Vocal Technique Classes

Tuesday Singing Technique Class Series:

  Voyage in Vocal Virtuosity

Want to build up a solid technique from scratch…or refine the one you already have? Whether you’re a professional opera singer or a complete new-comer to singing, Michael’s Voyage in Vocal Virtuosity (VVV) will teach you everything you need to know about how your voice works and how you can reliably access your highest level of skill under any circumstances. These biweekly classes are a highly effective, fun, and relatively low-cost way to take advantage of Michael’s expertise as a master teacher of singing and of the Alexander Technique.

In each class, Michael will guide the group in exercises to develop

  • chest voice/belt
  • head voice/falsetto
  • placement/resonance
  • increased range
  • vibrato
  • full, natural breathing
  • good singing posture/alignment
  • a tension-free technique

You’ll have the chance to sing both as a group and solo. Much of your learning will happen as you observe/listen as Michael works with the other participants. Many singers appreciate the group dynamic and find that it offers benefits not available in private lessons.

While the focus of this class is on technical exercises, you are welcome to bring a passage of music to work on as well. Michael will assist you in applying what you’ve learned in the exercises to performing actual music.

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Upcoming Classes

     7:00 – 8:30 PM

  • November 27
  • December 11, 18

Attend any class for $40. Register for VVV and get $15 off the cost of your first class. (See FAQ below for details.)

Frequently Asked Questions

Emerging and professional singers of all genres

VVV is held on 2-3 Tuesdays per month from 7:00 to 8:30 pm at a Manhattan location easily accessed by public transportation—often Ripley-Grier Studios at 520 Eighth Avenue. (See the schedule on this page for exceptions.)

The fee to attend a single class is $40.

Get a $15 discount off the cost of your first class by registering on this site and including Weekly Classes in your choice of program components.

Register now for a class. (Michael’s private students may also register and pay for classes in person at their lessons.)

What People Are Saying About FBFV Weekly Classes

  • Sylvia Floyd
    As a voice student of Michael’s for the past several years, I’ve found him to be a very gifted teacher. In his group classes he creates a safe space for participants to try out repertoire and find new approaches. He has an amazing ability to focus on exactly what I am doing in the moment and make a suggestion that has an immediate impact on my level of performance. Class members learn a lot from watching Michael work with each other and we have fun together!
    Sylvia Floyd
    Classical Soprano
  • Mary Schatkowski
    I am in awe of Michael’s knowledge of the human voice and how he is immediately able to diagnose the problems and concerns of the pupil and to proceed to offer suggestions and demonstrations to address these problems. He allows everyone to find their unique voice!
    Mary Schatkowski
    Church Organist/Choir Director
  • Noah Lethbridge
    My work with Michael has allowed me to sing with a level of ease and consistency I had never thought possible. His teaching is clear, practical, and flexible. I have greatly benefited from working with this insightful and patient technician.
    Noah Lethbridge
    Tenor

This weekly master class is the perfect venue in which singers can prepare pieces for upcoming auditions or performances.

Michael will offer technical and artistic guidance and a professional pianist will be on hand to accompany you in your chosen song or aria. Class size is limited so that everyone who wishes to sing will have the opportunity to do so.

During each class, Michael attentively fosters a supportive, non-critical atmosphere in which you will easily access your brilliance in all aspects of performance:

  • Vocal Technique
  • Breathing
  • Posture
  • Musical and Dramatic Interpretation
  • Stage Presence
  • Connection to Your Audience

You will discover how to produce on demand a sense of ease and a high level of artistry.

Weekly Drop-In: Singing Made Easy
Michael Hanko coaching Leah with Byron at the piano
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