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Curriculum

Vocal Curriculum

I teach singers to use their voices properly and build a relationship with their instrument.

  • Pedagogy

    Students will learn technique through a variety of exercises and repertoire. Students in the Helen Hendricks Voice Studio learn music in several languages (including English, French, German, Japanese, Latin, and Italian) and styles.

  • Repertoire

    The materials used differ from lesson to lesson to ensure that students are provided with repertoire that is appropriate for them and meets their vocal needs. However, a beginning student can expect to work on one Musical Theatre piece, one Classical piece, and one freedom of choice piece. I make sure to keep this ratio to ensure that students become well-rounded. As beginning students reach a more advanced and intermediate level of study they may choose to work more specifically in a particular genre of music.

Lessons

A first lesson often looks like this...
  1. 1. 10 minute exercises
  2. 2. Breath work and training
  3. 3. Basic stretches to free the voice and alleviate tension
  4. 4. Warmups and Scale work
  5. 5. Theory (If applicable)
  6. 6. Reading music (if applicable)
  7. 7. 10 minute exercises
  8. 8. Understanding vocal anatomy and the singing mechanism

For the rest of the lesson the teacher and student work on preparing the assigned vocal literature.

Examples of work that may be done during this time:
  • - Working on foreign language diction
  • - Learning and perfecting notes and rhythms in a piece of music
  • - Making adjustments to the stylistic approach to a piece
  • - Advanced breathing techniques
  • - Re-working particularly difficult passages for a piece
  • - Staging a song or scene
  • - Preparing students for performances (practice slating, entering, appropriate behavior for public singing, etc…)
  • - Building dynamic control within a piece
  • - Developing strength in different parts of the voice
  • - Expanding vocal range
  • - Coordinating muscle groups for more efficient singing
  • - Rewriting hard sections into vocalizes so that students can work on them more easily

“I have always wanted to learn how to sing, but could never get started on my own. Helen really helped me get on the right track, and find a new passion!”

“Helen has really helped our son with singing and acting!!!! He is excelling!"

Lesson Plans

30 Minute Lesson

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For beginnging, intermediate and advanced students. Personalized instruction and curriculum.

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1 Hour Lesson

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For beginnging, intermediate and advanced students. Personalized instruction and curriculum.

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Audition Coaching

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For advanced students looking to get a leg up in the audition process. All ages accepted.

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