Teaching Philosophy

Samantha Guevrekian

Natural, healthy vocal production is always my goal. Through physiological and mental awareness, using techniques based in the "bel canto" school of classical singing, we will work to free your sound. I teach the importance of vocal placement (resonance) and breath control as the foundation for healthy vocal production. This method has proven valuable to singers of ALL genres. By working to master the fundamentals, you will strengthen, develop, and enjoy your voice while training in an environment that is committed to vocal health and longevity.

 

A typical lesson begins with a brief vocal warm-up, followed by technical work through learning vocalizes and exercises. The last 20 or 30 minutes is spent applying the learned vocal techniques to your repertoire and is focused on your specific artistic needs and goals. This includes achieving technical success in singing a song, preparing for an audition or performance, and developing musical skills like improvisation, music reading, rhythm, and sight singing. Lessons that focus on technical exercise for the full hour are also an option for students who want or need a greater amount of technical reinforcement.

 

Every voice is different and presents a unique set of qualities, strengths and challenges. Vocal training must be individualized to meet the specific needs of each student. In lessons, we will work toward your goals, whether they are to prepare for an audition or performance, to sing clearer high notes, to build stamina, to improve pitch and intonation, or simply to sing or speak without strain or stress. There are no gimmicks or magic tricks that can make you sing better. Hard work and understanding how to use your instrument will allow you to find your voice and will make you a better singer.

 

Because the voice is so personal to the soul, this can be a beautiful, yet oftentimes, emotionally challenging journey. Since we can't just buy a new set of vocal cords at the local music store, like we can other instruments, we will work together to ride the waves and push through any obstacles we may encounter. I will always be there to help turn the mountains you see before you into mole-hills. With each new challenge and triumph, your vocal freedom and expression will ultimately shine through!

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