So you’ve signed up to work with a professional teacher for your vocal training — congratulations on taking that big step! If you’ve opted for lessons in your home, how should you prepare your space beforehand? Here are some tips from Hayward, CA teacher Molly R...
Your teacher may have the ideal set up in his or her studio when you attend your voice lessons, but if the lessons are in your home instead, what sort of things do you need to do to help with your progress? Here are four steps to help you prepare for voice lessons in your home:
1. Dedicate a space
This is important: you want a section of the house where you have enough room to move comfortably, and enough room for a music stand, keyboard, and other materials. You definitely want to be singing in a place where you won’t be disturbed… or disturb anyone else, for that matter!
2. Check with others
Singing can get LOUD. If you live in an apartment, you may want to let your neighbors know that you’re a singer, and ask if they may have any set times they’d prefer there be no loud noise (a child’s nap time, for example). If you’re in a house with other family members to consider, simply ask that you work out a family schedule so that you can use your space at a set time.
3. Set up
The exciting thing about vocal training these days is that we use a lot more technology. You may need YouTube for some of your karaoke tracks, so make sure your Internet connection is secure and that your screen is angled so you can comfortably see it without straining. There are also many good mp3s to use as supplemental materials, so make sure you have a good pair of speakers!
4. Buy (and organize) your music
Teachers may have extensive libraries of vocal repertoire, but you need your own for singing contests, performances, etc. These days it’s extra convenient to go to sites such as Musicnotes.com to get an instant digital download! You should always be on YouTube looking for new repertoire, too — especially if it’s your first lesson and you want to give your teacher an idea of what kind of music you like. Although your teacher will offer you guidance in song selection, ultimately it is up to you to come in with clear ideas of what you’d like to sing.
Also, divide your sheet music, lyric sheets, and sound files into the right folders and playlists so you can avoid shuffling around looking for things during your lessons and practice sessions. Categories may include “choir music,” “school music,” “audition songs,” and so on.
You and your voice teacher work together as a team to help strengthen your voice, so make sure you do your part by working hard outside of your lessons, too! By implementing these four important things into your routine, you and your teacher will be super pleased with the strides you’ll make in your vocal training!
Molly R. teaches online and in-person singing lessons in Hayward, CA. Her specialties include teaching beginner vocalists, shy singers, children, teens, lapsed singers, and older beginners. She joined TakeLessons in November 2013. Learn more about Molly here!
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