In many ways, the human voice is possibly the most remarkable instrument of all. Aside of the fact that everyone has one, the individual voice is quintessentially unique, differing from any other in myriad subtle ways. As the most immediate form of expression available to us, the voice is able to express emotions of pain, sadness, joy or anger with a sensitivity and intuitiveness that is arguably unmatched by any other external instrument.
This, coupled with its ability to carry human language within a musical structure, has ensured that singers continue to be at the center of all musical progress. And the fact that singers have put it to work in almost every musical form or genre ever invented is a significant indicator of the voice’s incredible versatility. However like every other instrumentalist, the singer needs education, practice and constant care to develop the latent potential within his/ her voice. With the right principles in place and a disciplined approach towards achieving mastery, the trained voice is capable of exploring musical possibilities that may not be evident to an untrained singer. NSM’s vocal program is focused on developing both the technical skills as well as the musical intelligence necessary to use your voice creatively and effectively in the context of a performing band.
Study the human voice and understand the science of singing. Then develop the fundamentals of vocal technique. You’ll work to improve your pitch, tone, range, diction and awareness of different registers.
Science – What the diaphragm is and how we use it | Vocal Chambers | Understanding of the entire vocal tract and the sense of space | Chest, Head and Middle Voice |
Technique – Breathing Techniques | Exercises to help build the range | Warm up exercises | Posture | Voice care, cures and remedies | Dynamics | Diction | Legato | Vibrato | Falsetto and control | Singing with power
Contemporary and Classic Styles
Study the landmarks of the contemporary and classical music repertoire, from the baroque and the romantic era to the latest hits. You’ll learn what’s required to perform with authenticity and confidence in different styles.
Fundamentals of Music Theory
This module takes you through the rudiments of music theory. The core concepts of melody, rhythm and harmony will be covered through staff notation. Your knowledge of music theory and the core fundamentals will open doors to a world that was previously closed to you. Used correctly, music theory will help you not only understand your music, but will allow you to communicate your musical ideas, and to explore music in ways you have never experienced before. Music theory allows you to be literate, and to expand your musical horizon, and to give you a vocabulary and method for doing so.
Singing in Harmony
Harmony Singing covers a variety of approaches to harmony singing, from performing as part of a backing vocal line-up to directing your own vocal arrangement. Study the concept of a choir and learn the functioning of each voice (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) and their roles. Also figure out where you fit in this vast frequency spectrum.
Sight Singing is extremely useful for learning repertoire, allowing you to respond quickly in a number of professional situations including studio session work and live performance.
A sound musical ear is immeasurably important for all vocalists. You must have a good sense of relative pitch and rhythm to be a good musician. And also it should go without mentioning that it is paramount to being a good songwriter. This module allows you to translate what you hear on the the page and vice-versa.
Students also have the option of studying the keyboard along with their vocal studies. Studying the keyboard gives you a great reference point for all your vocal studies. The keyboard is a creative tool, which can assist you with writing, arranging and performing. You can also accompany yourself to increase your versatility as a musician. Accompaniment develops valuable creativity, interpretation and performance skills.
Performance is your chance to put it all into practice- You will get an opportunity to form a band with other students and perform live on stage. Here you will learn various aspects of band dynamics and what it takes to work with fellow musicians and perform as one unit on stage. You’ll learn exactly how to interact with other performers, as well as with an audience, and you’ll develop your live sound in a number of different styles.
The Seven Key Principles of Voice Training
- The Student “Buys” the Ears of the Teacher
- The teacher Develops His Own Concept of Tone
- Teaching Is Based on One’s Aesthetics
- Singing Is an Athletic Endeavor
- The Student Learns from Sound as Well as Feeling
- Teaching Begins with the Best Areas and Moves Outward
- Choral Groups and Voice Classes Are Individual Students
How to Develop Breathing as the Foundation for Singing
- Breathing as an Element of Singing
- Importance of Proper Respiration
- Different Kinds of Breathing
- Handling Breathing Problems
- Developing Awareness of the Breathing Mechanisms
How to Make the Proper Sound: Principles, Techniques and Exercises
- Making Pitches for Singing
- Making a Good Sound
- Sustaining the Tone
- How to Move from Note to Note Smoothly
- How to Release the Tone
- How to Deal with Breathiness, Hoarseness, Harshness, Muffles or Swallowed Tone, Hollow or Hooty Quality
Developing a Rich Voice: The Symbols and Psychology of Resonance
- The Resonating System
- Relating Breath, Phonation, Resonance
- Excess Nasality
How to Form the Best Vowel Sound
- Producing a Vowel Sound
- Vowel Migration
- Vowel Modification
Train Singers to Change Registers Smoothly
- How many Registers
- Changing Registers Smoothly: Males
- Changing Registers Smoothly: Females
Making Sense Out of Sound: How to Communication Ideas, Emotions and Situations
- Consonants of Primary Importance
- Sung Language Not the Same as Spoken
- Consonant Exercises
- Problems of Articulation
- Problems of Pronunciation
Strategies and Techniques for Developing a Rich Choral Sound
- The Big Sound
- Challenge the Students
- Some Important Vocal Concepts
- Ways to improve Choral Singing
- The Question of Vibrato
- Further Concerns
- Ear Training
Effective Procedures for Choral Rehearsals
- Warmup Calisthenics
How to Train Changing Voices
- The Boy’s Voice
- Songs for Boys and Young Men
- The Girl’s Voice
Basic Principles of Vocal Technique
Theatrics of Singing
Singing in Harmony
- Harmony Singing covers a variety of approaches to harmony singing, from performing as part of a backing vocal line-up to directing your own vocal arrangement. Study the concept of a choir and learn the functioning of each voice (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) and their roles. Also figure out where you fit in this vast frequency spectrum.
- Sight Singing is extremely useful for learning repertoire, allowing you to respond quickly in a number of professional situations including studio session work and live performance.
You can learn your favorite songs either by watching someone play it, reading from music notation or by using just your ears. While the first two involve others, this module will teach you to do it all on your own! Here, we focus on training your rhythmic, melodic and harmonic ear which will allow you to quickly latch on to and replicate pieces of music and also understand what’s going on inside the music. You do not need to be born with musical ears. It can be developed over time and with the right approach, you can be a much more expressive and confident musician when you interact with your peers.
Music Theory – Rs.5000 [15 hours]
When you learn the rules of music, they give you a solid platform to confidently express yourself as an artist. Every new concept is like entering into another musical adventure. You will discover the nuances of vast musical cultures and study the harmony, melody and rhythms in detail. And of course, we will also help you break all the rules!
Rhythm and Groove Creation – Rs.5000 [15 hours]
In this module we focus on understanding musical grooves and improving your sense of timing. You will learn how to use the metronome creatively, understand beat subdivion, time signatures, odd meter and more. We will also help you build musical ideas by creating short phrases and then expanding them. Reading of rhythms is also covered here using standard drum notation. You will be taught how to create your own grooves, implement them with your band and also how to react to the grooves other musicians create.
Sight Singing – Rs.5000 [10 hours]
In this module, you will in simple words sing inspiring music by reading it real-time. We use solfege and other interval based training to teach this skill. This module is particularly suited for professional singers and choir members. For Vocalists, the task of confidently hitting various intervals and singing more complex musical phrases can be quite a task. For this to be safely accomplished, the art of sight singing allows you to get it just right using notation and then recalling the sounds using your ears. This will also enable you to master your skills as an ensemble singer
Additional Instrument – Rs.7500 [15 hours]
As a vocalist, you might want to accompany yourself from time to time either to write your music or practice singing. You may also want to be an independent Singer-Songwriter on the lines of John Mayer, Elton John, Bob Dylan and so on. Along with your vocal course, we’ll teach you the basics of another instrument to make you a musical all-rounder.
Music Composition – Rs.7500 [10 hours]
Playing covers is great, but eventually you will want to make a mark as an artist with your own songs. In this module we will be looking at various approaches to music composition which will allow you to have a unique voice as an artist. Lyric writing, orchestration and arrangement are also discussed in brief. Composition techniques include Genre-based Composition, Choral Music, Singer-Songwriter and more.
Music Production – Rs.7500 [10 hours]
Everything from recording your music to releasing the final master can now be done professionally from a place as cosy as your own bedroom! Doing this is more affordable and it allows the independent musician to be recognized on a shoestring budget. In this module, we focus on Sound-proofing, Acoustics, Sound Treatment, using equipment like microphones, cables, computers, audio interfaces etc., setting up a home studio and finally using industry-standard software Pro Tools to put it all together. After this module, you will be able to comfortably use Audio and MIDI data to create your next masterpiece.
Advanced Harmony – Rs.7500 [10 hours]
Harmony is a deep and fascinating subject which adds color and emotion to the music you play. In this module, we approach harmony from various perspectives including Chords, Voicing and Counterpoint. We start with the basics we learnt in the Music Theory module and then delve deeper into the techniques of using harmony in your music.
Song Analysis – Rs.7500 [10 hours]
In this module, we explore in detail the music that you choose. The songs and the artists behind them are studied from the point of view of structure/form, genre, lyrics and all the other musical ingredients – grooves, scales, chords etc…