One of the worst parts of music lessons is the scheduling. It can be tough to find a time where you and your teacher are free, and then you’ve got to drive to his or her house. Luckily, the Internet has made things quite a bit easier for aspiring musicians-especially singers.
Here are a few tips for finding high quality online singing lessons from experienced teachers.
Use teacher-less videos at your own risk. Many singers think that they’ll save some money by watching singing videos instead of hiring an online singing tutor. That’s fine, unless you make technique mistakes that don’t get corrected, in which case you could end up damaging your voice. A good online singing teacher will catch these types of mistakes quickly.
The other disadvantage of using videos is that they’re often from a wide range of teachers. Using one teacher (at first, anyways) will be better for your singing voice.
Check their credentials. At the very least, you should be ready to check the customer testimonials of your online singing coach or teacher before you pay for their services. Listen to them sing, too. That might sound obvious, but if your singing teacher doesn’t sound like someone that you want to sound like, you shouldn’t use them, even if their voice is pleasant to listen to.
There are hundreds of online singing teachers, and you’ll need to do your research when making a choice. Look at any degrees or certifications that they have. Whatever you do, you don’t want to leave the health of your vocal cords to chance. Find someone who sounds good and knows what they’re doing.
Get a good webcam and microphone. Most online singing teachers ask that you have a webcam and a microphone. Always remember that he better that the singing teacher can hear you and see you, the better the quality of the lessons that you’ll receive. You don’t need to go all out and spend hundreds of dollars on a webcam, but don’t get a cheap ten dollar camera, either. Likewise, a $10 microphone won’t do your voice justice and may make your online singing lessons unnecessarily complicated, but a $300 mic will be wasted money (unless you’re also a home recording enthusiast-in which case, hey, jackpot!).
Make sure that your camera and webcam are set up properly before you begin the lessons. Ideally, it should feel just like you’re in the room with your online singing instructor. Obviously, there will be a bit of delay due to the nature of webcams and web chat, but you’ll quickly learn to deal with it. Learning how to sing online is easy, fun, and inexpensive, and it’s a great way to refine your craft.
Do you have any other tips for finding a great online singing teacher? Post in our comments section below.