which, in turn, firm up the chest cavity all the way down to the abdomen, causing the whole torso -including the length of the back- to stretch, expand, and extend. The throat muscles relax, but the wind pipe contracts to "catch" the breath. Congratulations, baby, you just accidentally stumbled upon the singing mechanism.

If only that baby could remember the process and the brain treat it as an automatic function: I wouldn't have had the need to study voice, and certainly I would not have become a voice teacher myself, and lastly I wouldn't be writing this article.

Unfortunately, we humans choose to remember -most of the time- the end result, not the process, and therefore our brains don't register singing and speaking as an auto function. We only remember the part about opening our mouths -with eyes closed and nose crunched- while letting out the sound, which we call "singing," as we turn the hands out in an open gesture -which is our way to show our expression. All of these are the end results. It doesn't show a person knows how to sing, but it might show that a person is a singer -for the while she lasts.

Usually, when one takes, one gives. The vocal mechanism, when it's being used without care, is just like a car that has been driven without any maintenance. Without maintenance, most cars are not as good even as long as they last. Instead, parts inside the engine will break -things will fall apart. Sometimes, the owner comes to realize this and attempts are made to fix his car; but, even fixable and fixed, his car will not be running the same way, and most definitely not at its best.

Pradichaya Poonyarit Voice Studio | Lehigh Valley, Easton, PAMost people don't know what it's like under the hood of their cars. Because the vocal mechanism is beyond the mouth cavity, and getting it to kick in involves the whole body, we tend not to know, and overlook this delicate mechanism.

This is why most prospective students and their parents skip the steps of learning how to sing and leap right to learning how to be a singer.

If you are a singer who has not and will not learn how to sing, you will cut short not only the life of your singing voice, but also of your speaking voice. Not to mention that you will get sick often, mostly with respiratory and digestive problems.

There are several pieces of evidence supporting what I say. Take a listen to famous pop singers at the beginning of their careers and now. What about the ones who -later in their career- put more emphasis on composing or being judges on voice competitions? What about the ones who just simply disappeared?

It really doesn't matter what kind of singing style a student would like to use, or whose style or which of her favorite pop stars she would like to be like: one learns to be a singer through learning how to sing.

Parents, before you send your children to my studio; or, adult students, before you decide to study with me; please understand that I will do my best to teach your children and you how to sing.

Singing is science, and it has to make sense. Many hours will be spent getting a student to understand how the voice is produced. This will be followed by a series of exercises that teach the body how to produce the sound. Singing repertoire will be assigned as a part of the learning process.

As long as your child is old enough to understand, can read and write, and can stay focused for a 60-minute lesson, they can study voice with me. They use their voices as their voices are. They make sound as their physical maturity allows them. In other words, they will not sing like any grown-ups. They will sing their voices at their ages.

Learn how to sing before learning how to walk on stage, how to hold the microphone, how to give the best hand gesture, or which profile is better on TV camera.

Learn how to sing before learning how to be a singer.

Please DO NOT skip this vital step.

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