10 Benefits of Playing Piano

We could talk to you about the thousands of reasons we love playing the piano and why it benefits our lives, but let’s face it, we’re a little biased! There are actually scientifically proven benefits to playing the piano. Here are a few:

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Master the Basics of Singing and Achieve Great Vocals!

A solid foundation in the basics of singing is absolutely essential towards achieving a great voice. This is why I have decided to break down the basics of singing into simple and concise components, so that we can all understand the elementary topics we have to learn in order to improve on our vocal ability.

You may also wish to check out some useful books on singing that I personally read, so as to gain a deeper understanding of the various basic aspects of the art of singing!

There are 5 Basic Components of Singing:

1. Pitch

2. Rhythm

3. Breath

4. Voice

5. Diction

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Student Spotlight - Loren

Loren has been with WSPC and Off Centre Dance Co for about 7 years now. When she started with us she was a quiet and reserved person with very little desire to be in the spotlight.

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4 Tips for better singing

This is a quick trick that makes you sound better instantly. Say A-E-I-O-U (watch your jaw movement in the mirror). Did your jaw close on any of the vowels? Chances are your jaw closed on the E and the U – and most likely on others too, if not all of them. Take your first two fingers and pull your jaw down 2 inches (or even better – use a plastic bottle cap or a cork (wine) to prop your jaw open). And speak the vowels again. And repeat again (we’re trying to re-program muscle memory – so the more the better). Now sing the vowels on one pitch. A-E-I-O-U.

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What Happens When We Sing - The Science Stuff

Science? Yuk. I’m a singer! I don’t need to know about the science bit, I just want to sing.

Yep. That’s how I felt too! I’ve been singing all my life and it’s always been a huge passion of mine; a therapy; a friend. I know where you’re at right now. You want to forget the science and love the art right?

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The next time you watch a professional singer, observe the posture. Posture plays a large part in how well you sing. If you hunch over, your lungs can’t inflate fully; and if you fidget, you distract your audience — and yourself. Use the following list to correctly position yourself for singing:

  • Feet are hip-width apart with feet parallel.

  • Knees are unlocked with the weight evenly distributed on the three points of the feet — the tripod.

  • Spine is long and straight, from bottom to top.

  • Head is centered over shoulders; chin is parallel with the ground.

  • Shoulders are back but down and released.

  • Arms are hanging at your side.

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