Anne Rebecca Hojlund
soprano & voice teacher
     

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Do you sing in a choir and often find yourself struggling to get to the ends of phrases without running out of air? Does your voice often feel very tired after choir rehearsals and concerts? Do you feel very self-conscious about singing when others might hear you? Are you scared of public speaking and donít feel you can speak so people will listen? Were you as a child often told you couldnít sing and asked to mime in the school choir? Has all or any of this made you feel that you canít sing and that you donít enjoy the sound of your own voice? If so, singing lessons could help you develop your voice and become more confident both when singing and speaking in public.

We will work on developing your posture, use of body, breath control, diction, and of course your vocal tone and projections so that you can get to enjoy the sound of your own voice. Singing, both alone and with others, is such a life-affirming activity and I am saddened by people who for whatever reason say they canít sing. Almost everyone can sing. Humans sing before they speak. We learn our language as children by intonating and copying sounds, and music and singing has been part of our culture for thousands and thousands of years.

In order to get the most possible for your lessons it is important that you can set aside 15-20 minutes a day or every other day for practising. But during lessons we will work on ways of incorporating practice into a busy schedule. Breathing and posture exercises that can be done while doing house-work or walking to the train or to pick up your children. Words can be memorised while doing gardening or sitting on the train. You should therefore not be put off having lessons because of time-constraints. On the contrary, in a busy schedule, your short practice-sessions as well as the lessons can become a break from the daily routines.

Lessons are most efficient if they are regular, either weekly or bi-weekly. You should also be prepared to be patient and not expect miraculous results after just three or four lessons.                                                

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