If you’re trying to decide whether or not to invest in singing lessons for yourself, or someone in your family, take a look at these commonly asked questions to get the answers you are looking for. It doesn’t matter whether you are already a good singer, or how experienced you are; anyone, anywhere can benefit from singing lessons with the right guidance.
Voice Teachers vs. Vocal Coaches
Voice teachers are the people who teach you how to master your voice as your instrument. They focus on your health and how you sing. A vocal coach, however, focus on helping you improve your song performance. If you want singing lessons, go with a voice teacher. Vocal coaches may also assist with public speaking and acting, rather than singing.
Singing lessons will usually embrace your personal style and show you tactics to improve it. You do not need to worry about letting go of whatever personal style you have, as singing lessons are designed to help you sound better, not change your sound entirely. There are some instances where your personal style may change slightly, particularly if you hadn’t developed one, or had issues with the way you were singing before.
If you sing every day and find yourself going hoarse, save your voice by:
●Limiting your singing to no more than 1 ½ hours per day, including time you spend warming up.
●Resting your voice for three full days a week, in silence, until your voice is back.
Once your voice returns:
●Take two days off from singing every week and gradually work your way back up (in 15 minute increments) to singing no more than three hours per day.
●Do not sing more than four days in a row.
●Stay away from irritants, such as cigarette smoke.
It helps if you understand the basics of music theory before you go into singing lessons. If you do not, study up a bit, or ask prospective instructors for help. If you don’t have an interest in music theory, singing lessons may be more difficult for you. At minimum, you should at least understand how to read music and understand any exercises given for at home practice.
London Music Centre works with many of the best musical talents in London and the surrounding area, and treats your voice as any other instrument. Regardless of whether you sing in the shower or in the car on the way to work, or you’re looking to improve your voice in hopes of becoming a professional, our talented voice teachers can help.
We understand that no single voice teacher is right for every student. It is critical that students find the right match, as the work that goes on between student and teacher is mutual. The first few lessons may be confusing as you get to know a teacher and establish how well the two of you will be able to work together. If you find that your initial teacher was not a good fit, we can help connect you with someone else.