Selecting a Voice Teacher
Choosing a voice teacher who will take your voice to new levels is often a confusing process. Here are a few important considerations to assist you in making the right decision:
Search for a Well-qualified Teacher to Suit Your Needs
The most common way of doing this often begins with the internet. Perhaps this might raise more
questions than answers, however, because there are so many teachers to choose from. You might
also talk to friends who have taken lessons, sound out conductors of local choirs, telephone voice
lecturers at universities or conservatoriums or seek advice from eminent singers you admire.
Create a Short List
Jot down the teachers/studios that have some attraction to you.
Assess Teachers’ Reputations
The best recommendation of a teacher is by word of mouth. Ask as many questions as possible to
determine what individual teachers teach, how they go about it, how approachable or easy-going
they are. The best teachers are great communicators and establish a safe, pleasant environment
where the student is the most important person in the room. They also produce the best results,
teaching good technique as well as excellent performance skills.
When you have determined which teachers appeal to you most, arrange a time to meet them for a
chat. Alternately, some teachers may offer a FREE INTRODUCTORY LESSON, at which you may
establish if this is the right person for you. However you approach this step, you should come away
with a clear understanding of what that person’s approach could offer you.
The best teachers will be well qualified for their task. They may have a track record as a performer,
though not every good teacher has been great on stage. They should have an excellent knowledge of
the singing process, be excellent listeners and expert diagnosticians to determine your specific
needs. They should teach a mix of scientifically based knowledge and good practical implementation
strategies. They should aim to make their students aware of good technique, the sensations which
accompany good singing and the ability to self-correct when things are not quite right.
Consider Your Long-Term Goals
Whether you aspire to be a professional singer, or to merely sing as well as you can for family or
community choir, you should now have a good idea of which teacher will suit you best. If you make
the right choice, your teacher will not only help you to become a good singer … he/she will become a
Think About Your Budget
It is certainly true that you pay for what you get. The best teachers may sometimes charge more
than we think we can afford. Your option may be to look for a teacher who charges less or to enrol
with the teacher you feel will best provide for your needs, and spread your lessons out a little, eg
taking one lesson a fortnight, or 2 lessons every three weeks.