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Vocal coaches teach people how to use their voice talents and perfect their voice into a beautiful musical tool. Voice teachers often work for themselves, but sometimes work for a studio. Their pay differs depending on experience and the city where they teach, but the job is a rewarding one for anyone who loves to sing and enjoys helping people reach their fullest potential.
Gain experience early. To be successful at anything, it’s always good to start when you’re young. If you’re young now, get started by singing in your school or church choir to gain some basic knowledge on music and voice. Hire your own vocal coach to learn your voice instrument better and get to know what the job entails.
Learn about music. While many people are born with talent, a lot of skill is learned. No one is born knowing how to play a guitar with precision, and the same applies to the voice and music. Voice teachers need to have intimate knowledge of music structure and how to play music, and they need to be proficient in playing the piano. The piano is often used to help guide students and show them proper key placement, so understanding how to play it is a must for vocal coaches.
Go to a school or college that offers a voice program. This perfects your knowledge of the voice instrument and give you a deeper understanding of how it works and how to use it. Many schools that offer vocal instruction also offer instruction for those who plan to become teachers, so be sure to enroll in such a program. Some schools that will provide you with this valuable instruction include Berklee College of Music and Juilliard, but you may be surprised to find that many local schools in your area can also give you quality instruction with a less hefty price tag.
Find a place to teach voice or to work out of. Align yourself with a school that teachers music and apply to be a voice teacher with them. Alternatively, you can work as a private teacher. Working privately is as simple as working out of your basement or spare room in your house.
Set your prices. Some really good vocal coaches with years of experience sometimes charge $100 an hour and upwards. Beginners, however, should set their prices more reasonably if they wish to attract clients. $30 an hour is a reasonable place to start to attract customers. As your business grows more in demand, your prices can increase.
Market yourself. Marketing is very important for any vocal coach to get their name out and attract customers. Align yourself with others in the music industry by frequenting recording studios and other teaching establishments, such as ones that teach guitar or college music schools. Pass out business cards at these places, or put up fliers that advertise your business to get your name and business out in front of musicians.
Establish a good reputation.The best vocal teachers get their name out through word of mouth, so it is important to work hard to satisfy your customers. Only by taking the time and putting forth strong effort will you establish a reputation for your voice teaching abilities and maintain a growing and rewarding business.
Scarlett Reine has been a freelance writer since 2008. Her work includes gardening and home improvement articles, as well as political projects for an advocacy network. Reine is studying brain psychology at Boise State University.