Philosophy

PHILOSOPHY
At Sing Omaha Studios, our guiding philosophy is to train students to become ‘complete musicians.’ For us, that means that students will be literate in musical terminology, and will be able to read and comprehend music at an age-appropriate level, or better.

VOICE
Sing Omaha Studios’ applied voice curriculum is founded in the bel canto tradition, and focuses one healthy vocal production of chiaroscuro (bright-dark) tone. Age-appropriate repertoire paired with expert technical instruction will ensure that singers can approach a variety of genres with both stylistic and pedagogical integrity.

Voice students will study music in multiple languages, and will learn the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), which will allow them to correctly pronounce singing diction in: English, Italian, German, Latin, and French.

Additionally, voice students at Sing Omaha Studios are provided a comprehensive music theory study, which focuses on fundamental musicianship that is directly applicable to their focus on singing. Students will learn note names, note values, rhythm skills, key signatures, time signatures, important terminology, and more; all of which will be highlighted in their repertoire study.

PIANO
At Sing Omaha Studios, we are proud to partner with Piano Pronto to offer our students the most comprehensive training in Technique, Theory, and Repertoire. Our expert faculty also supplement these materials with song selections that challenge students, and reinforce principles from the core curriculum.

This curriculum focuses on motivation through play. Students learn quickly by playing along with recordings that keep them focused on tempo and phrasing. Parents love that students want to practice, and that they can see and hear the progress.

GUITAR
We love to explore guitar with players of all ages. The instrument’s versatility allows for flexibility in our teaching method, but all students learn proper playing technique and terminology. We work to build dexterity and comfort in both hands and use strengthening exercises to increase independence of hands. Students learn chords and inversions, picking techniques, strumming patterns, and melodic playing techniques. Whether you’re interested in folk, rock, or something in between, we are here to help you!

BASS
A good bass player is the foundation of all great bands (it’s not the drummer, even though they like to think so). But bass isn’t just about playing the lowest notes. Good bass players serve the groove with intentional rhythmic placement of their notes, arpeggiation (playing the notes of a chord), and by working in tandem with the drummer to build each musical phrase. Our instructional approach includes music theory lessons on harmony and rhythm, posture and playing technique to keep healthy hands and arms (avoiding carpel tunnel and other complications), scales, arpeggios, and everything else you need to be the cornerstone of any musical situation.

DRUMS
Great drummers are solid ‘in the pocket’ (keeping good time/tempo), know how and when to ‘fill’, and play their role in the musical conversation happening with the other musicians. Fundamental skills are critical for drummers, and our focus is on rudiments which translate directly to drum set playing. Students will spend a portion of their lesson working on a practice pad before applying their pad skills to the drums. This ensure mastery of the concept in one dimension (the practice pad) before applying it to a multi-dimensional pallet of drums and cymbals.

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