How To Find A Good Voice Teacher That Truly Helps You Grow
Do you want to become a professional musician? Yes?
Then you need a music teacher. Music teachers are the magic genies of aspiring musicians.
And choosing the right one can give you an edge on your journey. Here are some helpful tips on how to find a good voice teacher.
Decide Exactly What You Need
There are a lot of genres and categories under music. Before searching for a teacher, ask yourself; “am I leaning toward soft or loud music? Do I want to sing hard rock or blues?”.
You need to know how good you are in your chosen discipline. Are you an amateur, intermediate, or expert singer? Do you have any major weaknesses that you want to work on?
When you decide what you need, you can adequately search for a teacher that can give you just that.
Make A List Of Requirements
At this point, you should compile a must-have list to guide you on your search. Here are some things your list should include:
- Piano skills: Any good voice coach must have piano skills so they can help you stay on key and pitch.
- Experience: An experienced coach will know the best tips and guidelines to help you improve. There will be no guesswork.
- Price range: Decide what you can afford. It is never nice to owe your tutor.
- Trial lesson: Ideally, you want someone that will let you pay for a trial or take a free demo lesson. During the trial, you can decide whether they are a good fit or not.
Start the Search
Can I be totally honest with you?
This is where a lot of people get it wrong. They dive right into the search and hire the best salesman who promises them instant improvement. As an aspiring musician, you must take care to hire an expert music coach and not an expert salesman.
No pressure though:
Although this could take a while, there are quite a number of places to get a music coach. Chiefly, you should focus on the internet and asking around you.
Let’s see how you can leverage these two sources:
A simple Google search or an inquiry to any musician you know can be what you need.
Here are some phrases to use when searching;
- Professional voice or vocal lessons.
- Singing teacher or coach.
- Professional singing instructors.
- Professional vocal coach.
- Learn to sing professionally.
- And professional singing lessons.
Now, the second source:
Having someone vouch for a teacher to the point of recommending them to you, is only an indication of a satisfaction-promising tutorship.
Check your network to spot one or more persons who have successfully hired a great teacher and have had the best learning experience. Request to be connected to these teachers. And move on to the next stage below
Here’s a tip:
Do not go with the first option you get. At least, gather four good choices to compare and contrast.
Research Your Candidates
It’s a digitalized world today and professionals around the world acknowledge that having a digital footprint is not an option. I mean, it’s an assurance to you that they stand behind what they do.
Consider it a red flag if your coach doesn’t have an online business name or page. Strike any of such applicants off your list.
Does this mean that coaches without a digital footprint are shoddy? Well, not exactly. But, it puts you in safer hands to choose someone you can research on or read reviews about.
With all that said, do this:
- Carry out a simple Google search on your candidate.
- Search for clips, images, or videos that could give you a hint about how they work.
- Search for reviews about their works and company, from previous clients.
- If they are popular enough you should be able to get all such information.
A very common mistake made by people searching for music teachers is placing too high importance on credentials. A lot of people believe that the best coaches must have awards and credentials to show.
Don’t be one of those people.
A simple degree could be enough. Instead, focus on what your coach can do and not what credentials and awards say.
By now, your list should be filled with a number of prospective tutors. It is time to conduct interviews.
Ready? Start off like this:
Contact the coaches and let them know your desires. Be detailed at this point. Let them know of your previous experience and how far you want to get. Give them your complete music portfolio. You also want to let them know what genre or instrument you are interested in.
Done that? Do this next:
Ask the tough questions such as:
- Can you teach me x?
- Would I attain x height if I study with you?
- Would I sound better if you train me?
- What promises can you give me?
Now, it’s time to…
Listen To Your Teacher
Remember that you are conducting an interview. This means you have to really listen to the answers. Here are some things you want to hear from a music coach:
- What are your musical goals?
- Have you been trained previously?
- What is your music style?
- Do you play any instruments?
- Do you have any performing experience?
- Can you read music sheets?
After providing honest answers to their questions, find out if the potential teacher has…
The way your music coach speaks should hint you on whether or not they have a passion for music. You don’t want someone that is only after a paycheck.
The Trick Questions
By now, your decision should be shaping up. But, to be honest, sometimes it isn’t just easy to make a choice.
Don’t worry, there’s a solution:
I call this the trick question. Simply ask your prospective coach this question:
Can you guarantee that I’ll make it big?
Here’s the deal:
No one can guarantee you popularity- except perhaps a world-class label. Sure, along the line, a teacher might be able to spot greatness in you but definitely not that soon.
Simply because talent doesn’t guarantee success. Now, you’re probably wondering why you should bother to ask the question at all.
The answer is simple:
This is your best bet to differentiate a salesman from a real music coach. A music coach will give you an honest answer but a salesman will want you to hire him by all means and will even make outrageous promises such as the promise of fame.
Your music teacher can make or break your career. Realize that you need to put in the time, work, money, and energy. Good things definitely do not come easy. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.