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Fundamentals of vocal training

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Schools such as the Brooklyn Melodies Music Centre and Mozart Art Centre offer lessons on a wide variety of musical instruments as well as vocal coaching.

Their voice program develops the usual skills of breath control, intonation, range and interval training in one-on-one tuition or group sessions. They encourage the students to follow their own discipline as their strengths and skills as a performer develop, whether it be folk, jazz, opera, Broadway or R&B. This kind of schooled atmosphere offers a comprehensive way of learning the fundamentals of singing and progress in a structured environment. This may not be suitable for all children and even less suitable for adults who don't have the time or access to such schools. Private tutors are widely available and found on listings on expat forums and advertisements.

When you look for a vocal coach, take the time to conduct a research to ensure a good working relationship so that you can progress as a singer. Be clear about what you want to achieve and communicate this to your coach. The coach should have a lesson plan and plan for progression. Find out how much experience they have and see if it suits your needs; those with more experience are likely to charge more. If you can, go and see them perform; it will give you a better idea of how they perform and their musical style.

If you're not quite ready to take private tuition, join local choirs or singing groups. The simple act of performing and singing with others will give you a greater knowledge of your voice as an instrument. There are always choirs and singing groups in most schools. For adults, there are websites and expat forums to help you find a group to sing with.

Handy Hints:

• UAE has a host of music schools to choose from.

• For convenience, private tutors are also available.

• One can start singing by joining groups or choirs.

Source: Special to Classifieds