Astoria Conservatory Of Music

"Discover Your Rhythm"



Vocal Studies

Objectives and Policies for Vocal Studies

Music lessons should enable students to grow, explore, experiment, expand and refine their musical abilities. However, progress in anything is directly related to motivation and practice, practice, practice!

The following guidelines are suggested as a program for advancement in vocal studies:

Beginning singers: 20-30 minutes a day, 5 days a week
Intermediate: 30-40 minutes a day, 5-6 days a week
Advanced: at least 60 minutes a day, 6-7 days a week

Vocal students should be particularly aware of vocal habits and care of the vocal instrument. Strain and pain should never be a part of a vocal work out. Always try to use perfect form and techniques on vocal exercises. Remember that you can damage your vocal instrument beyond repair with sustained improper use.

Care of the Vocal Instrument

Unlike other instruments that you can have tuned or repaired when they don't sound right, the vocal instrument's sound is directly related to the health and well being of the vocalist (that's you!). So, take good care of yourself. Get plenty of sleep, drink a lot of water, exercise regularly, eat right, avoid tobacco and anything that burns and causes smoke, and avoid exessive alcohol consumption (especially before singing). It is also a good idea to avoid screaming and yelling, as these actions tend to damage the vocal chords over time.

Lesson Policies

Students must bring the following items to lessons everytime:

A blank tape
Completed practice log
Practice plans from previous week
Sheet music (if applicable)

Lisa Nelson • Vocal Studies Instructor

For more information about the Astoria Conservatory of Music and to schedule lessons please contact:

Lisa Nelson, Director

503 - 325 - 3237

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