In today’s episode,Tara gives you steps that can help you teach a voice lesson. Practical tips to help you know what to do in a weekly lesson with a voice student.
- Get to know how your student is doing that day.
- Have the student do some simple stretching or massage parts of their body. (Using a Gua Sha is great for this: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B074SL6JNN/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
- Start with warmups that are lower or in mid-range.
- Use SOVT’s for early warmups in the lesson.
- Don’t use exercises that go too quickly or are on the ends of their range—high or low.
- Watch/observe what is going on in their physical body—face, head, shoulders, breath, neck, hips, knees, etc
- Pick one thing in the warmup that they do well and then focus on something that they need help with that you have noticed.
- Pick a song and then have the student sing the whole song or only just a verse and chorus.
- Listen and watch for that portion of the song for areas of technique they do well and can improve upon. Example: resonance, breath support, pitch issues, tension in their body, lack of flexibility and more
- 10. If you can’t find a solution for something, it’s okay to tell the student you will come back to it in another lesson. Then go do research.
- 11. Throughout the lesson, ask them the things they are physically sensing and noticing so that they can know on their own what you see or hear.
- 12. Be aware of if your student learns aurally, visually or is a kinesthetic learner.
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