Do Not Sign Up a Singing Teacher in Liverpool Before Asking these 3 Questions...
I’m Ian Davidson and I’m known as ‘the singing teacher who trains other singing teachers’.
I've spent more than a decade helping vocalists all over the world – from novices to famous singers, privately and as a lecturer at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (that’s me there, training a group of singing teachers at Songbird Studios in San Francisco).
Although it’s been fun to see the world, these days I have a young family and prefer not to travel so much. So I now train singers in my fully equipped studio in Liverpool City Centre (or alternatively over Skype or FaceTime if you’re too far away).
I’ll go into more detail about how you can take advantage of that shortly, but first let’s talk about the 3 questions.
The 3 questions in the above video allow you to quickly find out if your prospective singing teacher knows what they are doing, or if they are a total waste of time!
At this point, I think it’s only fair if I answer the questions myself.
Question #1: “How Will You Improve My Voice?”
The most important thing to note is that it’s YOUR session.
First of all, we sit down and go through your goals. Do you want to be a famous superstar, play your own material at open mic events, or do you just want to be able to sing along to your favourite songs?
Secondly, I won't give you generic ’exercises’. I don’t work that way – you deserve a program tailored to your unique needs. Teaching somebody to sing classically is very different to teaching somebody to sing in a contemporary style, and your singing teacher needs to be aware of the differences and challenges to teaching both.
I find out EXACTLY what you want, and I create a specific, customised plan to get you from A to B faster than anyone else can.
And if I can’t help you out – I won’t waste your money or your time.
Question #2: “Who Have You Helped That’s Similar To Me?”
If your singing teacher has already helped someone just like you, to achieve what they want to achieve, it’s likely they can help you too.
If they are brand new and never had success with anybody – sure, they might turn out to be a brilliant teacher. But you’re trusting to luck.
After nearly 15 years of training all kinds of people, of all ages, from every background imaginable, I’m now in the unique position where there isn’t a vocal problem I haven’t seen before.
Here are some of the clients who I’ve helped. Instead of telling you what a great teacher I am, I will instead let you listen to these singers and decide for yourself. ]
Question #3: “What Do You Expect From Me?”
Obviously I can’t tell you right now how long it will take to achieve your goals, because I don’t yet know what your goals are.
But I do require a level of commitment from every student I take on. If you want to get good at anything, you need to be willing to make an effort.
It doesn’t necessarily need to be a huge effort (in many cases, 10-20 mins practice a day is plenty) and it doesn’t have to take forever - but you do need to be consistent with your practice.
I only work with people who want to see fast results. People who want to look back in a month’s time and be amazed at how their voice has improved.
If that’s not for you, please don’t schedule a consultation with me. You’ll be taking up time which someone else could be benefitting from.
How Much Does It Cost?
Most people select their teacher based on either the closest to home, or the cheapest. But how often is the cheapest the best?
Here’s a few of the things that can happen when you select the wrong teacher:
· You’re taught incorrect techniques which hurt your voice and potentially leave you with a vocal health problem – like nodules for example
· You’re forced to waste endless hours doing outdated vocal exercises and drills which probably aren’t right for your voice (these ‘old-school’ exercises are ideal for some singers, but for most they are irrelevant for contemporary singing)
· You’re put through a ‘one-size-fits-all’ teaching programme - regardless of your musical style, preference, ability or desired results…
· You’re told you can only sing in a certain range (for example, I’ve lost count of the number of men who I’ve helped to sing Paul McCartney style tenor range songs – yet other singing teachers told them their voice wasn’t high enough)…
· Singing stops being fun and starts feeling like work…
· You throw away your time and money…
· You voice gets worse, not better!
So it’s critical you select the right teacher.
Also recognise that my intention is not for you to work with me forever. Instead, I want you to get what you need – quickly – and move on.
It's also helpful to bear in mind that there is NO EDUCATION REQUIREMENT whatsoever to becoming a singing teacher. Anybody can just post an advert or put together a website and start teaching - so you can appreciate that there is a world of difference the most and least experienced teachers. I have my BA, my MA, and I am a member of the Higher Education Academy, Vocology in Practice and the Pan American Vocology Association. I also train singing teachers via the BAST (Be A Singing Teacher) program.
So my tuition is priced accordingly. Yes, there are cheaper options out there, but if you want someone who is going to give you fast results, where else can you go?
LESSONS WITH ME COST JUST £35 FOR 45 MINUTES!
You can either join me in person in my studio in Parliament Street in the Baltic Triangle area of Liverpool City Centre or over Skype or FaceTime in the comfort of your own home.
Book a Free Consultation With Me
Fill in the form below to let me know a little about who you are, and what you’re looking to achieve.
I’ll email you back to arrange a time for us to talk.
On our call, there will be no awkward ‘hard selling’.
I’ll simply find out a bit more about what you need help with, and if I think I can help you I will ask ‘would you like my help with that?’
All you have to do is say ‘yes’ or ‘no’!
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