FAQ'S about the FULL VOICE Workbooks
Why is there no repertoire included in the FULL VOICE Workbooks?
Choosing age and ability appropriate repertoire is one of the most challenging issues for any vocal music teacher.
There are so many factors to consider when choosing songs for your singers that it is truly impossible for us (anyone) to pick songs that would compliment even a small percentage of the singers using the Workbooks. We also wanted to develop a resource that was free of any musical genre biases, and let teachers and students with their own unique musical preferences get full value from the workbooks.
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Why do the FULL VOICE Workbooks use tonic sol-fa? (moveable DO)?
We feel that tonic sol-fa is one of the most useful and effective learning tools for singers of all ages. Using tonic sol-fa instead of teaching by rote (ear) helps singers develop confidence right from the very first lessons as they learn to sing unaccompanied (rather than singing along with the piano and/or the teacher) There are endless tonic sol-fa games and activities to engage your singers (check out our flashcard games on YOUTUBE) Moveable DO establishes the concept of relative pitch. The visual nature of this system helps singers to understand basic to advance theory and ear training concepts. Tonic sol-fa is not just for your young singers. Vocal examination and assessment programs encourage the use of this system to assist singers in the ear and sight singing part of the exams. Most post secondary music programs also use this system.
Can I use the FULL VOICE Workbooks with adult students?
Yes. Many teachers do. Keep in mind that the workbooks were researched and developed, (and tested, reorganized, focus grouped, tested again) for use with young singers. So the pacing of the workbooks may or may not be optimal for your adult students. (If you are working with adults - we recommend starting with level One - not the introductory level.) We do have plans for a FULL VOICE for Adult student Workbook - no immediate release date.
Can I photocopy the books for my students?
You can only photocopy the workbooks if you have a classroom/choral license. Our Licensing program is easy and extremely affordable and it allows teachers with large vocal music classrooms or choirs to use the FULL VOICE Workbooks in their programs. Licensing is not available for private teachers.
What will happen to me if I photocopy your workbooks without a license?
Karma. Nasty, uncomfortable itching and serious life long issues with guilt.
Do the FULL VOICE Workbooks help prepare students for vocal examinations/assessments?
Absolutely! However, teachers need to refer the official examination syllabus to make sure that their students are properly prepared. We are not officially affiliated with any organizations.
Are the FULL VOICE Workbooks only for students studying classical music?
HECK NO! The Full Voice Workbooks compliment any and all types of music. Pop, Musical Theatre, Country...whatever!
When will Level Four be released?
There will be a level four...when that will be, we are not sure...there are no immediate plans right now.
What is a good age to start singing lessons?
We encourage private voice lessons as young as five and six years old. The introductory level Workbook was specifically developed for this age group. However, Voice Teachers who work with young singers are really special and sometimes hard to find. (It really depends on the teaching philosophy of the teacher.) Young singers need the right teacher and enormous parental support - but they are ready for vocal lessons!
I have more questions...can I contact you?
Yes please! You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the FULL VOICE MUSIC office at 905-297-0284. We are in the office from 10AM to 2PM Monday to Friday. (And sometimes Saturdays too...) Or you can fill in this handy form >>>>>