Have You Ever Thought About Lessons?
Voice lessons (learning the physical skill of singing) are a huge part of my life, from both teacher and student perspectives. I am sometimes surprised to run into people who didn’t really know such a thing exists. And I forget that once-upon-a-time, I was one of those people! Well, in case you didn’t know about them either (and maybe were here for another reason altogether), let me tell you about singing lessons!
I’m as passionate about singing as I am about editing (& vice versa) and firmly believe that everyone can benefit from learning the skill of singing. “But I can’t sing!” I might hear you say. Pish-POSH! Of course you can! It’s just like learning to write your name or ride a bicycle. There is a good deal of trial and error, messy ‘scribbling’ and falling down (luckily, it doesn’t hurt nearly so much as a scraped knee!) but once you get the hang of it, it can become second nature, and you’ll forget that once you didn’t ‘know how’ to sing. There are lots of articles about the advantages of music in general and singing in particular, so I won’t go into detail here. I’ll just say that I have a fun studio–I love teaching my students and learning from them, too. I’ve taught men and women, boys and girls, aged 8 (though I prefer not to begin until at least age twelve) to 76, guided a few who wanted simply to learn how to match pitch and sing in the car without embarrassment, and crowed with pride as many of them flapped their proverbial wings and took flight in recital. (okay, that might sound a little corny, but once you get to know me, you’ll realize how sincere I am about that sentence!)
If I’ve piqued your interest, please contact me for a trial lesson. For my ‘official bio’ and a few credentials, see below.
Soprano April Bennett is an active soloist and chamber musician. She has performed with the Bach Society of Dayton, Choral Arts of Springfield, the Dayton Opera Chorus, the Kettering Civic Band, the Miami Valley Symphony Orchestra and the Springfield Symphony Orchestra. Musical highlights include Messiah (Handel), Missa in Angustiis (Haydn), Exultate Jubilate (Mozart) and Stabat Mater (Pergolesi). This spring, Mrs. Bennett will return to the concert stage with Springfield Symphony Orchestra singing in Mendelssohn’s Elijah (April 2018).
Mrs. Bennett is an alumna of Wright State University’s Department (now School) of Music; she maintains a private voice studio where she helps students of all ages find their voices and gain confidence in using their unique instruments. She is a member of the National Association for Teachers of Singing and Dayton Music Club and attends workshops, seminars, lessons and coachings in order to hone her craft as musician and teacher.