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Beginning to unlock your voice

During this 12 week course, students will learn the fundamentals of good singing techniques and gain the confidence to sing at least two full songs. The course curriculum centers around the four systems of the voice: Respiration, Phonation, Resonation, and Articulation. Students will learn techniques and exercises to achieve proper breathing for singing, increasing their range, maximizing their vocal power, and improving the clarity of their diction. Variations in the course curriculum will be tailored to each student’s individual needs.

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    Melissa Treinkman

    20 Years Experience

    From: United States

      Course Details

      During the course, students will learn proper singing and breathing techniques with Melissa that will help beginners control their voice and gain confidence in their singing voice. Melissa's course covers the main four systems of the voice; Respiration, Phonation, Resonation, and Articulation.

      Topic I: Respiration - Students will be taught how to incorporate the technique of diaphragmatic breathing, which helps to strengthen the muscles in the diaphragm as well as the student's voice and breathing control. Melissa will also teach students about breath support which is arguably one of the most important elements while singing.

      Topic II: Phonation - Students will learn about vocal onset which deals with the pitch of the singing voice as well as breathiness. Melissa will also coach students in siren exercises which help to stretch the vocal cords from the top to the bottom of your range.

      Topic III: Resonation - Students will learn the difference between the chest voice and the head voice, which is the range of notes at the top (head) and the bottom (chest) which a student can reach. Melissa will also teach students about soft palate activation and laryngeal stability.

      Topic IV: Articulation - Melissa will also take students through consonant drills as well as jaw and tongue exercises to help improve their articulation.

      About the Teacher: Melissa Treinkman is a performer, teacher and regular member of the LA Opera Chorus. She achieved a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University, a Master of Music from DePaul University, as well as a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern California. She owns a private voice studio in Venice, California and has been on the voice faculty of the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program since 2011. She made her mainstage solo debut with the company playing the Vendor in classic opera Carmen in 2013, a role which she took on again in both the 2017 and 2018 seasons. She was also a Featured Ensemble singer in the LA Opera staging of The Ghosts of Versailles in 2015, which later won two awards at the Grammys. Melissa has also performed with Chicago Opera Theater, Cedar Rapids Opera Theater, Chicago Folks Operetta, Sarasota Opera, Opera North and Utah Opera.


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