Vocal Ensemble

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Why Vocal?

Singing is a natural part of all of us. We all respond to music. Gaining skills to express ourselves musically can be an important builder of a young person’s self-confidence. Many students come to MYTP afraid to sing out; we aim, however, to give them the tools to feel good about their abilities, and through this, we are able to help build a sense of self-esteem. Singing is not only about winning competitions and getting the big solo. It is about having every participant working hard to feel they are giving their best effort to the group to create a synergy that makes each singer excel. This sense of group work is the foundation for our classes.

All classes for the 2020-2021 season will take place virtually! All group classes will be instructed by Darryn de Souza in correlation with the DeSouza School of Music. All private vocal lessons with be instructed by Katie Preisner.

 

 

Formative (6-8 years)

This program is for ages 6-8, providing participatory, engaging, and fun musical experiences for children in a group setting, inspiring creativity, love of music, and connection to one another and the world around them. During the 30 minute class, the students will be introduced to proper singing technique, sing and learn about many genres of music and songs that inspire self-esteem and creativity.

Class Offered on: Mondays
Time: 4:30pm – 5:00pm
Cost: $150 (September – December)

 

Up & Coming (9-12 years)

This is an intermediate course, where students sing in different group sizes. They are encouraged to find their personalities through their singing, and song choices reflect the energy that this group displays. There is self-reflection and music projects assigned, fostering a deeper study of music and a deeper understanding of the different benefits of music. Learning to understand one’s nervous and over-excited energy with the goal of focusing it is important. Students will learn to perform in larger and smaller groups, helping them become confident in their own abilities as performers.

Class Offered on: Mondays
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Cost: $250 (September – December)

Register for Up & Coming (9-12 years)

 

Trailblazer (9-12 years advanced)

This is a more advanced course, where students are challenged to enter into the world of recording to advance their self-study. They are encouraged to show experience and understanding of music, text and story/soul arc through their singing, and song choices reflect the path towards group-set goals. There is self-reflection and music projects assigned, fostering a deeper study of music and a deeper understanding of the different benefits of music. Finding a further understanding of an artist’s physiology attributes to positive sound is explored and rehearsed. Regular smaller group projects are used to support this course, with deliverables weekly.

Class Offered on: Mondays
Time: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $250 (September – December)

Register for Trailblazer (9-12 years advanced)

 

Lost Boys (9-14 years, males only)

Let’s tackle the most challenging issue of every male singer’s life – growing into adolescence. Darryn designs exercises that are meant to help work through these challenging years with some grace and knowledge that you aren’t the only singer experiencing these challenges. This is a light class with emphasis on having fun through the search for new vocal discovery!

Class Offered on: Mondays
Time: 8:00 – 9:00pm
Cost: $250 (September – December)

Register for Lost Boys (9-13 years, males only)

 

Elite (13-18 years)

This is an intermediate/advanced class. In this setting, constructivism is used to find new discoveries amongst our peers. Besides music projects, students are expected to record and submit singing projects for reflection and feedback from both peers and teacher. This is a class for students who are willing to spend time in and out of class to improve their personal performance abilities, as well as grow their understanding of themselves in a creative and challenging medium. Regular smaller group projects are used to support this course, with deliverables weekly.

Class Offered on: Mondays
Time: 5:00 – 6:00pm
Cost: $250 (September – December)

Register for Elite (13-18 years)

 

Private Vocal

Some students want more one-on-one training time in vocal. Private vocal classes offer the ability to work in a much more personalized atmosphere, where classes can be tailored to the specific vocal needs of a student. This type of training is for students who are already comfortable singing alone. Students who are still building confidence are encouraged to join group vocal classes to help them gain the tools to feel more secure when singing.

In Private Vocal, students are expected to work on their homework during the week, and sometimes they are given background studies to help them understand the context of what they are learning. This class requires more input from students, and is aimed to challenge even the most advanced singer. Self expression is an important aspect of these classes. Students are taught to strengthen the voice they already have through many songs, as well as vocal exercises. Some students spend entire classes only on technique to help them change weak singing habits.

*Private Vocal is available by invitation only; students and parents must discuss this option with the Vocal Teacher, to see if it is the best choice.*

**Students that wish to take Royal Conservatory Exams are welcome to take private lessons. Typically, a student can take a grade level exam in June after a year of preparation. Our instructors are versed in practical exam preparation as well as rudiments, harmony and history exams. Royal Conservatory grades can be used towards high school credits as well as prepare students for post-secondary music programs.

Class Offered on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays
Time: 30 min time slots between 5:30 – 8:30pm
Cost: $300/term (Sept-Dec, or Jan-Apr)

Register for Private Vocal