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Adults Can Learn to Sing With Our Proven Coaching Technique

At Seattle Voice Lab we are dedicated to helping you develop a singing voice that is strong, healthy, and uniquely you. Our coaching team is composed of top notch teaching professionals who will help you to discover your true potential as a vocalist. Sign up today and your teacher will create a coaching regime that is tailored to your specific needs and goals. You’ll receive the formal vocal technique you need to build skills and strength, as well as artistic coaching to help you develop as a performer. Unlike some singing schools where you can get lost in the masses, SVL is dedicated to your individual growth. Your private singing coach will be there for you every step of the way, leading you with dedication, honesty, and clarity to your success. We specialize in all singing voices, be they trans, enby or cis. Contact us today to be matched with the voice teacher that is just right for you!

Get Virtual, Private Training From Qualified Vocal Coaches

​​At Seattle Voice Lab you can rest easy knowing that you are in good hands. Our private virtual lessons give you freedom to explore your voice from the comfort of your home, while our highly accomplished staff ensure that you’re getting the top quality training you need. We are proud to offer you a unique group of coaches from some of the nation’s best music schools. They are all dedicated teachers of voice, with students hailing from Broadway, The Voice, American Idol, and MTV. Several of them are successful performers in their own right, with years spent on Broadway, in national tours, and as recording artists. Click here to meet the fabulous coaches of SVL!

What Genres do You Teach?

We teach the full range of musical genres, from Opera, to Pop, to Country, and everything in between! And the great news is, you don’t have to choose just one style. Many of our students find it helpful and exciting to explore different types of singing throughout their training. This will give you the opportunity to experience the full potential of your voice, and you may fall in love with a new genre of singing!

If you’re already an experienced singer in one genre, your coach will help you to strengthen your voice according to your personal style. You’ll learn the technique, musicianship, and artistry you need to succeed in performance.

Audition Preparation and Song Coaching

In addition to vocal technique, we also offer audition preparation and song coaching. In audition prep, your coach will help you to polish your singing and your presentation. If a singer has only a short time to prepare for an audition, your lesson will focus on short-term solutions that can be applied after a single lesson, rather than formal vocal training which develops your long-term skills. We’ll get you in topnotch shape and ready to put your best foot forward!

In song coaching, your teacher will help you apply your vocal technique training to a song. Some examples of this work include: learning how to succeed in difficult passages, how to showcase the best qualities of your voice, and how to be vocally consistent. Song coaching is a crucial element to your growth as a singer, and your development as a performer.

What Are The Five Components of Singing?

The five components of singing are breath, pitch, rhythm, diction, and vocal timbre. When all of these elements are trained successfully, you will have a strong, healthy voice, as well as the musicianship needed to perform live. 

Breath

Breath is the foundation of the human voice. When you sing, breath travels from your lungs through your vocal folds, causing them to vibrate. This vibration creates the human voice. This is a natural process that all humans know how to do innately. So why do we have to train the breath if our bodies already know how to do it? Because, there is not just one way to breathe. Breathing is a spectrum, and the precise way that you choose to breathe will drastically change the way you sound. All aspects of your voice will be affected by the way you use your breath: your tone, your range, your volume control, your stamina, and more. At Seattle Voice Lab our teachers have undergone extensive training in breath-work. Our straightforward method will help you command your breath, paving the way for your most healthy and efficient vocal development.

Pitch

Pitch is the position of a single sound, within the complete range of all sounds. If you have “good pitch” it means that you are able to match the notes of a song correctly, without accidently drifting too low or too high. This is also called “singing in tune.” If you have “poor pitch,” then you will struggle with this skill. You may sometimes sing wrong notes or lose track of where you are in a song. This is also called “singing out of tune.” Singing out of tune can create a lot of anxiety and might cause you to think that you’re “tone deaf.” In reality, being tone deaf is exceedingly rare, and most tuning problems are resolved by straightforward corrections in vocal technique, such as breath-work, diction, and vocal timbre. At Seattle Voice Lab we provide a safe and non-judgmental environment for you to learn these skills and grow in confidence. Before you know it you’ll be nailing those pitches!

Rhythm

Rhythm is the pattern of movement in time within a song. In your private voice lessons you will learn how to recognize, break down, and memorize rhythms. This skill will help you to perform songs as they are written, and will make it easier for you to learn new music. Understanding basic rhythm is helpful for singers of all levels, and it is essential if you want to do more complex types of performance, like musical theater, jazz, performing with a live band, or writing your own songs.

Diction

Diction in singing refers to your enunciation, or how clearly you pronounce your words. If you have good singing diction, your words will be clearly understood. If you have poor diction, then your words will be hard to understand. Clear diction is essential to your artistic presentation and your overall vocal technique. Mistakes in diction can rob you of your vocal power, create pitch problems, and lead to vocal fatigue. At SVL your private coach will teach you how to properly balance your pronunciation so that your voice is healthy, resonant, and clearly understood.

Vocal Timbre

Vocal timbre is the most recognizable element of your voice. Strength, darkness, roughness, beauty, heaviness, and brightness are all elements of your timbre, and the list goes on. Timbre is what makes you sound like you.

You may not realize it yet, but your vocal timbre has a unique power and beauty that is waiting to be revealed. Issues in vocal timbre can cause your best qualities to remain hidden. As we correct these problems with vocal training, your voice essentially comes into balance, and your true potential is revealed. This power is within you, even if you have never made contact with it before! There are certain foundational elements of timbre training that each singer will learn, however the more advanced aspects of this work are driven by your unique voice and goals. At Seattle Voice Lab we believe that your individuality is your strongest asset, and everything we do is designed to help you develop a singing voice that is strong, healthy, and authentically you.

How Do I Find My Vocal Range?

Your vocal range is the full span of notes that you can sing, from the lowest pitch, up to the highest pitch. Vocal range is not set in stone, and can develop a great deal over the course of training. An average vocal range is about 2 octaves, and that is enough to sing a huge variety of music, including very demanding styles like musical theater and opera! In addition to vocal range, it can be helpful to know what your voice type is. Voice types are categories that describe different types of singers, however it’s important to remember that each singer is unique, and you may fall between classifications.The six main voice types from low to high are: Bass, Baritone, Tenor, Contralto, Mezzo-Soprano, and Soprano.  

How Long Will it Take to Learn to Sing?

Your timeline as a vocalist is unique to you. Your natural ability, level of commitment, and personal goals will affect how fast you move through training. For the average person it takes about one month to learn basic technique, and 2-4 months to start singing with more confidence and comfort. The amount of training you do after that depends on what type of singing you want to do. Genres of voice like opera and musical theater take several years of training, while other styles such as pop and folk music require less time. There are some high level professional singers who choose to work with their voice teacher for the duration of their career. This keeps them in tip-top shape for the rigors of live performance. 

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Singing in Harmony

At Seattle Voice Lab you can learn to sing in harmony with a method called “ear training.”  In this process you will learn to connect the parts of music theory (pitches, intervals, melody, chord structures, chord progressions, and more) with the sounds you hear. Once you’ve made these connections you’ll be able to identify and perform harmonies with more success; you’ll even be able to make up your own harmonies if you like!

I’ve Plateaued, Now What?

Hitting a plateau can be a very frustrating experience, and it can happen at any stage in your vocal training, even if you are an advanced singer. The good news is that plateaus are very common, and our coaches at Seattle Voice Lab know exactly how to help you break through. While plateaus happen for a wide variety of reasons, they are always linked to underlying issues in vocal technique. Your coach will be able to directly identify what is causing your block, and design a training regime to resolve it.

Practice

Dedicated practice is absolutely crucial to your success as a singer, but it’s not only how much time you put in, it’s how you use that time. Hours of unfocused practice won’t get you a fraction of the benefits that 30 minutes of targeted practice will! At Seattle Voice Lab your coach will create a practice regimen that is specifically tailored to your needs. You’ll know exactly what to practice and how often. Everything we do is designed to move you ahead with efficiency, clarity, and confidence.

Maintenance

Our training program is designed to make you a strong, healthy,  and independent singer. We offer several options for adult vocal maintenance, some of which are free!

Single Lesson Check Ins : Some singers will reach a point where they can confidently maintain the quality of their voice on their own. Others may choose to see their teacher occasionally for tune-ups, or because they have an important audition to prepare for. At Seattle Voice Lab you can schedule a single lesson with the teacher of your choice.

Free Office Hours on Discord: We offer free office hours for all current singing students at Seattle Voice Lab. Sign up to connect with your coach and get your questions answered. Click here to join us on Discord!

Let’s Work Together

Are you ready to discover your own unique singing voice? Connect directly with the friendly staff at Seattle Voice Lab. We’re here to answer all your questions and get you matched with a singing coach that is just right for you!

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