Singing is a passion for all kinds of people. However, teaching the artistic discipline of singing in educational establishments appears to be decreasing. Although many children and adults have the opportunity to sing with a choir, individual voice training is rare.

In order to make up for the decline of the arts in schools, and classical voice training in particular, there is the option of private instruction. This is where singing teachers come to your home to provide voice lessons.

As professionals, singing teachers can personalise and optimise their lessons to meet the specific needs and goals of each student so they can progress much more effectively.

If you aspire to improve your singing technique, or even hope to become a serious singer, or just merely stay in-tune when singing in the shower, then have a look at this guide on private singing lessons!

The Advantages of Private Vocal Coaching

Why take private singing lessons? The answers to this question are many and varied.

Depending on the individual student’s motivations and goals signing up for private singing lessons can be a great advantage . Firstly, the opportunity to use your singing voice to its full potential can help to improve your level of self-confidence.

Vocal coahcing can help you with your self confidence and stage presence
Reach your musical potential with the guidance of a vocal coach ¦ source: Pixabay - klimkin

Music in general is  fantastic medicine and can lift your mood, and those around  you. Sharing your musical passion with others, in all forms of expression like singing, and regardless of whether they are professional musicians, can be a most rewarding experience.

Singing, with all of it's vocal techniques, can also be viewed as a form of exercise; working the abdominal muscles, diaphragm, larynx and vocal chords. For this reason, singing teachers advise their students to sing for a maximum of 1 hour per day to maintain their vocal health.

There are many advantages to singing lessons for beginners:

  • Develops a musical ear  
  • Improves your pitch and tone
  • Improves self-esteem and confidence 
  • Fosters  physical expression
  • Captures  emotions of a song
  • Discovery of new musical genres (such as opera, jazz, rock, classical, etc.)

Some courses will offer students the chance to experience what it will be like singing in a professional recording studio, as they familiarise themselves with studio equipment – a perfect experience for budding songwriters and recording artists!

Whether you dream of becoming a pop singer, performing in musical theatre or opera , singing lessons will lay a firm foundation upon which to  build a career in music.  There are singing teachers for all kinds of students and for all ages!  If you, or your child is preparing for formal auditions, enjoy performing for others, or simply have an interest and joy in music, there is a teacher out there just right for you!

Where to Find a Voice Coach

If you need to improve your diction,  get to know and appreciate the strength and timbre of your voice, improve the techniques that strengthen and improve your tone and pitch, or wish to expand your repertoire,  regardless of your level, you can easily  find a singing teacher to suit your individual needs and goals, and according to your region be it in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa or Montreal.

Learning to sing is much more than improving your tone quality. With the help and guidance of a singing teacher, you will also learn all about breathing techniques, vocal warmups and how to support your vibrato with your diaphragm.

Here are several ways you can find a one to one private singing teacher:

  • Specialist music schools or academies
  • Advertisements in your local press
  • Online adverts
  • Word of mouth
  • Primary and secondary schools

Music schools and organisations offering classical training, usually lessons from 30 minutes to 90 minutes long per week, depending on staff availability.

With the help of he internet you can find your ideal voice teacher
To begin your search for a vocal coach isn't as daunting as you may think ¦ source: Pixabay - mploscar

Alternatively,  finding a teacher through local advertisements may be easier and more convenient for the student, especially those looking for a teacher to work on weekends and in the evenings.

ChooseYour Ideal Singing Teacher

Before beginning your search for a singing teacher, you should first consider your singing goals.

Define your primary objectives for singing lessons because it will help you to find a suitable teacher who can adapt their lesson content to your personal needs. Another advantage to setting your goals, it will help your teacher organise and individualise their lessons around your objectives and needs.

Singing teachers who advertise their services on the tutoring platform, Superprof, can upload their CVs, give details of their previous experience, and tell students about their specialisms (such as opera singing, for example). This is incredibly useful for students, who can find out whether a particular tutor will suit them simply by looking at their profile.

Here are a few things you may wish to consider when looking for a singing tutor:

  • Qualifications held by the tutor
  • Experience as a musician
  • Teaching experience
  • Musical style  in which they offer instruction
  • Musical instruments they also play
  • Level they teach (to ensure that it matches the student’s ability and goals)
  • Location and Mode of lessons (in person or online)
  • Hourly rates for lessons

Whether you’re learning to sing for your own pleasure, preparing for auditions, or looking to improve your technique, the type of comprehensive lessons you receive will depend on the experience of the teacher.  It is essential to choose the right vocal teacher, in accordance with your personal singing aspirations and goals.

Prices for Singing Lessons

Enlisting a singing teacher can do wonders for your performance skills and self-confidence, but what will their time cost you?

Becoming an accomplished singer is now more than ever more easily attainable for all aspiring musicians of all ages and backgrounds, as more and more teachers seek to make their services available for every budget.

There’s no need to worry about the high registration and lesson fees asked by prestigious musical institutions and academies!!  Why not look online, and in your local area for singing teachers available as the more affordable option!!

Just like the professionals who may charge more than $60 per hour,  in-home singing teachers or tutors have the necessary teaching skills and musical ability but often for a lot less. Singing tutors or voice coaches can be found regionally, and are motivated to help students broaden their  knowledge of music and assist them in improving their techniques, so they can make the most of their vocal talent.

Factors such as the competition in your area as well as demand will cause rates to fluctuate
Many factors, including location, can affect the prices for private musical training.  ¦ source: Pixabay - The AndrasBarta

If you do some research on prices for singing tuition, you will find that prices vary according to geographical location.

Here are some examples of price variation on the Superprof website:

  • Average hourly price for singing lessons in Toronto: $38
  • Average hourly price for singing lessons in London: $29
  • Average hourly price for singing lessons in Vancouver: $40
  • Average hourly price for singing lessons in Halifax: $25
  • Average hourly price for singing lessons in Winnipeg: $34
  • Average hourly price for singing lessons in Ottawa: $23
  • Average hourly price for singing lessons in Montreal : $39

Some budding singers may find the idea of being taught by a musician, daunting. However, for others they may feel that some basic knowledge of musical theory will complement their singing lessons, as well as the option of hiring a music theory teacher.

Having a basic knowledge and grasp of musical theory can make it easier to follow the musical scores and partitions while you sing, and can lay a firm foundation for learning to play a musical instrument in the future if you so wish.

Learning to play a musical instrument can further your understanding of music, and you could potentially play your own accompaniments (on the piano or guitar, for instance). Accompanying yourself while you sing is another step  in furthering your musicianship and may even open up other opportunities for you if you wish to pursue a career in music.

Practicing Between Singing Lessons

To fully make the most of your vocal coaching, you’ll need to use the time between lessons effectively.   Singing teachers expect a certain level of seriousness and motivation from their students. This means practising is important!

Therefore,  students should get in the habit of practising what they have learned in their lessons with their teachers, especially between lessons.  Students who successfully manage to practice, can demonstrate their progress between lessons,  and allows the opportunity to measure their improvement and further tailor their lessons in the areas they need more work and practice to master.

Here are a few tips for students to help them continue to develop their vocal skills outside of lesson time:

  • Working and refining songs or pieces assigned by the teacher
  • Practicing listening skills for singing exams with a CD
  • Practicing breathing techniques covered in lessons
  • Practicing vibrato control and using your diaphragm

A wide range of singing lessons can also be found online and on mobile applications,  for singers who wish to improve their skills and continue to make progress outside of their allocated lessons. The responsibility of improving their abilities and achieving goals lies almost completely with the student themselves.

The key to a successful teacher and student relationship is hard work and dedication, and taking advantage of the lessons to train their voices given the professional advice, training and guidance of their vocal teacher.  It is usually recommended that students spend 30 minutes per day on their singing practice, in one or more sessions.

Finally, it's important to remember that music lessons are not just about singing. Practicing your voice skills is about mastering the instrument that is your voice,  using various breathing exercises and singing techniques, and even mastering the art of performance, all the things taught by a vocal coach to help you become a well-rounded musician and  fulfil your musical potential.

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Yvette is a freelance Canadian writer living in Paris. She spends her time between Toronto and Paris and likes to travel and learn. She's the proud mom of two strong minded women and enjoys her free time giving back to her communities.