Susan M. Carr – Vocal Lessons
Qualifications of a Voice Teacher
It is imperative for a singer when searching for a voice teacher to be aware of the teacher’s qualifications. There are many voice teachers advertising that they can teach voice. But what are the qualifications needed to be a voice teacher?
Education is essential. A voice teacher should have a degree in voice, which means they went to an accredited four year college or university and studied vocal performance and vocal pedagogy with a master teacher.
At a college or university, student voice teachers can also be given a teacher’s assistantship. This experience provides guided teaching under the tutelage of a master teacher. Once they graduate, it is still very important a teacher keep training with other advanced teachers.
Professionals belong to professional organizations. For voice teachers, The National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) is the best. Becoming a member requires a teacher to have high qualifications. A voice teacher that states they studied with a great teacher or states that they’re a great singer might be the wrong choice for the voice student, if that teacher lacks valid education and experience.
Learning wrong technique can vocally injure your voice, and spending money and years with someone who is not qualified to teach can hinder your growth as a singer.
Beware! Ask questions. Don’t trust the websites. Check on a teacher’s educational background. Why waste money and years when you can go to a qualified and reputable teacher?
Susan M. Carr education: B.F.A. in vocal performance/vocal pedagogy, 2 year teaching assistanship under Dr. Marietta Coyle, Member of National Association of Teachers of Singing, B.F.A in Acting at Cornish College of Arts
Wolf Carr eduation: B.F.A Berklee College of Music in Boston, 2 year teaching assistanship under Susan M. Carr