Summer Student Showcase
July 18, 2015
Musicology School of Music’s students will be performing on July 18th at the Musicology campus. Make sure to bring lawn chair and or blankets since the show will be outside! There will also be a barbecue food truck so come hungry and don’t forget your wallets! ;)
Students age 13 and under will be playing at 5:00 pm and students 14 and up will be performing at 6:00 pm. We are really excited for another showcase, so please mark your calendars and come enjoy some music from our own talented students!
Musicology School of Music
July 13th -17th
Summer Student Show Case
Concerts in the park
Eric and Derrick
Customer Appreciation Day / Open House
Closed Labor Dar
Madison Street Festival
Halloween Room a Treat / Rock Band Costume Party
Nov 25th - 27th
Closed Thanksgiving Break
December 6th & 7th
Christmas Student Showcase
December 24 - 26
Closed for Christmas Holiday
December 31st - January 1
Closed for New Years
“Taking Care of Your Voice"
Whether you're a singer taking voice lessons or someone who sings in church or in the car for fun, when you open your mouth to sing, you want your voice to sound its best. Here are some recommendations that will help your voice to perform to the best of its ability.
P + B + S= Good Singing
First of all, check your posture. You should be sitting or standing with a straight spine, shoulders slightly back, chest and ribcage open, and your chin level to the ground. If your posture isn't right, you can have tension in your voice and a lack of breath support.
Your breath should always come from the belly, not the chest. When you inhale to breathe before singing, expand your belly to let your lungs fill up. If you take a deep breath and your shoulders rise, you're not doing it correctly. Try lying down on your back and putting a book on your belly to practice deep belly breaths. You will learn more breathing exercises if you decide to take voice lessons.
The space of your mouth should be open and vertical, like you have an egg resting on your tongue. The vowel shapes you make when you sing greatly affect the way your voice sounds. Vertical vowels make a more mature, bigger sound.
If you have problems with your voice like a raspy sound or cracking, you may want to try a changing some things in your diet and medication. First of all, you should always drink plenty of water to keep the voice hydrated. If you're drinking 8 glasses of water a day and still having raspy sounds or cracking, try not eating dairy products before you sing. Dairy can cause excess mucus in the voice. Chocolate can also cause cracking in the voice if consumed right before singing. Caffeine can affect some people's voices more than others. Try eliminating sodas and coffee to see if it helps your voice. Do you take medication for allergies? If so, and you're still having trouble with raspy sounds or cracking in your voice, your allergy medication could be drying out your voice. Ask your doctor if you would like to try an allergy medication that is non-drying to the voice. Cold medications such as Sudafed or Dayquil can also dry out the voice.
Another main reason people get a raspy quality or cracking in the voice is acid reflux. Do you have symptoms of acid reflux, such as an acid taste in the back of the throat or heartburn? You may also want to talk to your doctor about acid reflux if you continue to have vocal problems that are not going away.
When you are practicing for your voice lessons, please be careful not to strain your voice. In order to not strain and have best results, always warm up your voice with the warm-ups your teacher has taught you. If you feel discomfort in your voice at any time during practice, stop and come back to it later on another day. Generally, young students should practice from 15-30 minutes a day. Adults and teenagers can practice from 30-60 minutes a day, depending upon vocal health. If there are any vocal problems such a sore throat, vocal strain, or hoarseness, do not practice until it goes away.
Written By: Vanessa Miller Mantis
Student of the Month:
1. What instruments do you take at Musicology? Piano
2. How long have you taken lessons? 6 months
3. What are your hobbies, besides music? Creative writing, gymnastics, and swimming
4. What is your favorite food? Steak
5. What is the coolest thing you’ve learned in your lessons in the past 3 months? I have learned how to play with two hands at the same time
6. What do you like about your teacher? Rollin is nice and he teaches me well!
Group Make Up Class Schedule for June
Beginner Piano: July 2nd, 30th @5:30pm July 11th @ 9am July 13th @ 12pm
Intro to Piano: July 3 @ 12pm
Intermediate Piano: July 2nd, 9th, 23rd, 30th @ 4pm, July 6 @ 12pm July 25 @ 11am
Make Up Beginning Drum: July 8 @ 430pm, July 25 @9am
Intermediate Drum: July 18th @ 9am
Make Up String: July 9th,July 23rd @ 5pm
Beginner Voice: July 18th @ 4pm
Intermediate Voice: July 7th @ 2pm, July 11th, 25th @ 4pm
Beginner Guitar: July 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th @ 7pm July 8 @11:30am July 31 @ 4pm
Intermediate Guitar: July 14th @7pm. 20th @ 12pm
Intro to Guitar: July 10th @12pm
Make Up Mallet: August 1st @ 9am
Intro to Voice: July 24th @ 12pm
Teacher of the Month:
1. What are the things you like the most about teaching?
My favorite thing about teaching music is being there for the “light bulb moments”. I love those moments when a light bulb goes off in a student’s head and you know they fully understand a technique or theory concept. They experience a sense of pride rewarded by their diligence. Sharing those moments with my students is priceless.
2. How do you inspire students to practice more?
I believe the key to self-motivation and practicing is enjoying what you are learning. If you can find a style of music that the student is truly interested in learning, they will be more likely to practice without any prompting.
3. What part do you feel that playing or singing in a group has in a student's development?
Music doesn’t start to really make sense until you have had the chance to play with other musicians. This is why it’s important to get involved with a group in the early stages of music education. Playing with others gives you a chance to apply everything you have learned and experience being part of a musical team, instead of just a soloist. Playing with others can be such an inspiration!
4. What is your favorite type of music? I love playing fiddle tunes! Whether it’s bluegrass breakdowns, Irish jigs, or old-time tunes, I really feel a connection to this type of music. However, I enjoy listening to all types of music. My two favorite bands at the moment are the Punch Brothers and the Time Jumpers.
“Music is the great uniter. An incredible force. Something that people who differ on everything and anything else can have in common.”
Musicology School of Music teaches over 500 students a week from the Huntsville / Madison area.