What to Ask
Once you've identified prospective teachers or coaches and
you've arranged to meet with them, you've got to figure out whether you're
making a good match. Here are some questions to ask of yourself and of
them to help in this decision.
What kind of singing do I want to do? Do I want to sing
classical music? Rock? Theatre music? Do I want to sing as a profession?
Or do I simply want to be able to get through a singing audition without
Do I need a coach or a teacher? If you haven't done
much singing, you'll probably want to work with a teacher first to
get the basics established. If you have some experience, you may want
to assess what
What are my goals? Do I want to get audition material
together? Do I want to extend my vocal range? Do I want a couple of
quick fixes or do I want to establish an artistic and creative collaboration
to work toward longer term goals?
and all of these goals are legitimate, as are many others. The point is
that you should identify your personal goals in advance, so that you'll
know just what to look for
Ask your prospective teacher or coach:
What are your qualifications? Ask about the prospective
teacher's musical background, degrees, professional experience, and
What are your specialties? If you're hoping to be the
next Trisha Yearwood and you find a teacher whose students mostly
pursue operatic careers, it's probably not a good match.
How much do you charge? Rates vary markedly depending
on the part of the country you're in. But you can expect to pay between
$25 and $75 per hour.
Do you expect to see students weekly? Bi-weekly? Why?
After you've met with the prospective teacher, you should
ask yourself a few more questions: Do I feel safe with this person? Did
I experience any chemistry with this person (positive or negative)? And,
of course, you should ask the most obvious question: DId I learn anything?
You should feel free to take some time to evaluate whether
you want to continue with this teacher or to continue your search.
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