Introduction to a Career as a Vocal Coach
Vocal coaching might be a good fit for individuals who are passionate about music and teaching. As a vocal coach, you will be spending your time working with aspiring singers and those who want to learn complete control of their voices. You will help them hone and maintain the integrity of their voices. Aspiring vocal coaches will need training and, in some cases, related experience; these qualifications can often be met through online resources. The chart below offers an overview of the field.
|Required Skills||Control and in-depth knowledge of own voice, communication skills, ability to instruct others, confidence|
|Job Growth*||11% growth from 2018-2028 (for all Self-Enrichment Education Teachers)|
|Median Salary (2018)*||$38,720 (for all Self-Enrichment Education Teachers)|
Source: *U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Step-By-Step Guide to Becoming a Vocal Coach Using Online Resources
The following steps offer a road map of how to begin vocal coaching as a career, and most of them can be competed using online resources. However, gaining related work experience might need to be completed in person.
Step 1: Find Online Resources That Offer Vocal Training
While a degree isn't always required to become a vocal coach, some aspiring vocal coaches may choose to pursue a degree or certificate. These program options could include a Bachelor of Arts in Voice Performance or professional certificates in vocal styles or voice technique and musicianship. Programs like these are offered online or in hybrid formats.
For individuals who have a degree in an unrelated field (or for those with no degree), vocal classes are another educational option. Paid voice classes are available online, as are instructional videos and webinars.
Step 2: Gain Experience
For many vocal coaching jobs, experience may be more important than formal music education. While gaining experience in this field might involve a fair amount of in-person time, there are ways to gain experience online. You can check into music and vocal performance forums and offer your services for free. Alternatively, you could find family members and acquaintances to teach via Skype or another voice chat program.
Step 3: Put Together a Program or Lesson Plan
To effectively teach, you'll need to put together lesson plans. It may be helpful in the early stages of your career to use similar formats that were taught to you when you were learning how to control your voice and how to become a vocal coach. However, keeping your plan flexible is important. You'll want to be able to adapt the plan to your students' needs. Online, there are resources like lesson plan templates and instructions on how to tailor them to your students.
Step 4: Begin Marketing Yourself Online
During your vocal training, you might have made connections with people looking to hire vocal teachers, and this networking could speed up the job search process and open up different job options when you begin your career. In addition, you can take advantage of online resources like job posting sites, LinkedIn, social media and advertising to start obtaining clients or find work with music schools and performance programs.