Questions and Answers
I am looking to take some voice lessons, I live in Licking county in Ohio, If anyone has any recommendations or any information at all I would deeply appreciate it!
Thanks in advance,
Your best bet would be to go to the music department at Denison University (or, if you can get a ride, OSU or Capital or another nearby university) and ask for a referral. Now, if you can find an advanced voice major, you might be able to get excellent instruction at lower costs. Otherwise, most music schools have a list of their own faculty and local professionals who will take students. Possibly you'll be able to get group, class, or workshop instruction in addition to private lessons.
You deserve some praise for understanding the importance of proper vocal instruction. If you're extremely serious, get some piano lessons also; that's essential for future professional musicians and piano proficiency will be required in any music degree program.
I need help finding a good place to take voice lessons in Oklahoma. It needs to be in the Oklahoma City Area. Any help with this will be greatly appreciated. Thanks a lot.
Try a music store or a local college.
So in the long run I really want to become a film actress. For now though I'm doing community theatre. The local theater companies near me do musical theatre, and now that I'm getting older I feel that I should start taking voice lessons to keep up with everyone else. The only problem is, I'm nervous. I know that the teacher is there to help me, and everyone has to start somewhere, but I'm a bit afraid. I've never had any type of vocal training, besides when we sing at theater. Is there anyone else out there who felt the same way as me? How did your first class go? I know that I will regret it if I don't take lessons, and I honestly want to become a better singer. Thanks to anyone who answers 🙂
Don't be nervous! Yes, everyone has to start somewhere, and if you have a good voice teacher, they'll be understanding of that. I started voice lessons when I was young, so I never had that for a problem the first time, but I get a little nervous every now and then when I work with a new voice teacher.
I'm actually starting with a new voice teacher in a few weeks who has big name Broadway actors in their voice studio, so I'm a bit nervous because I know my voice isn't as good in comparison. But I know in the long run, I'll really benefit from working with such a great teacher that I've gotten over the nerves. It helps a bit that I worked with this voice teacher briefly over the summer and asked about continuing with lessons, but I still got a bit nervous. (Now it's just excited nervousness!)
Your first voice lesson will probably be a type of diagnostic thing for your voice teacher to see where you're currently at and where you need to improve. Don't be afraid of constructive criticism and the like – your voice teacher is there to help you, to make you a better singer. They are your tool. If you don't take full advantage of that, you're making a mistake.
That being said, sometimes you need to bounce around to different teachers to see who you work with best. I don't encourage bouncing from teacher to teacher regularly; I studied with my first voice teacher on and off for a decade. I used another one to work on some audition material because mine wasn't available for that. Then I went to college and studied with a new voice teacher, but I feel that after only 2 years, I'm at the end of what she has to offer me. I saw no use in continuing to study with a voice teacher that had already shared the extent of her knowledge with me, so now I'm studying with a new one, who clearly demonstrated to me that I still have so much to learn.
You'll be fine. 🙂
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