Voice Classes

Sing freely and build confidence!

Our vocal studio welcomes beginners and pros, adults and children. We work with students preparing for auditions and solos, as well as those who sing as an outlet for stress, self-expression, or any of the other countless benefits of making music apart of daily life.

Discover your unique voice.

Voice classes are all about vocal exploration. You’ll learn to sing with less tension, how to use your breath efficiently, expand your range, and bridge the shift between your higher and lower registers. A solid foundation of good technique will help you develop confidence as a singer and as a performer.

VOICE CLASSES

Class Descriptions

Songbirds (5-7 year olds)
Sing, learn, move, dance and play! Songbirds is a fun, friendly introductory voice class. Kids learn through silly warm ups, tongue twisters, and classic singing games that have been sung for generations.

Voice classes for Kids & Teens (V1, V2, V3):
Our young singers learn great songs from multiple styles and eras. They may work on anything from classic folk songs to Broadway to pop. We work on posture, breathing, healthy/beautiful tone production, diction, unison vowels, and acting/performance technique. Students will sing together as a group, and have opportunities for solo singing. Students learn to sing in harmony, depending on the age and level of the class.

Our classes build a strong musical foundation. Our singers are prepared to be strong members of their future choirs, musical theater productions, and vocal ensembles. All voice students follow our musicianship curriculum for singers which emphasizes rhythm, melody & sight-singing, ear-training, and reading musical notation.

Musical Theater Workshop
This class could also be called “Voice for Musical Theater” or “Acting for Singers”. Students receive training in vocal technique, acting, and the musicianship skills needed to be a sought after performer. Students will sing together as an ensemble, learn to blend and harmonize, and have opportunities to sing solo.

5-Part Structure for Voice Classes

1. Body/Mind/Posture
As singers, our bodies are our instruments. We need to be able to turn our focus inward to be aware of our posture, breathing, and the different sensations we feel as we sing. We need to do all of this while listening to ourselves and those around us. Classes begin with stretches and exercises to release tension from our bodies and focus our minds.

2. Breath
Every class incorporates breathing exercises. Students learn how to breath correctly for singing, and how to manage their breath to support their sound.

3. Voice
Students sing vocal exercises that warm up their voices and help them learn/incorporate proper vocal technique. Good technique allows us to sing in an easy, free, healthy way. It protects us from strain, and gives us more tools to be expressive.

4. Repertoire
Students learn/practice their songs. Depending on the class, students may be singing together in unison, in harmony, or solo. We work on singing songs accurately and incorporating our vocal technique. Students also learn how to analyze music & lyrics, and how to sing expressively (acting the song).

5. Musicianship
All voice classes include musicianship skills. Over time, students learn to hear/sing intervals, scales, and arpeggios. Students also learn to read music & sight sing. Our singers are well prepared to be strong members of their future choirs, bands, theater companies, and music ensembles.

Songbirds

Ages 5-7

Thursdays 4:15-5:00pm
$84/month

VOICE 1

Ages 8-10

Thursdays 5:00-6:00pm
$98/month

VOICE 2

Ages 11-13

Mondays 6:45-7:45pm
$98/month

*open to 10 year olds who have completed 1 year of Voice 2 or private lessons.

VOICE 3

Ages 14-18

Tuesdays 6:45-7:45
$98/month

*open to 12-13 year olds who have completed 1 year of Voice 2 or private lessons.

MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP

12-17

Fridays 7:30-8:30pm
$98/month

POLICIES

Class Policies

Welcome to Midgarden Music!

By enrolling in one of our classes you agree to the following policies:

Important Dates:

First Day of Class: Friday Sept 10th, 2021
Last Day of Class: Friday June 24th, 2022
Summer Session: July & August

Studio Closed:

Thanksgiving Break: 11/24 – 11/26
Winter Break: 12/24 – 1/1
Spring Break: 4/16 – 4/23
Memorial Day: 5/30 – 5/31

Class Procedures:


Please arrive on time to your class with all your materials. Students will be asked to use hand sanitizer or wash their hands upon entering. Students who are ill should not attend class.

Group classes are drop-off only (unless otherwise stated) to limit the number of people inside the studio. Please be on time to pick up your child to allow us time to sanitize instruments and shared surfaces between classes.

Enrollment:


Group classes run from September 10th through June 24th. New students can enroll any time of year so long as there is room. If enrollment is too low to hold the class, you will be informed before the first class and given a full refund.

Please give us as much notice as possible if you need to discontinue classes so we can fill the spot.

Tuition:


Tuition is due on the first class of each month. Tuition is all-inclusive; it includes all fees and assigned books/materials.

Your monthly tuition is 1/10th of the total tuition from Sept-June. It is NOT based off of the number of lessons in each month. Your tuition will be the same whether there are 3, 4, or 5 lessons in the month.

Please register & pay to reserve your spot in class. For future sessions, we’ll send an invoice with an online payment link. You are more than welcome to pay with zelle, or cash/check at the studio.

Class Absence:


Please notify your teacher in the event of an absence. You can attend a different class for a make up so long as there’s space. Missed classes are nonrefundable.

If the studio has to close due to weather, the class may be held on Zoom. There are two extra weeks built into the calendar in case we need to cancel a class all together.

Use of Images and Video:


Midgarden Music uses photos and videos of students on our website and social media to highlight student success and achievements, and to promote our services. By enrolling in Midgarden Music’s lessons, classes, or events, you agree that Midgarden Music may video and/or audio tape and photograph you or your child, and record you or your child’s voice and performance of any musical composition(s), during and in connection with your music lesson, class, camp, or performance. You agree that Midgarden Music may use these videos recordings, and photographs in any and all media, including the Internet, for the promotion of Midgarden Music’s services.

We strongly believe in your family’s right to privacy. You can revoke this consent at any time by emailing info@midgardenmusic.com. Although we will do our best to work with you, we reserve the right to keep any previously posted or printed advertisements, website media, or social media posts that were made before you revoked consent. Although you can choose not to participate, you cannot revoke consent for musicals, public group class performances, or any recital performance that involves other students (group songs, ensembles, etc). If you’re unsure if this is applicable to you, please feel free to talk with your teacher for more information.

Personal Injury and Liability:


Midgarden Music will not be held responsible for any personal items damaged, left, misplaced, or stolen at our facilities or at off site classes, events, or functions hosted or attended by Midgarden Music.
Midgarden Music will not be held responsible for any personal injuries or bodily damage while at our facilities or at off site classes, events, or functions hosted or attended by Midgarden Music, including any short-term or long-term injury caused by playing an instrument.

If you can walk, you can dance. If you can talk, you can sing.

-Zimbabwean Proverb

FAQS

How much do classes cost?

SEPTEMBER-JUNE

During the academic year, tuition is paid as a flat monthly fee. Tuition is ALL INCLUSIVE. There are no additional fees.

Group Classes
45-minute classes: $84/month
60-minute classes: $98/month

Individual Lessons
30-minute lessons:
$130/month
45-minute lessons: $185/month
60-minute lessons: $245/month

*We recommend 45-minute voice lessons for children, and 45/60-minute lessons for teens/adults to provide time for an appropriate vocal warm up and to work on technique and repertoire. However, we care deeply about making music lessons accessible. All lesson lengths are available to all ages.

Your tuition:

  • Includes weekly lessons, excluding the weeks marked as holidays on the studio calendar.
  • Includes ALL assigned sheet music, books, materials, and resources.
  • Includes registration/admin fees.
  • Grants access to MyMusicStaff student portal
  • Most importantly, your tuition includes individualized lesson planning and repertoire selection by an experienced teacher, designed to reach your goals!

JULY-AUGUST

To accommodate changing schedules during Summer Session individual/duet/trio lessons are bought/scheduled in flexible packages. Group classes and camps may be available.

Do you offer private lessons?

Yes! Private lessons are extremely limited. Call 732-759-7389 or email info@midgardenmusic.com for more information.

What can I expect in my first lesson?

It can be intimidating to sing in front of another person for the first time. We’ll do our absolute best to put you at ease. Most new students come in feeling a little nervous, and leave feeling energized and excited!

Our studio is a judgement free zone. We’ve been teaching for a decade and we sincerely love working with people of all ages, experience, and abilities. You don’t have to be a great singer to begin lessons. You don’t even have to be able to hold a tune!

First Lesson:

You and your teacher will sit down and chat about any experience you have, what music you’re interested in, and if you have any specific goals.

After the chat, your teacher will take you through some vocal exercises so they can learn about your voice. They may ask you to try a couple things, but the first lesson is primarily about learning where you are.

Your teacher may ask you to sing a song. If you have something prepared, feel free to bring it in! If not, they’ll teach you something new.

Lastly, you’ll go over studio policies and they’ll ask if you have any questions.

Where is the studio located?

Midgarden Music
1413 Wickapecko Drive
Ocean, NJ 07712

Is my child old enough for lessons?

It’s never too late and rarely too early to begin voice lessons with a qualified teacher who understands children’s voices. Lessons for young children focus on vocal exploration, musicianship, expression, and developmentally appropriate technique and repertoire. Children’s instruments are naturally lighter in quality with a limited range. It’s important not to push children to sing with a heavier quality or to mimic a more adult sound.

We aim to protect children’s voices as they grow, while making music that will enrich their lives. We teach skills that will set them up for the future.

Lessons for young children include lots of activities and games. We switch gears often to keep things fun and help your child stay focused. If you’re not sure if you’re child is ready, give us a call or sign up for an intro lesson!

Do you work with adult beginners?

We love working with adults! Adult students often tell us that their daily practice time is sacred in their home; it’s the one thing they do each day just for themselves. Making music in any capacity has wonderful benefits both emotionally and physically. We strongly believe that everyone should make music. Some of our students have past experience, and some have never sung in front of another person!

What genres do you teach?

Lessons are tailored to the student. Ashley & Brendan teach everything from classical and musical theater to pop, country, and folk. Although we may throw you a curve ball now and again (especially if we think it will help you reach your goals or learn a concept), we primarily choose repertoire within the genre(s) the student is most interested in. We encourage students to keep a list of songs they would like to sing. If a song is too difficult, or out of the student’s range – we’ll make a note to circle back in the future, or we’ll rearrange it to fit the student’s voice.

Unfortunately our teachers don’t have the training required to teach screaming technique. We encourage students who are interested in heavy metal (or other genres that require screaming) to find a specialist.