Vocal Warmups Review & Giveaway!


As you can tell by the blog title, I’m both a piano and a voice teacher. Over the past several years, I’ve made it a priority to further my education via well written teaching blogs and magazines. New and interesting piano resources are generally easy to find.

Vocal resources? Not so much. Unless you’d like to sign up for expensive monthly or even yearly payments, well-made and reasonably priced vocal resources are generally  much harder to find.

That’s why I’m so thrilled to introduce you to

a fresh new blog that entered the scene last year.


Meet Janelle Laarakker, the creator of The Vibrant Vocalist. Janelle is a soprano, pianist, and composer. She completed her Grade 10 Royal Conservatory of Music certificates in both piano and voice, achieving First Class Honors, and is now completing a degree in Vocal Performance from Wilfrid Laurier University in Ontario.

Her blog, The Vibrant Vocalist, is an up-and-coming resource for voice teachers and vocalists. Over the past several months she’s featured a number of free resources, several of which I’ve been implementing in my studio.

Earlier this month, Janelle gave me the opportunity

to work with a brand new resource that she created

to “shake up” the typical student warm-up routine:

Vocal Technique in a Jar

If you’re looking for some fresh warm-ups for your students, this is a great resource. Janelle even offers a sneak peak of the exercises in her blog post. Here’s a snapshot of one of the exercise samples:

samplevoiceThe Specs:

  • 20 different vocal exercisethat focus on developing dynamics, clear articulations, and breath control.
  • Exercises use a variety of different vowels and feature interesting rhythms.
  • Studio Licensing so that you can reproduce the warmups for your entire studio.
  • Unique Instructions to help students learn a few exercises each week.
  • At only $5, this is a really great resource!

How Does it Work?

Here are the Vibrant Vocalist’s Instructions:

The Basic Idea: The teacher selects a number of exercises to tuck into the student’s jar each week, and every day when warming up the student draws one (or several) exercises from the jar to practice.

For more advanced singers with the ability to read music, the exercises I choose to put in their jars remains a surprise until they go home to practice. They learn the exercises independently, and at their next lesson we review the exercises together and discuss improvement strategies. Every week I add a few new exercises, until the student has gradually mastered all 20. I ask these students to draw three exercises from the jar each day.

For younger singers, we review the exercises I select before I place them in the jar, so that they are familiar with them before practicing alone at home. I generally trade old exercises for new exercises every couple of weeks, so that they do not become overwhelmed. I ask these singers to draw one or two exercises from the jar each day.

My Variation: Since most of my voice students just carry their books and binders (no bag), I’m using these warmups a little differently. Rather than putting them in a jar, I’ve printed them on card stock, and put them onto lobster clasp key rings so that we can change them out easily each week. The key rings can be clipped to the inside of a 3-ring binder. I’ll try to upload a picture of this in action later this week!

The Giveaway

On Friday, February 20th , I will be giving away one FREE copy of the Vocal Technique in a Jar. Entering the Giveaway is simple. There are 3 Ways that you can enter. (Complete all 3 tasks for more opportunities to win!)

  1. LIKE the Vibrant Vocalist on Facebook and comment here to let me know you’ve completed your task!
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  3. Leave a Comment with an idea about how YOU would use Vocal Technique in a Jar in your studio!

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