6 Things That Won’t Happen In Adult Singing Lessons

There are many people, who love to sing and play around with the idea taking singing lessons. However, only few dare to make the first step and move towards their dreams.

Why so?

I know from my own experience, that reaching out and seeking help to become a better singer is a highly sensitive affair. Without better knowing, people think that a professional voice training is of a too high level and needs some kind of entitlement.

On the other side, taking the opportunity to be trained by a professional vocal teacher can be a real game changer in your abilities and career.

Let me shed some light on this subject and teach you 6 things that definitely won’t happen in adult singing lessons.

1. You Won’t Be Laughed AtSinging Teacher Laughs

I know that this a one of the most common concerns around people, who consider taking singing lessons. It goes hand in hand with number 6 of this list – already having a great voice.

Actually, it was also something that spun around in my head before hitting my teacher’s door mat for the first time. What if he wants me to sing and then burst out in laughter, because I sound so horrible and he only asks me, if I’m serious about this?

Or what if he thinks I’m joking, because I had to blow out over 30 candles on my last birthday.

First off, it’s totally normal to have such thoughts when you’re unsure of your own voice. Or maybe someone told you, that you sound like a dying cat or that you’re too old for a singing career.

Don’t worry my friend, I can guarantee you, that this will never happen.

From the bottom of my heart I can tell you, that every single voice on this planet has something a good teacher can work with. When you sing your first song, he will not listen to your flaws, but to your best parts, where your voice already has substance.

2. You Won’t Get It For Free

I know, we live in a free world – literally. The internet has become a fantastic resource and a place of infinite free education. And that’s a good thing.

There are some free online singing lessons available on Youtube. From my point of view, they are a good start to get an impression, how vocal training works.

Nevertheless, at the end of the day you will only really learn how to sing, when you hook up with a singing teacher. A one-to-one training is always the most effective way and the highest level of education.

That comes with a price. “How much is a singing lesson?”, you might ask. Well, there are singing students out there, who give lessons for 20-30 $, but I wouldn’t suggest you go for such a deal.

A teacher, who really knows, what he is doing and -even more important- how to teach it to others will usually take 60-150 $ per hour. There are few teachers, who offer a trial lesson, but the more sought-after, will have no need to do so.

 

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3. You Won’t Work With A Wizard

Don’t believe any “Sing like a star in 3 weeks” scam-claim, you probably know from online course ads. It’s just not possible. Like in any area of your life, you can’t expect a quick fix.

Learning how to sing the right way, needs a solid foundation. Depending on your singing level, your discipline and your ability to learn and implement new things, this founding can take months to years.

You have to first get rid of all your old bad singing habits and then build a new voice from scratch. Furthermore, your teacher is only able to show you the right way. He can’t do the work for you.

The good news are: Once you’ve learned a solid technique, you will harvest the fruits of your labor for many, many years. It will become almost impossible for you to not sing just great.

4. You Won’t Get Standing Ovations

Cheering Crowd

Hands down, at some level we are all vain persons. It feels much better being acclaimed than being criticized.

However, your teacher’s job is to make you become a better singer. You will only make progress, if you implement a new vocal exercise as perfect as possible. And he knows that.

So, instead of cheering every attempt you make, he will tell you what you did wrong and insist on doing it over again until you really got it. Sometimes, this can be a pain in the ass, but over the long haul, you will thank him.

5. You Won’t Actually Sing That Much

One of the misconceptions of beginner singing students is, that they think, singing lessons are for singing songs.

Particularly in the beginning, a professional singing lesson consists of humming, lip-rolls and vocalizing. All technical stuff to inject a new way of singing and sound production into your brain and body.

And there’s a reason for it. You can’t achieve improved singing by just singing and make some minor adjustments. That’s fine tuning after you have a rock-solid, bullet-proof vocal technique.

If you start out with voice training and do some corrective exercises and then sing a song, you will instantly fall into your old patterns and bad habits.

Muscle memory is an enormously powerful force. A force that you will soon harness for a repeating brilliant singing performance.

6. You Won’t Be Expected To Already Have A Great Voice

Come on, don’t hesitate booking your first lesson only because you think, you should already have something to show.

The thing is, that you have a reason for reaching out to a singing teacher. Chances are you currently only have a small vocal range and problems singing on key.

I resisted even making a call, because I genuinely thought, that I have to be entitled to work with a vocal coach. Later I realized, how this couldn’t have been further from the truth.

The reality is, that you benefit even more from singing lessons, if you are a complete beginner. Why? Because you are much more open for a new system.

Students, that show up with a trained voice will often stick to their old system (even if it didn’t really work out for them), because they know it and they feel safe.

Think about it: Almost everything that seems to be a disadvantage, if seen in a new light, can turn into an advantage.

Basically, there are other qualities you should bring to your voice lessons, such as discipline, patience and a good portion of humor. Don’t take it too serious – music should be fun.

Voice teachers love to work with eager students, who follow their lead. That brings the fastest results and feels most rewarding to both student and teacher.

Conclusion

Unfortunately, there are still some misconceptions about private singing lessons, which are simply not true. I’ve listed six common beliefs, that won’t happen in adult singing lessons.

1. Being laughed at
2. Trial Lessons
3. Getting a quick fix
4. Being praised
5. Singing songs
6. Show up with a great voice

If you have the right idea, what will and what won’t happen in a singing lesson, gives you the proper mindset to fully benefit from this great opportunity. If you still have doubts, leave me a comment or drop me a mail.

What about you? Already had a singing lesson? Share your experiences or expectations with me.

Rock on
Felix

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  1. Kenny - November 29, 2018 Reply

    Hi this is cool advice and very open and honest. I guess fear of failure or being laughed at can stop us doing so many things including singing. I hope mane visitors will take on board your advice and hopefully take the plunge and try singing for themselves. I think it can be a great confidence booster and help people get over shyness. Thanks again, Kenny 

  2. Chris - November 29, 2018 Reply

    A really helpful article, especially for someone like me who is interested in learning more about singing, but is no ‘spring chicken’! 

    I’m really glad you included the first point in this article, because that’s whats really standing in front of my confidence at the moment – having to sing in front of someone…and getting a bad reaction! 

    How old were you when you learned to sing properly and did you have the same concerns/worries?

    • Felix - November 29, 2018 Reply

      Hi Chris,
      I took my first lesson at the age of 25. As described, I had no clue, what a voice teacher would expect from his students.
      The worst thing that could have happened was a reaction like “Sorry pal, but there’s no way you will ever learn to sing.”

      Luckily I didn’t give in to my fear – and neither should you.
      Singing in front of a teacher is a safe place to start.

      Good luck!
      Felix

  3. mzakapon - November 29, 2018 Reply

    Adult singing lesson is very important when it comes to ones’ entertainment, emotion and feelings. Some times people enjoy for time pass and singer also sings for time passing. But a professional singer needs proper learning with proper singing lesson. This article really represent some exceptional concept which is really followed by adult singer. On this point of view, I have same opinion with Felix and I think adult singer should be more serious about their vocal technique.

    • Felix - November 29, 2018 Reply

      Thank you for your reading and sharing your opinion Mzakapon.

      Felix

  4. Chrissie Spurgeon - November 29, 2018 Reply

    Hi Felix

    I was really interested to read your post, and so much that you say really resonates with me.

    I have always loved to sing. I originally had singing lessons whilst I was still at school, and I knew that I had a reasonable voice, but it was just not good enough for me. But I did go on to sing in public quite a bit, especially in folk clubs.

    Some years later I found the most amazing singing teacher! She had trained many operas singers, and also singers in the pop world. You may have heard of Neneh Cherry and Nick Kershaw – she had one each of their platinum disc awards which they had given her on the wall of her music room!

    She also ran group classes locally to me, and  gave individual lessons too, and I studied with her for quite a time, until I moved to a different area. I found the group class really fascinating, as I watched the other students gradually improve out of all recognition. I benefitted greatly from my private lessons too, and my confidence in myself as a whole person really grew. Singing is so good for the soul don’t you agree?

    So if anyone really wants to sing – and in some people it is a real need – then never be afraid to seek professional help. I completely agree with you, the six things that you mention never will happen when you take private lessons.

    Thank you so much for your really fascinating post

    Chrissie 🙂

    • Felix - November 29, 2018 Reply

      Hi Chrissie, thanks for your comment.

      It seems we both have experienced the invaluable benefit of taking private singing lessons. I totally agree, that singing is food for the soul.
      It’s not always only about becoming a star, but the ability to express yourself adequately.

      All the best
      Felix

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