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Learn to love your voice

by Melissa Treinkman

During this 12 week course, students will learn the fundamentals of good vocal technique as it applies to excellent speaking. They will learn to love their speaking voices as they explore the four systems of the voice: Respiration, Phonation, Resonation, and Articulation. Students will learn proper breathing techniques, how to vary their intonation as they speak, maximize their volume, and improve the clarity of their words through consonant training. Variations in the course curriculum will be tailored to specific student needs.

  • Course Duration

    12 Weeks

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  • Google Hangout

US$144(1-on-1 Class)

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1 Class = 60 minutes

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Educator Profile

Melissa Treinkman

20 Years Experience

From: United States

    Course Details

    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.


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