How to pick the right singing teacher: Choosing the right singing teacher is such an important decision.
Making the wrong choice in teacher can lead, at best, to wasted time and money, frustration and a loss of confidence, but at worst, vocal damage.
The right singing teacher can deliver fast results in a safe way and increase your confidence in your abilities.
Choosing the right singing teacher
The right singing teacher should make you feel comfortable and at ease, be supportive and motivational and work with you at your own pace to bring out the best in your voice, so you not only feel and hear improvement in your voice but you also really enjoy the experience.
Below are some pointers to think about when choosing the right singing teacher.
If you already know or know of singers with good voices check in with them to find out who they take lessons with. Do some research on your local teachers; good references and recommendations are always a good place to start.
Look for websites with helpful singing tips and advice
If the singing teacher has a professional and up to date website, you will be able to learn a lot more about their style and where they see their clients. The below points should help you to be able to determine if they’re a good fit:
- Pictures of the studio or room where the lessons are held
- Information on the technique they teach
- Relevant training and experience
- Styles of singing they teach
- Quality of equipment provided
- Access to backing tracks and music
- Their availability.
Are they qualified?
Qualifications can come in many different guises so don’t be too quick to base your decision on whether they have a degree or a multitude of letters after their name or whether they have had a dazzling and successful singing career themselves.
Having the discipline to study and pass exams does not automatically equate to being an effective and inspirational voice teacher, and being a great singer often doesn’t translate into being a great teacher or coach!
It is however an essential requirement that a singing teacher can actually sing as they will need to use their voice to demonstrate a multitude of examples of singing to you.
What is the lesson format?
It is crucial that the teacher you chose is prepared and able to devote a good proportion of the lesson time teaching you vocal technique. This should be done through the use of exercises that are tailored specifically to YOUR voice type.
Unless you are an extremely advanced singer, a quick warm up or none at all will not be sufficient to develop the technique you will need to enable you to sing a song competently from start to finish and omitting this important stage could ultimately cause vocal damage.
60/40 in favor of technique is an ideal split for a lesson although this may vary depending on individual circumstances.
Do their students sing well?
The best gauge of a good teacher is to be able to hear the results their students have achieved as a result of having lessons with them.
Their voices should sound individual and stand out for the right reasons so avoid working with a singing teacher whose students all have similar issues with their voices e.g nasal, strained or shouty, breathy or overly stylized to name a few.
One size does not fit all
Although recommendations are a great starting point for you to find a teacher, what is great for one person is not always going to be the case for you. Make sure you are given the opportunity and time to ask any further questions you may have.
A good teacher will be more than happy to be “interviewed” prior to you making a booking. If they are prepared to offer a “taster” or special introductory lesson that is the perfect opportunity for you to make your choice.