VOICE LESSONS IN PASADENA, CA

THERE ARE THREE LEVELS

Beginner Level

Our beginner voice lessons are designed for students with little to no voice experience and who want to learn the basics of vocal skills.

Intermediate Level

Intermediate voice lessons are offered to those students who have already been practicing the vocals for several years and want to improve their skills.

Advanced Level

Our advanced voice lessons are for highly skilled vocalists wishing to refine their technique or who plan to audition for music schools and competitions.

AREAS OF STUDY

All singing begins with breath. All vocal sounds are created by vibrations in the larynx caused by air from the lungs. Breathing in everyday life is a subconscious bodily function which occurs naturally, however the singer must have control of the intake and exhalation of breath to achieve maximum results from their voice.

Natural breathing has three stages: a breathing-in period, a breathing-out period, and a resting or recovery period; these stages are not usually consciously controlled. Within singing there are four stages of breathing:

  1. breathing-in period (inhalation)
  2. setting up controls period (suspension)
  3. controlled exhalation period (phonation)
  4. recovery period

When you sing in your “head voice” it means you should feel vibration around the upper half of your face, because, at that moment, the predominant resonator is your sinuses. This doesn’t mean the other vocal structures aren’t resonating. It means that more resonance is occurring in your sinuses than anywhere else.

When you sing in your “chest voice” you should feel more vibration around your lower neck, and sternum. If you want to know what this feels like, talk in your regular speaking voice, and put your hand in the middle of your chest. It’s vibrating.

Vocal resonance is the process by which sound is intensified or “colored” after leaving the vocal cords, but before leaving the body. Our unique voices are not only a product of the thickness and length of our vocal cords, but also, the size and shape of surrounding structures around the vocal tract. There are a number of structures in your body that resonate when you sing, including your chest, larynx, pharynx, oral cavity, nasal cavity, and sinuses.

Vocal range is the measure of the breadth of pitches that a human voice can phonate. Its most common application is within the context of singing, where it is used as a defining characteristic for classifying singing voices into groups known as voice types. It is also a topic of study within linguistics, phonetics, and speech and language pathology, particularly in relation to the study of tonal languages and certain types of vocal disorders, although it has little practical application in terms of speech.

OUR VOICE TEACHERS

Donna Lee

CEO, Piano & Vocal Teacher

Donna is an USC Masters in Music Education and Minor in Vocal Arts. She is a member of Music Teachers’ Association of California.

susanna shamounian

Susanna Shamounian

Piano & Vocal Teacher

Susanna was born in Turkmenistan. She started her piano career at the age of five.  She auditioned in Moscow Conservatory.

TESTIMONIALS

Voice Lessons Overall rating: ★★★★★ 5 based on 9 reviews
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Great Lessons!

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My two (2) kids go to this school for Piano Lessons. It’s a great school with teachers who care and they even got (ONE) of my kids to actually play correctly and she now likes playing the piano. They are strict but have real concern for the students and offer a great environment to excel. I would recommend Donna Lee and her Music School anytime. A+++++++

Awesome!

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My son has been taking piano with Miss Donna since he was 7 and my daughter just started. I absolutely love her. She is fantastic with kids and really inspires them to play. She also has a recital that gives the kids a chance to play in front of an audience. She also encourages participation in the Certificate of Merit program. I am so glad we found her and Lee Music School.

2 Years And Going!

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Hollywood Arts Academy created a very welcome environment to learn music. My kids really enjoy it. My son has been learning piano here for more than 2 years and daughter is very exciting too. Highly recommended!!!

Great Academy!

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I highly recommend Donna and Hollywood Arts Academy! Our experience was good. My kids love the lessons. As a parents, I have found trust in the teachers there.

recommend them for kids

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My son, Cole, has been taking piano lessons with Miss Donna for about 4 months. We couldn't be happier with the results. Donna is an extremely patient teacher. Cole feels very comfortable when he is with her. Her teaching style has made my son more confident as she encourages him to play in front of audiences. Most importantly, Donna has taught my son how to read music. Cole was unable to read music before, he could only play by memorizing. This was a huge wake up call for us! Now with Miss Donna, Cole is learning theory, technique, and is able to read his music. Cole will also apply for CM this year. Hollywood Arts Academy is a good place for us to be! I recommend them for kids as well as adults. We are planning to have our daughter start vocal lessons soon.

thoughtful and very patient

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Since I was very young I had always wanted to follow my dream of playing the violin. It was not until I had begun to be in my 60s that I was able to begin to challenge my bucket list with this endeavor. By simple luck I was able to connect with the Academy and I have been extremely pleased in both the management and the instructors. They are thoughtful and very patient and go out of their way to guide me.

Glad to be working with them

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We are happy to find Hollywood Arts Academy. They offer great service, easy to work with. Recently I had to cancel few lessons due to my schedule problem. Even though, every school has this policy of being consistent with the lessons to keep the spot, but Miss Donna was nice enough to let me get things right and allow me enough time. The best part about this school is that they still offer the lowest rate in this city but with great service. My son started taking piano lessons with them 2 months ago. Working great so far. My son can play a few songs now. We are planning to get a grand piano for him next year.

Experienced Teachers

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I am a student of this academy and I have been learning flute as well as music theory at this school for 3 years. The teachers are very experienced professionals, and I learned many things from them. I successfully got a 95 on ABRSM music theory level 5 with a single try, and that is all thanks to the teachers at the Hollywood Arts Academy. I also recommended two of my friends to this school, and they both loved this school as much as I did.

Warm and Supportive

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I highly recommend Ms Donna and her staff. My son (age 9) has been taking piano lessons for 2 years and doing great! She is very warm and supportive. Her positive attitude and affirming attitude encourages my son. He enjoys lessons and will regularly practice on his own. Ms Donna is also VERY accommodating of our schedule and allows for changes and makeups without hassle. This flexibility is very important to us as my son does many other activities. The children all do a yearly concert at Christmas, something I looked for in a piano school.
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