The Irvine School of Music Vocal Curriculum
If you’ve always wanted to hone your skills as a singer, Irvine School of Music has the voice teacher for you. Our voice faculty focuses on popular, classical, contemporary music and more! We customize each lesson according to the interests of our students. Each week, students are led through physical exercises to improve their vocal range, ear training, breath control, enunciation and more. Each student sets goals with their teacher, either to sound like their favorite recording artist, or to develop their own unique voice. We teach healthy ergonomic technique in our vocal curriculum, and students have the opportunity to perform pieces they work on in recitals and concerts.
What’s the #1 reason to take voice lessons at Irvine School of Music?
Our voice instructors work with each student and parent on a personal level to craft a lesson plan that fits the student’s individual needs and favorite type of music. We customize our lessons to the interests of our students! Whether you’re a singer in a band, a seven year old taking their first lesson, or a fifty year old returning to singing after many years, our friendly, dedicated teachers will share their love of popular music and help you set goals to achieve your musical aspirations.
What’s a good age to start voice lessons?
8 years old is recommended as the youngest age for private vocal lessons. Due to the physical nature of voice lessons (proper breathing techniques, development of the vocal chords and lung capacity), the younger body is generally not yet ready for the rigors of vocal technique. Students between the ages of 5 and 8 interested in developing vocal skills should enroll in our Children’s Choir, which also features numerous community performance opportunities in partnership with the City of Irvine and the Chamber of Commerce. If you are interested in private lessons under age 8 please reach out to the front desk and we would be happy to help you with your musical needs!
What styles of singing do you teach?
We teach all styles, and we customize our lessons according to the interests of the student. If you are interested in learning contemporary, musical theatre, pop, or classical, our wonderful and talented teachers are able to teach you!
How qualified are your voice instructors?
Our voice lesson instructors have received their musical education from such prestigious institutions as Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University, New England Conservatory, Pfeiffer University, University of California Los Angeles, University of Southern California, Chapman University, Queen’s University Belfast, Biola University, Many have toured the US and Europe, sung with companies such as the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera, and St. Petersburg Opera, bringing over 30 years of professional performance and teaching experience to your lessons.
What will I learn from voice lessons at the Irvine School of Music?
Voice students spend time each week doing physical exercises to improve their vocal range, ear training, breath control, vibrato, tone production, enunciation and more. All voice students set goals with their teacher to work on sounding like their favorite recording artists, or if they prefer, to develop their own unique voice. Our Medal Level program sets goals for students as they learn, teaching them how to set goals and rewarding them with a medal once they are completed.
Does the Irvine School of Music have performance opportunities?
Our Voice students have the opportunity to perform at our Winter, Summer, or Fall Concerts held at local universities, as well as our yearly World Class Performance opportunity held at World Class locations. For example, we have taken our voice students to Kennedy Center in Washington DC, Carnegie Hall in New York, and Segerstrom Center for the Arts in Costa Mesa. We also have informal performance opportunities throughout the year in the form of our weekend masterclasses!
What else does the Irvine School of Music offer for its voice students besides lessons?
Besides our lessons and concerts, the Irvine School of Music offers various enrichment opportunities for all of our students, including our 24 Level Medal Achievement Program, our Practice Incentive Program, and our Optional Performance Opportunities that are offered year-round!
Our unique 24 Level Medal Achievement Program awards students every 6 months with a Medal to commemorate their progress, and the parents receive album recordings to clearly show their student’s growth over time. In this 12 year program that motivates voice students from beginner to mastery, all students receive a comprehensive music education where they develop the skills necessary for a lifetime enjoyment of music, including skills in ear training, theory, and even composition as part of voice lessons!