In recent years, clinical research has shown that people (ranging from children all the way to seniors) benefit from music in a therapeutic way. Whether it is playing an instrument, singing, composing or just listening to music, it has been proven that music has become a real positive treatment. People in need of emotional support, physical rehabilitation, stress management, pain management, or have gone through a traumatic experience in their lives, will definitely benefit from music.
Personally, I have worked with many individuals (who enjoy singing/performing) that have a stressful life, or are in need of something positive to add to their daily routine and what i have witnessed has been amazing! It all comes down to what you really love to do and how you like to communicate your feelings. Some people like to communicate through conversations, seeing a therapist, doing physical activities and some through singing/music. Week after week, i noticed a difference in these people, more positive, a better outlook on life, more confidence and most importantly they got to rediscover themselves and their strengths. We as humans all need guidance one way or another, I have been fortunate to have music in my life since I was very young, and now I am at a place where I can use music/singing to guide and help people lead a better, more fulfilling life.
Some quotes I love;
“I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.” – William James
“Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” – Maya Angelou
“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” – Berthold Auerbach
“He who sings scares away his woes.” – Miguel de Cervantes
Zola Odessa has been taking vocal lessons with us for a few months now, not only is her natural talent reaching new heights, but her vocal technique has dramatically developed!
Here is the PREMIER of Zola Odessa’s first cover music video. Singing Mariah Carey’s EMOTIONS, a really difficult song to sing, Zola’s performance of this song is simply amazing! Only 10 years old, this is just the beginning of a successful career in the music industry! Fantastic work Zola, very proud of you.
Moriah Faith has been attending Studio 2628 for a few years now, and has tremendously developed her voice and performance skills. She recently got accepted into AMTC (Actors, Models & Talent agency) and soon will be featured in their upcoming showcase for young talented performers. We are so proud! Moriah has a bright & successful future ahead of her!
Check out the latest song Moriah recorded in our studio.
We just received the 2014 Best of Canoga Park Award in the Music Instructor category by the Canoga Park Award Program.
We always strive to offer the best services in Singing Lessons, recordings & live performance skills! Thank you for recognizing our work and achievements!
Studio2628 Receives 2014 Best of Canoga Park Award
Canoga Park Award Program Honors the Achievement
CANOGA PARK June 5, 2014 — Studio2628 has been selected for the 2014 Best of Canoga Park Award in the Music Instructor category by the Canoga Park Award Program.
Each year, the Canoga Park Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Canoga Park area a great place to live, work and play.
About Canoga Park Award Program
The Canoga Park Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the Canoga Park area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.
The Canoga Park Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.
SOURCE: Canoga Park Award Program
We are passionate here at Studio 2628 to make a positive difference on anyone who needs it. Bullying is a serious problem that occurs daily here in the US & all around the world.
We wanted to send a message, an empowering positive message that would truly help anyone who has or is being bullied. So “Mean Little Bully” was born, a song that was written to help & encourage people who have gone through the stressful experience of bullying. Our students were on board right away, everyone contributed and performed the song so gracefully. Months later, we recorded the song, released it on iTunes Worldwide & even made a music video for it!
We have been receiving so much great positive feedback, people have reached out and expressed how much the song has helped them through the tough times.
To Download the song on iTunes click on – Download Mean Little Bully
Check out the video Here
Vocal warm ups when done correctly is an important step towards developing the vocal chords and achieving results beyond expectation.
Vocal exercises not only warm up the voice making it more responsive but it plays a great deal in the development process.
The vocal chords need proper training and care in order for them to develop and grow. Some of the benefits achieved from vocal warm ups include; proper breath support, control, vocal agility/elasticity, range increase, power, tonal quality, singing with ease, no strain and much more. It is recommended that singers do vocal exercises at least 30 minutes daily, this will be a great start and you will notice results in your voice with in the first few weeks!
How often do I have to come to voice lessons?
Once you sign up with Studio 2628, it is suggested to come to the class once a week, but if you choose to take more vocal lessons per week, we can definitely accommodate that request.
I’ve been told that I’m tone deaf and cannot sing, is there hope for me?
Absolutely! We don’t believe in the term “tone deaf” as we have taught many students who started off with not being able to hit ONE single note on pitch. With practice & understanding the singing technique, they are all able to sing a full song in as little as a few months!
Are the singing lessons done in a group or private?
The singing lessons are taught privately one on one in a very comfortable environment because each voice needs a special type of attention and care in order for you to understand and develop your vocal chords in the best and most effective way.
What do you charge for each vocal class?
Our lesson options and prices are all listed in the link below;
Click here for Prices & Options.
How long will it take before I notice a difference in my singing voice?
There is no straight forward way to answer this question. As each person is slightly different. Think about it this way – if you go to the gym with a goal to gain muscle, lose weight or simply become fitter, does it happen over night? The answer is obviously no. It takes time – Same goes with the vocal chords, they are part of the human body and they have muscle memory so they certainly need time and constant vocal exercises to develop and respond better. When our vocal chords are given the optimum chance to develop, they are quiet remarkable at adapting to the change fast with focus and practice.
You will definitely notice a difference in pitch & tone in the first few weeks (with practice). Followed by control, increasing range, power & elasticity as the weeks go on.
Where are you located?
We are located in Canoga Park in the San Fernando Valley, Ca. We are conveniently close to all the surrounding areas – Woodland Hills, Chatsworth, Winnetka, Northridge, Porter Ranch, Reseda, Encino, Tarzana, Granada Hills, Sherman Oaks & Van Nuys.
Although, we must brag on about how we have students who travel all the way from Downtown Los Angeles, Valencia, Downy, Riverside & even San Diego!
We must be doing something right 😉
What type of benefits do I gain from voice lessons?
Lets get straight to the point –
1. Learn and understand the correct use & application of breathing to your singing.
2. Expand your range with proper support.
3. Develop a pure, rich tone.
4. Learn how to eliminate strain, tension & vocal abuse.
5. Gain power with 100% control & ease.
6. Voice becomes elastic & responsive with color and richness.
7. Learn the principles of vowels & consonants.
8. Obtain the essential skills for performing on stage.
9. Become a pro at Microphone technique (stage & recording)
10. Learn how to record songs with the proper singing technique & emotional delivery.
11. HAVE FUN while Learning the beauty of great singing.
How come you charge so little comparing to other Singing Studios?
Well, we don’t believe in overcharging for music education. Also, we teach from a home studio therefore eliminating extra costs such as location rent, equipment rent etc. so that way you get the BEST rate available. Win win situation!
Do you offer recording & producing music?
YES! This is something extra we offer that many other studios don’t. Many of our clients have come to us and keep coming back because we produce and write professional music. We specialize in Pop, Hip Hop, Urban, Dance, House, Trance, rock and acoustic.
Music production is a huge factor when presenting your songs to people within the music industry. Record companies want to hear the finished product and want it professional. So studio 2628 has come up with a way to help talented artists and singers to achieve this at competitive prices.
We use professional industry standard tools to record your music, and the quality is superb!
How do vocal warm ups help my singing voice?
Vocal warm ups when done correctly is an important step towards developing the vocal chords and achieving results beyond expectation.
Vocal exercises not only warm up the voice by making it more responsive but it plays a great deal in the development process. The vocal chords need proper training and care in order for them to develop and grow.
Some of the benefits achieved from vocal warm ups include; proper breath support, control, vocal agility/elasticity, range increase, power, tonal quality, singing with ease, no stain and much more. It is recommended that singers do vocal exercises at least 30 minutes daily, this will be a great start and you will notice results in your voice with in the first few weeks!
Why is breathing so important to good singing?
Breathing is the most vital part of good singing, it is not an easy thing to achieve but with time and practice anyone can master the fundamentals of correct breathing.
When applied correctly it can have an enormous positive effect on your voice. The proper way of breathing consists of the descent of the diaphragm, which is clearly evident by an expansion of the lower ribs and upper abdominal muscles, keeping in mind that the lungs expand in all directions. This is usually described as “diaphragmatic breathing”.
Remember that practice makes perfect, whether you are a student or a professional singer you should never neglect the regular daily practice of breathing exercises.
When practicing breathing, the individual must stand upright with the chest and shoulders relaxed, placing one hand just below where the ribs divide. Inhale gently, you should feel a slight expansion where the hand is placed, you should retain this action for a second or two then exhale slowly. Repeat this until you feel that the diaphragm is moving steadily without the lifting of the upper ribs, chest or shoulders.
When you decide to take your singing seriously and develop your talent, you will realize that one thing is for sure and that is commitment. Commitment, dedication and hard work will develop & maintain a quality singing voice. Vocal training is an absolute must for any singer who wants to sound professional, express emotions & maintain vocal health without any straining or voice damage.
When you take voice lessons with us, you will get specific vocal exercises that are designed to your singing ability level. The voice exercises (scales) will develop your vocal chords which include correct breathing, tone perfection, increasing vocal power & vocal range. As a result you will notice your voice becoming more responsive, elastic, richer, lasting longer, straining is removed and you are able to sing effortlessly with a rich tone & color.
There are many factors that go into developing your voice, for instance, doing your vocal exercises daily will show a dramatic improvement. Looking after your health is looking after your voice, eating healthy and regularly exercising also contributes into healthy vocal chords!
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