We are here to teach you what you want to sing.
Whether you’re pursuing a Grammy award or a pitch-perfect rendition of ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star,’ we’ll listen to your goals and lay out a plan to get you where you want to go. When you take singing lessons from us, you’ll grasp the technical, creative, and practical sides of singing.
The 3 Facets of Great Singing
Singing lessons should be more than just learning breath control and pitch matching. There’s a whole lot in every great singer’s toolbox for you to learn, and we’ll help you tackle it.
Great Singing Starts with Great Technique
Singing requires focus, coordination and strength. At its simplest, singing means producing music in your head and reproducing it with your lungs, vocal folds, and other structures in your vocal tract.
Tackle the Tricks of the Trade
While we don’t require our students to learn real-world skills like songwriting, auditioning, and self-accompaniment, we think it’s important to offer them as options. When you’re ready, we can take you beyond the basics to help you pursue a variety of musical spheres, including the stage, the recording booth, and the concert hall.
Creativity is Key: Make the Song Yours
No two interpretations of the same song are alike, and we think it should stay that way. Creativity in singing is about experimenting with different vocal factors until you discover your own personal style. We’ll teach you how to intelligently tweak your songs to make them yours.
What to Expect from Voice Lessons
Each student we teach is unique, but you can generally expect voice lessons to go something like this:
Warm-Up Your Voice
Lessons usually begin with a warm-up, although more experienced students can choose to warm up at home. Vocal exercises serve two purposes: they help you develop technique without bogging you down with lyrics and a melody, and they get your vocal folds nice and pliable for the second part of your lesson.
Sing The Songs you want
The second part of your lesson applies the techniques you learn to the songs you want to sing. You’ll work on one or a few songs per lesson in the style of your choosing. This is where you learn to interpret songs and develop your own unique voice.
Learn Complementary Skills
A third, optional part of the lesson addresses the more practical skills we’ve addressed. This is the time you’d practice your song with a microphone, discuss audition interviews, or even learn to accompany yourself on guitar or piano.
When the lesson is over, we’ll give you a practice plan for the week and a recording of your lesson. That way, your next lesson can be even better than your first!
419 E. 17th Street #204
Costa Mesa, CA 92627
(800) 581 – 4609
From Our Founder
Many people mistakenly believe that you’re either born a singer or not. This is simply not true. There are so many coordinations that go into singing, from pitch matching, to breath support, to soft palate and tongue control. While these things may come easier and earlier to some than others, the bottom line is that they are skills that can be learned. If I can leave you with one piece of advice, it’s that you can learn to sing, and we’d love to be the ones to help you discover your voice.
Common Vocal Myths
Voice teachers only concentrate on producing an operatic sound. I’m interested in pop and rock, so lessons are not for me.
It is certainly true that some voice teachers concentrate on the classical sound. However, many successfully teach pop, rock, musical theater, R&B, metal (yes, scream-singing is a difficult, but learnable technique) and every other style out there.
Belting is bad for you, and it should be avoided at all costs. Singers should only sing in their head voices.
It is true that belting with poor technique can be damaging, but healthy belting exists. Learning to belt without constriction, by using great breath control and retracting what’s called your false vocal folds, is both healthy and widely used by artists with long careers. First and foremost, it’s important to listen to your body when you sing in any style. Singing should feel comfortable, and you should back off and regroup when you start to feel tension.
Children should wait till puberty till they begin voice lessons. Anything earlier than that can damage their voices.
While children should not work rigorously to extend their range before puberty, kids should absolutely start voice lessons early. Think of it this way: if your child shows interest in singing, she or he will sing, regardless of whether signed up for lessons. Wouldn’t it be better to form good habits and healthy technique early? The Pennsylvania Academy of Otolaryngology has this to say about childhood voice lessons:
“Voice abuse during childhood may lead to problems that persist throughout a lifetime. It is extremely important for children to learn good vocal habits, and for them to avoid voice abuse. This is especially true among children who choose to participate in vocally taxing activities such as singing, acting and cheerleading. Many promising careers and vocal avocations have been ruined by enthusiastic but untrained voice use. For children with vocal interests, age-appropriate training should be started early.”
Old dogs can’t learn new tricks. I didn’t start lessons as a kid, and now it’s too late.
I can’t carry a tune. Am I hopeless and tone deaf?
Only a tiny fraction of the population is actually tone-deaf. There’s a lot of coordination and muscle memory that goes into singing. A lack of visual and auditory feedback makes it even harder to develop this coordination. There’s nothing magical about learning to sing. It’s all about diligence and practice, and almost everyone can learn.
I’m a female who can’t sing high. Therefore, I’m an alto.
Well, your school choir director may have put you with the altos, but it’s waaaay more likely that you’re a soprano who hasn’t learned to access your high notes yet. Being able to hit high notes has much more to do with breath control and learned coordination than it does with voice type.
Locations, Teachers and Programs
With 3 convenient studio locations, a wide variety of programs and performance opportunities, an in-home and online music lesson option, and a unique team of teachers all over the musical spectrum, we’re confident we can help meet your music lesson needs.
Irvine Studio 4672 Barranca Parkway, Irvine, CA
Orange Studio 20241 E. Frank Lane, Orange, CA
Our teachers are what set Molly’s Music apart. They’re an experienced, educated, and dedicated team of musicians.
The Inside Voice
A low-cost voice lesson subscription service primarily based on video exchange, for as low as $11.95/month. As with regular voice lessons, you’ll be paired with your own personal singing teacher you can develop a rapport with over time.
Performance opportunities can be as important in your musical development as the lessons themselves. At Molly’s Music we offer at least 6 recitals per year, 3 Kid-Teen ones, 2 Teen-Adult ones, and an Instrumental Only Recital.
Pop Star Camp
Our annual week-long pop vocal performance camp. You’ll make new friends, learn some great vocal technique, and work on the craft of commercial music performance. The class culminates in a Spotlight Performance, in which each student shows off his or her own solo. Class sizes cap at 12 to make sure each student gets plenty of personalized attention.