How to have a career as a vocal coach

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How to have a career as a vocal coach
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Both amateur and professional singers often seek ways to perform at their best. To accomplish this, they may choose to employ the services of a vocal coach to help them learn how to use their voices more skilfully, to learn correct breathing, intonation and phrasing, performance techniques, and to expand their repetoire. If you want to train people to become competent singers, becoming a vocal coach can be a rewarding job. To get started, there are steps you should implement to reach your goal.

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Things you need

  • Training for being a voice coach
  • A graduate degree
  • A good professional reputation
  • Effective marketing
  • Communication skills

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    Make certain that you are well equipped to teach voice lessons. You need be trained and educated about reading music, basic musical knowledge, singing techniques and different music genres, and have experience as a performer. The best way to achieve this is to major in and receive a degree in voice or music education from an accredited college or university.

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    Aspire to get a graduate level degree. Having a Masters or Doctorate in voice or music education is more impressive and can lead to more opportunities than you would have with only a bachelor's degree or an associate's degree.

  3. 3

    Build your reputation in the community. Some ways to do this might include teaching music or voice in schools or colleges, conducting choral groups and giving public recitals. Once people become aware of your abilities and professionalism, they will have more confidence in you.

  4. 4

    Market yourself effectively. Print up flyers and business cards and distribute them to schools, churches, music stores. Advertise your services in print classifieds, as well as by word-of-mouth. Get your services listed on the A2Z Vocal Coach Directory at

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    Have good communications skills. As a vocal coach, you will need to be patient with your students and make learning sessions both challenging and enjoyable.

Tips and warnings

  • Start off working with teaching or coaching groups, such as choirs, to gain experience before you take on individual students.

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