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."

Voice teacher or vocal coach?

Voice teachers and vocal coaches work toward the same goal: to make you a polished, accomplished performer. Where the vocal coach works on polishing the performance through a focus on style and musicality, however, the voice teacher's prime objective is to maximize a singer's ability to utilize his actual vocal mechanism.

If one is serious about becoming the best possible singer, he should first go to a voice teacher in order to build a solid foundation, upon which he can then proceed to build elements of musicality and style. Voice teachers must always work with an eye toward such style and musicality, just as vocal coaches must work with an understanding of vocal technique; but, while this overlap serves to unify these objectives, the two roles ought to remain essentially separate.

Many singers believe they need have only a vocal coach, but not a voice teacher, in order to learn everything they need to become better at singing. While it might be argued that having a vocal coach is indispensable, the presence of a voice teacher is even more critical. If it is the vocal coach who "polishes the diamond," then the voice teacher is the one who helps the diamond begin to form and then become stronger. One needs a stone before one can begin polishing!

The voice teacher is most important especially to those just beginning the study of voice, for a solid foundation puts a singer in a good position for life (just as a poor one places a singer in the corresponding bad place). Without a comprehensive technique, a singer inevitably experiences some vocal difficulty, resulting in: stress, illness, or loss of flexibility, control, and power.

Vocal coaches approach their task under the assumption that a singer wants to polish what he has at that moment. He is not trying to improve the singer's physical vocal production as much as he is trying to make it smooth and professional-sounding. The demands made by vocal coaches run the gamut- from dynamic contrast, to interpretation, to tempo changes, to breath control- and can easily expose gaps in vocal technique if care is not exercised.

The two roles do overlap somewhat. In order to provide students the tools to enable them to reach their potential, voice teachers must know what a final product will sound like. For their part, coaches must have some understanding of vocal technique in order to know what they can reasonably ask of a singer. But the general responsibilities are clearly defined.

In order to become the best singer you can be, first find a teacher who gives you a solid vocal technique. Only then are you ready to begin refining it.

Pradichaya Poonyarit Voice Studio | Lehigh Valley, Easton, PARalph Schatzki is a long-time student and teacher of singing. He has been on the receiving end of some extraordinary teaching and coaching, and has dispensed his own advice, as well, in the role of voice teacher. He utilizes a minimum of coaching techniques, but no more than absolutely necessary, as he knows he is not a vocal coach.