Wes Bond started the topic What do you do during your singing lessons? (Singing Teachers) in the forum Music Teachers 1 year, 5 months ago
Obviously as teachers we do different things in our lessons and have different ways of doing things.
So I thought I would be a little nosey and find out what kind of things you all do when you are giving casual lessons.
Obviously with exams you have to do certain things but if someone is just singing for fun what do you do with…[Read more]
Sorry for the late feedback. I decided to charge her anyway but thankfully after explaining things from my point of view she saw my point and agreed that I wasn’t being unfair.
Thanks for the input
Another thing I have run into with cancellations that I just want to check out.
A lady who has a lesson with me tonight cancelled this morning because she has the flu.
I have a policy of if you cancel less than 48 hours in advance then I still charge for the lesson, which I see is pretty standard.
However, she is kicking up a…[Read more]
Wes Bond replied to the topic Discrimination, the law, CRB checks (All Teachers) in the forum Music Teachers 1 year, 7 months ago
I’m DBS checked because I work as a youth and children’s worker part time and I would definitely recommend having one even if it is just to give parents peace of mind and to protect yourself.
Where the law is concerned, in my understanding in working with youth and children as well as vulnerable adults in the past I believe that as long as you…[Read more]
So I have just taken on a new student who has quite severe autism. I was wondering if you guys had any suggestions on extremely simple songs as well as exciting fast paced excersizes that I could do with him so that he enjoys his lessons and doesn’t get bored and also so that I can keep his attention.
I’ve dealt with Autism before…[Read more]
Wes Bond replied to the topic Singing Students: Beginner Song Choices (Singing Teachers) in the forum Music Teachers 1 year, 8 months ago
A lot of the time I let my students pick their songs. Obviously if it’s too difficult for the level that they are at I give them a couple other choices, but a couple of songs that are relatively simple or easy to simplify are:
Make you feel my love – Adele
Let her go – Passenger
Roar – Katy Perry (recently found out that this is…[Read more]
I charge for all my first lessons and in my experience if people aren’t willing to pay for 1st lessons then they are probably going to be tight with money going forward or not go forward at all.
I agree with the phone call approach but again don’t let them drag the phone call on for too long, as they can still get an hour out of…[Read more]
I only have a couple of ideas with this but again it will be trial and error.
When it comes to the rhythm repetition is sometimes the only way to go. I have sat with a song that the student has picked and got them to count all the way through the song. This gave them an understanding of 1….2….3….4…. and I explained to them…[Read more]
Eliza! Great Idea about the practice room. I always love going somewhere with soundproofing and really going for it.
It’s a great idea suggesting things like that to students and lots of students especially Uni students don’t want to sing at home because they are worried what their mates and people around them will think.
Might try this…[Read more]
No she isn’t able to sing them at all, I decided to do something a little different with her and discovered that it isn’t just about confidence but also about being so frustrated with herself that she shuts down.
I spoke to her about it at the end of her lesson last week and we had a much better lesson this week. She said she wasn’t…[Read more]
Thanks for this Eliza! This is great, at the end of the day it all seems to come down to patience.
I really don’t mind as long as she is having fun and enjoys it. I only get frustrated because I see the potential in her and I know that she can really sing and her confidence is the only thing that is getting in the way.
I will experiment…[Read more]
So I teach this 18 year old girl who has a really nice voice, however, she has absolutely no confidence!
She will sing a song that she knows really well really nicely but in an extremely quiet voice and whenever I try to get her to do warm ups she freezes.
She will do something and then all of a sudden say she can’t and goes…[Read more]
I don’t have any experience teaching SEN students but I do have a little experience having them as part of a youth group I have run in the past.
What I found with SEN students is they only listen to people that they feel are close to them and really care about them.
That’s why they behave when their parents are in the room.
Wes Bond started the topic Teaching Students How To Harmonise (Singing Teachers) in the forum Music Teachers 1 year, 10 months ago
Students can always improve but I am aware that there comes a time when students become very good at singing melodies to songs but have no idea how to sing harmonies or even what a harmony is. I like to mix things up a bit and for those students who are good singers give them a bit of an extra challenge.
So I was wondering what…[Read more]
The only thing I can think of is looking at some of the Community Youth Events that are going on. Some of them do open mics and they re typically for people between the ages of 13 and 18. I know we did them in Leicester 2 or 3 times a year. I’m sure there must be someone in Nottingham that does the same kind of thing.
I don’t have set excersizes for breathing but try and teach them to breathe from their diaphragm while they are actually singing. I have found that it gives their voices more support especially while trying to hit those long high notes. I have also found that breathing properly gives students more confidence and belief in their abilities.
Wes Bond replied to the topic How to help students who are REALLY struggling with tuning? (Singing Teachers) in the forum Music Teachers 2 years ago
I’ve been trying to figure this one out for ages. I have a student at the moment who struggles with Pitch and I’ve been doing a little experiment with him.
I got him to download a Chromatic tuner, the one we have been using is DaTuner Lite which is free on Google Play. I asked him to sing any note and then try and make that note a C. Once he…[Read more]
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