Your Voice is an Instrument

Your Voice is an Instrument

Did you know your whole body is involved in playing music? Not just your fingers or vocal cords! When playing an instrument, your body becomes an extension of that instrument. Your fingers pluck strings or press keys, your mouth forms correct embouchure, your posture and breath work together to create control and tone. Your feet tap out a rhythm. Your mind, emotions, facial expressions, and focus all contribute to the music you are playing.

If you’re a vocalist, your body is your instrument! Planting your feet and standing strong without locking your knees creates stability, support, and confidence. When you breathe, your diaphragm muscle engages below your lungs, allowing the lungs to fill up with the breath you need to sustain your sound. The breath then releases through your respiratory system, activating energy and vibrations through your vocal cords and producing sound. That sound then resonates through your chest, mouth, and nasal cavity, changing with every movement of vowel and consonant to create tone, texture, volume, and beauty. Your facial expression and body movements tell the story of the song.

Then there’s the brain and how your mindset and emotions effect your sound. If you’re nervous, shy, or overly critical of yourself, your sound may be quiet, under-supported, or sound “pinched.” If you’re confident and comfortable, energetic and focused, your sound will improve exponentially. If you’re afraid of cracks and squeaks, you’ll tense up and they will happen. But if you come open minded and ready to try anything, you’ll find more success. Many times your own mindset is the only thing truly holding you back from growth as a musician.

It is so important to keep all of these things in mind as you study music. If you’re tired or not giving energy to your craft and allowing your body to reflect this during a lesson or performance, your sound will suffer, your technique will suffer, and you won’t be rehearsing or performing at your best. Try it next time – engage your strength, practice with poise and energy, breathe deeply, and focus your mind. I promise you’ll see, hear, and feel a great difference.

Happy singing, friends!

Jesusa Pons-Garner

I’ve had both my children attend lessons at this location. The staff is absolutely wonderful. Mrs. Amber is an incredible piano instructor!

Jesusa Pons-Garner / parent
Jennifer Ortega

San Antonio Music Academy is very well organized. My daughter's piano teacher is wonderful! She's been taking lessons for 5 months and looks forward to each lesson. I really enjoy the recitals at the LOL Comedy Club.

Jennifer Ortega / parent
Esmeralda Saavedra

My daughter has been registered here since she was 7. Each instructor she’s had has been very friendly and great to work with. Currently she has lessons with Ms Maria and we are so grateful for her and the entire SAMA staff. I can’t recommend enough.

Esmeralda Saavedra / parent
Elio Maldonado Jr.

Jacob was an excellent guitar instructor. He was patient and prepared. I definitely recommend him to any person wanting to learn guitar.

Elio Maldonado Jr. / parent
Crystal Reyes

We absolutely  San Antonio Music Academy!!! All 3 of my children take lessons and they love it. My daughter Taylor has really improved her vocal abilities with the help of a wonderful vocal teacher.

Crystal Reyes / parent
Steve Dell

San Antonio Music Academy is awesome, my son loves the guitar lessons and is super excited to attend every week! He started with zero experience and progressed surprisingly fast. Randy is an amazingly talented guitarist/teacher. He is very patient, yet knows how to push students to the next level. Highly recommend all the instructors, the staff is great!

Steve Dell / parent
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