No: 1 – DO YOUR RESEARCH
Your voice is precious so it's important that you find a coach who is well equipped to best support you.
Find out how long they have been coaching so that you can ensure they have an appropriate level of experience.
Vocal coaching is still an unregulated profession, but a professional coach should be educated specifically in the field of voice coaching and regularly engage in career development.
Whilst being a great singer doesn't always make a great vocal coach, a coach with performance experience will have an understanding of performance skills, how the industry works and how to build a career in this field.
No: 2 – ASK QUESTIONS
If you can't find the answers you are looking for online, contact your vocal coach and ask questions.
A professional coach will be happy to help you to make the right decision for you.
Other questions you may wish to ask could be:
What will we cover in the sessions?
Do you subscribe to a particular vocal method?
Do you specialise in anything in particular?
What do you expect from your clients?
Who are your other clients?*
Additionally once you start your sessions, keep asking questions if you don’t understand something. A professional coach will be able to explain and demonstrate things clearly and in a variety of ways until you find the one that works for you.
* Whilst a coach might not always be able to talk about their clients specifically, they will be able to tell you about the kinds of clients they work with.
No: 3 – MAKE SURE YOU FEEL COMFORTABLE
Sessions with your vocal coach should offer you the space to explore and experiment with your instrument. You should feel comfortable to step out of your comfort zone, make weird and wonderful sounds, have fun and also mess up from time to time - it's all part of the journey.
In order to get the most out of your sessions you need to work with someone you feel comfortable with and who will help to get the best out of you.
A professional coach should create this kind of environment.
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