Schoolhouse Review: Vocal Coach Singer

I remember it like it was yesterday…my young pianist sitting on the bench practicing her piano, when I mentioned that she should practice singing along because she had such a lovely voice…to which she replied, “I am not a singer, I am a classical pianist!”

Six years later she laughs when I remind her of this, because she remembers it so well. We are both so thankful that the Lord has turned her heart around for His glory! During the last couple of years, not only has my oldest daughter began to sing publicly, she has worked with her younger sisters teaching them to play instruments and sing. The trio is currently practicing hymns to sing with another family at our local nursing homes.

Hannah is seven and she plays the fiddle. She is really the “entertainer” of the bunch, so we have to keep an eye on her. She wants all eyes on her.

Maddie is ten, and she plays the mandolin and a bit of guitar. She is happy to stay in background, but has a lovely voice that rings out. I don’t know how she does it, but she can really keep a steady tone when her older sister harmonizes with her.

Kendra is eighteen now, and a complete maestro. Besides being the classical pianist she is, she plays the fiddle, mandolin, and the guitar. And she is becoming a wonderful music teacher to her sisters. She sings beautifully in both English and Spanish.

We were recently introduced to Vocal Coach Singer, which is a complete voice lesson program on CD’s (or MP3s). My mom used to always tell me, “You need to get voice lessons for those girls so that they can know the right way to sing.” I knew she was probably right, but voice lessons are expensive especially for 3 children. And really, I didn’t even know anyone who taught voice lessons. Not to mention that I would have to drive them to the lessons each week (well, now Kendra drives, but back when I thought about it she didn’t).

I was excited that the girls would have the opportunity to have voice lessons from home. As I researched the company, I was so grateful that not only are the lessons top-notch, professional quality lessons, the owners are Christians. I heard the girls practicing one of their exercises the other day, singing about how they were designed by God. WOW! As the music of this world turns more and more worldly, it is truly a breath of fresh air to be taught by those who love the Lord!

How the Program Works

The program consists of 7 Training CDs:
Getting Started
Complete Breathing
Complete Warm-Up
Complete Tone
Complete Expanding Your Range
Complete Diction
Complete Performance

4 Workout CDs:
Daily Workout High Voice 1 & 2
Daily Workout Medium/Low Voice 1 & 2

Plus these great educational tools:
Guidebook โ€“ Full-size Instructional Guidebook to Ensure Success
Printable Lead Sheets โ€“ each exercise in our course, plus track lists
Personal Singer’s Journal (Getting Started Journal & Workout Journal) to Track Your Progress
Vocal Coach Song Evaluation โ€“ Evaluation form to enable you to make more intelligent song selections

When the girls started out, I had Kendra read through the guidebook, which explains the program. Then, she would spend about 20-30 minutes a day, roughly 2-3 days a week, going through the exercises. The exercises are easy to complete and the kids had a blast doing them. I could hear them downstairs just laughing at each other as they made the “funny” faces needed to breathe different ways. When they got to the drawn out songs, used to increase the amount of air their lungs can hold, they gasped for air wondering if this program wasn’t some kind of torture session (but then laughed and giggled as they worked to go longer and longer).

One of the things that would have helped us out with this program would be a general guideline of how long to spend on each training session. Kendra wasn’t sure how long to continue working on each session, and which ones she should repeat even as they moved on to others. For example, she didn’t know if they should keep working on breathing songs even as they moved on to tone training or expanding their range training.

Other than that, we were all very happy with the lessons. The girls feel very blessed to be able to advance their singing skills, especially in such a fun way. Even their little brother has been enjoying the lessons, even though he just listens along now and then. We all thought it was so funny to hear him singing the “rap” song as we were getting ready for dinner. This made me realize that these lessons were sticking with them and that they were working on them throughout the day even when they didn’t realize it!

Overall, this has been a super program!

Here is a sampling of my daughter Kendra singing after using Vocal Coach. I should have gotten a “before” recording, but I didn’t. Maybe I will have her record again in a few more weeks and add an update!

Appropriate Age Range

Vocal Coach Singer can be used by anyone wanting to sing their best. I think that younger children would need supervision and guidance as they go through the sessions to make sure they are doing the exercises correctly. My seven year old and ten year old had no trouble with the material, but they did each lesson with their older sister working with them. I don’t think they would have been as successful if I had just left them alone with it.

Program Price

Vocal Coach Singer includes 7 training CDs, 4 workout CDs, and a full-size instructional guidebook for $119 ($99 for MP3s).

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Comments

  1. Jenny Bergren says:

    Thank you for this review. This product looks very interesting. I’m going to research it for my oldest daughter. You’re link to the product it broken. I googled it and found it on their website but it looks like the price has increased to $164.99 for the CD’s. Wow!

  2. Thank you for letting me know the link was broken. They must have changed up their site. Yes, $165 is a sticker shock. I think it would depend on whether or not this was an area that my child was both naturally gifted in and had a desire to pursue further. Usually piano or voice lessons are at least $50 a month, so this would be a little over three months worth. If you have multiple children, that would play into the decision as well. Also, the MP3s are $20 cheaper, which is what we have. For us, I like it better because when we get CDs they usually end up scratched. You might also look at the one for kids. It is priced much cheaper. It might not be as thorough, but maybe you could see if it was something your daughter really liked before spending more on the big set. Just a few ideas for you. Blessings!

  3. Jenny Bergren says:

    Thank you, Jasmine. I looked a little closer and found that the Vocal Coach Singer is the price you quoted above. The Vocal Coach Complete is $165. It includes the Vocal Coach Singer product and a lot more! The Complete product was located on the Store home page and the Singer product was not which confused me. Anyway, it is still on the “list” for next year. My list basically is what I would buy if I didn’t have a budget. I always end up crossing a lot off. ๐Ÿ™‚ I was actually looking at voice lessons for my daughter so this might be a nice alternative.

    • Jenny, another thing that has helped with my girls singing is to practice singing hymns. Hymns are so rich musically, and generally harder to sing for most of us. I have noticed a big improvement in my girls singing abilities over the last couple of years just in singing hymns everyday. I know what you mean about crossing stuff off the list. One of my girls was asking for Rosetta Stone French and I said we would see. She has now started a savings fund cause she knows what “we’ll see” means. : )

      • Jenny Bergren says:

        Thanks, Jasmine. Actually, we mainly sing hymns with piano accompaniment at our church so that is the norm for us. Which, I guess, nowadays is not the norm for everyone else. ๐Ÿ™‚ My daughter has improved over the years with just singing in church. She just has such an amazing range and God-given ability to harmonize. It is the mechanics- breathing and such- that I think she would benefit from. So, I’m keeping it on the list for now… Thanks, again.

  4. marygumbo says:

    beautiful I enjoyed listening to her sing blessed would be the correct word

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