The proof in the singing, is in the singing… The proof in the teaching, is in the teaching… Although they do relate to each other, it is not the same thing.
I have been a teacher and consultant to other voice coaches for almost 10 years. I can honestly tell you, that some of the most mind boggling singers I have ever heard, that were also teaching… were ironically some of the most challenged teachers I ever witnessed, and that is putting it politely.
TWO SKILLS GREAT VOICE COACHES HAVE TO POSESS THAT HAVE LITTLE TO DO WITH SINGING
- Great voice coaches have the ability to hear a sound color and from that sound color, can determine what is going on with the physiology of the voice. They can diagnose, trouble-shoot and fix problems with the singer, purely based on what they are hearing. It takes a specialized ear.
- Great voice coaches HAVE to be able to explain what they are hearing and how they want to fix the issues, in a way that students can grasp and understand to get a result. This requires a lot of reading, years of experience, study of the voice and most of all, practice in being able to speak the language of teaching.
The ability to sing is surprisingly, not a gauge or prediction on a persons ability to teach. If someone actually teaches equal to their ability to sing, it is due to hard work and a little bit of luck. It is not guaranteed. The general public typically doesn’t understand this point. They assume that if someone can sing great, they can teach great. Really? If that were the case, wouldn’t there be vastly more great voice teachers in the world? Just because you sing amazing, it doesn’t mean you are bing clear when you try to explain to someone how you do it.
However, if you can find voice teacher that can teach great and sing great, you have the best of both worlds and in the end, this will always be the best option. Great voice coaches that can also sing great are the rarest breed, but the do exist.
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