Voice & Singing Lessons
Our Hermosa Beach, Redondo Beach, and Manhattan Beach locations offer voice lessons for students ages 7 years to adult, of all abilities from beginners to very advanced students. Our private voice lessons are one-on-one instruction and lesson lengths are 30 minutes, 45 minutes or 1 hour. We offer instruction in various styles from rock to classical, jazz and pop. We have students who want to learn to sing just for fun and students who wish to excel with our 24-level motivational goal system. The goal system incorporates a means to track progress on note reading, music theory, sight-reading and ear training activities in our private lessons. Students can complete the levels at their own pace and are rewarded at the end of each level with a medal and a CD containing an archive of themselves performing and recording their favorite songs from the year!
7 years old is recommended as the youngest age for private vocal lessons. Due to the physical nature of voice lessons (proper breathing techniques, development of the vocal chords and lung capacity), the younger body is generally not yet ready for the rigors of vocal technique. For children younger than 7, we recommend a children’s choir or a preschool singing program that teaches them how to use their voices properly, in a fun, relaxed environment.
If you'd like your younger musician to start taking Voice lessons as early as 4½ years old, you can add Piano to your lesson and split your time between both Piano AND Voice. This option is great if you have an interest in both, or are trying to decide between the two for your younger musician. Taking Piano and Voice together provides a basic foundation of music, such as ear training, while keeping the student engaged.
Why should I take voice lessons?
The narrative goes something like this: “I can sing. Why should I bother with voice lessons.” It’s true that some people are born with better singing voices, just like other people are born able to run faster. And just like practice running under the regimen of an experienced coach or trainer helps a runner run faster and longer while avoiding injury, training your voice under the guidance of an experienced teacher helps you sing stronger with a better range, more control, and less risk of straining your vocal cords.We often hear people ask if it’s safe for children to take vocal lessons. Of course it is! Vocal coaching helps children develop their natural instrument and avoid damaging it through improper technique. Kids can be great singers, and vocal lessons can help them have more fun with something they probably already enjoy!Like most musical pursuits, learning to sing brings with it a myriad of benefits (eighteen of which can be found here), including increased self-confidence, improved academics, and development of artistic and creative capacities, but unlike other instruments, your voice is always with you! People connect through singing, and song can be used to bring people together, both professionally and socially.
Why Choose Us?
- Professional 'Floating Marley Dance Floors' reduce fatigue and prevent injury
- Small class sizes
- Customer service - desk staff available during class times for assistance
- Wide selection of class times to fit your busy schedule
- University trained teachers
- Instructions in rock, classical, pop, jazz and more
- Optional, low pressure recitals
"It has been amazing to see my son tranformed through his discovery of the violin. Since starting at the School of Dance & Music, he has gained a deep sense of accomplishment and confidence."
"My 7-year-old son LIVES for his weekly electric guitar lesson! We have to ask him to stop practicing!"
"I love the School of Dance and Music! I have danced there for years and I always love my teachers. They are always willing to listen and are open to what the students have to say. I like that all the teachers are friends and are nice. The teachers and students works well together (we are a team) and when I am there I feel at home."
"My daughter has met lots of friends at the school and has a great time coming here. She loves the teachers and staff and looks forward to the fabulous dance & music recitals they put on every year. The school is very well run and very accommodating to stressed out parents with ever changing schedules."
"What wonderful life long lessons my kids are learning at the School of Dance & Music! The teachers are positive and motivating and they each bring their own originality every week. The staff is kind and professional. Our family looks forward to a long relationship with the school."
Starting Lessons Off Right
- How Young is Too Young. Starting at the Right Age
- Insist on Private Lessons When Learning a Specific Instrument
- Take Lessons in a Professional Teaching Environment
- Make Practicing Easier
- Use Recognized Teaching Materials
Q: Do I need a piano at home to take a piano lessons?
A: It is ideal if you have a piano at home, but you can start lessons by using an electric keyboard to practice on. Most our students rent or buy...
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