FAQ

 

What can I expect when attending HOV?

It is important all students get the HOV experience from the very beginning. So expect that your first lesson will be a real lesson and not just a paid assessment. You will be given tools and techniques to improve your voice even in the first week.

After your first lesson and in moving forward, a tailor made program will be designed to suit your vocal requirements, goals, additional educational aspects (song-writing, artist development etc) and overall vocal development.

The difference between lessons at HOV and lessons with other singing studios is that HOV avoids the “template” vocal program, there should never be a one size fits all approach.

At HOV, lessons are custom designed to fit what your voice requires, what specifically needs ironing out vocally (eg. vocal habits), what education is needed and also what additional skills can help you reach your goals as a vocalist and as an artist.

Nervous about your first lesson?

It doesn’t matter what stage of vocal development, its normal to be nervous on your first lesson!

Rest assured you will be quickly put at ease by your HOV teacher and the relaxed/friendly environment.

Just remember, HOV teachers have been in your shoes so if anyone can relate, its us!

The thing we often fear most is making a mistake and how we might look if it doesn’t go exactly to plan.

Try and think of it this way, if you are going to trip up or make a mistake, who better to do it in front of then a vocal coach who can help you.

In many ways we want to see those things, so we can provide you with tools to make singing easier for you in the future.

What singing styles does HOV teach?

HOV teaches all styles:

  • Pop
  • Contemporary
  • Rock
  • Indie
  • Classical
  • Musical Theatre
  • R&B/Soul
  •  Jazz

HOV teaches all styles and associated techniques per vocal style.

Students are encourage to explore a wide variety of styles in which to expand their musical repertoire/vocal ability.

HOV is also happy to work through students original material to develop the voice, vocal style and artistry within these.

How do I know if I should get vocal lessons?

Vocal lessons are highly recommended if you are practising singing regularly, but particularly if the following applies to you:

  •  I get a sore throat after singing
  •  I get a sore throat after singing for a extended periods of time
  •  I want a better range
  •  I have no idea how to breathe
  •  I frequently get a sore throat or laryngitis
  •  I run out of breath whilst I am singing
  •  My voice sounds breathy
  •  My voice breaks or cracks often
  • My voice doesnt last
  •  My head voice is weak or non existent
  •  My chest voice doesn’t feel strong or is non existent
  •  I feel tense and uncomfortable when I sing
  •  I don’t know how to use a microphone
  •  I don’t how to sing with vibrato
  •  I don’t know how to sing without vibrato
  •  I need better repertoire
  •  I can’t sing high notes
  •  I can’t sing low notes
  •  I can’t sing fast songs
  • I cant sing slow songs
  •  I don’t think my emotions are coming across when I sing
  •  I don’t think my style is original
  •  I don’t know how to interpret a song

What hours do you teach?

Generally 1-9.30pm weekdays, however times can be flexible. Saturdays are soon to be available with a new HOV coach, call for more information.

What should I bring to lessons?

Water, USB, Notebook and Pen

Recording devices are welcome

Do I need to buy any additional materials/books?

At the beginning you will not be required to purchase specific books or materials.

However depending on how you wish to customize your HOV experience for eg. Sit AMEB, integrate a theory/songwriting components, you may be advised of additional materials.

Please note that these materials will be an additional cost to students.

How will I warm up and practise my songs at home?

HOV students are given complimentary warm up cds on their first lesson.

HOV can obtain most backing tracks for students songs at no additional cost to students.

Does HOV have a cancellation policy?

If students cancel within less then 24 hours, a half lesson fee will be incurred.

A 2 hour cancellation or no show will incur full lesson fee.

Please  think carefully about when you schedule your lessons, traffic and time plan to avoid these extra costs.

I am a recording artist how will lessons help?

Training your voice to reach its maximum potential is a continual process, even when you are a  professional vocalist.

We live in the body that produces our sound and thus due to this and the continual expansion and growth as singers –  maintenance is required as our lives, age, health and body changes.

As a recording artist you will always be required to better your musical product.

Being the lead singer, this should start with your voice – refining technique, extending the range and improving agility so you can easily adapt to new material and style changes.

With the demands of recording, touring, a musicians lifestyle: no sleep and late nights, it is very easy for technique and vocal efficiency to fall by the wayside. Singing the same songs night after night with a tired body/varying sound engineers/venue acoustics and pushing the voice to extremes, opens up a breeding ground for nasty habits to sneak in.

Training at HOV will provide you with tools to combat this and stay in vocal shape.

Being coached around recording sessions will also save your solo act/band time and money if you are at your vocal peak. Less takes, less time spent with the engineer trying to make you sound better which cannot necessarily be followed through in your live shows. Vocal training is a small price to pay in comparison to the major costs of a voice unbalanced.

Being a recording artist is an even better reason to ensure your vocal technique is working for you, rather than against you.

My child wants vocal lessons, what age is a good age to start?

If your child is singing constantly, is 8 or above, can read and has an ability to focus, HOV highly recommends starting vocal lessons. Some parents are hesitant about starting their children too early in the fear they may hurt their voices or will be pushed too early.

Firstly, lessons will foster your child’s passion and give them skills to lay the foundations of a good vocal technique early on.

If your child is already singing constantly, bad habits can be picked up even in children as young as 8 – especially when trying to mimick their favourite singers without any knowledge of what they are doing.

Secondly, lessons are always designed to suit the child. HOV’s philosophy is entirely holistic (building vs pushing, ease vs strain) and care is always placed on choosing the right songs for children, allowing them to develop at a pace without pushing the voice to match that of an adult.

I’ve never sung before, can I start at HOV?

Of course! We all have to start somewhere. Lessons will be designed to adjust to your level of development. In the first lesson, HOV can assess your vocal needs and get you on the path to pursuing voice.

Does HOV take Mature Age Students?

Its never too late to enjoy singing, and enjoy doing it well.

Developing your voice and a good technique can be done at any age.

HOV works with your lifestyle: whether you are highly career driven pursuing corporate life, kids/family or other pursuits.  You can still manage all these things and enjoy singing!

Please don’t feel silly, there is really no need.

You love singing, we love training you!

And you are not alone, there are many mature age beginners and intermediates starting lessons at HOV. Its never too late to do what you love and creatively express it in some capacity.

See it as a little bit of “you”time, the gifts voice brings to your life will offer you more than you even expected.

 How many lessons would I need?

There is no set amount of time or lessons before a singer has learnt all there is to know. A singers education should be viewed as a lifelong journey, even for professionals. HOV likes to encourage singers continual expansion of the voice, body, performer and writer no matter what level of development.

Changes in the voice will be obvious within each vocal lesson as solutions are offered. However its when the student goes away to integrate these changes, that scenarios can vary among individuals. Certainly in terms of long term change, foundations are easily set within the first 6-12 months, if the student is committed to practise. Then it’s a process of growing the voice, refining and polishing. Even at an elite level there is always more to be learnt and refined even at a foundation level.

We are all individuals, with different experiences/backgrounds, habitual body/vocal makeup, unique voices each taking various amounts of time to process information alongside our daily lives. So set your goals, stay on track but remember to be realistic when it comes to setting times on vocal development, the time your body needs to refine the coordination of all the muscles required/not required and to break ingrained habits in which to sing more efficiently.

Why is technique so important?

HOV Philosophy states that if you would never build a house without first laying down the foundations, then why treat your vocal training any differently?

Without the knowledge and integration of posture, breathing technique, placement, resonance etc the voice may work, but like a car that is never serviced or aligned, at some point is going to break down. And this can often have disastrous consequences for singers particularly who have always performed without lessons and have begun touring/performing every night to discover their voice is failing under the pressure. That’s why integrating a solid vocal technique as early as possible is so imperative to vocal success.

By employing technique, you are simply getting all the components of true vocal efficiency to work for you – rather than against you.

Why continue to strain and suffer?

And by doing so, put something you love to do at unnecessary risk. Technique is important to your long term vision, it may be a hard work, but the benefits will far outweigh any excuse you ever had to avoid it.

At HOV integrating technique is always made fun

 Can you help me increase my range?

As a result of integrating excellent foundations in air supply, flow management, aiding breaks in the voice, developing resonance, integrating placement and ironing out any nasty habits that may be preventing optimal vocal efficiency your range will invariably extend plus some!

Why is warming up important?

Start seeing yourself as a vocal athlete, because that is exactly what you are.

If a ballerina wouldn’t dance without stretching, a football player or runner wouldn’t play/compete without a warmup then you shouldn’t sing without doing the same.

You are using your body to produce a sound, it might seem unimportant  because you can sing “cold”, but whether you would like to admit it or not, you are causing damage to your voice, and if continually repeated, can lead to vocal problems.

If you are using sets of muscles in coordination and wish to avoid injury, warming up is imperative.

Just because you aren’t walking with these muscles or cant see them, doesn’t mean you are not causing damage. HOV encourages athletic discipline and vocal artistry, and this starts with nurturing your body and respecting your voice.

Can I get a regular time at HOV?

Those students in weekly attendance will be offered regular times. However HOV can adapt to those students have varying schedules and need to schedule weekly. Please advise HOV and this will be best negotiated with your HOV teacher.

How do I pay?

Payment options: Cash Cheque or Bank Deposit

Please note HOV do not have a EFTPOS machine onsite.

 Is the studio near public transport?

The studio is conveniently situated less than 3 minutes from Hughesdale train station. With Bus Routes along Dandenong Rd and Poath Rd.

Can I watch the lessons/is there a waiting room?

There is a waiting room for parents or partners to wait whilst student lessons are under-way. However being so close to Hughesdale shops and Chadstone Shopping Centre most parents and partners choose this option whilst lessons are in progress.

Unfortunately HOV does not allow parents to watch lessons, as it is important that the child/student establish a teacher student relationship and develop as an individual. If the child/student is given the space to learn, be themselves and grow individually, there is remarkable improvement in not only students voices but the child/student themselves.

Please note that students are more than welcome to record their lessons.

How do I know which additional extras to pick?

If you are having difficulties assessing this, speak to your HOV teacher. This will be discussed in the first lesson when setting goals and gaging how your lessons can best work for you.

You don’t have to know this before your lesson, HOV can guide you to your best option.

Where do you teach?

The House of Voice operates in a home studios entirely dedicated to The House of Voice.

Masterclasses, Workshops and Performances are held in affiliated external studios and performance spaces.

 

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