Friday, November 16, 2012

TOS Review: Vocal Coach

When asked recently what she wants to do when she is older, Super Girl surprised me by saying she wants to be a Christian recording artist.  She has always loved music and singing, but she has never expressed an interest in sharing it with others in a professional manner.  This is definitely something she is drawn to currently, however, because she has expressed this desire to several people now.  The opportunity to use the Vocal Coach Singer program was one that I felt would benefit her and help her get a little closer to her dreams.

From the Vocal Coach website:
Chris & Carole Beatty, creators and founder of Vocal Coach, have taught and coached thousands of singers, young and old for over 40 years.
Vocal Coach is built on their passion for training the singers of today and tomorrow through their time-tested, million-selling products as well as in the Vocal Coach Voice Studio in Brentwood TN.
Vocal Coach Singer includes:

7 Training CDs:

  • Getting Started
  • Complete Breathing
  • Complete Warm-Up
  • Complete Tone
  • Complete Expanding Your Range
  • Complete Diction
  • Complete Performance

4 Workout CDs:

  • Daily Workout High Voice 1 & 2
  • Daily Workout Medium/Low Voice 1 & 2

Plus these great educational tools:

  • Guidebook – Full-size Instructional Guidebook to Ensure Success
  • Printable Lead Sheets – each exercise in our course, plus track lists
  • Personal Singer's Journal (Getting Started Journal & Workout Journal) to Track Your Progress
  • Vocal Coach Song Evaluation – Evaluation form to enable you to make more intelligent song selections
The retail price for the CD version is $119.99.  However, we received the MP3 version, which retails for $99.99.  Frankly, I feel that it is worth it to pay the extra $20 for the hard copy, as there is still the book to print out, and because honestly, it was a little overwhelming.  I found it confusing, trying to figure out where to begin with all the files. It was a bit easier once I printed all the papers out and got them in order.  However, then Super Girl was stuck working on the exercises at the computer.  I tried to load them onto my Kindle Fire so that she could do them in private, but it doesn't like MP3s.  I kept wishing we had the CDs, since I was going to have to burn the files onto CDs anyhow.  

The exercises seem to be benefiting Super Girl.  She has not had the experience of being in school choir, which is where both Mr. Man and I learned proper singing techniques, as well as warm-ups.  She definitely plans to keep working through the materials.  Obviously, nothing is as good as one-on-one instruction and feed-back from a voice teacher.  However, I think that Vocal Coach Singer can definitely help the aspiring singer that cannot afford on-going singing lessons, or are not sure they are that serious about it.  Though, if your family is like ours, and your computers are all in "public" areas, you will probably want to get the CD version, so that the exercises may be done in private!


***Disclaimer:  I received Vocal Coach Singer in exchange for my review through the Schoolhouse Review Crew.  All opinions are my own.

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