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How did you decide that you wanted to pursue a career in being a voice teacher? What type of education do you have that helped you when it came to teaching singing?

Hi! I am currently majoring in musical theatre and ever since I can remember, I have loved to sing. I would love to be able to be a voice teacher one day, and I have thought about pursuing it as a career along with social work. I was wondering how and why you decided to become a voice teacher, what led to your decision? Also, what type of education did you get that has helped you to be a voice teacher, and is there any education or training that you feel benefited you the most? Thank you! #singing #musical-theatre

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Anthony V.’s Answer

Decided in college. Best to get the highest degree at a reputable University --- and not only music/musical theater... but full education. (PS: Do you want to perform professionally? Broad based Education is best there as well. Just Musicals... or opera?? Or Jazz? Broaden your possible technique- Belting or Studio Singing?)
A Masters is good... but a Doctorate will give your more options to teach on a higher level.
A Broad based education is always best, especially in undergrad studies.


Social Work is noble... but does not quite fit the profile for a degree in Arts. Better to study Psychology ...or Music Theory. Argument all with computer studies (they serve you well later---as I pointed out before, Studio Singing and Demo Tapes... I-Tunes and Garage Band helps here. You will need those skills. )


Add an instrument study (piano preferred) if you want to teach music.
PS: Study Languages- they go well with singing in any field. You need 'cross-over skills.' In the new marketplace, the more skills, the better. Study hard- be dedicated... Go for it.

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Elizabeth’s Answer

Hi! First, make sure that you are singing properly yourself. If you have been at it for a while, and you love teaching others how to sing, then you can start right now! Yes, a college degree helps and will make you more reputable. But there is no reason for you to wait to teach if you feel you already have something to offer others: support, teaching them technique, encouraging them, insight into what areas they need help (expression, technique, breath support, diction, etc.).


The best way to learn is by doing! Step out to find out!


Google vocal pedagogy - there are COUNTLESS books out there. I'm sure there's a Singing for Dummies book, too. Read as much as you can, listen to great singers online (and in concert if you can), and immerse yourself in learning about the singing voice.


If you have the desire and the talent, the students will come! Do it for the love of it! If you are currently taking lessons, ask your teacher if she/he can help you find students to teach.


All the best!

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