Choirs Vocal Program
Upskill new members of choirs, ensembles, or choruses for group singing. Ideal for auditioned acappella groups. Can be tailored to suit your ensemble. Available now!
The course is delivered over four to six weeks. One module arrives every few days, which gives students time to absorb and practice the skills in each module. Each module includes a video lesson with demonstations, explanations and student experiences, a quiz and exercises. Some modules have a handout. Others are optional and others can be tailored for your group.
How to learn new music
Alignment and Breathing
Personal and Planned Breaths
Onsets / Scooping
Why I built this course
My dilemma is wanting to train up new members to give them the best chance of passing their audition, and at the same time, not being ‘missing in action’ from my ensemble rehearsals.
So in 2022 I took my new members' training program, revamped it, and put the lessons online. I updated the content to provide specific, relevant vocal training for new members wanting to pass their audition to join my chorus.
Now new members learn skills via weekly online lessons in their own time, and get coaching at weekly rehearsals. This allows me to be present with my ensemble members at rehearsals.
A few of my musical director friends showed an interest in the course, so I duplicated it for others to use. I’m calling it the 'Choirs Vocal Program'. Some are using it for their existing members too, as a ‘refresher’ course.
The program provides the essential, relevant skills new ensemble singers need, in an informal, friendly step by step way over 4 to 6 weeks.
I've been lucky enough to have many fantastic voice coaches over the years. Here are some that have influenced my choices in this program: Dr Jim Henry, Rob Mance, Kim Vaughn, Dale Syverson, Peggy Gram, Charla Esser, Kathleen Hansen, Betty Clipman, James Platt, Janice Chapman, Nikki Blackmer.
This course, combined with personal and group coaching at your rehearsals, helps bring new members up to speed with their ensemble singing skills faster, and free up time for music leaders.
The course can be tailored (to a certain degree) for your own group. A huge thank you to those musical directors who tested the course and provided such valuable feedback. This was both affirming and very helpful!
Lea Baker (she / her) is a voice pedagogue, singing teacher and voice coach. In 2021 Lea graduated from the National Institute Of Dramatic Art (Sydney), with a Master of Fine Arts in Voice. She has been teaching voice for more than 20 years.
Lea is the founder and Music / Artistic Director of the Endeavour Harmony Chorus, a multi award winning a cappella ensemble. Having formed the group 25 years ago, through trial and error she has refined the training of her new chorus members to just the specific and relevant skills they need. New recruits develop their individual voice as a singer and, through doing that, enhance the overall chorus sound.
Lea’s teaching philosophy centers around tension-free, resonant, and embodied singing. With a firm grounding in the science and physiology of the voice, she helps students discover their natural, organic and instinctive voice use. Lea is an in-demand coach for vocal ensembles and quartets around Australia.
Lea is a proud member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing (ANATS), Australian Society of Music Educators (ASME) Sweet Adelines International (SAI) and the National Association for Music Educators (NAfME).
Excellent narrative which made this step by step format easy and enjoyable to follow. Loved the smelling something beautiful segment and the use of the words...Read More
Excellent narrative which made this step by step format easy and enjoyable to follow. Loved the smelling something beautiful segment and the use of the words natural, instinctive and organic. A wonderful common sense approach with no overthinking or ambiguities. Thank you Lea.Read Less
With the exceptional explanations, this cemented everything I have been told over the years but never quite understood the mechanics of.
With the exceptional explanations, this cemented everything I have been told over the years but never quite understood the mechanics of.Read Less
Very informative great visuals very helpful
Very informative great visuals very helpfulRead Less