Online singing lessons have become quite popular over the last decade, with many different techniques and singing methods available as downloadable or stream-able content. With the explosion of Skype and other technologies, you can even do coaching style lessons with people in different countries.
As online singing lessons have become quite popular, I wanted to take the time to explore some of the key advantages and disadvantages of the format, and see how they compare with face 2 face singing lessons.
Lets get started……
Let’s look at some of the pros of online singing lessons:
- Learn from the best without having to be in the same city/country – If there is a technique you want to learn but you can’t find a teacher with those skills locally, then online singing lessons are a great way for you to be able to learn that particular technique.
- Learn at your own pace – Let’s face it, sometimes life can get in the way of being able to practice as much as we want. If you have a slack week or two, then you can come back and pick up where you left off without feeling that you are wasting your teachers time.
- Online singing lessons are generally be cheaper than face-to-face lessons – I know personally that face to face singing lessons can be pricey, as I have spent thousands of dollars going to different teachers to learn how to sing better and improve my voice. Generally you pay a yearly subscription or an upfront price of a few hundred dollars depending on the course, while a good teacher could charge anywhere from $60 to $150 per lesson. If you have 1 lesson a week for 48 weeks a year, that can add up to several thousand dollars.
We have explored the pros of online singing lessons, now let’s take a look at some of the cons.
Cons of Online Singing Lessons
- You can fall into bad habits or develop new ones – If you don’t have face-to-face lessons where a vocal teacher or coach is monitoring your progress, it is easy to slip back into old habits or gain new ones, especially if you are learning something new. It requires strong discipline to keep pushing forward, doubly so when unlearning bad habits or incorrect technique.
- You can lose motivation – If you don’t have a teacher or vocal coach pushing you to improve, it can be hard to keep motivated, especially if you are learning something that is hard to do. At this point, a teacher or coach can help to keep your motivation strong and to maintain momentum.
- It can be hard to know if you are doing it right – If you are learning something new, how do you know that you are doing it right? with a teacher or coach, they can demonstrate a concept and then help you to be able to execute it correctly. This can be difficult to do without a teacher present, but video tutorials are helping to close this gap.
Whether you learn singing via a vocal coach or teacher, or you want to use or already use online singing lessons, there is one constant that will determine how quickly you improve – the amount of work you put in.
The old adage – “you only get out what you put in” is very much true for singing. You can learn the best technique, but if you don’t practice then you will find that your progress will be slow at best.
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I wish you success in all your singing endeavors.