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Should I Change Vocal Teachers?

Ever since I was 3, I have been trained as a singer with the same teacher (classically trained). She hasn’t really taught me anything, though. Most of the stuff I’ve found out myself. So I’m thinking of just not go to anyone. I’ve found amazing tips and programmes online. And since I go to a performing arts school and are in a professional music theatre company, I still have connections. But I’m not really sure what to do??
Any suggestions?? Ideas??

Hey Freya,

If you’re no longer improving and she’s no longer offering you new advice that could help you, then it’s probably time to move on. There’s no reason to keep investing your money into lessons that aren’t doing anything more than keeping you accountable for learning music if you’re already learning it yourself.

All that being said, there are some wonderful programs out there (and a couple of them that aren’t so wonderful). I’ve only tested out a couple, but I’ve heard about some of the others. So if you decide that you want to check out a singing program, do your research and see what you think is right for you.

Another thing you could do is take the money you’d use for weekly lessons and invest it in one or two lessons with a higher quality teacher a month. I know my vocal mentor charges as much per hour as the average teacher in my city charges per month, BUT you’d get infinitely more out of that hour lesson with him than you would a month’s worth of lessons from almost all the teachers in my area (well… except maybe me ;-).

Anyway, I hope this helps. Just know this… there’s always room for each of us to grow, but the way in which we grow often changes. This may mean you only take one lesson every month or two with a higher end coach instead of weekly from someone that’s no longer helping you, and that’s okay as long as it’s worth it to you. If not, find a new avenue for your learning. There’s not a single direction that leads you toward the success of your goals, but an endless number of paths. Just keep moving forward!

Best of luck to you finding your way along your journey!

Vocal Coach Ken Taylor

ps – I’m not presently offering skype lessons, so this probably won’t help you. But, if you happen to be reading this and are in the Orlando area, check out my website where I offer singing lessons.

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