A good voice teacher is very rare. Ask any experienced singer and they will tell you, you are lucky to find one good voice teacher in your lifetime. Voice teachers should produce vast improvements in your voice during your study with them; their goal should be to make you a phenomenal singer. Here are six vital qualities every voice teacher should possess: One. Educated in the voice. Being a good voice teacher is an intellectual and academic pursuit. Your voice teacher should be educated with a Bachelors or Masters Degree in Voice, and should continue her growth and education outside the classroom.
Two. Professional performing career. A good voice teacher has many years of professional performing experience and understands what it really means to be the best and sing with the best. She understands the life and pressures of a performer because she herself has been one. This allows a teacher to take vocal pedagogy and theory from books and effectively put it into action in her own voice, thereby increasing her ability to teach singers effectively. Three. Comfortable with foreign languages. If you are a classical singer you need a teacher with experience singing English, Italian, French and German repertoire. She doesn't need to be an expert in the languages in the same way as a vocal coach, but she needs to have a basic working knowledge of the romantic languages in order to help you prepare your art songs and arias. Four. Be a musician. She doesn't have to play the piano like Beethoven or Mozart, but she needs to be able to play your vocal exercises and help you learn your vocal lines with the proper sheet music. A basic working knowledge of piano and music theory is quite essential to a productive voice lesson. Five. Love teaching voice. She must love her job as a teacher! Being a voice teacher is a huge honor because people are trusting you with their most precious and irreplaceable asset - their voice! Being a voice teacher is a prestigious job with a vast skill set. Students should respect their teachers, and their teachers should love what they do and give their all during the lesson. Six. Strict but encouraging. A good voice teacher is assertive, but kind. She must be encouraging and put the needs of her students first. She must be willing to tell her students what is best for them, vocally, even if the student disagrees. Being a good voice teacher is a selfless job of putting the needs of her students before her own.