Singing is an activity that everyone enjoys. More than an activity, it is a passion for a lot of people. Sadly, subjects like music in secondary schools are decreasing. It doesn't appear in extra-curricular activities either. Even though a lot of people have the opportunity to sing along choral songs with a choir, personal voice training is a very rare choice. 

For musicians and people who just want to learn singing, taking up singing lessons can help you make up for all the music you missed in school. 

Your interest in music is crucial and you must lay a proper foundation. As you know, singing in the shower is completely different from being able to properly hit a high note, overcome stage fright and develop your overall singing ability. This is why getting a vocal trainer will help greatly. Simultaneously, you learn about music theory and how to use your diaphragm to its fullest potential.

As a professional, your voice trainer is expected to personalise your lessons. Technically, each class should be designed specifically with you in mind. This way, you can be assured of getting value from your money as well as singing success. 

Advantages Of Taking Private Vocal Training Lessons

Why should you take private lessons for voice?

There are so many varied answers to this question. For the most part, the answer depends on the student's reason for signing up for voice training. To start with, vocal training can help you use your singing ability to it's fullest potential. Once you're able to achieve this feat, it increases your level of self-confidence and you can easily overcome stage fright. 

Generally, singing is the perfect therapy that lifts your mood. You'll notice you're a lot more relaxed and happier when you can share your passion with others through music regardless of whether they are musicians themselves. 

Also, if you're looking for another form of exercising, consider singing. Your voice coach will help show you how to do vocal warm-ups properly. Once you've successfully learned this, your singing approach will be a lot more of exercising as it works on your abdominal muscles, diaphragm, vocal cords and larynx. 

This is why as professionals, your vocal trainer would advise that you sing for a maximum of 1 hour per day to maintain your vocal health.  

There are so many benefits of singing lessons for beginners:

  • Ear training will help develop your musical ear and eradicate any tone-deaf instance. 
  • Your stage presence is greatly improved because of your boost in self-confidence.
  • It's one of the most fun opportunity to work on physical expression.
  • Working on your singing ability and tone quality will help you understand better, the emotions of a piece. This way, you can easily capture and express them seamlessly.
  • It allows you to discover and explore new musical genres (such as opera, rock, soul, jazz, afro beats, classical music etc.)

No matter what your musical dreams are (professional recording artist, recording and performing artist, theatre performer, soloist, conductor, composer, etc) vocal training will lay a strong foundation for building a beautiful and successful career from music. 

A lot of courses will offer students (whether you're in the major cities in Nigeria or not), the chance to experience what it feels like to record in a recording music studio. You will get familiar with studio equipment which is a great way of building yourself as an upcoming artist or songwriter. 

Additionally, voice coaches vary for different students. Whether you're preparing for singing auditions, your first open mic event, the professional exam for a music school, or you simply just want to learn how to sing, there's a teacher out there for you!

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Music books can teach you all you need to know about music theory, posture, and a lot more. Photo Credit: Unsplash

Where To Find A Vocal Trainer Near me in Nigeria

Trying to improve your head voice, diction, understand the timber of your voice, or expand your repertoire? Then get a voice coach! Whatever your level is, getting a vocal trainer is not a problem. 

Singing is far more than just improving your tone quality. With the help of a singing coach, you'll learn about the music theory, singing techniques, breathing techniques, vocal technique, how to do a vocal warm-up properly and how to use your diaphragm to support your vibrato. 

Here are the many ways you can find a private voice teacher: 

  • Banners and advertisement in local newspapers
  • Referrals and word of mouth
  • Specialist music schools
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Social media
  • Online advertisements.

For music institutions and organisations that offer classical training, the duration of lessons is from 30-90 minutes long per week. It all depends on the availability of teachers. 

Nevertheless, if you find a teacher through advertisements, you'll find it easier to choose a teacher that can work with your timing, especially when you'd be better off practising during the weekends or in the evenings. 

Choosing Your Perfect Vocal Trainer

Before you begin searching for a singing coach, think about what your singing goals are. 

Clearly realizing your objectives will make it easier for you to find a vocal coach suitable for your needs. After finding one, he/she would adapt their lesson contents to your personal needs. 

Another advantage of listing out your goals is that your teacher can easily organise and personalise their lessons around your plans. 

If you're interested in getting a singing lesson teacher online, a platform like Superprof offers teachers who upload their CVs, give details of their previous experience and tell students about their expertise ( specialisms such as opera singing for instance). These are incredibly useful information for students to help them figure out what tutors are suitable for them just by looking at their profile. 

Here's what to consider when searching for voice teachers: 

  • The music styles they offer in their classes
  • Their teaching style and experience
  • Their musicianship experience
  • The qualifications they hold
  • What musical instrument they play
  • Their location
  • The hourly rates they offer
  • The levels they teach (to make sure it matches the student's goal and abilities)

Whether you're learning to sing just for fun, for an exam, auditions, artist development or to improve your singing skills in general, what you will be charged in terms of tuition is depended heavily on the teacher's experience. This is why it is extremely important that you make the right choices for your personal ambitions. 

With a musical instrument, your songwriting skills become a lot better. Photo Credit: Unsplash

Prices For Vocal Training In Cities in Nigeria

Hiring a voice coach can do so much magic for your performance skills and self-esteem, but how much will it cost you? 

Climbing the ladder to becoming one of the most famous singers in Nigeria and the world is now more accessible than ever. More teachers are now making their services available for every budget. So this way, you wouldn't have to worry about high registration and lesson fees that a lot of musical institutions demand. 

Rather than opting for an expensive music school, you can find voice teachers online and in major cities and local areas in Nigeria. 

Just like professional teachers in conservatoires, for instance, private voice trainers have the necessary musical ability and teaching skills to broaden a student's knowledge about music and help make the most of their vocal talent. 

With proper research, you will find that prices vary according to your location in Nigeria. 

Here are some varied per-hour prices of singing lessons in major cities in Nigeria on the Superprof site: 

  • Lagos: ₦3,000
  • Ibadan: ₦2,000
  • Port Harcourt: ₦2,500
  • Abuja: ₦3,000
  • Calabar: ₦1,500
  • Jos: ₦3,000
  • Enugu: ₦1,500

Consider learning to play a musical instrument as well. It will help further your understanding of music and can serve as an accompaniment for your original compositions or covers. Being able to do this will broaden your chances of getting a better shot at a successful musical career. 

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A great performance is very important to singers as it will determine how fast they will be seen. A vocal trainer can help you with becoming one of the best performers ever. Photo Credit: Unsplash

How To Practice Between Vocal Training Classes 

In order to get the best from your classes, you'll have to be able to utilize the time between your lessons effectively.

Your vocal trainer will expect that you dedicate a level of motivation and seriousness into developing yourself. Technically, you should always practise what you have learned during the session with your teacher before your next class.

Practising will allow you to boldly demonstrate your progress to your vocal coach at the beginning of your next class. This way, your teacher can easily access your progress, measure your improvement, and give proper singing tips and advice to even boost success. 

Here are some ways you can continue to develop your vocal skills outside of your lesson time: 

  • Work on more songs or pieces  assigned by your voice trainer
  • Practise listening skills for singing exams with a CD
  • Continous practising of breathing techniques covered in your class
  • Using your diaphragm and practising vibrato control. 

There are as well a variety of online singing lessons and mobile apps for beginners and professionals alike to help improve their skills and make progress outside their classes. 

It is important to note that you're solely responsible for how far you've gone in improving your singing ability. The key to a successful relationship between you and your voice coach is hard work and dedication on your part as a student. You're expected to train your voice according to the professional advice of your teacher.

Generally, it is advised that you spend at least 30 minutes per day on practising your singing. Also, keep in mind that music practises isn't just about singing. Your practice is also about mastering your voice through several breathing exercises and understanding the singing techniques taught by your teacher. This will easily make you a well-rounded musician. 

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