Comprehensive Voice & Performance Program

Santa Barbara, CA


Three available tracks: 1. Recreational  2. Performing Arts Preparation  3. Choral Singing

Recreational Singing Track

YSC-specific building blocks for K-6th grade students in ALL of our Solo Voice Classes

We do the following for your children:

* Encourage good and healthy singing habits, including good posture, head voice, chest voice singing, diction work, introduction to breath support and breath management, exploring resonances, pitch, rhythms.

* Introduce methodical vocal scales and exercises.

* Give freedom to explore voice and stage freely and with guidance to boost confidence.

* Give freedom to make solo song choice.

* Show and rehearse choreography for solo and group songs.

* Give opportunities to perform in front of audience in various safe settings.

* Train practical and helpful microphone techniques.

* Foster memorizing and practice habits.

* Inspire expression and joy in performing for all abilities and levels of singing.

* Teach respectful audience manners and team support.

* Provide CDs with song suggestions with lyrics and with tracks without lyrics 


Performing Arts Preparation Track

Continued and expanded YSC-specific building blocks for 3rd-6th grade students

by audition in INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED Solo Voice Classes and Private Lessons

We do the following for your children:

* Provide one-on-one singing time to instruct as specifically and individually needed.

* Continue building overall healthy vocal and performance skill and technique, as well as musicianship.

* Expect singers to practice more frequently and to do some light homework, using a workbook.

* Vocal exercises and songs will very gradually become more sophisticated.

* Students will be singing songs from a variety of genres, including musical theater, jazz, and classical.

* Singers will participate in settings where they will be exposed to a larger selection of music, teachers and experiences. 

* Give age-appropriate and practical music theory, musicianship, and ear training lessons, using workbooks designed for singers.

* Teach beginning harmonizing.

* Expose singers to great artists of various genres.

* Encourage some piano and dance lessons, as well as participating in a full musical theater production during one summer of their elementary school years.

* Suggest purchase of sheet music with practice CDs.

* Provide field trip opportunities to concerts and musical theater events.

* Offer once yearly assessments (optional).

School GradeScales and ExercisesRepertoirePracticing

Music Theory * Eartraining ** Musicianship Musical Terms

Ensemble Singing Musical Theater

Extra-Curricular and Other

Three-note, triads, five note descending, arpeggios, simple diction, simple octaves, ng exercises

at least one Broadway song  two to three times per week  Introduction to staff, notes, pitches, rhythms, Solfege, intervals participate in group songs  attend one musical theater recital or show, take dance class for at least one semester

Same as 3rd and add: five-note agililty, more complex diction, octave to headvoice, more complex ng exercises

at least two Broadway songs, contrasting in style  three to four times per week  Hear "do" of key and some intervals, "do" through "sol" reading, time signatures,         Workbook Level 1   simple rounds attend musical theater recital or show, participate in one MTAC Monday eve recital, learn monologue

Same as 3rd and 4th and add intervals, chromatics, and major/minor

 at least one Jazz song and one Broadway song  three to four times per week  Hear major/minor, hear and sing intervals, Workbook Level 2  Harmonize simple 2-part Show attendance, Monday eve recital participation, attend vocal master class or workshop, learn monologue,

Same as 3-5th and add messa di voce, more complex diction and intervals, vocalises

 One musical theater audition song and one classical song, one duet  three to five times per week Keys, Syncopation, chromatics, intervals, Workbook Level 3  Harmonize 2 part Attend one classical recital, participate in MTAC Festival recital, attend master class or workshop,

add more challenging vocalises and arpeggios

Broadway and classical  four to five times per week  Workbook Level 3 or 4  Harmonize   Attend and participate in recitals and concerts regularly

work through Dave Jones vocalises and lessons

Broadway and classical   four to five times per week  Workbook Level 3-5 Harmonize  Attend and participatein recitals regularly 
9-11th continue as individually needed  Broadway and classical  daily  Workbook Level 3-8 Harmonize 3-4 part

Attend and participate in  recitals regularly 

Certificate of Merit option


continue as individually needed

 Audition songs  daily Workbook Level 6+   Harmonize 3-5 part  Certificate of Merit

*  We will use Sarah Sandvig's Music Theory for Singers, various levels

* * Sight reading book for all four years will be Audrey Snyder's "The Sight Singer"  - more information