Vocal Instruction Classes

Have you ever used your hairbrush as a microphone, or been caught wailing along with the radio while stopped at a red light? This class was made for you! You’ll develop technique and build repertoire for any vocal style – music theatre, gospel, pop, jazz – the choice is yours. Not sure which style to sing? We’ll help you choose the songs that best suit your voice, as well as offer suggestions on repertoire. Vocal classes are taught one on one by Erynn Brook, and Linette Doherty which means each student can focus on their specific needs. Whether you’re just beginning, or if you’ve got a big audition coming up, this half hour class is tailored to you! You’ll learn proper breathing technique, and exercises to expand your range, help you control your pitch, and use the dynamics of your voice to deliver a powerful performance. Proper technique allows you greater artistic freedom, and you’ll learn how to support your voice in order to be able to fully express yourself through song. You’ll also develop an understanding of rhythm, musicianship, timing, and basic music theory, including how to read music. All while singing the songs you love!

What do I wear?

While specific clothing is not required for this class, singers need to be able to breathe and move freely, so dress comfortably – a loose fitting T–shirt with a pair of comfortable pants is ideal. Tight fitting clothing can restrict movement and interfere with proper breathing technique, while oversized clothing makes it difficult to see the body – these should be avoided unless they are part of a specific costume. Street shoes are not to be worn through the dance studio; students may bring a pair of indoor use shoes to wear in the vocal studio. Long hair should be kept out of the face while singing.

You’ll be given a folder to keep music in; please bring it with you to each class. If you lose it, you are responsible for replacing it, as loose pages of music will not be handed out to students without suitable folders. Gum, food, and drinks are not permitted in the studio, but students are encouraged to bring a water bottle to stay hydrated – especially important when you’re singing.

Who can register?

 For the serious singer with aspirations of performing, or for anyone who enjoys singing. Age 6 to adult. Students need to have the discipline and the focus for a one on one class, and since much of the work to memorize their piece must be done at home, students should also have the ability and the desire to practice on their own (please inform teachers about any difficulties with reading). We also have Musical Theatre classes for those interested in singing and performing in a group setting. 

How to register

There are three ways to register for our classes: In person, Online or By mail.

In person: please come by any time during studio hours; see schedule.

Online: there are two ways of registering for a class at The S.P.A.C.E. online:
    1. Buy classes online by clicking Buy Classes Now below.
    2. Print and complete registration form by clicking Download Registration Form, then scan and email to linette@the-space.ca with payment (VISA, Mastercard, or email money transfer).

By mail: print and complete registration form and mail along with payment (VISA, Mastercard, cheques) to:

The S.P.A.C.E. 1324 Danforth Avenue,
Toronto Ontario, M4J 1M9.

1. Our season runs from September to June, and is divided into two terms; students registered for the full season have priority over new students for placement in Term II.
2. Classes are limited to 12 students, and may be combined or cancelled due to insufficient registration.
3. We have two shows – a small Christmas show, and a full scale show in June. Additional costume fees are required for the June show, and there is a charge for tickets. We also arrange for professional photos to be purchased, if desired.
4. A non-refundable registration fee of $30 is required to reserve placement. All fees (including post dated cheques) must be received with registration. Additional payment plans are subject to an administrative fee of $15. A $35 charge will be added to any NSF cheque, and a late charge of $10 per month will be added to unpaid balances. Receipts are issued at the beginning of each term; there is a $15 administrative fee should you require an additional copy.
5. Full refunds of unused class fees will be issued up until the 3rd class of the term. There will be no refunds after the 4th class, or for classes missed due to lateness, absence, or being unable to participate in class for any reason.
6. Our staff is made up of working industry professionals. We may schedule make up classes or substitute teachers if staff members are absent due to professional obligations.
7. We do not schedule make up classes for scheduled studio closures or student absences. Please inform teachers in advance of lateness or absence, when possible.
8. Everyone is expected to be on time and follow the Dress Code, which helps ensure everyone’s safety. Those who are late or unprepared may be asked to observe class only.

ALL Classes: Hair must be tied back off the face and neck, and jewellery removed. No jeans (as they restrict movement), oversized clothing (since we must see the body to ensure proper technique), or street shoes may be worn in class. Gum, food, and drinks are not permitted in the studios (water bottles only).

Ballet: Girls – black leotard, pink tights, soft pink ballet slippers (teacher will advise if pointe shoes are required). Please secure hair in a bun. Boys – white T–shirt, black fitted dance pants/bike shorts, soft black ballet shoes.

Jazz/Hip Hop and Musical Theatre: Leotard or fitted T–shirt, dance pants or sweat pants. Black jazz slippers or dance sneakers.

Tap: Leotard or fitted T–shirt, dance pants or sweatpants. Hard black tap shoes with low square heel.

When is the class?

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

9:15-10:00

Parents
+
Babies

3:00-10:00

Individual
Vocal

1/2 hr each

9:00-9:45

Creative
Movement

3 YRS

10:00-10:45

Parents
+
Tots

4:00-5:30

EL
Musical
Theatre

4:00-5:00

SR
Acting

9:45-10:30

Creative
Movement

4-5 YRS

4:30-5:30

BEG/JR
Tap

4:00-5:15

SR
Jazz
Hip Hop

5:00-6:00

JR
Jazz
Hip Hop

4:00-5:15

SR
Jazz
Hip Hop

5:00-6:30

EL
Ballet
grade 3/4

10:30-11:30

BEG
Ballet

5:30-6:15

Creative
Movement

3-5 years

5:15-6:30

EL/SR
Ballet

5:30-7:00

BEG
Musical
Theatre

5:15-6:30

EL/SR
Ballet

6:30-7:15

Stretch
open

11:30-12:30

BEG
Jazz
Hip Hop

6:15-7:15

Adult
Tap

6:30-7:30

EL
Jazz
Hip Hop

6:30-8:00

JR
Musical
Theatre

6:30-7:30

EL
Jazz
Hip Hop

6:30-7:30

JR
Ballet
grade 1

12:30-1:30

JR
Jazz
Hip Hop

7:15-8:15

Adult
Ballet

7:30-8:45

EL/SR
Tap

7:30-9:00

SR
Musical
Theatre

 7:30-8:45

Lyrical
Contemporary
open

7:30-9:00

SR
Ballet
intermediate

1:30-3:00

JR
Musical
Theatre

8:15-9:15

Adult
Jazz
Hip Hop

8:30-10:00

Adult
Musical
Theatre

2:00-3:00

JR
Ballet
grade 1

 

Beginner (BEG) - ages 6-8; Ballet = Cecchetti method grade 1 prep


Junior (JR)
- ages 9-11; Ballet = Grades 1-3 Cecchetti method

Elementary (EL) - ages 12 & up; Ballet = Grades 3-6 Cecchetti method
 
Senior (SR) - ages 12 & up; with sufficient prior experience; Ballet includes pointe
 
Adult - open recreational classes, all levels
 
 

      = NEW CLASSES / TIME!

3:00-4:30

EL
Ballet
grade 3/4

4:30-6:00

SR
Ballet
intermediate

3:00-6:00

Individual
Vocal
1/2 hr each

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