Extending a belter's range

Discussion in 'Music Teachers' started by exfairy, May 4, 2017.

  1. exfairy

    exfairy New Member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2017
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0

    May 4, 2017

    So I'm a new singing teacher and have a pupil who's voice is naturally a belter and I feel like it could be a high belt but she can't sing higher than a C above middle C so I'm looking for ways to extend her range in a healthy manner. I'm not a belter so I'm struggling but any advice would be helpful? :)
     
  2.  
  3. MissCeliaB

    MissCeliaB Aficionado

    Joined:
    Jul 27, 2009
    Messages:
    3,426
    Likes Received:
    599

    May 4, 2017

    How old is the student? I'd be very careful messing too much with her range until her voice has finished changing. I know my voice teachers in high school mostly worked with breathing, pitch, maybe a little with tone, and with technique (diction, etc.) with me because they wanted to be very careful with my voice. Especially if you don't have a tone of experience with belting, as doing so incorrectly can really damage a young voice. (Obviously I'm not an expert by any means, just speaking as a former voice student and the concerns my teachers always shared with me.)
     
  4. exfairy

    exfairy New Member

    Joined:
    May 4, 2017
    Messages:
    2
    Likes Received:
    0

    May 4, 2017

    She's 18. Her voice is just naturally very chesty/belty and she barely has any head voice. Like a C and above sounds really strained. But I'm so sure she can sing higher. Would it be worth teaching her head voice instead or until I learn more?
     
  5. XWordHobbyist

    XWordHobbyist Rookie

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2017
    Messages:
    23
    Likes Received:
    8

    Dec 11, 2017

    She might have good belting capabilities, but I would caution against specializing her too soon. If she can't sing above high C (C4), that needs to be addressed before anything else. I recently began teaching a high school student in a similar situation, and by developing the head voice, a healthy belt/chest has come back around. Before she was really laying too much into it, which sounded kind of impressive, but not when she tried to sing anything with a range.
     

Share This Page

Members Online Now

Total: 290 (members: 2, guests: 265, robots: 23)
test