It is not easy to become a successful singer. I am talking about a really, truly successful one that pays all of their bills off their income from singing. That’s why plenty of vocalists take up teaching. If you yourself are a recent graduate of a performing arts school and going to take the teaching path to pay the bills, here are some main issues you can anticipate students to come to you with.
Blues and jazz singers are particularly popular for singing vocal vibrato. It’s that sexy, alluring shaky sound we like so much in their music. The reality is not everyone can pull this off. Gender, age and also race affect one’s vocal chords and their ability to achieve this. However, you’re going to get a great deal of students approaching you asking to learn this. So, just tell them in advance that they might have disadvantages working against them, and may need to work harder than others. Don’t permit them to lose patience. Any singer can pull it off eventually.
Singing high notes
This can be quite difficult. Someone could have a beautiful and highly pleasant voice when singing reachable keys, but singing high notes is something else. Because you have lots of people auditioning for reality shows like American Idol and the like, a lot of them have to be able to hit these notes. Although some artists who cannot hit high notes have gotten big just because their voice was so unique and pleasing within the range they were able to sing, when going onto these big shows, you need to be able to do it all.
Maybe you have very accomplished singers come to you who simply want to learn how to get their stage fright in check. Phenomenal singers who should be out there performing sometimes never hit the stage because of their stage fright. Study up on methods to handle stage fright prior to starting teaching because, even if it’s not your specialty, you’re going to be asked about it. Something you most likely already know about is breathing exercises for singing. Believe it or not, aside from helping improve the quality of one’s voice, it can be very relaxing.
Caring for one’s voice
You’ll also get students that have undergone injuries, illnesses or just incidents which have harmed their voice. They’re going to ask you about methods to take care of their voice, maintain its quality and strengthen their vocal chords to enable them to perform their whole lives. So, this is something else you’ll need to study up on before teaching.
Teaching is a very noble profession. And, despite the fact that there isn’t much pay in it, you’ve still got a good amount of honorable people going into it. But, teaching may also be one of the most challenging jobs out there. Here’s how to handle two of the biggest issues when teaching.
Students that just don’t care
You’ll have students that you just can’t seem to inspire. Even sending them to the principal’s office or putting them on timeout won’t get a spark out of them. They don’t respond to you. They don’t do their homework. They sleep at their desk. They just can’t seem to see a reason to pay attention to you. The best way to handle this is to study up on who these kids look up to. Tune in to their conversations at recess, or maybe even get a conversation going in class about what celebrities they like and why. If a certain name is frequently being said, study up on that celebrity and pick and choose the facts you like about that celebrity. Perhaps they went to an ivy league college, or were phenomenal at science, or loved homework. Share this information with your kids! They need to realize that learning is cool and that taking responsibility for their own future may help them end up like their idol.
There is a fine line between scolding a student just enough to make them want to work harder, or to simply make them want to lose hope. I personally teach singing lessons to children and they struggle a great deal of confidence issues when it comes to performing in front of others. I work with preteens too so, you’ve got all the voice changing happening and vocal vibrato (what you call voice cracking!) and most kids just don’t like to perform. I’ve had to learn ways to first calm my students down, because if they have anxiety, they’re not listening. I have my students practice breathing exercises for singing, which are also relaxing before any activity. Then, when my student is calm, I start to remind them of their accomplishments. Perhaps I’ll remind them of how they couldn’t sing high notes when they first came to me, and now they’re among the best in the class at it! Just show them that they are able to overcome challenges, because they already have. And this requires paying special attention to every one of your students.