The Petersen Voice Studio offers many options for the beginning, intermediate, and advanced singer. The studio’s goal is to develop physical and musical skills necessary to express fully the singer’s desired style in a supportive environment of discovery and play.
The studio runs on a tuition semester basis, with a Winter/Spring and Fall semester. An addition Summer semester allows singers to select from many possible lesson options.
Singers may also select sporadic lessons, taking lessons at their convenience.
Private Voice Lessons (Online/In-Person)
Applied private voice lessons to develop the singing voice functionally and holistically to enable the singer to sing freely in any style of music. One-hour and half-hour lessons are options.
Group Voice Classes (Online/In-Person)
Group classes model the very earliest teaching models of voice training (as seen above!). Groups meet and work vocal technique together, speeding learning and growth through cooperative learning. Classes are limited to four students and are ideal for those who wish to learn to sing while easing performance anxieties.
Ear Training and Sight Singing
A musician’s ear and ability to read music is an important part of building music fluency and literacy. Building upon Gordon’s Music Learning Theory through audiation and adding the work of Carol Krueger‘s Progressive Sight Singing, we will develop our eyes and ears from simple to complex musical forms. No previous experience in reading music or ear training is necessary.
Taking a page from the Toastmasters™ organization, this class is specifically aimed at the understanding and performance of musical-vocal styles. An in-depth exploration of the musical and technical demands of a specific genre concludes with a final performance demonstrating proficiency and understanding.
Online Music Theory Classes
Music Theory classes build musical literacy and musicianship, serving the singer’s ability become a competent and self-sufficient artist. Each level builds upon the former, insuring a solid foundation of musical rudiments. The Cooperative Learning Theory, which turns learning into a fun social activity, insures students feel supported and encouraged throughout the learning process.
Students are assessed on their current musical aptitude and will be recommended to the following levels.
Preparatory Rudiments 1 introduces students to the beginning level of music theory for students of all ages.
Preparatory Rudiments 2 continues with the theoretical foundation building step by step as it completes the requirements of the Preparatory Rudiments level of theory. Whenever possible, students should complete these levels before beginning the Basic Rudiments level.
Basic Rudiments enables students to develop a deeper understanding of music through analysis, evaluation and interpretation of pieces. It is strongly advised that students complete the Basic Rudiments before going on to Intermediate Rudiments.
Intermediate Rudiments provides students with the objective of following a logical pattern of progress to understand the unique qualities and inherent characteristics of music. It is strongly advised that students complete Intermediate Rudiments before going on to Advanced Rudiments.
Advanced Rudiments demonstrates, by use of significant examples, the concepts leading to a concise process of understanding the fundamentals of music. This is an important foundation in preparing students to become successful musicians, singers AND instrumentalists.
Summer Music Camps (Online)
Summer offers a time for increased creativity, rest, and relaxation. The studio will offer various camps focusing on particular issues of performance, musical theory, music history, and vocal technique. Camp offerings vary from summer to summer, and courses will be listed here as they become available.