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.
The human voice is one of the oldest musical instruments. Have you ever thought of it in those terms? As an instrument? Yes, singing is one of the most ancient ways that people communicated with each other as well as expressed themselves.
Taking voice lessons exposes you to many other forms of music. You will learn some ancient texts that the monks wrote, this is called Monophony, or “having “one voice” and written in 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 instrumentation. As we move forward in time, the symphonies, orchestras and operas were popular and then the modern era of singing developed as we know it. But in all of these when you take voice lessons, you learn different songs from various time periods. You probably have a favorite song that you enjoy singing.
Singing these different pieces also increases your vocabulary and your background knowledge of the language the aria was written in and where some of the English words originated. 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.
Usually, the best posture for singing is standing with your shoulders straight above your hips. This helps to keep your body in alignment and spine elongated. Singing while you stand is the best posture to have because it opens your rib cage and lungs which allow your diaphragm to expand when you need to take deep breaths. As a voice student, you will also learn the importance of enunciating your words and using facial expressions to portray the arrangement you are performing. This 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 is that you are already reading the notes on the page and you need to know how long to hold the notes, if they should be sung softly or with gusto. Another factor is that if you are an advanced voice student, you are most likely learning 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. Then, you will want to practice how you want to express this beautiful aria to your audience. What are the facial expressions you want to use and the body language or hand gestures that will help make your audience feel the music? All of these factors you will need to ponder when you are preparing for your recital or performance.
There are many other benefits of taking voice lessons. These are only some of them. If you are thinking of singing on a serious level, the human voice is a powerful force that surpasses all humanity and touches us all on many levels.