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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."

What studying voice is all about

Pradichaya Poonyarit Voice Studio | Lehigh Valley, Easton, PA

The beauty of singing is in how it allows one to express himself in a unique and particularly fulfilling way. But it is not just about expression: it is also about the wholeness experienced when the vision is realized through the marriage of artistry and technique.

Each of us sings for a different- and valid- reason; but, when someone pursues voice lessons it is because he wants to do more. Exactly what that is must be discussed with the teacher, both early and often, for the teacher-student relationship is like any other: it only works when there is a common goal.

I recognize not everyone wants to train their voices to a professional level, and even fewer are willing to do the work in order to do so. And that's okay. As long as there is constant and dedicated progress toward whatever expectations have been agreed upon, the relationship is a beneficial one.

The other critical component to a good relationship is trust. A student must trust his teacher to provide him with good information and guidance; otherwise, the resistance interferes with learning and progress. Trust is a two-way street, of course, and I actively encourage students to ask questions. (This can be difficult in the case of a beginning student.)

What exactly is a voice teacher? My main concern is with the development and utilization of the vocal instrument itself- from posture, to breath, to the utilization of various muscles. The focus is to enable students to develop their voices and to build them upon a natural foundation. I am an experienced and sympathetic listener, and I give constructive and tangible feedback to my students.

I am not a vocal coach- one whose main job is to help a singer develop the musical aspects of a performance- nor am I a singing teacher- one who gives pointers on how best to incorporate all aspects of a performance in order for it to have the greatest impact. Yet, because singing is a form of expression, none of these roles can exist exclusively from the others. This means I must be aware of musical and performance issues, and I keep these in mind while helping a student build his voice. Just as a vocal coach wouldn't ask a singer to do something technically impossible (no matter how “musical” it might be), I would not ask a student to do something technically that would prohibit him from exploring interpretive alternatives.

And this is what studying voice is all about: freeing the instrument in order that musicality and expression may flourish.

Pradichaya Poonyarit Voice Studio | Lehigh Valley, Easton, PARalph Schatzki is a professional opera singer and long-time voice teacher. He has performed and taught in both the United States and Thailand and is committed to bringing great singing- through both education and performing- into the lives of everyone who wants it. He currently is teaching at Pradichaya Poonyarit Voice Studio, a private studio run by his wife Pradichaya Poonyarit.

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