- January 1, 2017 at 3:59 pm #533120
I am a 17-year-old classically trained lyric tenor who is looking into a degree in voice performance and music education. To prepare for this, I have been studying with my choir director on rehearsal techniques and conducting in several independent studies through my senior year. Through these classes, I’ve met several young singers who appreciate my teaching style. My major focus in my studies is vocal pedagogy and proper technique, so some of these students (two young sopranos) have asked me to teach them lessons and I agreed.
Their reasoning for this is that I wouldn’t charge as much and they would feel comfortable singing with me. I feel comfortable in teaching them and I believe I know enough to help train them in proper technique and find them good repertoire, along with making some extra money on the side. My question is: do you think it would be wise for me to refer them to someone with a more extensive resume even though they want me to teach them, or should I begin lessons with them and teach them what I know?
Thank you for any advice. If you could also tell the stories of your first time teaching lessons and what is important for me to know, I would great appreciate it!January 2, 2017 at 5:51 am #533129
Go for it. You will all learn together. If you are unsure or uncomfortabms about something , you clearly know how to ask for help. This is a great way to grow!January 3, 2017 at 5:57 pm #533230
I agree with Adam. You have the desire and the right attitude. I strongly recommend getting a copy of Prescriptions for Choral Excellence bu Shirlee Emmons and Constance Chase. Google it and check out the reviews.. It’s a book you’ll use now and also keep going back to throughout your career.
My best wishes to you.
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