Solo singing classes
The solo singing department at Zlatko Baloković's music school was founded in 2007. In the department for solo singing, students are trained as musicians and singers.
Solo singing lessons develop all essential aesthetic and musical components in students along with continuous vocal technical improvement.
Schooling lasts a total of six years - two preparatory classes and four classes of high school. After finishing high school, the most gifted students can enroll in solo singing studies at music academies.
Girls up to the age of 20 and boys up to the age of 22 can enroll in the first preparatory class. Girls up to the age of 22 and boys up to the age of 24 can enroll in the 1st grade of secondary school.
The basic task of singing lessons is to prepare and train students to be able to participate as a soloist or a member of professional choirs in opera houses, on radio and television, and in professional folklore singing ensembles.
Girls and boys can enroll in this department only after their voice has fully matured (girls around 15 years old and boys around 17 years old). The condition is generally good health of the candidate, and especially complete health of the vocal cords, excellent hearing and sense of rhythm.
The preparation and training of students consists of getting to know the basic anatomical parameters of the singing instrument, mastering the singing technique, getting to know the stylistic characteristics of various musical periods, and developing the ability to interpret the text.
Namely, students of solo singing, unlike students of instrumentalists, encounter poetic texts, often by the world's greatest poets, in various languages (in addition to Croatian, the most common are Italian, German, French and Russian). This requires them to master the melody and rhythm of a certain language and to develop the ability to analyze a poetic text, its correct articulation and suggestive interpretation.
In addition to all the above-mentioned singing elements, students also receive an overall musical-theoretical education (solfeggio, harmony, polyphony, history of music, musical forms, piano, accompaniment, basics of the Italian and German languages, choral and chamber music).