|CinCyr School of Voice & Music
Cindy St. Cyr
|What You Can Expect to Learn
My goal is to help the student develop the proper singing skills necessary to bring out
the gifts and talents within them and to enable them to express those gifts and talents
in a variety of ways that are fulfilling to the student's life, career and audience.
As a voice teacher, I will teach students how to sing. Students will learn the
fundamentals of proper posture and breathing, how to warm-up effectively, proper
tone and diction, how to expend your vocal range, how to blend well with others, vocal
health, music appreciation, and the basics of music theory, sight-singing and ear
As a vocal coach, I will teach students how to perform the songs they sing by
developing performance skills through interpretation and performance techniques.
Singing provides a wide variety of goals and interests to each individual student as well
as a wide variety of skills necessary to accomplish this well. Below are some of the
topics a student can expect to learn. These topics can be learned over a period of
time as we cover them during voice lessons. Other ways to learn more in a shorter
period of time can be accomplished by attending workshops as they are offered in a
group setting. Below is a brief description of what a student can expect to learn
during voice lessons and workshops.
Posture and Breathing - Proper posture and breathing skills are essential to good
singing and longevity of the voice. When these principles are in proper working order,
or at least in the process of becoming so, all of the other aspects of singing will work
Proper Warm-Up Techniques - Warming up the voice properly before singing is
critical to every aspect of singing. Like an athlete would warm-up before running a
marathon, a vocalist must warm-up the vocal mechanism.
Tone - Tone refers to the quality and characteristics of your vocal sound. This is where
you find your own sound. Discover whether it is dark, bright, thin, throaty, full, rich,
pinched, nasal, tiny, breathy, harsh, annoying hoarse, gravelly, cracking, etc. Whatever
it is we will work with it to develop and fine-tune those qualities and characteristics so
that you may express it and to get it where you want it to be.
Diction - Diction refers to the way you package your words through pronunciation,
enunciation, and articulation. Proper diction can change the way you sound in no time.
Expanding Your Range - Expanding your range should be a goal for every singer. Vocal
ranges are different for each individual. We will find your comfortable vocal range
and then work towards gradually increasing that range in a slow and safe way to insure
vocal longevity and health of the voice.
Blending with Others - Learn how to blend with others to produce a well-balanced
oneness. This does not necessarily come naturally. It takes time and practice to
develop unity in the areas of feeling, timing, tone, etc…
Performance Skills - This topic covers a wide variety of performance skills. You will
learn how to choose songs that are right for you, how to choose an appropriate key,
song interpretation, expression and gestures, performance preparation, how to know
your audience and how that affects your performance, microphone techniques, audition
techniques, CD recording projects, working with soundmen, performing venues, and
Music Appreciation - Students will learn how to research the music they have chosen
to perform. They will learn about the songwriters and lyricists, the musical style of
the song, the show it was from, the time period in which it was written, awards it may
or may not have won, the artists who performed the song, etc…
Vocal Health - Learn how to take proper care of your voice through proper diet and
exercise, as well as rest and relaxation. Learn how not to abuse the voice, how to
decrease vocal strain, how to deal with allergies, colds, and laryngitis, proper
hydration, and more.
Basic Music Theory - Here the student will learn the basics of music theory that are
necessary for every singer to know. Topics will include pitches on the keyboard and on
the staff, major and minor scales, key signatures, time signatures, intervals, chords,
rhythm, etc… Students will also learn how to read sheet music and charts.
Sight Singing & Ear Training - We used to call it "sight screaming and ear straining"
for fun. This is a challenging process that takes time and practice to learn. It is
important however, to have at least a basic understanding of this topic. Learn to sing
music by either the movable "do" or the number system. Learn to recognize intervals
and sing them as well.