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Open Registration Classes

All classes are held online using Zoom

Open to All Singers, ages 13+
(Some classes require prior vocal lessons, experience, or training)

 
SPECIAL FEATUREEXTRA help and support between weekly class sessions!

Class participation also includes free membership to a private Facebook group for each class, where Heidi will communicate class agendas, distribute general class information, assign group practice partners, make class-related posts, and will actively answer any questions students may have between classes with live video “pop-ins”

Additional Optional Free mid-week Zoom “Tune-in/Tune-up” sessions for students who want even more 1-on-1 help!

BONUS: All classes are recorded and made available to each student to view/download for practice between classes

Winter 2021 Belting Technique: Phase I

What else will you need?

  • All students must have their own laptop or desktop computer with Zoom installed, a webcam, and a high-speed internet connection.
  • Earbuds or headphones are required, preferably wireless (or with a 6 to 10 foot long cord).
  • For the best quality online voice lessons, Skokstudio knows students will additionally need an external USB microphone, a mic pop-filter, and wireless over-ear headphones. Skokstudio has carefully selected this equipment and conveniently bundled it all together as the Enhanced Online Equipment Toolkit.  We make  this available to students to purchase at retail cost, but also offer it as a free rental to students who make the decision to Enroll during or after this class.
  • Students pay only the class tuition fee in full at the time of signing up for the class. There is no additional registration fee to start up, and no agreement to sign to take Open Registration classes.
Winter 2021 Belting Technique: Phase I

How do you apply?

  • Scroll down the page to take a look at our Open Registration Class offerings.
  • Pick one that fits your development level and click the “Register Now” button.
  • You will next be redirected to the Skokstudio Scheduling site, where you will first complete an online questionnaire about yourself and your vocal background.
  • Then you will checkout through a secure shopping cart, where we accept all major credit cards for payment.
  • Once you complete checkout, you will receive email confirmation of the class seat reservation.
  • In the confirmation email you will also receive a link to schedule a separate  brief “Zoom Check-up” appointment with the studio technology manager.
  • The “Zoom Check-up” is required to be completed prior to the first class to make sure that your Zoom settings are correct .
  • The Studio Manager will be in contact with you in the next 24 – 48 hours after registration for the class to confirm your attendance and to help prepare you for the online the class.

Fall 2021

Class Offerings

 

First Fall Session 

SEPTEMBER 24 – OCTOBER 30 

Belting Vocal Technique

Foundation concepts of chest voice will be taught along with individual custom exercises. Includes basics of chest dominance, connecting to the breath, and production of a solid chest voice that does not include the throat but that does include a piece of head voice. Students will be able to bring the lower chest tones successfully into a higher register without strain. A song list is provided with over 75 songs for the singers from which to choose but songs can also be added with the approval of the instructor.

Six weeks,  90-minute online class each week via Zoom (Nine total in-class hours).
Plus: up to three total hours of additional optional mid-week 15-minute Zoom “check-ins” between classes! 

Maximum class size: 4 students

Class meets on Fridays at 6:00pm EST
First class session is Friday, September 24, 2021 at 6:00pm EST 

Class Dates: 

  1. September 24, 2021 at 6:00pm EST
  2. October 1 , 2021 at 6:00pm EST
  3. October 8, 2021 at 6:00pm EST
  4. October 15, 2021 at 6:00pm EST
    5. October 22, 2021 at 6:00pm EST
    6. October 29, 2021 at 6:00pm EST
  • A Trial Lesson may be required prior to taking this class.
  • Students age 18+ must have completed 1 to 3 years of prior regular weekly lessons 
  • Students under 18 years old may only be considered by special admission or after completing 3+ years of lessons

Advanced Belting Vocal Technique

This is a continuation of the Belting Vocal Technique class, where advanced concepts of chest voice will be taught along with individual custom exercises that implement a yoga stability ball*. Includes further development of chest dominance, connecting to the breath, and production of a solid chest voice that does not include the throat but that does include a piece of head voice. A song list is provided with over 75 songs for the singers from which to choose but songs can also be added with the approval of the instructor.
*Students who do not have a yoga stability ball can request one for an additional fee or must purchase on their own.

VIRTUAL CONCERT
Advanced Belting Students will also then perform their songs at the end of the class in a Virtual Concert as an opportunity for singers to perform online and to demonstrate their new belting ability for family and friends! The Virtual Concert will be live-streamed to the Skokstudio Vocal Instruction YouTube channel. 

Six weeks,  90-minute online class each week via Zoom (Nine total in-class hours).
Plus: up to three total hours of additional optional mid-week 15-minute Zoom “check-ins” between classes! 

Maximum class size: 4 students
Class meets on Saturdays at 1:00pm EST
First class session is Saturday, September 25, 2021 at 1:00pm EST

Class Dates:

  1. September 25, 2021 at 1:00pm EST
  2. October 2 , 2021 at 1:00pm EST
  3. October 9, 2021 at 1:00pm EST
  4. October 16, 2021 at 1:00pm EST
    5. October 23, 2021 at 1:00pm EST
    6. October 30, 2021 at 1:00pm EST
  • Students must have already taken the first Belting Vocal Technique Class as a prerequisite, or must be able to demonstrate a high level ability to belt already to be admitted. 
  • Students age 18+ must have completed 1 to 3 years of prior regular weekly lessons or already possess an advanced vocal ability
  • Students under 18 years old may only be considered by special admission or after completing 3+ years of lessons

Second Fall Session 

NOVEMBER 5 – DECEMBER 18 

Belting Vocal Technique

Foundation concepts of chest voice will be taught along with individual custom exercises. Includes basics of chest dominance, connecting to the breath, and production of a solid chest voice that does not include the throat but that does include a piece of head voice. Students will be able to bring the lower chest tones successfully into a higher register without strain. A song list is provided with over 75 songs for the singers from which to choose but songs can also be added with the approval of the instructor.

Six weeks,  90-minute online class each week via Zoom (Nine total in-class hours).
Plus: up to three total hours of additional optional mid-week 15-minute Zoom “check-ins” between classes! 

Maximum class size: 4 students

Class meets on Fridays at 6:00pm EST
First class session is Friday, November 5, 2021 at 6:00pm EST 

Class Dates: 

  1. November 5, 2021 at 6:00pm EST
  2. November 12, 2021 at 6:00pm EST
  3. November 19, 2021 at 6:00pm EST
    November 26, 2021  **NO CLASS**
  4. December 3, 2021 at 6:00pm EST
  5. December 10, 2021 at 6:00pm EST
    6. December 17, 2021 at 6:00pm EST
  • A Trial Lesson may be required prior to taking this class.
  • Students age 18+ must have completed 1 to 3 years of prior regular weekly lessons 
  • Students under 18 years old may only be considered by special admission or after completing 3+ years of lessons

Advanced Belting Vocal Technique

This is a continuation of the Belting Vocal Technique class, where advanced concepts of chest voice will be taught along with individual custom exercises that implement a yoga stability ball*. Includes further development of chest dominance, connecting to the breath, and production of a solid chest voice that does not include the throat but that does include a piece of head voice. A song list is provided with over 75 songs for the singers from which to choose but songs can also be added with the approval of the instructor.
*Students who do not have a yoga stability ball can request one for an additional fee or must purchase on their own.

VIRTUAL CONCERT
Advanced Belting Students will also then perform their songs at the end of the class in a Virtual Concert as an opportunity for singers to perform online and to demonstrate their new belting ability for family and friends! The Virtual Concert will be live-streamed to the Skokstudio Vocal Instruction YouTube channel. 

Six weeks,  90-minute online class each week via Zoom (Nine total in-class hours).
Plus: up to three total hours of additional optional mid-week 15-minute Zoom “check-ins” between classes! 

Maximum class size: 4 students
Class meets on Saturdays at 1:00pm EST
First class session is Saturday, November 6, 2021 at 1:00pm EST

Class Dates: 

  1. November 6, 2021 at 1:00pm EST
  2. November 13, 2021 at 1:00pm EST
  3. November 20, 2021 at 1:00pm EST
    November 27, 2021  **NO CLASS**
  4. December 4, 2021 at 1:00pm EST
  5. December 11, 2021 at 1:00pm EST
    6. December 18, 2021 at 1:00pm EST
  • Students must have already taken the first Belting Vocal Technique Class as a prerequisite, or must be able to demonstrate a high level ability to belt already to be admitted. 
  • Students age 18+ must have completed 1 to 3 years of prior regular weekly lessons or already possess an advanced vocal ability
  • Students under 18 years old may only be considered by special admission or after completing 3+ years of lessons

BELTING VOCAL TECHNIQUE

STUDENT GALLERY

WINTER 2021 BELTING TECHNIQUE PHASE I CLASS

Spring 2021 Belting Technique: Phase I Class
Spring 2021 Belting Technique: Phase II

SUMMER BELTING TECHNIQUE PHASE II
AND
SUMMER BELTING TECHNIQUE PHASE III
GALLERY PHOTOS
COMING SOON!

Spring and Summer 2021 Belting Vocal Technique Students Speak Up About Their Experiences!

“I had a wonderful experience in the Belting 1 Class. Heidi has a genuine, unaffected warmth and is committed to seeing her students succeed. With Heidi’s guidance, I’ve discovered a whole new sound and can access a part of my voice that had previously felt closed off. I’m excited to continue with the next course!”

Teri Kowiak

Professional Singer, Voice Instructor, www.terikowiak.com

This class helped me gain much more confidence in belting because I learned how to do it with the proper technique. These skills have opened a new door of opportunities. I believe that I am now one step closer to being a more versatile singer.”

Samantha Stack

Student of Vocal Performance at Bowling Green State University

“Heidi’s belting class helped me discover a completely new and wonderful part of my voice.  Not only has it been a fun discovery to know that I have the ability to belt and now sing along with all my favorite rock songs, but this new training has immensely helped improve my singing overall.”

Luana Berger

Vocalist

"This class has really helped me connect to my lower breathing like nothing else has. I have actually gained more power in my voice working the lower breathing and belting technique. Opera singers, especially sopranos, often neglect the lower range as the repertoire sits higher, however the voice is better balanced when worked at both ends. And I mean really worked and not just passing over the lower range in a few exercises. Truly beneficial workshop. Loved it! Heidi is a skilled and insightful vocal coach with years of experience. She really understands the voice."

Elisabeth Rundlette De Simone

Voice Teacher at International School of Siena

“The belting courses I have taken with Skokstudio have been immensely beneficial to understanding my voice from both an anatomical and emotional perspective. The skills taught in these lessons are holistic, in that the approach focuses first and foremost on how the voice feels inside the body and once the placement is correct, making adjustments as needed to the tone and inflection of the sound. This technique is beneficial as it helps to build both a singer’s belt and also strengthen the head voice, creating a refined sound from the top of the range to the bottom.

Riley Scharf

Vocalist, Member of vocal duo "In Fine Leather, www.infineleather.com

Questions about the Belting Classes?

 

Contact the Studio Manager, Jim for more information at: scheduling@skokstudio.org

or call 440-290-8893