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Learn to Sing with a Vocal Coach

By Imogen, published on 22/01/2018 Blog > Music > Singing > Taking Singing Lessons

Singing is a passion for all kinds of people.

However, unfortunately, the teaching of the artistic discipline of singing in educational establishments appears to be decreasing. Although many children have the opportunity to sing with a choir, individual voice training is rare.

In order to make up for the decline of the arts in schools, and classical voice training in particular, there is the option of private instruction. This is where singing teachers come to your home to provide voice lessons.

As professionals, singing teachers personalise and optimise their lessons for the needs and goals of each individual student so that they can make effective progress.

If you want your singing to be more serious and in-tune than when you sing in the shower, take a look at this guide to private singing lessons!

Advantages of Private Vocal Coaching

Why take private singing lessons?

The answers to this question are many and varied, as they depend on each student’s reasons for signing up to private lessons. Firstly, being able to use your singing voice to its full potential can help to improve your levels of self-confidence.

Vocal coahcing can help you with your self confidence and stage presence Unlock your musical potential with the help of a voice coach ¦ source: Pixabay – klimkin

More generally, music is a fantastic medicine and lifts the mood as you share your passion with others, regardless of whether they are musicians themselves.

Singing could also be viewed as a form of exercise, as it works the abdominal muscles, diaphragm, larynx and vocal chords. For this reason, singing teachers advise their students to sing for a maximum of 1 hour per day to maintain their vocal health.

There are many advantages to singing lessons for beginners:

  • Developing a musical ear
  • Improving self-esteem
  • An opportunity to work on physical expression
  • Capturing the emotions of a piece
  • Discovering new musical genres (such as opera, jazz, rock, classical, etc.)

Whether your dream is to become a pop singer, a musical theater performer or a conductor, singing lessons will lay firm foundations for building a career from music.

Some courses will offer students the chance to experience what is it like to sing in a professional recording studio as they familiarise themselves with studio equipment – a perfect experience for budding songwriters and recording artists!

There are singing teachers for all kinds of students, so if you or your child is preparing for auditions, enjoys performing or simply has an interest in music, there is a teacher out there for you!

Where to Find a Voice Coach

If you need to improve your diction, expand your repertoire or get to know the timbre of your own voice, regardless of your level, you’ll easily be able to find a singing teacher to suit your needs.

Learning to sing is about far more than improving your tone quality. With the help of a singing teacher, you will also learn about breathing techniques, vocal warmups and supporting your vibrato with your diaphragm.

Here are several ways you can find a one to one private singing teacher:

  • Word of mouth
  • Advertisements in your local press
  • Online adverts
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Specialist music schools

Music schools and organisations which offer classical training can usually provide lessons from 30 minutes to 90 minutes long per week, depending on staff availability.

With the help of he internet you can find your ideal voice teacher Beginning your search for a vocal coach isn’t as daunting as you think ¦ source: Pixabay – mploscar

On the other hand, by finding a teacher through local advertisements, it is easier for students to find teachers who better suit their availability, especially if they are looking for teachers to work on weekends and in the evenings.

Choosing Your Ideal Singing Teacher

Before you begin your search for a singing teacher, you should first consider your singing goals.

Defining your objectives will help you to find a suitable teacher who can adapt their lesson content to your personal needs. Another advantage to setting out your goals in advance is that once chosen, your teacher can more easily organise their lessons around your goals.

Singing teachers who advertise their services on the tutoring platform, Superprof, can upload their CVs, give detail of their previous experience, and tell students about their specialisms (such as opera singing, for example). This is incredibly useful for students, who can find out whether a particular tutor will suit them simply by looking at their profile.

Here are a few things you may wish to consider when looking for a singing tutor:

  • The qualifications held by the tutor
  • Their experience as a musician
  • Teaching experience
  • The musical style in which they offer instruction
  • Whether they play musical instrument
  • The level they teach (to ensure that it matches the student’s ability and goals)
  • Location
  • Hourly rates for lessons

Whether you’re learning to sing for your own pleasure, you’re preparing for auditions, or you’d like to improve your technique, the type of tuition you receive will heavily depend on the experience of the teacher.

This is why it is essential that you make the right choice for your personal aspirations.

Prices for Singing Lessons

Enlisting a singing teacher can do wonders for your performance skills and self-confidence, but what will their time cost you?

Becoming an accomplished singer is now more accessible than ever to musicians of all backgrounds, as more and more teachers seek to make their services available for every budget.

There’s no need to worry about the high registration and lesson fees asked by prestigious musical institutions!

Instead, looking online and in your local area for singing teachers is available as a more affordable option.

Just like the professionals who charge in excess of £60 per hour, in-home singing teachers have the necessary teaching skills and musical ability to broaden their student’s knowledge of the world of music and help them to improve their technique so that they can make the most of their vocal talent.

Factors such as the competition in your area as well as demand will cause rates to fluctuate Many factors affect prices for musical training, including location ¦ source: Pixabay – The AndrasBarta

If you do some research on prices for singing tuition, you will find that prices vary according to geographical location.

Here are some examples of price variation on the Superprof website:

  • Average hourly price for singing lessons in London: £29
  • Average hourly price for singing lessons in Manchester: £21
  • Average hourly price for singing lessons in Norwich: £28
  • Average hourly price for singing lessons in Coventry: £25
  • Average hourly price for singing lessons in Newcastle: £18
  • Average hourly price for singing lessons in Edinburgh: £27
  • Average hourly price for singing lessons in Sheffield: £13

For some budding singers, the idea of being taught by a musician may be daunting.

However, for those who feel that some knowledge of musical theory will complement their singing lessons, there is also the option of hiring a music theory teacher.

Having even a basic grasp of the theory of music will make it far easier to follow scores and partitions while you sing, and lay a firm foundation for learning to play a musical instrument in the future if you wish.

Learning to play a musical instrument means that you can further your understanding of music and even potentially play your own accompaniments (on the piano or guitar, for instance). Accompanying yourself while you sing will take you a step further as a well-rounded musician in your own right, and may open up opportunities for you if you wish to pursue a career in music.

How to Practice Between Singing Lessons

In order to make the most of your vocal coaching, you’ll need to use the time between lessons effectively.

Singing teachers expect a certain level of seriousness and motivation from their students.

In basic terms, this means that students should always be practising what they have learnt in their sessions with their teachers in the time between their lessons.

If students successfully manage to practice, they can demonstrate their progress to their teacher at the beginning of the next lesson, giving the teacher an opportunity to measure their improvement and further advise them until they are satisfied.

Here are a few ways students can continue to develop their vocal skills outside of lesson time:

  • Working on songs or pieces assigned by the teacher
  • Practicing listening skills for singing exams with a CD
  • Practicing breathing techniques covered in lessons
  • Practicing vibrato control and using your diaphragm

There is also a wide range of online resources and mobile applications for singers to improve their skills and continue to make progress outside of their allocated lessons.

The responsibility of improving their abilities and achieving goals lies almost completely with the student themselves.

The key to a successful relationship between teacher and student is hard work and dedication on the part of the student, as they train their voices according to the professional advice of their teacher.

It is generally advised that students spend at least 30 minutes per day on their singing practice. This may be carried out in one session or several.

The most important thing to remember about your music practice is that it is not just about singing. Practicing your voice skills is about mastering the instrument that is your voice through various breathing exercises and getting to know the singing techniques taught by your tutor so that you become a well-rounded musician.

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