Voice Lessons

voice recital

Private Voice Lessons (Ages 4 to adult)

Offered year-round (month-to-month commitment)

Flexible schedule; 30, 45, and 60 minute lessons available

Scheduled by appointment. Please call to schedule your first lesson: 503-999-4343

All singing lessons and classes are taught in a supportive, creative and playful environment. Our approach to vocal training and the art of singing is based on physical and cognitive awareness as well as on a strong foundation of musical and vocal technique. Our goal is to guide you toward achieving your goals, to find joy and creative expression and to integrate healthy singing techniques that free your true singing voice.

  • Develop tone, pitch, breath control, intonation, emphasis, volume, posture, relaxation and general voice quality.
  • Gain awareness of the physical tensions and habits that are hindering your style and develop your physical, emotional and technical capacity to sing freely.
  • Enhance your enjoyment and confidence of singing and unleash your spirit!

Private singing lessons include voice warm-up and preparation exercises and includes focused “observe and describe” awareness and technical games combined with singing from song selections of your choice. Time spent in each portion will depend on what aspect of vocal performance is being worked on, and on the amount of work you invest outside of, and prior to, the lessons. The voice lessons are flexible and interactive and can also include practical coaching and working through of songs and exercises and the development of awareness patterns and performance skills required to get you to your next level.

Each voice lesson is individually tailored to your musical developmentsinging style, and current vocal awareness and needs. The typical objectives are to uncover, release and develop your unique singing voice and to develop and refine awareness skills, vocal techniques and performance skills that you can take away with you and apply to a lifetime of healthy,productive and enjoyable singing.

Lesson repertoire explores the skills, techniques and awareness required for healthy classical, popular, or musical theater styles of singing.

Little Singers Class A & B (Ages 4 – 8)

18-week courses, 30 minutes classes twice weekly

A perfect starting place for students with little or no previous vocal training. Students learn basic singing skills, improving their tone, range, and vocal agility. Students learn exercises and songs in a positive and relaxed environment. Students have the opportunity to perform at NWSM’s bi-annual recitals (held at Christmas and late spring).