Is it worth paying for singing lessons?
You’ve always loved to sing. In shower, you would belt out songs. But now you’ve decided it’s time to take the plunge and pursue in being a better singer. Not for career but for hobby! Yet we are sure you are also wondering if you’re wasting your time and money in singing lessons. Is it worth paying for singing lessons?
In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of taking singing lessons. We’ll also give you some tips on how to make the most of your lessons. 😉
Why Pay for Singing Lessons?
Before you start shelling out the money, you should ask yourself why you want to take singing lessons.
- Are you hoping to widen your vocal range, eliminate your throat tension so as to enjoy your karaoke session better?
- Are you just looking for a creative outlet (e.g. right brain training) so as to complement your left-brain which usually very dominant in use at work?
- Do you want to learn to improve your speaking voice (for work) on top of practising vocals for singing (for leisure)?
- Do you intend to improve your confidence, while learning with like-minded people, and to broaden your social circle?
Knowing why you want to take singing lessons will help you to have clarity on your intention and finding the right music school for you.
If you’re not sure why you want to take singing lessons, you might have some fears holding you back. Identify the worries, example – worrying that you’re not good enough; worrying about being laughed at; worrying about being judged by your teacher or fellow students.
These fears are totally normal and can be overcome!
Identify a school with a good support system and communicate your fears from the start would help to navigate these challenges around.
The Benefits of Taking Singing Lessons
With the existence of Youtube, there are tons of singing lesson videos out there. I know you may be thinking to watch those videos and do your own self-practice. We commend you for that thought!
It is definitely workable, just that it would likely take a longer time to get clarity on how to improve your voice without a coach around to provide instant feedback. At times, it may backfire as if you are not doing the right voice corrections that is fitting to your current voice habits. Hence, having a vocal coach around you will ensure you are working on the customised, structured path and identify a proper lesson plan with short term goals in mind.
One other obstacle would be – many students would face the constraints when singing at home. Vocalising at home may be embarrassing as you are bound to make mistakes and your housemates/neighbours may find them annoying. 🙁 It could be demoralising for you as a practitioner.
How to Make the Most of Your Singing Lessons
If you’re convinced that singing lessons are for you, there are a few things you can do to make the most of them.
First, make sure you’re choosing the right school, community, coach. You want to find a reputable school with a well-developed syllabus, a coach who is trained and annually-assessed for updated coaching strategies and technologies. A place with beyond classroom learning would be good too, e.g. open-mic sessions for students to gain stage experiences, meet-up with fellow students for social circle widening.
Next, make sure you’re approaching lessons the right way. Don’t be afraid to speak up if you don’t understand something. Ask as many questions as you need to. Remember that this is your time to learn, so don’t be afraid to take up as much of your coaches’ time as you need. Also, don’t be afraid to experiment with different techniques and styles.
This article has explored why you should pay for singing lessons, the benefits of taking singing lessons, and how to make the most of your lessons.
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