On this page you will find required materials for voice lessons here at
Promethean Studios and various other resources for the voice as well.
The resources on this page are specifically for the voice, more generic
resources (music stores, recording studios, etc) are listed
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Please have these for your Lessons:
An instrument in fair condition. I guess you’re good there.
3 ring binder with loose-leaf paper and pockets for holding handouts. Yes, really.
Pencil. Erasable, colored pencils are best.
Manuscript paper (music paper, staff paper).
Hover over the resources tab of Dallas Music Lessons, select Music and Tab paper and
print 5 sheets of ‘medium music paper, treble clef only’, bring
them to your lesson. (If you’re a male classical singer, download and bring ‘medium
music paper, bass clef only). Feel free to download any of the other types
of music paper you want and your friends can, too. For assignments and
5 GB flash drive or larger. (suggestions and details below).
Download Audacity (optional) – details below.
Leave it home.
Recordings or CDs of accompaniments (karaoke) and the originals for 5 songs
of your choice
(suggestions and details below).
Classical students will need the sheet music for their songs.
Download the lyrics for the 5 (pop) songs you’re working on (suggestions
and details below). Bring it.
More details and resources:
Pencil. Musicians write with pencils because they make changes to their music
and make frequent notations on the pages. Erasable, colored pencils are best.
5 GB flash drive (or larger). To record your lesson.
Bring this to your lesson. When you begin each lesson, give your flash drive to your teacher and
they'll record your lessons. Be sure and take the drive with you when
you leave and listen to it in your computer the day of or the day after
your lesson. This will give you a way to review the lesson and give your
instructor a way to send demonstrations of technique or songs home with
you. If you'll review your lesson each week, you'll progress about
5 to 10% faster.
Audacity. Also, if you'd like to get a even more out of some of your own practices,
go back to
www.dallasmusiclessons.com, this time actually click the
Resources tab, go down to ‘recording and editing’ and download
Audacity, a free computer-based recording program. It does many great things to
help you practice; people even make professional albums with it. You can
change the pitch of your song, record yourself, record yourself singing
with your song, or isolate sections of songs for practice. Many good things.
At this moment you don't need a metronome for lessons. But you will eventually (in 2 to 4 months) need a pitch device (piano,
keyboard, guitar) and a counting device for the inevitable special exercise
or two that you'll be doing. The minimum to fulfill this would be
a metronome and a guitar or keyboard. A little home keyboard with rhythms
and metronomic markings is more fun than a metronome. If you buy a metronome
here's some resources: Apps for iphone – Tempo Advance is the
best - $4. For Android, Tempo - $2. Standalone metronomes: Planet Waves
PW-MT-02 ($15), Korg MA-1 ($20-25).
Use the metronome whenever possible. It will develop your sense of rhythm and counting; equally important,
it will show you
where you should be practicing.
Students who practice with metronomes or rhythm machines will also progress
about 5 to 10 percent faster.
Recordings or CDs of accompaniments (karaoke) and the original for 5 songs of your choice, within these guide lines: 1) No songs where violence,
drugs, cursing, or sex figure largely, 2) No songs where what you like
about the song is how hard it is – for now. Just pick songs you
think are cool. Also known as backing tracks - the music plays, there
is no singer and YOU SING. These are available on the internet through
YouTube and at iTunes.
The quality of lessons is better if the teacher is not playing the piano
and can concentrate fully on your singing. These backing tracks come in
a wide variety, classical to metal. You can put the karaokes and originals
on your flash drive if you like. Sheet music for these songs is useful,
but definitely not required. You will work through 1-2 songs per month,
and will need to keep a steady supply of cool songs available, as we learn
the old ones.
Download the lyrics for the 5 songs (pop) you’re working on (suggestions
and details below). Go to Google, type in your song and the word “Lyrics”. Copy
the lyrics into a document and double space the lines. You will use this
to create a ‘map’ to work on your song.
Vocal Exercises. Provided by the studio. These essential exercises that will develop the
voice's range and resonance.
Leave it home.
More voice resources:
Internet Broadway Database: