Learn how to sing and improve your voice with voice exercises, tips and techniques. Vocal training and basic singing instruction with expert music tips from a professional music theory teacher.
People everywhere love to sing, the voice is an instrument we spend a lifetime learning how to use. It is not surprising that the human voice is the most complex and capable instrument that is known to man. Thanks to a complicated collaboration of vocal cords, teeth, tongue and lips, and the use of breath restraint or release, the voice can change volume, timbre and pitch. The result can be breathtaking for the audience, provided that the singer has had some vocal training in basics of singing and technique. You may not be the next American singing idol yet, but you have the drive and the desire to sing from your heart and your diaphragm.
The training that goes into understanding how to utilize your voice, varies from easy to difficult. Training usually requires a vocal coach to make good progress. Through our comprehensive classes, you will be on your way to becoming a great singer. Parents find that voice lessons not only improve their children's memorization and small motor skills, but strongly contribute to the building of their child's self-confidence. This can help children succeed not only in music, but in school and other outside activities. Both children and their parents find it truly rewarding when a child reaches a pre-set goal or milestone, whether that is learning a new song, performing in front of others or just finding enjoyment in music.
Why Choose International Music School
Some of Our Voice Instructors
Ashley Burkett is an independent vocalist/pianist recently arriving in the OC/LA area. She earned both a Bachelor's and Master’s degree in classical voice from University of Louisiana at Monroe while honing her vocal and acting skills. Her training and professional singing experience have enabled Ashley to work on stage, concert, film soundtracks, studio, and casual acts. Some of her featured roles include Queen of the Night (The Magic Flute), Rose (Street Scene). Lola (Gallantry), Miss Pinkerton (The Old Maid and the Thief), Principle (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change), Principle (Starting Here, Starting Now), Philia (A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum), Grace (Annie Warbucks), Mrs. Baskin (BIG: The Musical), and Alice (Seven Brides for Seven Brothers). In 2006, she studied and performed with opera festival di Roma in Rome, Italy for the productions of Die lustige Witwe and Suor Angelica. Ashley has toured throughout the US, Europe with a variety of musical acts ranging from opera, musical theatre, and vocal ensembles. Most recently, Ashley's projects include featured vocalist for the full length motion picture Crush(ed) 2009 (Maverick Entertainment), featured vocalist for the web series Partners in Pretension scheduled 2001, and ensemble work for the feature film The Black Tulip 2010 (Breadwinner Productions/Warner Bros. Motion Pictures). The Black Tulip is Afghanistan's official entry for Best Foreign Film at the 83rd Academy Awards. Although piano is Ashley's second instrument, she began playing in 2nd grade and has maintained her skills throughout her career enabling her to instruct both voice and piano.
Helen Blezkjian started studying voice and piano for a career in opera starting at the age of eight years old. Her many teachers include Mel, Tully of Redondo Beach, Seth Riggs and James Lowe of Los Angeles, and Curtis Stearns, Mozart Coach. Helen was awarded scholarship of Los Angeles City Music at age fifteen and received her B.A. Liberal Arts from Bethany University majoring in Voice. She is the founder, general manager, performer for non-profit organization Opera By The Sea. Helen has also performed with the Downey Civic Light Opera, Long Beach Civic Light Opera, South Bay Civic Light Opera, Del Rey Civic Light Opera, Pacific Opera Theatre, Starlight Opera Theatre, San Diego Opera, Lindy Opera Company and Kansas City Opera.
Julie Assaf began her career in music at the age of 15, where she entered her first Composition Competition (National PTA Reflections Program) and won California State Finalist. In 2011, she graduated from California Institute of the Arts, the world renowned college recently recognized as the #1 Arts and Music school in America, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music Composition. CalArts provided an intensive study with strong emphasis on theory and musicianship skills. She studied with prominent musicians and composers in the field of music, such as Robert Wannamaker, Michael Fink, and Barry Schrader. She studied cello composition with Erika Duke-Kirpatrick, and piano composition with Vicki Ray. She has worked with many independent artists, animators, actors, dancers, musicians, and has performed in countless ensembles at the Roy O. Disney Music Hall, Wild Beast Concert Hall, and many other private and public functions. With almost 20 years of experience on the piano, Julie has enormous flexibility with technique and repertoire on the instrument, as well as the capability to transcribe almost any music to written notation. Vocal training soon followed her study in piano. She has studied many different vocal styles at Calarts, including Javanese Chant and Indian Sargam. In July 2009, she went to study at the National University of Galway in Ireland. There, she performed and improvised ragtime music at the Galway City Museum during the Annual Galway Arts Festival and studied the tin whistle, spoken song, and Sean Nós techniques.
Julie's approach to teaching is always with energy and fun, along with close attention to the individual's learning abilities. She has had experience teaching and tutoring since the age of 14, and continues her work in pedagogy with passion and excitement. She is available to teach piano, voice, cello, ear training, music theory, and composition/songwriting to children and adults of all ages. She is also available for hire as a ragtime pianist, or medieval hurdy-gurdist for solos or ensembles.