Have you studied singing only to be completely frustrated? Perhaps several times?
Have you had teachers who left you confused with funny terms and ideas?
Have you left a lesson tired, hoarse or demoralized?
Have you been blamed for failing to improve in a lesson?
Have you been told that your “breath support” and “resonance” were at fault?
Have you struggled to sound like yourself only to be told you need to sound “different”?
Have you ever avoided lessons because you did not want to sound “classical”?
Have you ever taken lessons and ended up sounding “classical” but not liking it?
Have you ever avoided lessons because you were told you had to learn classical songs before you sang the songs you wanted to sing?
Have you been told that singing styles other than classical will hurt your voice or your technique?
Have you been told that your singing teacher had “the only correct method”?
Have you been told that your singing teacher was “the best teacher”, above all others?
Have you been told that your teacher has “special skills” that other teachers do not have? Have they forced you to call them doctor or professor when they were neither of these?
Does your singing teacher sell only their own merchandize promoting his or her method above all others?
Have you been told that learning to sing can be done in a few lessons if you are talented enough?
Have you given up?
All of these things are, sadly, not unusual. They are, happily, no longer necessary.
If you have had experience with any of these things, then break free! Many of these ideas and situations are OLD WIVES TALES and rest on INACCURATE INFORMATION and OUTDATED ATTITUDES, and reflect poor teaching.
Are you learning what you want to learn in a lesson – to sing in a more satisfying manner?
Does your singing teacher have a relationship to a noted throat specialist? A Speech Language Pathologist who specializes in working with singers? Has he done voice research? Has he written pedagogical articles that have been published in a peer-reviewed journal?
Does your singing teacher sound good when he or she sings/demonstrates in a lesson?
Can your teacher sound good in the sound you want to use yourself?
Learn easily. Learn well. Learn thoroughly. Learn where you are respected and what you want to learn is what you do learn, without issue. Read. Educate yourself. Look into the process.
Share this blog with your friends who want to or already do sing professionally. Make the profession of teaching pay attention by paying attention yourself to the way singing is taught!