Singing is by the far the oldest method of sharing music and communicating our feelings. At Chasing Sound we make sure that our vocal teacher caters to your needs and desires during your vocal lessons. Regardless of whether you want to study rock, classical or pop, we have your vocal range covered. Chasing Sound can also support your career with backing tracks and tuition books to get you off the ground. Contact us! to book in your first singing lesson today.
VOCAL – FOUNDATION PHASE
Students learn the fundamentals of vocal technique, ear training and reading notation. This includes correct posture and breathing as well as practical technique. They are introduced to reading music notes, as well as counting rhythms and learning basic symbols. They work on learning how to practice effectively and develop routines to support their progress. If they have some experience on the instrument already, these elements of their musicianship are refined. This phase allows students to see if they like learning to sing and find out if they are compatible with their teacher. Music lessons are a commitment so above all this phase can show how well students can incorporate lessons and practice into their lifestyle.
VOCAL – STREAMS PHASE
Students can sit The Australian Music Examination Board (AMEB) music qualifications. This AMEB STREAM covers Preliminary-Grade 8 and above and similarly the Music Theory exams in the later levels. These exams are a terrific way for students to excel and further develop their general musical skills. The exam is mostly practical (singing vocal technical work and songs). Students will find that listening, general knowledge and sight-reading skills are also covered. AMEB students receive comments from an examiner and a certificate upon completion. AMEB exams take place in Hawthorn. Costs incurred include exam enrolment and AMEB print materials.
Within the AMEB format, students of voice can study using syllabuses in the following styles: Singing (classical), Musical Theatre, Singing for Leisure, CPM Vocal and RockSchool Voice.
School Repertoire Stream
Students who are already singing in their school programs will participate in a slightly different FOUNDATION phase before working on their repertoire. This could include learning songs for upcoming concerts and supporting students in VCE Music.
Students who elect to do the CONTEMPORARY STREAM work on one of the following various styles: Pop, Rock, Soul, RnB, Music Theatre etc. They build on the technique they developed in the FOUNDATION phase and develop an understanding of the symbols, markings and techniques to singing within the specific style. Students are also encouraged to learn about different artists within the style. Additionally, they expand their skills to incorporate aural training and sight-reading.
Jazz Vocal Stream
Students who elect to do the JAZZ VOCAL STREAM build on the technique they developed in the FOUNDATION phase and develop an understanding of the symbols, markings and techniques to singing within jazz. Students are also encouraged to learn about different Jazz artists and improve their relevant theoretical and aural awareness.
VOCAL – PERFORMANCE PHASE
Students perform songs they have worked on in the previous STREAM phase or new songs from the same style as a soloist or within an ensemble. Students learn how to plan chunked practice as they move towards the performance. This might include problem-solving as well as progression points. With their teachers, students talk about managing nerves, improving concentration and furthermore their growth as performers. This performance can take place in a public forum at Chasing Sound events or be done as recordings in lessons — a product of the phase.
VOCAL – SPECIALISATION PHASE
Students can revisit and expand upon a style they worked through in the earlier STREAMS phase. Alternatively, they can take a creative step forward into song-writing, composition or improvisation. This stream allows a student to consolidate the work they have done in the previous phases. Students would not be able to transition into this phase without having done the others in order.
VOCAL – SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING PHASE
Students are empowered with the relevant skills, stylistic understanding and self-awareness musically to direct their own musical pathways. They do so with the support of their Chasing Sound Music School teacher and community.