In this post we will take a look at how to interview a prospective vocal coach so that you can be sure that you find the best vocal coach possible for the price that you are willing to pay. You can use these questions to get a feel for the vocal teacher’s level of experience. For questions about the costs involved in taking singing lessons see this article: how much are singing lessons . Bear in mind that the best vocal coaches are probably busy and booked with students so they may not have time to answer all your questions. If it happens that the singing teacher doesn’t have the time to answer all your questions, you could try out a few lessons and get the answers you’re looking for then. It’s best to treat these as suggestions so don’t worry if you don’t get answers to all the questions below.
Questions for your singing teacher:
- How many years of teaching experience do you have? Expect to pay more for a vocal coach with a lot of years experience. Also the longer the teacher has been training students the higher your chances of finding a former student happy to discuss the vocal coaches strengths and potential weaknesses.
- Where did you study? Preferably you want a vocal coach who has had years of performance experience or years of lessons or training in a degree program that focuses on the voice. The vocal coach does not have to have a degree from an Ivy League school to be a good teacher. The most important thing is that she knows how to pass on her singing knowledge.
- Do you perform live? If yes, where? Should you have the possibility to listen to the voice coach sing, then do yourself a favor and go. It’s a opportunity to discover things about his or her personality that you might not otherwise.
- Do you work with many different voice types? You will want to ensure that the vocal coach has sufficient experience teaching your voice type and the vocal styles you’d like to explore.
- Where do you conduct your lessons? Lessons might be held in a studio, a school, at the voice teacher’s home or perhaps even at your home (for which you should expect to pay more). You will want to find out if the location is convenient for you.
- What kind of songs do your teach your students? You want to find out if the vocal coach is interested in the same kind of music that you enjoy. If she doesn’t let you choose your own songs, you at least to feel that you’ll enjoy singing the kind of songs that she chooses.
Lastly don’t be fooled by teachers claiming to have “never before revealed, singing methods “. Teaching people how to sing is by no means a new profession so it’s much better to go with a tried and tested singing method than to waste your money on experiments. The only exception to this advice that I can think of is Per Bristow’s revolutionary Sing With Freedom program. (Sing With Freedom review). All the best with it and have fun!