How To Prepare For Your First Singing Lesson

If you’re here reading this: Congratulations! You’ve taken the first step towards pursuing something within the music industry. Whether you want to become a performer, a teacher yourself, or perform in ensemble settings, you are making the leap into your own expansive world of possibilities! So, welcome!

Starting something brand new with little to no experience can be quite frightening. You’re unfamiliar with your environment and it can sometimes be difficult to leave your comfort zone. Here are some tips and life hacks I can offer to help you out and relax before your first singing lesson!

Before even thinking about entering your voice lesson, there are a few things you should know and that you will need! First being, what is your goal for your voice? This will help your instructor be able to focus on your lessons and aim to reach specific benchmarks to encourage your progress and success! Next, being ready to speak and to also have a vocal assessment. Your instructor is going to want to get to know you better! So, they will have a bunch of questions and sample pieces for you to showcase to them! They want to find out what your vocal range is, your experience level and what your personal goals you’d like to reach are. Once you’re going to your lesson, you will want to make sure you’re prepared so bring along some water to keep your vocal cords hydrated and a piece of paper with a pen for notes from your instructor! Always warm up before your lesson! Most of the time, your instructor will do that with you. But, in the off chance they do not, you will want to come prepared so you don’t injure yourself during your lesson. 

During your lesson, your instructor will be watching you intently. Don’t let this catch you off guard and make you nervous! They’re only trying to catch techniques that need to be nipped in the bud before they can move you along and make you better! Some things they tend to look out for are:

  • Posture

  • Breathing

  • Harmful tension

  • Proper Resonance

  • Proper Diction

  • Pitch accuracy

  • Tone quality

This will help them to know what they need to work on with you. During the assessment, try to relax and sing as you naturally would. If you leave your nerves at the door and walk into the room with confidence ready to work on yourself, I guarantee a successful first lesson! Your instructor will be able to build your voice with the potential it has and make you into the star you desire to be!

Good luck on your first lesson and stay tuned for more tips!

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