IntroFrom: Daily Routine Practice Plan for Beginner Singers
by Camille van Niekerk
Welcome! This beginner tutorial will be very hands-on, and it’s something you can return to for daily practice.
But first: frequently asked questions!
Q: How often should I practice, and for how long?
A: Daily practice is best. As long as you’re feeling healthy, make it your goal to sing every day, even if it’s just five minutes of lip trills as you’re getting ready. For a regular practice session, set aside about 15-20 minutes, and feel free to gradually increase as you build stamina.
Q: When and where should I practice?
A: Practice at the time of day that your voice is feeling the best. Choose a spot that (ideally) gives you privacy to make some noise, good acoustics to hear yourself, room to stand or move around, and consider practicing by a mirror.
Last Q: What if I’m sick?
A: Give your voice and body the rest it needs to recover! If you’re dealing with a sore throat for an extended time, keep that progress going by instead doing some active listening on your down time.
About this tutorial: Part 1 is your basic warm up - five exercises that are gentle on the voice and great for warming up before more challenging stuff. Part 2 is skills growth - an additional seven exercises for you to choose from, depending on your goals and timeframe for that day. And part 3 is song work and/or ear training. Let’s get started!
Instructor: Camille van Niekerk
Camille van Niekerk is a singer, writer and vocal instructor in Southern California. Camille began studying voice and performing in musicals at age seven. In 2010, Camille began working towards her BA in Music Education at Azusa Pacific University. She then earned her teaching credential from San Diego State University and taught classroom choral and instrumental music. Shortly after moving to LA county, Camille began her private vocal studio, providing vocal coaching, ear training, and recording for students of all ages. She is constantly refining her skills and methods for greater versatility and effectiveness. When she is not teaching, Camille enjoys singing with the L.A. Choral Lab and Ensoma Creative. She lives in San Diego with her husband and loves going to the beach, practicing yoga, reading, and cooking.