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To take private or group singing lessons is one thing, but to perform on stage is a whole other beast to face. Our vocal students here are always encouraged to take their hard earned talents to the stage as often as possible. In this recent performance it was Annie Jr. A musical production put on by Christian Youth Theater.
How Our Singing Lessons Help Prepare Our Students
More often than not a musical production, though filled with many benefits, doesn’t focus directly on the performers voice in the production. They’re more focused on the overall performance. This causes the performers to generalize their voice to “blend” with the other performers which in the long term can cause problems for the individual. You see each voice is different, so it must be treated and developed with different techniques specific to that student. Our private voice lessons here in Santa Cruz and Scotts Valley are specifically tailored to the student taking lessons. We do NOT generalize our lessons with the same warmups and techniques for all students. Each vocal student is given a full assessment on the first day of their singing lessons. They are able to go home with the knowledge of what their personal vocal range is, their problems area, what’s causing them and what specific techniques need to be practiced to solve them. This gives each vocal student the ability to go home and practice their designated techniques that are targeted to remove any vocal problems. The results come much FASTER this way!
Vocal Performance Lessons Put To Action in Santa Cruz
This production of Annie Jr was quite phenomenal! The fact that we had six students, yes SIX Forte Vocal students, in this production. With our star students playing such supporting roles as Herbert Hoover played by our student Zach Lyndman, Lead Orphan Molly played by our student Anaelle Deschesnes, and many other supporting roles played by our vocal students Rachel Schultz, Lydia Lyndman, Emily Merriner, and Cammie Smith. The production was truly a smash hit! All performances were sold out, and for good cause. This was truly a collection of some of the most talented young adults and children I had seen in years. With more productions on the way our student now prepare for Beauty and The Beast. There’s no stoping these kids from getting on stage and SHINNING!
It was such a joy to hear the beautiful holiday cheer ring through the televisions all over Santa Cruz county last week. With only a days notice our vocal students put on their best holiday smiles and performed on live KSBW Santa Cruz news channel. Each student was given only a few moments to share their song of choice, but each one made an everlasting impression. It was such a sight to see!
One at a time each student faced their fears, grabbed the mic and sang with all their hearts. Now I don’t know if you’ve ever sung on live television, but it’s a scary thing! Without the support of an audience looking back it is often very hard to keep the momentum of the song going. You have to look into the empty box of a camera and sing knowing that there are thousands of people inside there watching you perform. This can be very tricky! Also when you sing on location you are also battling the sound of holiday traffic and cars zooming by. We couldn’t have been more proud of our students and the way they spread LOVE throughout their performance regardless of the distractions.
Singing Lessons and A Great Vocal Coach Helps
Luckily two of the performers, Audrey McDonald & Michaela Rogers, had performed just two days previous in our Forte Vocals Showcase. Erin Szymanski sadly had to miss the showcase, but was ready to jump on the opportunity to sing on television. Here at Forte V0cal Performance Academy we believe in having at least a few songs in your “pocket” at all times comes in handy. With weekly voice lessons, performance practice, private singing lessons and even the upcoming Broadway Voice vocal performance lessons, our students never go unprepared to a show. With many many more performances in their future, we’re sure that Michaela & Erin will shine once again very soon!
Forte Vocal Performance Academy Presents:
Performance Voice Sessions:
Session 1: Tuesdays 5:30-7:30pm January 6,13,20,27th SOLD OUT!
Session 2: Thursdays 5:30-7:30pm January 8,15,22,29th SOLD OUT!
Session 1: Tuesdays 5:30-7:30pm February 3,10,17,24th
Session 2: Thursdays 5:30-7:30pm February 5,12,19,26th
*Call/email to reserve spot. Maximum 10 students per session.
Broadway Voice: $120/per month per session, optional $30/week payment plan available
MAX 10 Students Per Session!
Performance voice is a wonderful way for singers to gain experience in performing on stage in a live audience environment.
Students come together once a week and start with vocal warm ups at the piano followed by vocal technique. Then each student one at a time practices/performs their song of choice with the live pianist. Students are given suggestions and instruction by the head vocal coach, Audrey McDonald.
After 8 weeks students showcase their hard work by performing their song to friends and family in a Showcase.
Vocal Technique & Warmups
Understanding Of Sheet Music
Direct Your Pianist
*Check singing lessons off your bucket list!
*Get the right combo of education and fun for your child!
*Become more comfortable in front of people!
All ages and experience levels welcome
Having served over 100+ students, it’s obvious Forte Vocal Performance Academy is the place to get your private singing lessons.
Kids Singing Lessons:
Your child will thrive in the welcoming environment our vocal coaches provide. Our specialty teaching takes the vocal techniques your child needs to learn and presents them in fun exciting new ways. They will be learning so much while having a blast!
Adult Singing Lessons:
Whether you’ve sung on stage to thousands or just strictly your car with the windows rolled up, we’re here to help you regardless of your experience level. Our vocal techniques will bring out your natural voice and make your hardest songs seem as easy as talking.
Voice: Expand Your Singing Range, Fix The Break In Your Voice, Create A Belting Sound, Long Lasting Voice, Breath Control, Holding A Tune
Performance: Build Confidence In Performance and Public Speaking, Microphone Control, Engaging Your Audience
MAX 10 Students Per Session!
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Yet another absolutely amazing showcase has come and went. We had a wonderful night filled with singing, laughter, cheers and a whole lot of hugs afterwards. Its been three months since the last showcase and the vocal students have been practicing all leading up to this moment. Were they scared? Heck Yes! But each and every one faced their fears, stepped up on that stage and told their story through song.
The Reef in Santa Cruz has always been the perfect environment for our student singers to perform in. The audience is always so welcoming to cheer on each student performer regardless of their experience level. Hey it’s equally scary for each student! But here’s the kicker…the audience may not know that they are about to enjoy a show!
There was a hard decision to make when it came to the students showcase location. We could rent a stage and have only family and friends come and watch the showcase, but we decided this wasn’t realistic. Most of our student singers will go on to perform at local restaurants and public events. It only made sense to put them in a public showcase. So the Reef Restaurant was the perfect combination of a public place that we knew the audience would be cheerful and supportive of each performer.
How Did The Children Singing Lessons Go?
To prepare children for performing in front of a live audience in Santa Cruz we have to go through a process. Going from private vocal coaching for children in a one on one setting to a stage with a bunch of eyes staring at you and be a big challenge! we like to take things in baby steps. Starting with having the young student perform in different room in the studio. This can be as simple as moving them into the hallway to sing, or even the reception room. Just a change in atmosphere can make a child student understand what nerves feel like. We also encourage them to practice singing in front of their family during dinner. Who can knock having a free dinner theatre right? Each time they get nervous and uncomfortable with singing in a new environment it gets them more prepared to sing on stage at our showcases. Baby steps….doesn’t always have to be for kids too!
Want singing lessons in Santa Cruz at a discount price??
Want to check out if singing lessons are right for you?
Or do you just like saving some money?
Well starting next month we will have a short sale on our private singing lessons in Santa Cruz. That means for the month of October you can get singing lessons for only $30/hour! That’s a $20/hour discount! And the cool thing is there is NO LIMIT to how many you can purchase! That means if you want two lessons a week then go for it! We won’t stop you!
So you might be scratching you head and saying ” Hey why are they discounting their singing lessons in Santa Cruz all of a sudden?”
We’re actually introducing a new vocal coach to our company and to make the friendly introduction to you all were offering the discount. It’s just a great way for you to try out the new teachers style while saving some money. But don’t worry! He’s just as qualified as our other teachers! You can check out his background and teaching credentials if ya want to make sure.
Now don’t let this deal pass you by! It lasts only for the month of October and then it’s over! Contact us and schedule in your discount priced private singing lesson with us now!
Each and every time I get the honor of watching my students perform, I feel like a proud parent. It’s actually not that uncommon that the person I’m sitting next to will ask me which child is mine. It’s just such a feeling of pride for all they have accomplished and this performance was no different. I was a proud singing teacher!
It’s not easy for our vocal students to stand up in front of all their friends, family and strangers and perform, however this time I had to give the girls performance even more credit for one reason….the stage was so small! It’s one thing to sing up on stage with your audience hiding far away behind the bright lights, but it’s a whole other thing when they’re sitting within an arms distance. At times the girls were choreographed as close as a foot away from the audiences face! Now that takes guts!
But a small intimate stage wasn’t gonna get in their way! Rachel and Anaelle performed to a level that well surpassed the other performers. Man oh man do they have strong voices! It’s no wonder they were coupled together with harmonies on certain parts of the production. They made a wonderful team. The talented vocal students sometimes even spun around in circles while hitting such strong high notes. But don’t worry….they showed up prepared.
Preparing with Private Singing Lessons
I had been working with Anaelle over six months and knew that she had major potential for a large part in the Frozen production. Preparing her with songs from the show were an easy battle. She’s quick to memorize lyrics and always shows up with her homework done, ready to work! With that type of talent mixed in with a dedication for improvement, it’s no wonder why often times after shows people passing by will ask for photos and autographs from her.
With Anaelle having private singing lessons with us, she had the upper hand when it comes to technique, but don’t count out Rachel just because she’s a newbie to our lessons. I saw her in the last production of Hairspray, featuring our Santa Cruz vocal student Michaela Rogers, and was blown back by the power this tiny little girl had behind her voice! She is by far one of the most powerful singers I have out of all my students including the adults. I knew when she walked into our Santa Cruz music lessons studio that she was only going to excel in her talents that much faster! Even having only one lesson before her Frozen performance didn’t get in the way for this little powerhouse!
So you could imagine why putting this two amazing girls together was a great idea. Girls you stole the show and I couldn’t be more proud to be your singing teacher.
Head Vocal Coach, Santa Cruz
Here at Forte Vocal Performance Academy we take a lot of pride in seeing our hard working students perform on stage. There truly is no point in working so hard on your talents if you’re not going to share them with an audience. Luckily I recently had the honor of watching Michaela, our vocal student here in Santa Cruz, perform in a production of Hairspray. Boy what a show!
Michaela came to her first singing lesson as a very shy, soft spoken singer. She hadn’t taken lessons before and had never been in any productions on stage. She was excited to start singing folk music with her ukulele, but didn’t have her sights on much more. Now obviously that has changed.
The audience was packed to the brim with close to only standing room available….and all were there for a great reason. The show was fantastic! Michaela was shinning as a Dynamite on stage! Her presence would fill the room when she stepped on stage with her bright costumes, high energy dance moves and of course her beautiful singing voice. Now I must say to go from a shy vocal student to now a beaming performer is not easy.
You see to sing is one thing, but to perform is a whole other beast! You have to not only worry about the singing part of performing, but now you have to add in choreography, staging and props. That’s a lot to think about all at once! Luckily here at Forte Vocal Performance Academy our singing teachers help the vocal students perfect the whole performing package. During their private singing lessons in Santa Cruz they are giving movements, thought process and examples of how to perform on stage. All our students are fully prepared to display their talents and take to the stage with all their songs.
It was a pleasure watching our vocal student Michaela perform with excellence. Keep it up!
Head Vocal Coach, Santa Cruz
Here at Forte Vocal Performance Academy we specialize in private singing lessons for all types of voices and Michaela is a perfect example of this. Her delicate folk and bluegrass styled voice was so beautifully displayed as she strummed her ukulele. It was a perfect combination….if she had a microphone.
The problem was that Michaela had trouble singing out loud. Each time she would try to sing beyond her usual whisper she couldn’t, or more like she didn’t know how. Truthfully this excites me as a singing teacher. There’s so much joy in watching a student with such a stunning and original talent start to blossom out. I knew this was greatly possible when she decided to do our Student Showcase only two weeks into private singing lessons! She wasn’t fully prepared, wasn’t experienced and was scared to death, but she agreed to do it anyways! I knew that if she was willing to face her fears in the performance, then she would be willing to do the same in her private lessons. That’s exactly what happened.
Today Michaela not only can sing louder than ever and has confidence singing like never before, but she got a part in the local performance of Hairspray. Just a few months ago singing in a musical on stage in front of a full audience would have seemed impossible for Michaela. Now every lesson she comes to me smiling bright and beaming with excitement to work on her songs from the show. I smile back because I know these experiences she’s having with carry on with her throughout her life and I am honored to be a part of them.
Head Vocal Coach
Student Spotlight: Anaelle
I remember when Anaelle first walked into the music studio. If her bright blonde curly hair and big eyes didn’t catch your attention , then her shinning smile would for sure. Judging by appearance, I expected a huge voice to come out when she first started singing, but it was just the opposite. As big as her smile was, it seemed her voice was hidden away by her shyness. She hadn’t learned how to express herself to fullest with music. Well luckily she was in the right place! Bringing people out of their shell is my specialty as a music teacher.
It’s actually very common for a student to first show up very shy and timid. Often times they don’t want anyone in the room and they especially don’t want the video camera on. It’s my job as a singing teacher to break the ice and that’s exactly what I did with Anaelle. I gave her a big huge and told her that no matter what, I would sing everything first, then she would sing with me and finally, when she felt ready, she would sing on her own. After a few scales of me singing at the TOP of my lungs in a funny “cartoon” voice, a crazy video of how the vocal cords work and a ton laughs, the ice had been broken.
That little shy soft spoken girl that timidly stepped into her voice lesson is now gone! Anaelle sings to the top of her lungs, belting out notes that most of my adult singers can’t accomplish yet. But singing isn’t where it stops! At the last showcase she not only sang two advanced songs, but she managed to memorize and perform our choreography at the same time! This little girl was a show stopper!
It’s my pleasure to give Anaelle private singing lessons here in Santa Cruz. I can’t wait to see her develop into a phenomenal performer, welcoming the smiles of all those watching.
Head Vocal Coach, Santa Cruz