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Learning to sing is a liberating experience. For most people, finding that they can express themselves in music often leads to increased self-confidence and self-esteem. It also breaks the usual monotony of the school routine: Music, Gym and Math! But where can you go to learn how to sing?
If you can afford it, you can look for a private coach. The advantage of this is that you will be able to tap into an expert's technique and skill. The coach will ask what your singing goals are. Is it to be good enough for American Idol or Glee, or just to be able to sing at your cousin's wedding? Based on your singing goal and your current singing ability, he will be able to customize his teaching style to fit your needs. Also, since the lessons are face to face, he will be able to give you constant feedback on what you need to improve and how to improve it. The disadvantages of hiring a private coach are the following: Your schedule has to match the teacher's schedule, and depending on the coach that you get, this alternative may be pricey.
For starters, you can look online or in the newspaper for advertisements from vocal coaches. You can also contact a local music store and ask if they know any private vocal coaches in your area. Your best bet would be to go a local music college and ask about private lessons. There will be teachers there who have a wealth of experience. There are also college students who would love to give lessons at a very reasonable fee. It all depends on your budget and preference. You may also ask your friends and family if they know anyone who is taking or giving singing lessons. Take note of the comments of the person's students.
You may want to look around and interview a few vocal coaches before you decide on one. Your interview can include such questions as: How long have you been teaching? Where did you train? Do you perform? What kind of music do you perform? What kind of music do your students perform? Which voice types do you work with? By asking these questions, you will get a feel of whether or not you and your teacher will jive. If you have an opportunity to watch the teacher perform, do so. You will learn more about his personality and his musical style this way. Based on the information you gather, you can choose from your shortlisted candidates.
The other option is to take singing lessons online. There are different websites that offer singing lessons. Some of these are free. Some require a fee. Mostly, these consist of audio, video and software that let you proceed with your singing lessons at your own pace, without having to leave your home. The advantage is these lessons may be cheaper than hiring a private vocal coach. It is also very convenient - easier than Music, Gym and Math! Also, you don't need a lot of confidence to sing by yourself in front of your computer. The disadvantage is that you are getting lessons that are mass-produced and not customized to your own singing objectives, and skill level.
Whichever way you choose to take your singing lessons, whether from a private teacher or an online program, don't forget to reach into your soul, find your voice and have fun. It would also help to remember that nothing happens overnight. The key is to practice, practice, practice! This is true for Music, Gym and Math and it is also true for learning how to sing!