Who should sign up for this module? Am I eligible to sign up?
Those who do not possess:
i) Prior understanding of the fundamental workings of the voice.
ii) Practical knowledge and practice with the efficient techniques of breathing and diaphragmatic muscle control.
Is there an age limit?
We accept registrations from ages 13 and up. However, we strongly advise students aged 12 to meet with our coach to assess their suitability for the course. Call us at 6323 0304 to arrange an appointment.
We will also channel students to classes of compatible age groups whenever possible.
I can sing, so why are vocal lessons necessary?
The voice is a very unique instrument, simply because YOU ARE THE INSTRUMENT! Understanding how your voice works for you will help you discover the fullest potential of this god-given gift. This module touches on the basic concepts of breathing, control of diaphragmatic muscles and resonance, all essential practical knowledge which will set your foundation right and enhance your singing voice. In fact, these are fundamental concepts equally applicable & necessary for all, whether you sing only in your own worship time, or serve on the ministry platform.
Do you train 5-8 years old?
Singing is a physical activity involving the coordination of several organs, which are still developing for children of such young age. A skilled singer should possess excellent musicianship apart from being vocally sound. We suggest that parents send their children for piano lessons, or learn to play other instruments, training them in the fundamental elements of music before taking up vocal classes. It will greatly complement the child's progress in vocal training at a later age.
Are there any limitations if I have a health condition?
There may be limitations, depending on the nature of your health problem. We have had some students with various health conditions attend our lessons, of which vocal training actually improved the state of health and mind for some of such cases. This is largely due to the emphasis on breathing the natural way, as well as the relaxing mode of the activity itself. As singing is physical, and with its performance largely dependent on one's physical state, students are encouraged and advised to take good care of their vocal health.
This is a 3-months intensive program. What does it cover? Is it sufficient?
The Level I program provides an all-round education for the singer in the worship setting. This includes the study of basic vocal technique, diction, rhythm orientation, harmony, pitching, working with instruments, and the interpretation of songs. Development of your singing skills comes with consistent practice while adopting the methods acquired in the Primer program. You may then choose to take your singing higher by continuing with the higher modules.
How long will it take me to sing well?
It varies from person to person. We need to consider the individual’s entry level (i.e. the number of years of singing actively), and the degree of discipline. Results have shown that students who were diligent and consistent with their practice often reap the best results. In this intensive program, we will guide you towards achieving your maximum results within a short time.
I sing off-pitch and sad to say, I am tone deaf. How can this program help me?
Sadly, "tone deafness" has become a stigmatizing label and has locked many into a fear of releasing their voices. In fact, genuinely "tone deaf" cases are rare. Most, who claim they are tone deaf, really aren't. Often, not being able to pitch has to do with not hearing a pitch carefully before physically singing it. Some experience difficulty in pitching due to the strain of notes on the extreme ranges. The Believer Vocal Program adopts an approach which helps students with these pitching issues.