A professional singer is able to combine all his skills into a performance
with what seems to be hardly any effort. These skills are: Technique, Style and
performance. Based on what you want to achieve, together we will work on these skills.
Info for all singers.
Are you about to start your singing journey or have you been singing for
some time already? This info will tell you what we work on in our sessions...
For your technical training we make use of the Estill voice training system.
Scroll down on this page for some extra info on that system.
Singing a pop song requires a different vocal setup and voice quality to for instance opera or rap.
That's why we work on voice qualities when training your understanding and skills
within one or multiple styles.
Of course training voice qualities isn't the only thing we focus on when training style.
Rhythm, dynamics or diction are equally important when training style.
Your technical skills are crucial to enable you to adapt to any style.
When training style you will always have a factor called taste. Although we will work on
style, we will never present our taste as fact or technique! Your taste is what
will determine artistic choices. We will always try to give you multiple angles to
any style questions.
Performance and style are inseparable. The performance of a rapper compared to that of a
performer in a big Broadway show is different as is the style of singing.
To develop an understanding of what it is to perform in one or multiple styles,
you can analyse these styles. Then ask yourself: What is that you like, what is it that
you don't like so much?
Storytelling is a big part of performing. What is this or your song
really about. How do you want to tell that story to your audience? Good story telling
influences every part of your performance and stylistic choices.
Although we get inspiration from looking to other, performance is all about what
you bring to the table!
Professionals require specific and detailed coaching. We'll help you with
things like range, stamina, vocal function and vocal health.
Club tours, theatre tours, studio sessions, promotional tours or an album
release are often time-consuming and/or cause voice fatigue. This results in
loss of range or voice quality. We will help you to develop the skills needed to get through
any of these professional challenges and at the same time resolve any current issue.
Having a technical basis is without a doubt important for any professional voice user.
Are you experiencing trouble with your technique? We'll make sure to help you
with very specific questions or any technical development.
We use the Estill voice training system to get that done. Scroll down a little on
this page to get more information on Estill.
ESTILL VOICE TRAINING
“How am I doing this” is the question that started the journey of Jo
Estill in creating the Estill Voice Training System.
She ended her professional singing career and enrolled at the University
at the age of 45 to start her research. That research became the basis
of the Estill System. A system that explains how the voice works based on facts,
has no aesthetic bias and cares deeply about vocal health.
The Voice is muscular, in other words: Voice is made by muscles. Estill Voice
Training helps us identifying those muscles and their corresponding functions.
We use this system in all of our sessions enabling you to become aware
of where those muscles are located, and how to train them.
Not only does this make your voice training very precise and meaningful,
it also makes communication between teacher and student very clear.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Yes! Everyone is welcome to take singing classes with us anytime.
Yes! Everyone can learn how to take control over their voice during
singing (and speaking for that matter). Will you become the new
renowned singer? Maybe, but there's more to becoming a professional singer than
just being able to sing.
No! Although we get your reservation when it comes to style changes.
We are aware that there are vocal techniques that focus more on style and
not so much on vocal ability.
We will never give you stylistic advise unless you specifically ask for it.
We'll also never present you something that sounds like a technical improvement but is actually
a stylistic change!
It is very important to never let a teacher decide what ultimately should be your artistic choices.
A teacher may present an option but in the end it's your choice that is leading!
Yes! We offer a trial lesson of 30 minutes. The cost of a trial lesson
is € 20,00.
In your trial lesson we'll of course sing a song but we'll also explain
what we can offer you and give you a few tips and tricks along the way.
Yes. Being well prepared for an audition will improve your chance to
get the job. We have extended experience in prepping singers for auditions
for conservatoires, theatre shows, tv shows etc.
Contact us, so we can tell you how we can help you prepare.
Voice Studio Roel Bakkum was founded in 2011 and has since become a
well-known studio for voice training in Amsterdam. Our mission:
let everyone experience the strength of voice technique and the power of performance.
The studio started in a small room but has grown to a studio where people are training their voice 7 days per week.
To make sure you receive the best possible training, our team is constantly
developing their own knowledge and skills. Roel has trained in London as
part of his Estill Qualification for the past 4 years. Besides his training,
he has taught at conservatoires such as Mountview and Bird College. Aniek is currently
in her third year of that same study. Anne is currently training to get
her qualification as a speech-language therapist adding even more
angles to our voice training.
“I've been taking singing classes with Roel for more then 1 year now.
First of all the studio is very nice. It's near central station and it's a big studio with a piano in the middle.
Roel is very enthousiastic and involved with his students.
He adjusts the class to the wants and needs of the student.
For example, I've been auditioning at dance/ musical academies during the past few months. We've been working towards these auditions for a while and and Roel really prepared me for it and made me feel more confident.
Besides all this he has great knowledge of the voice and always finds ways to make you understand the techniques.
I would highly recommend taking Roel his classes. You will learn A LOT!”
Julie Henriette from Amsterdam
About Zangstudio Roel Bakkum
Sign up for singing classes in Amsterdam at Zangstudio Roel Bakkum.
We offer private singing classes, voice training, group singing classes
and audition preparition. We are opened 7 days a week.