People who learn to match pitch with their voice tend to "internalize" notes and musical concepts in a way that people who are strictly instrumentalists cannot. Also, it's the kind of instrument that the majority of people identify with the most when they see a musician performing. And let's face it- usually it's the singer who gets the spotlight the most!
Most anyone who can sing "happy birthday" is able to develop their voice into a skill that they can be proud of. The hardest parts are psychological- such as getting over the "you have to be born with it" myth. You might notice that I refer to the voice as an "instrument", and I recommend you do the same- just because you have a good speaking voice doesn't mean singing will come easily to you. In the same way, just because I might use the back of my guitar as a desk to bear down on doesn't make me a good guitar player. The voice is an instrument that you have to practice at just like any other instrument, and has about the same learning curve- some things are difficult, others have a quick payoff, but it's a journey all the same that takes some time to get some skill at.
If you have ever seen yourself singing onstage with a rock band, or performing a powerful love song, singing in a play or production, or even just doing better at karaoke, you should develop your singing skills in vocal lessons!
My teaching skills with this instrument
The majority of my vocal students are also guitar or
piano students, since they want to learn to play and
sing at the same time. Teaching this skill is one of
my specialties since I make a living at it, but I can
and have also taught many vocalists who do not play an
instrument as well. I can coach any student for
singing in a band, choir, or performance group, as
well as preparing for a play, talent show, college
audition, or any other goal they have involving
singing. I have even taught students who just want to
get better at karaoke!
If you have any further questions I couldn't answer here, check out my FAQ section.
Concepts I teach:Matching pitch
"Scooping" notes vs "nailing" notes Developing pitch accuracy
Triads and chord construction
Breath control and its role in singing
The role of the diaphragm in singing
"Preparing" for vocal phrases
Navigating the vocal "break"
Staggered breathing/ breath timing
Using & strengthening the diaphragm
Vocal exercises & their importance
Using the "head voice"
Using the "chest voice"
Scales and their role
Octaves and their role
Using nasal and oral resonance
How to pronounce words while singing
Combining the head and chest voices
Singing in different styles
Projection and volume control
Reading vocal sheet music
Singing and playing an instrument
...and much more than I can list here!