What's the Minimum Time Needed to Develop Your Singing?
When I first started teaching, I thought every student should practice at least 30min a day, to get better.
Then I noticed something interesting...
The students that practiced with commitment, every day, without fail...they did get better, but not as much as the students that practiced every couple days!
What?! How is that so? (join the class to find out)
That started a long journey of experimenting with how much singers practice between lessons. This was an experiment that I didn't choose to undergo, because I had no ultimate control over how much singers would practice between lessons. When I began experimenting, I started to notice that the students who I didn't "pressure" to practice between lessons, came back to lessons with less guilt/regret about how much they practiced between lessons.
They were more present in the lesson... and I wonder if that is because they weren't stuck in the past of what they did or didn't do? Lessons were more enjoyable and singers progressed faster and it seemed related to the having the guilt/obligation/habit-building mindset left out.
So I started to question...what's the minimum time total (lessons + practice) needed to enjoyably progress as a singer?
I had some beginner singers start lessons and explicitly tell me they were not going to practice at all between lessons. That the point of lessons, for them, was to get to know music and enjoy music in a deeper way...and a singing lesson was the way that worked for them.
Some of these particular beginner singers could take weekly lessons, some could fit lessons twice a month, and some once a month.
My suspicion, because of the tradition of lessons, was that anything less than once a week wouldn't go anywhere...but I didn't know that for sure, so why not see what happens?
Over the last ten years, the pattern I found, was that the only thing that usually won't work, is once-a-month lesson. When its once-a-month, it feels too much like you are "starting over" so that it's a challenge to both enjoy and progress.
Twice monthly is now the minimum I recommend, and it's a MASSIVE difference compared to once a month.
Singers taking twice-monthly lessons, improved in their singing, even though they weren't practicing between lessons or even trying to get better!
What astounded me, was the these were very concrete differences in their singing...one student couldn't sing in tune and at the end of a couple years, without doing anything other than twice monthly lessons, he sang an entire song start-to-finish completely in tune!
Of course, with weekly lessons, progress is faster, so if singing is more goal-oriented, weekly is great.
Then I ran into a new challenge...
Some singers wanted to do weekly lessons, but I didn't have room in my schedule, so what could you do if you want to progress faster in your singing, but you can only take lessons twice a month? Or what if you want to get a lot of practice in, without the quality diminishing, while taking weekly lessons?
Well you could practice more...
Yet I find practicing solo is an art in itself, and it takes a while to learn to go slow enough, to pay attention enough, to rest enough between each round of singing that you do... so that you can develop the sensitivity needed to get close to the quality of practice you get in lessons.
For this reason, I developed the Feel Better, Sing Better Replay Subscription.
This gives you an opportunity to learn how to practice that isn't totally on your own, where you are trying to remember what happened in a particular lesson... but also isn't totally with a teacher...instead its a nice in-between step towards practicing on your own.
In addition, you can take this class totally on its own, without taking lessons, and experience progress in your voice...but don't take it from me...here is what others had to say...
Becca C.'s Experience...
"When [I was] actually making a sound, it felt natural! I felt very little tension"
Lauren B.'s Experience...
Scale of 1-10 (10 being max nerves!) how nervous did you feel at the possibility of singing in public BEFORE the class?
How did singing feel for you BEFORE the class?
Less effort, more of my whole body, making sound feels easier, less self-critical.
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