These are some pretty intense times we’re living in right now. With COVID-19 knocking on our door, the entire country is on the verge of lockdown, so many artists, teachers and singers have decided to move into the online space. Vocal Essence has been just one of the singing schools to do so as well.
This shift has taken some getting used to, many of my clients are apprehensive of what changes will take place. But while the circumstances are far from ideal, this change is a great opportunity to explore the online side of singing, and why it could actually be beneficial! Below we will talk about managing possible challenges, so we can all be prepared for the world of online singing, we may even find that we prefer it…
A huge challenge that I faced growing up and even into my adult years was finding that my singing disturbed others and impeached on their space. The last thing you want to do is disturb your neighbours or family, and you may think it is a great reason to stop singing altogether. But there are ways to work around this.
Firstly, remember why you love singing, and don’t let your fear of disturbing others stop you from doing what you love to do. Having a creative outlet in these “cooped up” times is great for your mental health, so remember to find the confidence inside yourself and question those who are telling you to stop practicing. Respect however, goes both ways, so make sure to communicate to those around you when you will be practicing, and for how long. No one likes being jolted awake from a sweet slumber by a musical theatre belt from the room over, no matter how good it sounds. And remember you can always practice silent singing exercises as well!
“I’m not in the same room as my teacher, so it’s not the same.”
Things are different, but even though you aren’t in the same space as your vocal coach, it doesn’t mean that the experience is lacking. Laptops and even tablets are enough these days to establish a good line of visual and audio communication, and every day it gets easier to set up and operate. Plus you have the benefit of working in your own space, and you don’t need to spend time travelling. That’s a win in my book! Your vocal coaches are here to make this as easy as possible for you to use, and are happy to answer your questions.
We need to do what we can to keep ourselves and others healthy. Stay inside where possible, and wash your hands.
With everything going on lately, it is so important to keep up with your routines. Take this time to stay safe and healthy, both physically but also mentally. Having a creative outlet does wonders, so for my existing clients, keep it up, and for anyone new thinking about singing… come and see what Vocal Essence has to offer you... online, of course!
If you are thinking about singing lessons and have any questions, then connect with me today!