This is a helpful guide I am reproducing from the Full Voice because it is so important to share.
1. Voice teachers are not interested in changing your "sound." Every singer has a unique sound. We want to help you discover your entire voice, develop it and learn to care for it.
2. Make a commitment. If you want to see results, you need to commit to lessons for at least 6 months. Taking only a couple of lessons with any teacher could leave one confused or frustrated. Change and improvement take time.
3. Perform. Have an outlet to use and hone your new skills. Join a choir, sing at church or perform karaoke with friends. Share your sounds!
4. Technique is never perfected. Never. Even for professional vocalists. there will always be small corrections to make which help one sing and perform better. Explore your sound and your vocal ability with an open mind.
5. Correction and critique is a good thing. It does not mean you are a bad singer. If you are serious about being your best then you want your voice teacher to offer as much constructive feedback as possible.Their expertise is like gold! Do not leave your lesson without something new and challenging to work on or some new ideas to think about.
6. We need to hear mistakes. The notes you can't sing well, those are the ones we want to hear the most. The exercises you struggle with are where the high quality learning happens. When we can identify your weaknesses, we can join together to work them out.
7. Sing without hesitation. (This might be an extension of #6) We love hearing all of your voice. This includes the bad notes and sounds that make you uncomfortable. When you can sing out without fearing mistakes, your lessons will get more interesting and effective. (AND FUN!)
8. Challenge yourself. Limiting yourself to songs you like is fun in the beginning. Try singing something completely out of your comfort zone. You might find you like it just as well if not better.
9. Make peace with your voice. No one likes the way they sound on recordings, not even professionals. Teachers can help you hear yourself without hang-ups. (and we ALL have hang-ups)
10. We want to work WITH you, not against you. We are a team. Trust that we want the best for you and your health. Work with us and the sky is the limit.
Are you willing to work together to build your voice? Will you listen to us and apply the suggestions? Are you ready for singing lessons?
LET"S DO THIS!