During each 60 minute class, over the course of 12 weeks, students will learn proper breathing and speaking techniques with Melissa that will help beginners control their voice and gain the confidence to speak. Melissa's course curriculum will cover four key systems of the voice; Respiration, Phonation, Resonation, and Articulation.
Topic I: Respiration - Students will be taught breath support and how to properly use a technique known as diaphragmatic breathing, which helps to strengthen not just the muscles in the diaphragm but also the student's voice and breathing control.
Topic II: Phonation - Students will learn how to build vocal fold stamina while avoiding the vocal pitfalls of breathiness, pressed vocal, or vocal fry speaking. Melissa will also coach students in vocal range exercises.
Topic III: Resonation - Resonant voice training is focused on amplification, quality, and richness of the voice. Melissa will teach students about the four resonance areas for the vocals and help students to reduce any hypernasality they may exhibit.
Topic IV: Articulation - Articulation deals with the clarity of sounds when they come out of the mouth. Students will be taught specific face workouts to help words and tone sound clearer. Melissa will also take students through consonant drills to further help with this.
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.
Students enrolling for this course on ipassio can be sure that they receive individual attention from the teacher, as the class strength is limited to 1 or 2 students. It also gives teachers the opportunity, to gauge their students progress in depth and make changes whenever and wherever required, to ensure the student gets the maximum out of this course. Since this course is detailed, students get the advantage of learning intricate details about this art form. The limited strength of the class also ensures that there is a strong bond between the students and their teacher clearing out any inhibitions that the student might have. The sustained guidance available from the teacher ensures that the student does not deviate from set goals or targets. Learning from a revered, experienced exponent of this art form, through the long duration of this course, keeps the student inspired and motivated to achieve more.
Based in Los Angeles, mezzo-soprano Melissa Treinkman is a versatile performer and voice teacher. She sang in the Featured Ensemble for GRAMMY award winning production of The Ghosts of Versailles and played the role of the Vendor in Carmen, both at LA Opera. In January of 2019, Melissa performed the role of Dulcinea in the world premiere of Juan Colomer's opera Dulcinea XL. She also was a part of the world premiere of the dance opera, Beyond the Waterfront, produced by the Heidi Duckler Dance Theater and LA Opera. Melissa performed the role of Clytemnestra in a concert version of The Intuition of Iphegenia by Nathan Wang. She was also seen as Tisbe in La Cenerentola with the Sarasota Opera. Melissa has been a Resident Artist with Utah Opera where she performed the role of Mercédès in Carmen and Suor Infermiera in Suor Angelica. Another recent highlight was her performance of Melousine in the American premiere of Lehar’s operetta Cloclo with the Chicago Folks Operetta.
Her scholarly articles on voice have been published in the prestigious Journal of Singing and she frequently presents her research at voice conferences. Melissa has also given workshops on the speaking voice to CEOs from around the world. Melissa received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Southern California, a Master of Music from DePaul University and a Bachelor of Music from Northwestern University. She won a fellowship to participate in the 2019 National Association of Teachers of Singing Intern Program, the premiere voice teacher training program in the US.