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Get the Facts About the Role of a Singing Teacher vs a Vocal Coach

The truth is, both terms can be used interchangeably. Both singing teachers and vocal coaches will help you become a better singer. Regardless of the name, what is crucial is to find someone who has an in-depth understanding of correct vocal technique as well as musicality. Always choose your singing teacher or vocal coach according to his/her credentials and reviews. Also see if you feel a personal connection with his/her teaching style and personality. This is what you need if you really want to overcome challenging vocal habits and learn how to sing from your soul so that you can truly unleash your full singing magic.


Beware of self-taught singers, professional pianists, music directors, or conductors however who also call themselves vocal coaches but can only offer general guidance. Although they have experience working in a professional setting, leading many musical performances in a variety of different styles and will help you improve on some levels, they lack the thorough understanding of the singing apparatus that is necessary for you to optimize your vocal skills. 


Instead, look for a singing teacher or vocal coach who is formally trained and has various levels of expertise and schooling to back up their knowledge as well as extensive performance and teaching experience.

The right singing teacher or vocal coach will teach you the skills and tools you need to improve not only your performance and vocal stamina but also to maintain vocal health and maximize all areas of your skills. From musical phrasing and pronunciation to breath management and range, to tone and placement, these lessons are invaluable for any performer. Here's what to look for:

  • Individual instruction: Every singer has unique challenges therefore one-on-one instruction is the fastest way to learn. Group lessons offer some guidance but very slow improvement.

  • A personalized warm-up routine: You’ll discover how to use exercises that will improve your breathing and vocal range, projection ability, and enunciation.

  • In-depth singing techniques depending on your personal needs: A singer-songwriter may not need to learn to belt or use rasp the way a rocker does.

  • Opportunity to sing with an accompaniment: Whether it's with an accompanist or an instrumental track you should be able to sing with some music while you learn your techniques with chords, bass lines, and melodies.

  • Constructive criticism: With the right practice and multiple lessons, you’ll be able to get the feedback you need to help you improve. Your teacher and coach will likely listen to you sing on your own, then make recommendations that will help to ensure you have the tools you need for success.


Over time, you’ll learn how to develop your vocal range and projection, improve pronunciation, and interpret your songs in a compelling and convincingly way. All of that and more because you will understand correct posture, breathing and diaphragmatic support, how to master resonance and ultimately be able to deliver an outstanding performance. Let's get you started; sign up for your FREE consultation now!

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