HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST SINGING TEACHER OR SCHOOL!
Taking face-to-face singing classes can be embarrassing, confronting, nerve-racking and awkward for some. When enrolling into singing lessons, it is important to find the right fit for you. In this article, we will give you our five top tips to find the best singing classes for you.
1. Decide what genre of singing you want to learn.
If you aim to have a certain singing style—pop, opera, country—then you need to be specific about this when searching for a singing teacher. While some classes will encompass various types of singing styles, there are those teachers who specialise in specific styles and genres.
It is best to try to find specific singing lessons that will offer or focus on the singing style that you love. Not only will this help get you the most value for your money, but you will also most likely be trained by a teacher experienced in this specific style, which could help enhance your skills and talent.
HOT TIP! There are only two styles of singing taught! Contemporary and classical. If you go to a classical teacher wanting to learn modern contemporary singing you are probably not going to get the result that you desire. Moreover, if a classical teacher says that they can teach you contemporary would be very sceptical. This is also the same for a contemporary teacher to say that they can teach you classical singing.
2. Decide if you want group or private lessons!
Private lessons are the best way to learn singing! Because you will have the full attention of your singing teacher for your allotted time and your singing lessons should be customised to your singing genre, personality, vocal range and ambitions.
The group lessons may be an option if you are not that serious about your singing and want to gain valuable experience singing in front of other people. In group lessons there is generally a lot of idle time waiting around for your turn to sing and the scales and homework is not customised to your vocal needs in range! The homework and scales will be customised to the entire groups vocal range and needs.
3. Check their qualifications, experience and longevity!
Not all excellent music teachers will necessarily have credentials in music as some may be self-taught or learned singing on the side. However, qualifications, experience and longevity bring a great advantage to the table over those who do not.
However, this does not mean that you should dismiss those who cannot offer the same qualifications and experience. Instead, you should just be wary of those with lesser credentials and experience, especially if they are newer vocal teachers as they may not be able to bring out your full potential in the field of singing.
HOT TIP! When looking for a singing teacher do a Google search or ask someone that is in the music industry for their opinion.
4. Look for reviews, testimonials and recommendations
Now that you have a few candidates in mind for your online singing lessons, you will need to check for feedback or reviews about these candidates. Good teachers will receive recommendations and good feedback from their students.
You can even check on their previous students and see how well they have fared out in the field of singing if possible. Ask the teacher for references and if they can provide you with a list, along with the positive feedback they have received, it is usually a good sign.
HOT TIP! Do a Google search for reviews and look on their website for testimonials. If a singing teacher or school does not have a website I would be highly sceptical about their abilities and would look elsewhere.
5. Do your research!
If possible, do some research on the teacher or school that you are about to enrol to see if they will be a good match for your genre and personality.
If it turns out ineffective, it does not mean that they did not work hard to give you the lessons; it just means that their teaching style does not work for you.
Research reviews and thoroughly read through their website to see what they have to offer.
6. Choose comfort over experience!
Even if you have found an experienced teacher, if you turn out to be uncomfortable or uneasy with their classes, then you may need to find another. Not everyone will have the same chemistry as you and it is always best to work with someone you are comfortable with to make sure that you are not only enjoying your singing lessons but achieving your singing goals whether they be large or small while in a safe and comfortable environment.
Students find a suitable singing teacher quite quickly. As the famous saying goes “when the student is ready, the master will appear”. If you have found an experienced, qualified, and quality singing instructor, then you are well on your way to enjoying these lessons and making the most of them. However, if you have a hard time finding the right teacher do not give up. Keep on searching using our tips above as a guide until you find the right one for you.
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