Singing is a talent children can practice anytime, anywhere (as you know all too well), so refine those pipes in weekly voice lessons. Besides making every car ride more … dramatic, singing has been shown to reduce anxiety and stress; in fact, choral singing actually releases endorphins and fosters team-first attitudes — and that’s definitely worth singing about. Sign your child up for group or private lessons at one of these Dallas-Fort Worth studios.
Katie Parr Music Academy of Southlake is churning out future artists every year thanks to Katie Parr’s proprietary voice curriculum tailored to students in pre-K to eighth grade. In private voice lessons, students learn to project, hit high notes, match pitch and build the confidence needed to perform for an audience. Once students pass basic voice lessons 1–3, they have the opportunity to audition for Parr’s Concert Tours where, if chosen, they will perform with other academy artists at local venues in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Past tours include performances at Six Flags Over Texas and the Dallas Holiday Parade. Call, email or visit the website to schedule your child’s first lesson.
Cost: $149 per month
When: Tuesday evenings 6–6:30pm; Saturday afternoons 3–4pm
Where: 2012 E. State Highway 114, Southlake, 817/793-6398
Instead of following cookie-cutter lesson plans, students ages 6 and older devise their own at North Texas’ amped up music school For Those About To Rock. On the first day of private lessons, voice students bring to class a favorite song and vocal coach DC Davis walks them through the tune measure by measure. Weekly lessons focus on reading sheet music, staying on key and belting with precision and safety. Once these skills are mastered, kids take it to the stage at one of the four gigs coaches book every year. They also group students who are comfortable — singers and proficient guitar players or drummers — into bands that play in front of live audiences (and admiring moms and dads) at the House of Blues and other Dallas-Fort Worth venues and festivals.
Cost: $159 per month
When: Appointments available Mon–Thur, 3–9pm
Where: 985 N. Carroll Ave., Southlake, 817/442-9345
Send small crooners with an affinity for Broadway tunes, hymns, pop or jazz numbers to McKinney Piano and Voice Academy, whose owner and vocal coach Margarita Groysman has 20 years of experience directing children’s choirs and musicals. In weekly 30–60 minute private lessons at her home studio, students ages 5 and older expand their range and perfect crescendos and decrescendos in preparation for school talent shows, city festivals, Broadway musicals at the McKinney Performing Arts Center and the End-of-School Spring Recital and Halloween Show, where they receive prizes and certificates. First lesson is free for new students; sign up online.
Cost: From $150 per month
Where: 1836 W. Virginia St., Suite 205, McKinney, 972/867-7557
Brittnee Belt (whose voice you may hear in theme songs on Nickelodeon and Netflix) and her Pink Couch Studio team prepare students ages 4 and older of all experience levels to showcase their talent at more than 100 festivals and venues throughout the year. In 30- or 60-minute private lessons, students practice exercises to strengthen pitch and tone while mastering songs suited to their range and voice, be it country, indie, punk or opera. Artists who aim to go pro are invited to the 12-month intensive Music Artistry Program where they attend conferences and learn to promote themselves. Register online for a 30-minute trial lesson.
Cost: From $55 per lesson; $100 annual registration fee; $35 for trial lesson
Where: 1150 E. Eldorado Parkway, Suite 200, Little Elm, 972/489-1667
Vocal coaches at Texas Rock & Bach Music and Performing Arts School teach singers ages 5 and up to adjust pitch, tone and breath to match their musical style — pop, jazz, contemporary or Broadway — while learning to sing into a microphone. At the end of each session, students take home a recording of two to three songs they’ve been practicing so they can spot and strengthen weaknesses before the Spring and Winter recitals. Vocal artists who are ready for a live audience join the school’s ensemble performing group that meets Tuesday evenings every month and often performs (by teacher invitation only) at open mic nights at Frisco restaurants. Private, in-home sessions are available within a 10-mile radius of the school.
Cost: $120 per month for studio lessons; $145 per month for in-home lessons; $50 recording fee; $35 one-time supply fee
Where: 9250 Dallas Parkway, Suite 120, Frisco, 972/302-5093
Instructors at Neighborhood Art and Music School (NAMS) teach theory and scales while tapping into each child’s learning and musical style. Instead of drilling students ages 4 and older on repetitive exercises for 30 or 60 minutes, vocal coaches work on a singer’s “homework” assignment — either writing an original song or covering a favorite artist — while teaching her to hit high notes, sustain a melody and hear harmonies. Vocal students can build their artist portfolio and prep for live performances in the school’s professional recording studio, the largest in North Dallas. In addition to private weekly lessons, students can also practice staying on key together in hour-long group band sessions. Call to schedule a free 15-minute trial lesson.
Cost: Private lessons: $145 per month for 30-minute classes; $260 per month for 60-minute classes. Band lessons: $100 per month if enrolled in private lessons. Recording studio fee from $60 per hour.
Where: 8102 Stonebrook Parkway, Suite 200, Frisco, 214/436-4000
In lieu of countless scales and projection exercises that could damage little ones’ vocal cords, kids ages 5–9 enroll in Music for Kids at Four Four School of Music in McKinney, Plano and Murphy. The one-on-one sing-along class improves pitch and rhythm and introduces piano theory as instructor and student together sing popular children’s songs like “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” (The songs may be elementary, but all Four Four voice teachers have a degree in music or years of touring and recording experience under their belts.) Older students, ages 10 and up, learn to preserve the health of their voice, implement proper breathing technique and run pitch drills in 30-minute private lessons. All ages and levels perform in spring and fall recitals for family and friends.
Cost: From $36 per half hour (price includes lesson workbook); $35 one-time registration fee
When: Music for Kids: Monday–Friday, 2–9pm; Saturday 10am–5pm. Private lessons by appointment only.
Where: Multiple locations, 972/372-0721
Whether your pocket-size soloist sings for fun or is on the path to stardom, the Centre for Musical Minds offers three tracks: recreational, serious and pre-professional, all taught by recording artist and University of North Texas grad Andrea Wallace. Wallace customizes 30-, 45- or 60-minute lessons for ages 4 and older according to your child’s long-term goals. During sessions that focus on diaphragm conditioning and solfège (scales and arpeggios), singers learn to sustain notes, harmonize and protect their vocal chords. Before spring, fall and winter recitals, students gain confidence in weeklong performance classes where the younger vocalists receive guidance, motivation and tips from older students. Enroll now for the spring semester.
Cost: From $164.75 per month
Where: 9300 John Hickman Parkway, Suite 405, Frisco, 214/586-4309
The accomplished musician educators at the Dallas School of Music give students ages 3 and older access to every resource they need to master their voices. Degreed voice instructors teach note reading, ear training, improvisation and even songwriting during 30-minute or 60-minute on-campus lessons. Then through the school’s education portal, students review lesson books, sheet music and practice plans plus message their teachers questions and recordings between sessions. (And it’s all included in the monthly price.) While your child attends her weekly lesson, you can shop online in the Coffee Cafe with free Wi-Fi and coffee. Enroll anytime or schedule a tour and free lesson with founder Dr. Bob Lawrence.
Cost: $35 per 30-minute lesson; $70 per one-hour lesson
Where: 14376 Proton Road, Dallas, 972/380-8050
Between performances with the Dallas Opera and the Kessler Theater, opera singer-turned-vocal coach Damon Clark teaches the Bel Canto method in his downtown Dallas vocal studio. Clark teaches students of all ages who are attentive, serious about singing and eager to learn how to gain complete control over their voices and embellish their ranges with their own musical flavor. In weekly 45- or 60-minute lessons, Clark combines voice with piano theory because he believes all artists should know how to accompany themselves. In place of recitals, Clark puts students on stage at local venues; don’t worry — he’ll correct pitch issues and improve diction (even in multiple languages) before your minstrel takes the mic. Schedule a consultation online.
Cost: $70 per 60-minute lesson or $240 per month; $60 per 45-minute lesson or $210 per month
Where: 1900 Elm St., Dallas, 972/629-9007
Classically trained mezzo Bethany Lorentzen coaches students 10 and older in music theory and aural skills at the new Music Institute at Carrollton Square. If weekly group or private lessons are not enough for your soloist, then enroll her in the comprehensive musicianship program for an additional $30 per month. The program offers recording opportunities, regular outings to concerts and a music magazine subscription. Classes are also available in Spanish. Register online.
Cost: From $105 per month; $120 enrollment fee
Where: 1201 S. Broadway St., Suite 100, Carrollton, 469/892-6936
What began as a makeshift class in Sarah Strout Talley’s garage has evolved into the Studios of Sarah Strout at Hillside Village with 18 degreed instructors. Kiddos as young as 3 ½ begin their singing careers matching pitch and keeping rhythm in Little Mozart group classes. Then in private voice lessons, kids ages 7 and older practice maintaining good posture, controlling their breaths and enunciating consonants and vowels without sacrificing resonance or tone. Broadway-bound boys and girls can enroll in the Musical Theater group class to learn how to tailor their voices to a character and incorporate choreography. All this work culminates in the annual recitals in May and at Christmas. Register online.
Cost: From $135 per month; $30 annual material fee
Where: 6465 E. Mockingbird Lane, Suite 318, Dallas, 214/370-9485
In addition to dance lessons, Park Cities Studio offers singing for the stage. The Level 1: Intro to Singing course teaches beginners ages 8–12 to develop the poise and confidence they need to flaunt their talent while acting and performing. As students advance, they learn to sight-read and adapt their voices to a character. In private lessons with instructors from all areas of the industry — including pop, opera, rhythm and blues, and contemporary — kids work on strengthening the diaphragm or even practicing for an audition. Sign up online.
Cost: $100 per month for singing and acting classes; rates for private lessons vary by instructor. $50 annual registration fee.
Where: 7979 Inwood Road, Suite 201, Dallas; 214/357-8888
Thanks to qualified teachers and frequent recitals, Gray School of Music has been motivating students to practice and perform for an audience for 50 years. Little vocalists ages 5–8 learn their do-re-mi’s through scale exercises and popular (yet challenging) Disney songs in 45-minute children’s group singing classes. Students ages 8 and older improve memory skills, aural recognition and pitch during 30- or 45-minute private voice lessons. Enroll or schedule a free introductory lesson by email or phone.
Cost: From $145 per month; new students receive $130 tuition discount per month for one semester (weekends only)
Where: 11661 Preston Road, Suite 136, Dallas, 214/369-7772
If your child does a pretty darn good “Let It Go” already, fine-tune that talent at Septien Entertainment Group, whose alums include Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato. Singers ages 6 and older expand their ranges and texturize their voices in private instruction rooms with accomplished singers like North Texas’ W.T. Greer, who performed on Oprah’s Harpo Company Cruise. Learning the studio’s proprietary Septien Method, young artists develop and showcase their talent at some of the 600 local gigs Septien organizes every year. And with help from on-site social media and choreography professionals, your star has everything she needs to rock her way to the top. Schedule a tour of the studio online.
Cost: Rates vary by instructor and contract (available for three, six, nine or 12 months)
Where: 2015 Midway Road, Suite 107, Carrollton, 972/392-2810
For over 20, ScottSound Music has been home to thousands of vocal students perfecting their vibrato and tone with instructor Linda Morrow and the ScottSound team of experienced and degreed music professionals. During private, 30-minute lessons, kids ages 6 and older practice ear training and tone drills as they work toward their goal of sounding like their favorite recording artist or developing their own unique voice. Beyond voice and instrument lessons, musicians can join jam sessions and weekly instructor-led bands. Students must purchase lesson books and sheet music separately.
Cost: $38.75 per half-hour lesson. Band practice is an additional $90 per month.
Where: 17194 Preston Road, Suite 219, Dallas, 972/248-9006