4 April 2022
You’ve decided to take vocal lessons! This is the actually the first step in becoming a better vocalist and performer so congratulations! Before you can launch into your first set of vocal exercises and start belting out your favourite songs, it’s important to consider some of these areas first to ensure you make the right choice.
You should consider your motivation for taking vocal lessons. Why do you want to take them? What are your goals? What do you want to achieve? Do you have a career path in mind or any specific direction that you want to take? All of these questions are very important when choosing a singer teacher/vocal coach and your answers will help your teacher guide you in the right direction.
You should also think about what style of singing you would like to focus on for example; musical theatre, pop, rock, opera and so on. You don’t need to be completely sure about what genre of music you want to sing, but it helps to have a rough idea. This will make it easier for your vocal coach to create a training plan for your vocal/performing arts studies.
If you’re serious about taking vocal lessons, your first step should be to finding a good quality vocal coach. You can do this by looking at different vocal coach’s websites to find out more information about what they offer. You can also ask on local social media groups dedicated to performing arts/music for advice from other people in the industry. Once you’ve got a good idea of which vocal coach you would like to start lessons with, it’s time to ask yourself: can I commit to this?
Your commitment will involve more than just attending a lesson once a week. It also includes committing to practicing on your own at home so that by the next lesson you have a better understanding of what you have been working on with your vocal coach. This makes sure you get the most out of your lessons and the time with your vocal coach is more efficiently used. This applies to all ages, even the younger students!
In order to become a better singer and performer, you have to practice. Practice regularly and do so for a minimum of three times per week. When practicing, it’s important that you use up to date and correct vocal technique exercises in order to improve your technique and range.
It’s important to put effort into developing your voice outside of your vocal lessons so during lessons you can focus on learning and at home, practicing what you have learnt. This will help you develop your voice at a better pace as your teacher can focus on teaching you inside of your lessons becoming focused on practicing what you already know.