Ultimately, a good voice trainer is someone who gets results. When students receive accolades for their singing performances and land record deals, they often found the best teacher with the most effective qualities they needed. Public speakers who stand fearlessly in front of large audiences and project authoritatively found the best qualities in their voice trainers. Requirements for voice teachers depend on the needs of the vocalist.
For the most part, graduates of acclaimed voice training schools like the Westminster Choir College or Julliard have undergone extensive scientific and technical training that qualified them to train other speakers and singers. While a professional singer who’s made her own career in the field may know how she belts it out, she may not know the anatomy of the vocal chords and the role that diet plays in training a strong voice, for example. Graduation with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in vocal pedagogy provides you with qualifications that untrained instructors lack. For example, at the Westminster Choir College, master’s degree applicants must bring 5 years of professional singing experience to the table before they can even enter the teaching program.
The more training you receive, the better chance you have of learning important techniques that will benefit students. Qualified voice trainers should provide references, which often come from organizations that provide certifications for their trainers. The Dale Carnegie Institute, for example, puts its trainers through 18 months of coursework before granting certification. Speech Level Singing doesn’t award master’s-level trainer status until trainers have undergone 10 years’ worth of training and professional experience.
Successful singers and speakers often undergo professional training. Once you've reached your peak or have a need to supplement your income, pass on that extensive training and experience to others. Professional singers and speakers often bring the credentials and qualifications students need to advance their own careers. Students then take advantage of their trainers’ trainers and other professionals who have influenced you.
Knowledge of Physiology
Without proper care of the vocal chords and general knowledge about vocal hygiene, as a voice coach, you can lead singers and speakers down risky roads. It’s vital that a good voice trainer understands the importance of hydration, for example, and keeps the practice room humidified appropriately. According to the Duke Voice Care Center, for instance, humidity in a room should be between 30 and 50 percent to maintain a healthy voice. You need to know techniques to keep the voice healthy, as well as how to project and hit the high notes.
Linda Ray is an award-winning journalist with more than 20 years reporting experience. She's covered business for newspapers and magazines, including the "Greenville News," "Success Magazine" and "American City Business Journals." Ray holds a journalism degree and teaches writing, career development and an FDIC course called "Money Smart."