The Effects Of Classical Music No Matter What Genre You Love

Incorporating pop music into traditional music education is a hot topic for school teachers as of late. However, the greatest thing about music is that you don't have to love and practice just one style or even just one instrument. In fact, some of the best musicians out there, pop or not, have a deep history with classical and traditional styles.

Katy Perry got her start as a gospel singer and tried her hand as a Contemporary Christian singer before launching her successful career as a pop artist. Justin Timberlake's father was a Baptist Church choir director and Justin grew up performing both country and gospel music before landing a role on Mickey Mouse Club.

Before launching into country music stardom, Taylor Swift cut her teeth in musical theater, as did Lady Gaga - who also started traditional piano lessons at the tender age of four. Even Ariana Grande was long committed to musical theater with leading roles in "Annie," "The Wizard of Oz," and "Beauty and the Beast" in her hometown of Ft. Lauderdale.

Although he was influenced early by rock bands, Sting started his music career playing jazz and big band.

Lindsey Sterling, who broke into the public eye with an appearance on America's Got Talent, and later went on to make an award-winning video with Pentatonix, started violin lessons at age five. Although she loved rock bands, her electro-pop style started with the basics in weekly lessons.

Singers like Josh Groban, Charlotte Church, and even Andrew Bocelli and Luciano Pavarotti experience success as classical crossover artists.

Why is this important?

Better Breath Support

Breath support not only helps you hold a note longer - it also ensures better vocal health and technique. These practices also reinforces consistency, helping to preserve the longevity of a singer's career.

Better Range

With extensive vocal warm-ups and emphasis on developing the head voice, classical training safely extends a singers range, allowing them to sing higher and lower than previously believed possible.

Better Flexibility

By practicing techniques and discovering the unique features of your own voice, classical singers can often make the switch to other genres with ease.

Better Appreciation

When you learn where music came from and how styles and genres work together, it not only expands your understanding, but also your creativity. Musicians with cross-genre training recognize the relevancy of classical music not only in pop music, but also how ingrained it is in our cultures and daily lives.

Not only that, but listening to classical music is calming, fights depression and anxiety, helps with sleep and concentration.

Will we see the next big music star in Indianapolis in March? We think so! Tune in to watch live coverage of some very special performances at Music For All here on FloVoice March 14-16.

Varsity Vocals: The Road To Finals

The big dance in New York is a little over a month away, but the road to get there started long before even this school year for many of the groups who will advance to the stage at PlayStation Theater.

What It Takes To Be the Best

Each day, in schools around the country, students enter a classroom and create music using their voices or any number of instruments. Starting with simple unison songs and plastic recorders, America’s youth can quickly advances to include repertoire from the world’s finest composers. It’s part of everyone’s education at some point, but what does it take to really be the best?

FloVoice & Varsity Vocals Announce Historic A Cappella Partnership

The world’s biggest a cappella event to air exclusively on

#BHSOpry Comes To A Grand Close

After nearly a week of barbershop excellence, the curtain has closed on the 2019 Barbershop Harmony Society Midwinter Convention, where singers young and old crossed the Grand Ole Opry stage, historic contests were held and thousands of people had their love of singing renewed.

A Variety Of Excellence At #BHSOpry Chorus Invitationals


They may have all been singing the same style of music, but Day Two at the BHS Midwinter Convention was anything but indistinguishable.

Next Generation Barbershop Brings Electric Energy To #BHSOpry


In a ballroom full of singers and fans of all ages, the first Next Generation Junior Quartet Contest took the stage at Gaylord Opryland. The BHS Next Generation Program serves the youth population with two divisions: Junior (18 & younger) and Varsity (25 & younger). 

Seniors Will Shine At 2019 Midwinter Convention #BHSOpry

There have been a deluge of studies lately proclaiming the benefits of music. We’ve of course known it all along, but there is now verifiable proof that singing in a group can combat loneliness, keep the mind active and even lead to some physical health benefits. Everything from finding new friends to syncopating heartbeats can happen on the risers.

Making History Where History Happens: Inside The Grand Ole Opry

After 80 years as a men’s organization, the Barbershop Harmony Society announced in 2018 that membership would now be open to all. This year’s Midwinter Convention will be the first since the membership change and as the society descend on Nashville this week, we look back at why the Grand Ole Opry may just be the perfect place for Society to make history.

A Spectacular Saturday Night At The Opry: Midwinter Convention Approaches

Final preparations are underway for the Barbershop Harmony Society Midwinter Convention in Nashville next week, and while the competitors are putting on the final polish and everyone is packing their bags, we’re looking ahead to what’s primed to be a fantastic night in barbershop.