Music is a universal language that everyone can understand. It is one of those things that bridges the gaps that separate different cultures and it stirs the deepest emotions within the soul. This is especially true when it comes to the powerful sound of the human voice which is one of the oldest musical instruments.
Singing is one of the most ancient forms of artistic expression. It seems that people, of all ages, still enjoy going to the opera and chorale groups all over the world, regardless of the language that the opera was written in. The emotion that the opera singer puts into her music touches the hearts of the audience in many ways. Through the powerful and artistic use of her voice, she has the ability to evoke a range of emotions, from anger and fear to love and happiness. She feels the music she is singing and wants to convey the message to the audience.
There are many benefits to taking voice lessons. When an individual studies voice and is learning to sing, you learn how to control their breathing to hold long, sustained musical notes. Your vocabulary increases as you learn the various languages and your memory functions at a higher level. You will also learn good posture and form when singing, and you have boundless opportunities to interact with others and gain the sense of community.
Throughout the course of your voice lessons, you will learn to master different pieces. By learning the material, you are also increasing your vocabulary and your background knowledge of the language the aria was written in as well as the origin of many English words. This knowledge also increases your communication skills in general. You will also gain a better understanding of the English language and how to use it properly because you will know it’s history and how the words were used in years past compared to how they are used today. This is an unconventional benefit from taking voice lessons.
Your lessons will expose you to many other forms of music. You will learn some ancient texts that the monks wrote called Monophony, or “having “one voice” as well as the Gregorian Chant during the Middle Ages. Then, Polyphony developed during the Renaissance Period. Polyphony means that other voice parts were incorporated into the vocal arrangements. Most of the music written for these time periods were written acapella, which is singing without musical instruments. Then, symphonies, orchestras and operas became popular and now we have contemporary singing as we know it. As you learn different songs from various time periods, you will probably have a selection or two that you are particularly fond of.
Standing with your shoulders aligned with your hips is the best posture for singing. This aligns your body and elongates your spine. It is the best posture because standing up opens your ribcage as well as your lungs, which allows your diaphragm to expand when you need to take deep breaths. As a voice student, you will also learn the importance of annunciating your words and using facial expressions to portray the arrangement you are performing. Using the correct posture as you sing is another way that voice lessons enhance your speech and communication skills.
Voice lessons are great for concentration and focus. There are a number of things that factor into this. One of the first things you will learn to do is read the notes of the composition and know how long to hold them and express them in your singing. Should they be sung softly or with gusto? Once you are an advanced voice student, you will most likely learn a song in a different language (even if you do not know it). This also takes additional attention because you have to remember how to pronounce the words as well as reading the musical piece. You will also learn which facial expressions; body language or hand gestures will convey the meaning of the music and help your audience feel the emotions enveloped in the piece. As you learn to combine these techniques you will learn how to express the beautiful aria to your audience.
There are many other benefits of taking voice lessons. These are only some of them. If you are seriously thinking of taking voice lessons, the human voice is a powerful tool that surpasses all humanity and touches us all.