Friday, November 9, 2012

Vocal Coach (Schoolhouse Review)

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Have you ever wished that you or your children could take voice lessons?  I’ve sung in a traditional church choir and am currently singing with our church’s praise band. I also directed a children’s choir at church for many years. However, I’ve never had any vocal training other than what I’ve picked up at choir practices or through teaching materials for children’s choirs.  Emily has had a little choir experience, but I have been wishing that she had a way to improve her singing techniques as well,  especially since she enjoys acting and would like to try out for musicals.

I was very excited when Emily and I had the opportunity to try voice lessons at home through Vocal Coach. Vocal Coach products are a much less expensive alternative to a private voice teacher. The creators, Chris and Carol Beatty are professional musicians who have a passion for teaching new singers. Their products include CD’s, printed materials, and DVD’s.

We used Vocal Coach Singer, which is a complete program for middle schoolers through adults.

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Vocal Coach Singer Includes:
7 Training CDs:
  • Getting Started
  • Complete Breathing
  • Complete Warm-Up
  • Complete Tone
  • Complete Expanding Your Range
  • Complete Diction
  • Complete Performance
4 Workout CDs:
  • Daily Workout High Voice 1 & 2
  • Daily Workout Medium/Low Voice 1 & 2
Plus these great educational tools:
  • Guidebook – Full-size Instructional Guidebook to Ensure Success
  • Printable Lead Sheets – each exercise in our course, plus track lists
  • Personal Singer's Journal (Getting Started Journal & Workout Journal) to Track Your Progress
  • Vocal Coach Song Evaluation – Evaluation form to enable you to make more intelligent song selections

This is a fantastic resource! I thought that the instruction was excellent and was helpful in improving my singing techniques and tone right from the beginning of the course. I was glad that printed (pdf) music was available for me to look at while I was doing the various exercises, since the instructor usually sang the first two repetitions of each exercise, then I was expected to continue on my own with the music. Someone who could not read music might have to listen to the exercises a few times to learn the harder ones. Because this resource is so comprehensive, I haven’t yet worked my way through all of it, but plan to continue using Vocal Coach.

Emily found Vocal Coach easy to use as well and we were able to practice our skills together each day. Emily said “it was fun and the teachers are good singers.”

Compared to the cost of voice lessons, this is a huge bargain!

Vocal Coach Singer sells for $119.99 for the cd set and $99.99 for the mp3 download set. Other members of the Schoolhouse Crew used Vocal Coach’s Teaching Kids to Sing,  so if you have younger children, be sure to read those reviews from the Schoolhouse Review Crew blog!

Disclaimer: As a member of the Schoolhouse Crew, I received this product in exchange for my honest review.

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