You may have heard at one time or another in your education to take risks with your art. To keep pushing yourself. That to unlock that beauty inside you, you must put yourself out on a limb.
But how often do your teachers do that?
Teaching voice lessons can all too easily be correlated with being out of touch. Or not making it pro. Or a good fallback plan.
In my case, it’s true that I have to take voice lessons to stay certified. But more important, I have to take lessons to reinforce a very simple idea: I have more to learn.
All too often, teachers who have retired professionally go on to teach what they themselves learned and stop there. You will find these teachers are very good at working with voices like theirs but maybe not so good at helping someone with a different set of problems.
The teacher who still takes lessons on the other hand, realizes that there is ALWAYS more to learn. Always another way to communicate a concept. Always an exception to the rule.
3 months ago, I completed the final requirements to become certified to teach voice lessons in Austin, TX with the Institute for Vocal Advancement.
It was a great achievement. Followed by 3 whole months of solid back patting.
Now that it’s a new year, I have begun taking lessons again in earnest and I am coming to realize one thing as a teacher: I cannot just teach without taking lessons.
They are the same mechanism.
Teaching is an irreplaceable ingredient in learning.
But many of us forget learning is also the irreplaceable ingredient in teaching.