Anyone that knows me realizes that I have a real love for music. I enjoy playing the piano and I love to sing. While I took years of lessons for the piano, I have never had a formal lesson on voice to hone my skills in that arena.
Now I am tackling a long desired dream of learning how to better control my voice and improve my singing.
About Vocal Coach
Vocal Coach product doesn’t teach a particular style, rather we teach you to master the principles of vocal muscle memory, which cause critical body parts to produce excellent sound, amplification, and control with increased stamina to predictably deliver the results you want! Before you know it, you’ll be able to apply what you’ve learned to any style you want to sing. Just like a well-conditioned athlete often has the ability to play many different sports, a well-trained singer has the potential to sing many different styles.
About Vocal Coach Singer
This product provides the equivalent to $2000 of private vocal instruction with lessons being done in the comfort of your own home. The program teaches fundamentals that every accomplished singer needs to master.
What You Receive with Vocal Coach Singer
7 Training CDs:
- Getting Started
- Complete Breathing
- Complete Warm-Up
- Complete Tone
- Complete Expanding Your Range
- Complete Diction
- Complete Performance
4 Workout CDs:
- Daily Workout High Voice 1 & 2
- Daily Workout Medium/Low Voice 1 & 2
Plus these great educational tools:
- Guidebook – Full-size Instructional Guidebook to Ensure Success
- Printable Lead Sheets – each exercise in our course, plus track lists
- Personal Singer’s Journal (Getting Started Journal & Workout Journal) to Track Your Progress
- Vocal Coach Song Evaluation – Evaluation form to enable you to make more intelligent song selections
Unlike most products for review through the Schoolhouse Review Crew, I am not using this one with the boys. I had hoped to get my younger sons to join me on the exercises, but it quickly became apparent that they are just not ready for this particular program. So, instead I am using it for my own enjoyment with the hopes of become a better vocalist whether I am singing in a choir, singing in the role of cantor, or just singing Christmas carols with friends.
For the review, I was provided everything as a download. What I have not done (but want to do for portability) is to put the vocal exercises onto a CD. Playing it on my computer works okay, but I sometimes struggle with volume through the speakers and would prefer using the CD player. I’ve taken to using headphones on the computer, but then get strange looks from the boys when I’m doing the exercises.
I really like that you can print out the exercise music and read the pattern rather than just memorizing each phrase. I also have enjoyed reminders about posture (feel that string from the top of your head…) as that is an area where I sometimes struggle. I’m also working at being able to maintain my breath for longer cycles. It wasn’t until I was in the church choir in Maryland that I learned how bad my breathing was for singing and I feel like my not being in that strong of a choir has me lapsing backwards.
While the program does not have a clear cut lesson plan to follow, you can read more about integrating Vocal Coach Singer on their homeschool page. The company also offers online vocal training via Skype to get the personal feedback that is otherwise lacking in a packaged program like this one. I’m fortunate to have a friend at church who is a vocal instructor and can ask her for quick feedback. However, for someone without that type of connection the online training option on occasion could be a great supplement.
Vocal Coach Singer is available on CD for $119.99 plus shipping or as downloadable mp3 files for $99.99. For younger children, Vocal Coach also offers Teaching Kids to Sing. Other products include warm ups for choirs and even a throat spray.
Disclaimer ~ We were provided with the materials mentioned in this review to facilitate a review as a member of the Schoolhouse Review Crew. No monetary compensation occurred and all opinions are my own. You can see what other Crewmates had to say about this product.