People in the arts like to draw, paint, sculpt, make jewelry, dance, act, sing or pursue any combinations of disciplines.
It is a very pleasing and satisfying avenue of self-expression. A short conversation with people who make their career in the arts sometime reveals they have a dedication from a young age and are not swayed by many things like living conditions, lack of funds or other possible hardships.
Deep down somewhere in the reserves of their being they dedicate themselves.
They dedicate themselves to unfolding a destiny. So much of the time, we only hear of a performer in the arts after they start their successful climb and are a household name. We are uninformed of the number of years preceding success, involving the study, practice, expensive coachings, lessons, and the tons of auditions with no noticeable forward movement. While the singer is studying, sometimes for 5-7 years, another job or plan needs to be in place to earn a suitable living. This will depend on where you intend to sing and the type of career you have in your dream. I don’t want to discourage you, but just want to inform because no two paths to success are the same.
Do you need to seek out a teacher if you already have a great sounding singing voice?
You need to master a technique that will serve you no matter what kind of conditions you encounter during your career. The teacher will give you guidance, information that you can’t get just anywhere. Voice teachers will do an assessment and interview with you at the beginning. They will work with you and give you specialized, personal information on bringing the best out in you. The knowledge you get will make a huge difference in your voice and singing capabilities over time. The human voice is not static, but changes when you change, reflecting your state of mind and body, through stressful times in life as well as the great times. Also, sometimes one or two small adjustments in the way you sing can sometimes make a world of difference in your overall sound. If you quite naturally already do some things well in singing, it is important to understand the anatomy and background and why it is working well for you.
You can’t hear through your ears what your singing sounds like to your audience….
Singing is one activity in music that is unique in that you are using the lungs and your vocal cords as the instrument of course not at all like having a clarinet or trumpet to produce the sound. You can use mp 3’s and recording devices to play back and listen. Hiring a professional teacher to help you develop your musical ability must be given some thought. The sound that you experience when you practice can be misleading, and self-monitoring during practice can become an undesirable habit. So the voice teacher becomes essential. Consider the quality of voice, desire, ability, preferences and dedication of the student to insure proper progress and success in the chosen genre or field.
There are some ways you can research or gather information.
You can listen to recordings, live concerts or recitals of current performing singers. You can go to your computer and look them up on search engines to find out how they are involved and if they are teaching in a studio. Read their website, and take a look at any of their published works. Take a look at their calendar if posted. If you need to go to a night spot or late gig or performance, be sure to check this out and involve your parents especially if you happen to be under age.
Keep all concert programs and bulletins.
If you are going to a theatre for a performance, sometimes opera companies will have tours or special lectures with members of the cast present to sing small excerpts or small parts of the whole performance. Sometimes they will allow opportunities to meet the cast backstage. Keep all concert programs and bulletins because sometimes they can be loaded with clues that might be helpful. You will have names, information, places and repertoire performed. Sometimes website information will be on those programs.
Try to find someone with qualifications in both education and performance in your area of interest
It would be great to find a teacher that you can both work well together. Try to find someone with qualifications in education and varied performance experience. Keep in mind, career singers generally will work with and rely on a number of voice teachers and coaching professionals throughout the course of their career.
Keep in mind voice teachers are busy.
Find someone grounded in good teaching techniques and has voice students who are advanced enough to be auditioning and performing in public performances. Schedule an appointment with the teacher for a trial lesson if possible. Ask plenty of questions. Keep in mind, voice teachers are human beings and it will be rare to find someone who can be an expert in every detail that you will need to learn. Having multiple teachers, mentors and coaches throughout your career is more the norm. “Find a good teacher” is a loaded phrase but well worth the homework. Through your journey, remember to enjoy all of it as much as you can and remember, it’s not the destination, but the experiences all along the route.