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.

Rhythm and Rhyme (5-7 years)

Rhythm and Rhyme is a music program for ages 5-7 providing fully 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. This is accomplished by incorporating joyful singing, rhythm making, and creative movement. During a 45 minute class, the students will play age appropriate percussion instruments working on rhythm patterns and coordination, dance along with fun and interactive action songs, learn traditional children’s folk songs as well as songs from cultures around the world, sing and learn about theatrical music, sing echo songs, call and response, and songs that inspire self esteem and creativity.
Class Offered on: Tuesdays
Time: 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
Cost: $295 plus HST

Mini Star Vocal (7-8 years)

The Mini Star vocal program provides students ages 7 and 8 with exposure to choral and theatrical music and teaches the foundations of music theory and singing while having fun. Students are introduced to basic concepts of vocal production, sight singing, ear training and theory. Through the use of folk songs, musical games, unison and 2-part songs, students will develop an understanding of their individual musical and vocal abilities and how to use these skills in a choral context.
Class Offered on: Wednesdays
Time: 5:30 – 6:15 p.m.
Cost: $295 plus HST

Junior Vocal (8-13 years)

This is an intermediate singing course, where students are asked to sing in different sized groups. They are encouraged to show their personalities through their singing, and song choices reflect the energy this group displays. As a group, techniques such as proper breathing and annunciation are introduced, and basic performance elements are established, such as posture and facial expression. At this age, being able to focus one’s nervous and over-excited energy 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: Wednesdays OR Thursdays
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $395 plus HST

Senior Vocal (13 & up)

This class begins to put together several basic techniques in singing to build a strong group dynamic. The philosophy that we can learn from those around us is important here. Fewer songs are learned, as the material is considerably more challenging. Many songs are sung in harmony, and students are challenged to do more than just sing the right notes. Here, they are taught musical expression, musical phrasing, choral blending, 3 or 4-part harmony and advanced performance techniques. There are more public performances for this group, as they tour Seniors Homes and compete in Music Festivals, and perform in various places around town.
Class Offered on: Mondays
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Cost: $395 plus HST

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.

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