A good vocal coach should be able to impart knowledge about technique, bodywork, and practice. While a singer may be able to perform well, he may not have a clue how to teach. Quality education is a win-win for student and teacher. One of the top criteria for judging the qualification of a teacher is how well he communicates. Here are some tips on choosing the right vocal coach:
When choosing a vocal coach, consider what style of teaching you prefer. Is your voice more “bossy” or “slightly softer”? Do you prefer being told “how to breathe” rather than having your teacher demonstrate techniques in a more figurative manner? If you prefer to be told, go with a literal pedagogical approach. It’s easier to learn from someone who understands your style.
A vocal coach can give you excellent technique advice. Although vocal coaches can teach any student how to sing, it is crucial to seek out those with formal training in vocal pedagogy. Technique advice from a vocal coach is not the same as vocal advice from a Technique Teacher, who understands the mechanics of the instrument. A good coach will tailor lessons to the needs of the singer, not the other way around. Vocal technique should allow you to develop your own individual sound and style.
Beware of self-taught or self-taught vocal coach
A good vocal teacher will tailor his or her methods to the specific needs of each student. A good teacher will connect with the student on a personal level and create the conditions necessary for the student’s automatic nervous system to relax and allow positive changes to take place. If a vocal coach is self-taught, beware. It’s not always easy to discern what a good teacher looks for.