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9th Grade Guide for Voice

Attend Outside Performances

Attend eight concerts or recitals outside of your school this academic year. For example, four concerts/recitals on a college or university campus; preferably at the college you are most interested in attending. Attend two concerts by professional organizations like your city’s symphony, community chorus, or touring ensemble(s). Add two concerts/performances outside the discipline of your primary performance ensemble like a Broadway musical, opera, ballet, community chorus, or folksong festival.


Participate in at least one school performance ensemble. For example, High School Mixed Chorus, High School Treble Chorus, or High School Showchoir.

Attend two Master Classes on a college campus.

Begin the year by taking private voice lessons once a week with a professional performer. This performer can be a local college professor, a musical theater performer, an opera coach or any locally recognized private instructor. It’s important to ask if the private instructor is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing). This is a must.

Begin music theory instruction. This can be through formal course offerings at your school, college-prep classes, or online instruction.


Participate in statewide Solo and Ensemble Festival by performing an accompanied solo that is age appropriate.

Perform in your private voice teacher’s studio recital.


Attend extended Summer Music Camp that has age appropriate performance repertoire. This should be on a college campus, preferably on the college campus you want to attend. While attending this camp, take at least one private lesson from the professor in whose studio you might spend most of your college experience. Check out our grade-by-grade summer experience guide for details.

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