Singing teachers, sometimes known as vocal coaches,
work with individuals and groups, teaching vocal skills,
singing and music theory, composition and musical
appreciation. Singing teachers may also specialise in a
particular singing style, for instance choral, opera,
rhythm and blues, or pop.
Singing teachers often have several different roles: helping students to prepare for examinations; assisting students in building up a repertoire of sheet music and backing tracks; working with groups in rehearsals prior to public performance; they can be involved in coaching individuals for a particular role in a play or musical.
Teachers work in a wide range of settings including primary and secondary schools, rehearsal studios, music colleges, and on a one-to-one private tuition basis. Singing teachers may be employed by one institution or they may work on a peripatetic basis, travelling between organisations to set up and run classes.
Singing teachers are also increasingly contracted by commercial firms to design training programmes that offer alternative ways of developing professional and interpersonal skills such as teamwork, presentation, creativity and confidence building.
Typical day- to-day duties may include:
In schools, singing teachers work normal school hours,
Monday to Friday. Often, teachers divide their time
between part-time work in schools and private tuition.
They may also teach individual pupils or run rehearsal or
music groups after school hours and occasionally at
weekends. For performances outside school hours,
attendance would be required.
Private singing teachers’ hours can vary widely and are normally fitted around the students' needs.
Music teachers may work in schools, colleges, arts centres, company training centres, public venues or in their own or client’s home. Freelance music teachers spend time travelling between different teaching venues, so a driving licence is useful.
To be a singing teacher you should:
Competition for jobs is fierce for those who want to work
in specialist music schools or colleges.
In schools and colleges there may be opportunities for promotion to head of department.
Local authorities may have positions available for experienced singing and music teachers to act as coordinators of music teaching services within the local or regional area. There may also be wider arts development and administration roles available through local authorities or community and regional arts bodies.
Many singing teachers work on a freelance basis. Freelance teachers usually combine teaching privately with part- time or casual work for colleges and other organisations.
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