From my 10 years of involvement with singers, I have been able to identify three different ways by which singers take up their learning process. The most common way is by listening to the recorded works of virtuoso singers and singing along without the direction of a vocal coach. I do not support this type of learning because it can be injurious to the voice. A beginner who does not have a good grasp of the fundamentals of singing, breathing techniques, vocal techniques, vocal anatomy, and good musical ears cannot benefit from this method of learning because it  could compound already existing singing issues by singing with bad technique. You may pick the wrong material and strain your voice on the high notes or even experience inconsistencies with your voice on the long run.

Another trial and error method employed by a different  group of singers is applying vocal technique instructions given by an inexperienced voice teacher. This is a bit better than what the first-group singers do. The danger here is that a singer could try to mimic a star artiste with the wrong vocal placement (bad attack). Though this method can sometimes work, the long-term effect is that one experiences voice deterioration which leads to diminished courage in one’s ability.

 I have come to discover that the most reliable way to learn how to sing is first of all get a good vocal teacher who will teach you how to get your sound into the cavities in your head. Most singers are surprised to know that they have cavities in their head because they think the human head is a solid mass. These cavities are invaluable in every singer’s career. If you can learn to use your mask to beautify your sound, then you are not too far from your goal. This is what brings about vocal release, a sweet sensation you get when singing with proper technique.

At Lee Vocal Studios, the best and independent voice training and Music school in Lagos, Nigeria you will be taught how to assume the specific body configuration that will enable you achieve that forward placement into your mask which most voice teachers have not been able to achieve with their students. It’s not all about singing scales and making weird sounds; though these have their own purpose in a student’s vocal development. The number one celebrity vocal coach in Nigeria will help you through the specific things you need to learn that will give you the winning vocal placement within a few days of study in the vocal studio. You will experience a sudden release in your voice. This is otherwise known as vocal freedom.

So what are you waiting for? Now is the time to discover the amazing voice inside of you and achieve so much more with your voice, be you a solo artiste, band singer, choir member, Music director, voice teacher, recording artiste, back-up singer or rap artiste. At Lee Vocal Studios, we welcome singer of all musical styles.


Author: Laura Etemah

Laura Etemah is a Nigeria/ UK trained an award-winning and full-time Musician, Music Teacher, Author, Vocal Coach and the Director of Lee Vocal Studios and Lee Ellie Music School. As the music woman who loves children and a highly sought-after Music Teacher for children, Laura is also a strong advocate for the music education of the Nigerian child. More so, she has a passion for helping speakers, singers, musical artistes and aspiring vocalists of all styles and abilities, develop the full potential of their voices. The birth of Lee Vocal Studios came through as a result of this. Laura is also an expert in organizing fun and engaging music workshops for children in singing, piano, guitar, violin and recorder. Her multi-instrument playing skills has paved way for her in the music teaching business, making her a force to reckon with in the industry. Laura uses the Nigerian, British and American curriculum in disseminating her music lectures and this is the reason why she is the most patronized music teacher in Nigeria and across West Africa. Laura also teaches music to adults up to the age of 70! Proving to all that anyone can learn music so long as the interest, time and energy are there. The benefits of music are awesome and adults can rewire their brains for higher achievements and rejuvenate the abilities of the brain by taking music lessons. In 2006, Laura won the the Star Quest Music Reality TV Show, with her band – Daccord; and went on a tour with Tu Baba, Tony Tetuilla, P-Square, The Natives and a host of other Nigerian music stars to the UK to perform at the MOBO awards. Her band, Daccord also went for a 10-city tour with a host of Nigerian music stars (Star Trek, 2006) and performed alongside Akon and LL Cool J at the Star Mega Jam, 2006. In 2011, Laura was awarded by the ex-Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN) for her successful NYSC music community projects carried out to benefit the secondary school students of the Surulere Community, in Lagos State, Nigeria. One of the projects included the audio and video recording of the popular song – Good People of Nigeria, which is mostly played on the 1st of October to commemorate the independence of Nigeria. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EOIdwOVtrc Watch the video documentary of my NYSC projects here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SncYCkyAOqg Laura is also well known for her bestselling book, Sing Like a Superstar, which has helped many singers, artistes, choristers, musicians, producers and choir directors to discover the true potential of their voices. The book is also accompanied by a downloadable voice training CD that has proved to build the voices of thousands of singers. In 2011, Laura became the first African woman to obtain a Master of Arts in Music Production from Leeds Beckett University, United Kingdom. She also holds a first degree in Geology from Delta State University, Abraka –Nigeria; and a number of diplomas in music. Laura has worked in several recording studios, taught and is still teaching music privately and in many nursery, primary and secondary schools. Laura is also very much in the business of training groups of singers and choristers. Laura is currently based in Lagos-Nigeria, teaching music production, instrument and singing classes.

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