Kat Hunter replied to the topic What do you do during your singing lessons? (Singing Teachers) in the forum Music Teachers 1 year, 11 months ago
Completely missed this post! Although I’m coming late to the game, thought I’d share what I usually teach.
I normally spend half the lesson time on exercises and half the lesson time on repertoire/application of skills to song. The focus of the exercises is almost always focused on a particular skill/goal that the student is trying to achieve.…[Read more]
I’ve noticed on a few other forum topics that teachers in this group have mentioned that they may not do teaching as their full time job. Personally, I’m lucky enough to have done singing teaching as a full time job right from when I started (more than 4 years ago). But there are definitely pros and cons to this, and I’ve had to learn a whole lot…[Read more]
Haha what a great youtube clip!
Helping a singer with their tone is a difficult one, especially if their tone is following their speaking voice; you don’t want to deviate too much from this and make singing feel like something that’s unnatural and divorced from the rest of their voice.
The only ideas I have are these:
1. Take a look at her…[Read more]
Alright everyone, I felt like dredging up this thread to see if anything has changed? How are your musical projects all going? Are there any new people to the forum who are in bands I could check out? Would love to hear more of your collective awesome creative work.
Yayy! I just got a job teaching at a highschool, and they’re considering bringing in the Rock School syllabus. If I hadn’t read this thread I would have been at a complete loss to talk about it. Thanks team! 😉
Haha, I know the feels. I’ve been teaching full time for more than four years now and I still occasionally get the question “so do you do this full time?”, which is funny. It happens less though now that I charge more. I used to get it all the time and I think that was partly a sign that I was undercharging.
Also maybe a sign that my decor at the…[Read more]
I think you have to feel what’s right for you, but I don’t like letting people off when they’re sick. Sometimes if it’s a short term illness and it looks like they could come in for a makeup lesson later in the week I’ll do that so they don’t have to pay for lost time. But generally I still expect people who fall ill to pay for their…[Read more]
@Eliza Thanks for sharing your timetable! Great to see how other teachers structure their time.
Lately I’ve been scheduling small gaps (15 minutes) between some students so that I feel fully prepared and have had time to read my notes on the student before they come in. This does make the whole process a little more time consuming…[Read more]
Not to worry, I don’t think it’s bad form at all to talk about money. I think within a friendly community like this one, transparency is only a good thing!
As much as this is unhelpful, I think you have to really think through how much you feel what you’re offering is worth. For quite some time I was charging what you are; 25 an…[Read more]
@Louisa As for asking for money upfront, you definitely don’t have to make it compulsory. If you put on a little discount for a certain number of lessons booked at a time, and let all your students know about this (and the fact that it means they don’t have to think about bringing payment separately to every lesson, so, less to have to think…[Read more]
Kat Hunter replied to the topic HELP! New student with Nodules has arrived! What to do?! (Singing Teachers) in the forum Music Teachers 2 years, 1 month ago
I agree with all the above. She needs to get an ok from an ENT before taking the next step with her voice.
That said, if she’s had nodules for a LONG time (as in she got hard nodules as a kid that never went away and were not removed – I’ve taught a student like this before), and is considered ready to work on her voice, working with a voice…[Read more]
I think it depends what you mean by “public performance”. Often when public performances take place, it’s the venue that pays the performing rights association, not the performer.
Are you concerned about recitals?
Yesyesyes! Since I started offering block bookings it’s made the admin side of my life SO much easier, especially where cancellation policies are concerned because people have already put the money down, and know what kind of commitments they’ve made and make sure they know their way around the policy, which avoids any confusion. But you’re right,…[Read more]
Kat Hunter replied to the topic Discrimination, the law, CRB checks (All Teachers) in the forum Music Teachers 2 years, 2 months ago
Although my knowledge of the Uk legal system is not thorough, I would imagine that regardless of the law it would, in fact, be unethical to ACCEPT a student if you feel you’re unable to serve them as they would like, and if you know you can refer them to a different service that would much better cater for their needs.
For example, I now don’t…[Read more]
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