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How do I become a singer?

I want to become a singer in my future. #singer #art #performing-arts #career #college #music

Thank you comment icon If you want to be a singer, you want to start practicing your vocal techniques and mimic other artist of your liking and see how they sing Matthew

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Mark’s Answer

Hi Safina,

Hopefully you're already involved. Get involved in chore at school or worship in your church. Taking lessons will be essential. Sing as much as possible, look for every opportunity. Network with people and hopefully your instructor can help you with networking and opportunities. If you have a favorite artist, study them!

Schools you might consider are Berklee College of Music – Boston, The Juilliard School – New York, NY., Temple University – Philadelphia, PA., University of Cincinnati – Cincinnati. and Manhattan School of Music – New York.

Hope this helps!!
Mark
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Cody’s Answer

Learn to listen actively. The most important part of learning to be a musician is learning to listen. First, find an artist you love. Then, find another. Listen to them obsessively. Try to pick out and listen to each instrument or singer in the recording. When you listen, try not to be distracted by other things - focus for as long as you can. When you find you are becoming distracted, stop for a while.

Buy an inexpensive keyboard. Learn to play four simple chords (G major, E minor, A minor, D major) . Listen to the way they sound. Listen to how they sound when played in that order and in different orders. Listen to what your voice sounds like when you match the pitch of a note perfectly, then notice what it sounds like when your voice drifts above and below that note. Play a note on the keyboard and try to keep it in your head as long as you can. Come back after a minute or two and sing the note in your head. Does it match the note from the keyboard?

Record yourself singing. You will be surprised how it sounds, and you will think it sounds bad. This is normal. Keep doing it. Get comfortable with how your voice sounds. Most recordings are heavily edited using recording software. Don't compare yourself to those recordings, but do try to emulate the artists you love. Then, try to sing like yourself instead. Record both, and listen to the difference.

Sing with others. Sing with both large and small groups if you can. Try to pick out and listen to individual voices in the group.

If you choose to take lessons, sign up for more than one. Lessons are a fantastic way to learn about the fundamentals of singing - breath, posture, resonance, rhythm, tension. Listen to your teacher, but know that they don't have all the answers.

Be kind and patient with yourself. Good musicians never stop learning.
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Kela’s Answer

Hi Safina!
That is so awesome that you want to be a singer! The first step is to find a good vocal coach, to begin understanding your breath and the mechanics of vocalizing. A good teacher will also connect you to performance opportunities, and ideally will expose you to a wide range of musical styles so you can get a sense of what styles of music you want to pursue.
I'm so excited for you! Let me know if you need help finding a teacher.
Cheers,
Kela
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