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Taking voice lessons from a good voice teacher covers all needs, from prevention to early detection of vocal fatigue or strain, all the way through the healing procedure and vocal maintenance.

Previous page : Vocal Health for speakers: where to look for help, and who can help you when you experience vocal fatigue, vocal strain, or vocal stress. When your voice and its whole vocal mechanism is over-worked, first find help, then find a way to prevent it from happening again in the future.

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Voice teacher for healthy speaking: A good voice teacher will help you find your healthy vocal habits. A few tips to what to look for in a voice teacher, and where to find her.

Voice teacher: Prevention
Taking voice lessons from a good voice teacher covers all needs, from prevention to early detection of vocal fatigue or strain, all the way through the healing procedure and vocal maintenance.

A good voice teacher can guide both singers and speakers to sing and speak at the best of their abilities. She will, also, help restore your vocal functions, and show you how to prevent harm and damages to the voice in the long run.

There are two types of voice teachers:

-Those who come directly from an education field -pedagogy or music education- and those from the performing field -professional singers. Compared with physicians or a vocal therapists, it is much harder to determine which voice teachers will not harm you and can actually help you; yet, it can be done. One can say that a great voice teacher doesn't necessarily have to be a professional singer with a successful career, while others argue that in order to be a great voice teacher she has to have the first-hand experience in utilizing all necessary body functions in order to produce and sustain a healthy and beautiful sound. This argument will never end.

Whichever voice teacher you choose, though, don't forget that you are looking for a guide who will help you find your healthy vocal habits. Do consider some of these guidelines:
Search your area
1. Start looking in your neighborhood.

While there are a lot of teachers in a metropolitan area, not all the great voice teachers are there. Start your search by looking up voice teachers in your area. Ask around in your local churches, schools, and communities. Look for business cards or fliers on bulletin boards, then do an online search; or, skip right to searching online. Up until about ten years ago, really good voice teachers were more reserved about advertising their private practices in local papers, magazines, and, especially online. With today's technology and tough economy, though, chances are that even a great voice teacher has an online presense or business card, since the mouth-to-mouth method of advertising seems to have ceased due to the sprouting of social network platforms. Put into the search engine, "voice lesson, your town, your state" and many names will appear.

2. Search them individually.

If you look for a voice teacher to give you a cure for your injured voice, skip the ones that use microphones and other sound enhancing techniques, or who teach pop, rock, .... or any "idol" style. Not only will they not offer a cure, but chances are you will be prone further to harming your already weakened vocal mechanism. Insead, look for a classically-trained- or better yet, operatically-trained- teacher. Do not look down your nose at these trained professionals -they have achieved the healthiest method of producing sound, and will therefore be able to teach you how best to utilize your body so that you will not only fix your speaking (and singing) voice, but you will learn also how to preserve its health without bringing on any harm.

3. Avoid this:

I'd suggest you also avoid a music store setting, such as a guitar place or a piano showroom, that offers all intrument lessons including voice -unless you have a particular voice teacher in mind who practices from such a place. If you are faced with a music store that offers many various kinds of lessons, you are better off seeking a teacher at a music college because there are more protocols in hiring, and you won't put your fragile instrument at so much risk. You may look at, but be suspicious of, a google ad or a Website that says, "Learn how to sing in 7 lessons," "Secret to singing 5 octaves easily!" "Best voice teacher(s) in (your town)," or other hyped-up advertisements. A common practice for a voice teacher is to have her name listed in the search engine along with the name of her private studio, or just her name and the terms "voice studio," "voice teaching studio," or "private teaching studio." (For example, Poonyarit & Schatzki Voice Studio, Core Melody Voice Studio, or Pradichaya Studio)

4. Elimination process:

Do a thorough inspection of teachers' Websites to eliminate the hyped-up, too good to be true ones. It's hard to tell when it comes to learning what- and how- each teacher offers, just from reading his philosophy in his vocal approach and teaching. Some teachers know how to teach but aren't good at expressing themselves via writing. Some have elaborate and lavish writing styles that may- or may not- say anything that is meaningful to you. Go with your curiosity and instinct. After you have finished the weeding out process, leaving about 1-3 teachers that your gut say you should give a try, look for a way to contact them.

Establish contact
5. Do not feel irritated if you don't see any phone number to call.

Most teachers teach out of their residences, and for safety reasons they don't advertise their locations on their Websites. (Although they can't hide them from the general public forever, they can make them a little harder to find.) The email address may not be on hand either, for the same safety reason -but this time, from the Internet robot. Use the provided contact form to get in touch with them. Don't get upset if you are required to give your full name and street address in the contact form. It is as important for a voice teacher to know that you are real, as much as you need to know that she is not a fraud. Use your instinct and your senses to judge. If they have a form with a series of questions about you and your voice, my advice is, as much as you don't want to answer questions about your vocal (singing, speaking) background, please do your best anyway. Most voice teachers have good intentions, often see themselves as healers, and want to help you. One thing that I urge you not to do is, when a contact form is left blank for you, do not say, "Hi, I have trouble with my voice and want to know how you teach and how you can help me. Thank you." There's no good voice teacher who will be able to explain in an email his teaching method and how he can help you with your vocal problem without seeing and hearing you. The best approach is to introduce yourself briefly, ask for his phone number so that you could call and discuss taking lessons, and leave your phone number.

6. Once you have made contact, set up an assessment lesson

- and remember that you will be assessing them as much as they will be assessing you. Arrive at the lesson with an open mind, and drop what you may have known about any vocal approach outside the studio's entrance. Surely, if what you've known had worked, you wouldn't have gone through the trouble of seeking help. From the beginning to the end of the lesson, listen to what the teacher says and see if you can follow his instructions. Most likely, only some of the given advice will make sense to you at this time, but see if the teacher is knowledgable, convincing, and is at ease teaching you without being pushy, and that your gut feeling allows you to trust and follow his lead. Try to refrain from the urge to express your opinion until the end. To most teachers, successful learning happens when both teacher and student maintain the same focus throughout. This way, you won't miss anything that might have been valuable to your vocal health.
You know when..
10. When a voice teacher is right for you,

you will find that the longer you work with such a teacher your vocal health will gradually improve. Not only do you learn how to speak correctly, but your throat will feel strong, be able to sustain, and not get tired like before. You might even want to start learning how to sing! Another good sign is that you will constantly make new vocal discoveries, and you will also look forward to coming to your next lesson!
Now you know that voice lessons are designed not only for the singing voice, but also for the speaking voice; and if you put your money where your mouth is, good vocal health is worth the value of gold!


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7. Lesson session

One hour is the right amount to work on the voice. Many teachers go over this time by five, ten, or even (but never exceeding) fifteen minutes. Like sports and exercise, one's body gets tired after a period of time. I wouldn't sign up for a half-hour, or even a forty-five minute session, for there isn't enough time to run through the routine. If a studio offers shorter sessions for lesser fees, you have to wonder how it is possible to be given any meaningful lesson within such a limited time.
8. Lesson fees

A voice lesson, depending on where you are, runs from around $50 - $200 per hour- more, if the teacher is well-known or a celebrity, and even more if you are a celebrity. In a lesson, the teacher works as hard as you do- and sometimes even harder, especially when she feels that you are on the verge of achieving a new level in your vocal developement, or when she feels you need an extra nudge in a certain vocal approach to achieve better understanding. Similar to specialists in other professional fields (eg. sports, medicines, therapies, etc.), most teachers do not offer discounts, as they feel they teach at 100% of their ability, and not at 10 or 20% less effort. Some teachers allow a little room by offering a small discount when you pre-pay for a number of lesson hours. Unless it says on their studio policy, though, I'd advise against asking for it.
9. If things didn't pan out..

If the first teacher on your filtered list didn't pan out, go to the next one and run through the process again. Chances are, you will find one that works for you. -Once you find the one, stop looking. -It is now the time to put the focus on working to better the health of your vocal mechanism.
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Pradichaya Poonyarit:

A Thai born soprano who has spent time on both sides of the world, she is an opera singer who also has been teaching voice for twenty years. She believes that an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Teaching aspiring singers the beautiful singing method through the healthy way of producing the sound. She also is known to help speaking professionals restore and maintain their vocal health. Her private practice -Core Melody Voice Studio- is located in Easton Pennsylvania, where she teaches with her husband, baritone, Ralph Schatzki.
Pradichaya Poonyarit's Voice Teacher for Healthy Speaking