Introduction

by Camille van Niekerk

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Description:


Welcome to your classical technique tutorial! Classical singing is characterized by maximum resonant space, liberal use of vibrato, pure vowels, and blending of the vocal registers. Before we jump in, there are two areas you should have a good grasp on. First is your posture: the exercises we’re about to do will be best if you practice them standing tall, shoulders back and down, chest and ribcage lifted, and head floating freely above the spine. Second is your breath support: we’re taking low breaths that move the ribs, belly, and back, and as we sing, we keep the chest and ribs lifted, slightly engaging the abdominal muscles “down and out”. If all of that is new to you, check out my tutorial on vibrato! There’s an entire video there dedicated to breath support. Then come back and join me here.

Instructor:


Camille van Niekerk is a singer and vocal instructor in Southern California with roots in musical theater, dancing, directing, and playing roles such as Belle in Beauty & the Beast, Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors, and Gabriella in High School Musical. After acquiring her BA in Music Education at Azusa Pacific University and teaching credential from San Diego State University, Camille began her private vocal studio, providing vocal coaching, ear training, and recording for students of all ages. Camille is a dedicated musician and a passionate teacher. When she is not teaching, Camille enjoys singing with Ensoma Creative and Los Robles Master Chorale, practicing yoga, and hiking.

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Instructor:


Camille van Niekerk is a singer and vocal instructor in Southern California with roots in musical theater, dancing, directing, and playing roles such as Belle in Beauty & the Beast, Chiffon in Little Shop of Horrors, and Gabriella in High School Musical. After acquiring her BA in Music Education at Azusa Pacific University and teaching credential from San Diego State University, Camille began her private vocal studio, providing vocal coaching, ear training, and recording for students of all ages. Camille is a dedicated musician and a passionate teacher. When she is not teaching, Camille enjoys singing with Ensoma Creative and Los Robles Master Chorale, practicing yoga, and hiking.