3 Mistakes Singing Teachers Make
Whether you are a singing teacher or someone looking for a teacher, these mistakes will be helpful to look out for…
1. Unable to play an instrument to a basic level
You don’t need to have a degree or be a master on an instrument, but you should be able to play different scales, triads and arpeggios in various keys. Having this ability will also help students to understand chord charts and your ability to communicate theory and basic terminology, which is important for anyone learning.
2. Great musical ears but unable to listen
As a teacher, you must listen to your students. You must gain an understanding of their goals and aim towards them. But mostly, you must know when to drive them or put on the brakes and allow them to rest. Knowing when to encourage or console is crucial.
Remember too, lots of student don’t speak up or don’t know how to explain what they are feeling in relation to their voice. Therefore, you must ask the right questions and listen to the answers. This leads us to the third, final point and for me, the most important of all…
3. It’s what you learn after you know it all that counts
You must keep up your practice. It’s said that, in order to become a master at anything, you must have done it right for at least 10,000hrs. On average, those who finish university have done about 4,000-5,000hrs training in whatever they studied (provided they studied it during school too). This means that when you finish university, the practice is only beginning. Don’t think for a second that because you have a degree your job is done. This thinking will make you fall far behind your peers!
Also, it’s important to continue to learn and grow by finding unique ways (outside of music) that will make you a better teacher. Try a course in law to learn how to ask the right questions. Try a course in accelerated learning or neuron-linguistic programming to find out new and unique ways to teach.
It’s not just about being friendly and a master singer (if you have even reached master status in that).
Be bold. Always try new things. And you will continue to become a top trainer!
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