• Tamara Abbott

How to Choose a Vocal Coach

The decision of which vocal coach you should work with is huge. When looking for a vocal coach, it is vital to establish a trust and creative rapport. No matter the level of experience, singing in front of a new person can be daunting. It is imperative, however, to create and grow through vulnerability. You must feel relaxed and safe to go beyond your comfort zone with your coach.

So how do we find the right person in a sea of singing teachers? Luckily for you, there is plenty of choice, but it can be a daunting process to decide. With so many options, how do you know you’ve found the right person?

First, know what your goals are. Are you looking for a career in the music industry? Or perhaps trying something new for the first time? What genre do you gravitate towards, and is your vocal coach suited to that style? Your vocal coach must be able to align themselves with your needs to get results. A rock singer wouldn’t be suited to a teacher who specialises in musical theatre belting, for instance. That is why, when you first contact Vocal Essence, we will set up a free 30 minute, no obligation consultation to get these questions answered, so that you are confident moving forward.

What style of learning do you employ? Will your vocal coach be able to discern and apply teaching techniques that work best for you? It is difficult to get a sense of these things in the first few lessons, which is why we implement a 4 lesson package, so that both parties have the time to establish a connection.

A good vocal coach will have experience in their chosen industry. I firmly believe that all great vocal coaches should never stop learning themselves. It is important to make sure they are always improving within their community. A vocal coach that claims to know everything is a sure sign that they are fooling themselves and you. Ask your potential coach what experience they have and whether or not they can apply that experience to your needs.

Many of you may already have a vocal coach, but are wondering if it is time for a change. A massive question that you should ask yourself during your lessons is:

Is my vocal coach taking my learning seriously?

A vocal coach must be invested in your time and goals and always actively trying to achieve them. It is important that they appreciate the responsibility you have given them, after all you are paying for their service. If you are experiencing a monotony or feel that your vocal coach doesn't care about your improvement, it is important that you feel comfortable calling it out.

Now let's get into the exciting question, perhaps the most important question of all:

Am I having fun during my lessons?!

Self explanatory, really. Making sure you get along with your vocal coach is important. After all, what's the point of singing lessons if you're not enjoying it? A great vocal coach will inspire you to improve and explore your voice, going above and beyond to make your experience excellent. I myself travel 3 hours a week to see my vocal coach because I am confident that I found the right person, and feel passionate and empowered in my lessons. That is why I am dedicated to instilling that same feeling into my students, and why I understand the privilege of working with everyone that contacts me.

When choosing a vocal coach, there are a lot of factors to consider. You must first feel welcomed into their space, and also have aligning goals. It can be tricky, but when you find the right fit, the benefits are enormous.

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