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Training Your Voice

Some Definitions: p.1
Qualifications: p.2
Finding a Teacher: p.3
What to Ask: p.4
About Gender: p.5

How to Find a Voice Teacher
or Vocal Coach

Most voice teachers and vocal coaches, like many in the arts, live modestly and rely more on word-of-mouth referrals than they do on costly advertising for their new students. In fact, many teachers and coaches only operate by referral.

So how can you find someone who is qualified? Here are some tips:

  • Ask fellow performers. Perhaps the best way to find a teacher or coach is to ask people whose talent and ability you know and trust. But be aware that there will probably be a wide range of opinions because of various teaching and learning styles.

  • Contact local arts organizations. Local theatre companies and music organizations are often aware of who the respected teachers and coaches are in your community and they're usually willing to pass that information along to prospective students.

  • Inquire at universities and colleges. Sometimes faculty members will also see students privately or, if they don't, they may be able to refer you to someone who does.

  • Look in local newspapers and phone directories. Check these resources as a last resort. But be aware that you'll have to ask a lot of questions to determine a prospective teacher's qualifications.

Don't be afraid to talk with a number of prospective teachers, if you can, to do some comparison shopping. When you find one with whom you initially feel comfortable, ask if you can meet for a session. (You can tell a lot more from working with someone than you can from talking.) And expect to pay for this initial session. Don't forget that teachers and coaches make a living doing this. While some may offer to meet with you without pay for the first session, don't expect it.

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