How to prepare for your Voice Lesson

Many students are unsure of how they should prepare for their voice lesson. In this blog article I give answers to some common questions.

“What should I bring to my voice lesson?”

The first thing you should bring to your voice lesson is a bottle of water. It is important for the throat and body to be hydrated in order to sing properly.  Singing can make your throat feel dry and parched, so make sure to grab a bottle of water before leaving the house.

The next thing you should bring to your voice lesson is sheet music or a CD with the music you wish to sing. There are plenty of ways to find sheet music. You can travel to your local music store and browse their inventory. Or, you can search the web and pull up the sheet music for most songs.

You may also want to bring a recording device to your voice lesson. Having a recording of your lesson will allow you to follow along with previous lessons while you practice at home. This will help you practice your breathing and vocal exercises.

“How should I practice for my voice lesson?”

If you have a recording of your breathing and vocal exercises you should listen to the recording and practice them daily. It should only take 10-15 minutes a day. If you know how to read sheet music and play the piano, the best way to practice is to learn the melody line by playing it on the piano. Between lessons you should practice your song a few times a week.

If you can’t play the piano you can practice singing along with a recording of the song or the karaoke version on Youtube. You should still practice looking at the sheet music to make yourself familiar with the way the notes look on the page.

Once you know your melody and can sing it without hearing it on the piano, you can start working on acting. You should practice singing while looking at yourself in the mirror. This will help you practice facial expressions.

“Is there anything I can do at home to prepare for my upcoming voice lesson?”

Practicing is important. The best way to prepare is to practice your breathing and voice exercises at least a few times a week. Also, when you have your melody prepared for your lesson, we can spend less time learning the song and more time practicing how to sing the song.

Collecting all the items you need before your lesson is also helpful. If you make copies of your sheet music and put it in a 3 ring binder it will make it easier for you to see the words and flip the pages. If you have a water bottle ready then you don’t have to worry about getting dehydrated. If you have a recording device you will be able to listen to yourself while you practice at home.

I hope this helps answer some questions about how to prepare for your voice lesson. Please let me know if you have any other questions!

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