There are so many reasons people take voice lessons. And for every reason that a student takes lessons, there are just as many reasons the voice instructor is teaching.
Earlier this week, I posted a video about the reasons I founded and teach at Octave Higher East.
For me, everything I do is designed to make myself the most valuable musician I can be. To me, that means giving back as much as music has given to me. It also means sharing the joy that music brings with everyone I can.
I also teach voice lessons so that I can help my students fulfill their goals. Be it performing in front of thousands of people, or just singing karaoke, my goal is to get my students performing well as quickly as possible.
As a voice teacher, I see a lot of frustration in my students when they don’t give what they think is a “perfect” performance.
This is totally understandable. But I think it’s worth mentioning that there is no such thing as a “perfect performance”.
Even amongst the great vocalists of our time, some are better at hiding their vocal errors than others.
The truth is there are so many elements to a performance that it is easy to forget why you’re spending hours practicing every week.
In my mind, the point of voice lessons is to have as many tools in your vocal tool belt as possible.
If we accept that there’s no such thing as a perfect vocal performance, then it’s probably worth having as many tools as possible.
Can you hit that high C dependably? Can you find vibrato when the band is pounding away behind you? Can you sing a melody that you just learned with authority?
Voice lessons can give you the tools necessary to achieve these things so fluidly that it will seem as though the performance is flawless to the audience.
After all, you’re singing for them, aren’t you?