The number of online singing courses out there is mind blowing. I had to give up my initial idea to buy them all an test them out to decide which is the best.
I'm not an impartial judge, I have to state right off the bat, as I have my own online singing course. But I had this peek at other courses to see what is on the market and to help you decide what would work for you. What distinguishes these courses in terms of specialty and teacher background?
I made this selection based on what popped up from Google and Youtube as top search results. It's of course by no means exhaustive.
Online singing courses: an overview
Although I'm a modest person in general, I decided to put my own course at the top of the list 😉
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How to decide: need-to-haves of online singing courses
The teacher is not a natural talent but had vocal issues in the past
The course teacher should be someone who is familiar with what you're struggling with, preferably because they’ve been through it. The more the teacher had to learn from scratch, the better it is for you as a student. Consider a teacher who’s been singing amazing since a very early age, or never had training. If they didn’t have to learn it - how will they teach it?
Look for some level of personal feedback
It would be nice if the teacher would answer questions or have a support system throughout the course. Without personal feedback, it's hard for the student to know what he is doing wrong. Better still if there is a personal feedback given on your singing by the teacher.
A combination of theory and exercises
If this is not the case - if you get a ton of exercises and don’t necessarily know the theory/system/anatomy behind it all: that would be problematic. You might go at it the wrong way: you don’t have anybody supervising. On the other hand, if it’s only theory, then the brain will learn but not the body. These modes of learning have to complement each other.
The online course can be combined with real-life lessons
An online course is not enough. Ideally, you get value from it because it amplifies the effects of actual, real life lessons. And hopefully not exclusively the lessons of the teacher of the online course! So course material that is eccentric or unorthodox could be at odds with what students learn in real life: not ideal. The teacher of an online course should be able to show you how to leverage what you learn ANYWHERE.
The course should be focused
Watch out for a course which teaches absolutely everything: all styles, complete technique. That’s not likely. It will either be too scattered and not methodical, or it will not teach what it claims to teach.
Watch out for sky high promises
'Sing like a pro within X time', 'Become a great singer'. 'This is the best course in the whole wide world'. When you hear it in the moment - you might even believe it. I’m not saying it’s impossible that those claims are true. But it's not very likely.
I would pay more attention to more down-to-earth claims about that course. Don’t think for a second that any course will make you a singer. YOU have to do that. You need to put in the work, and then there are the other components of what will get you to a great level of singing, which is different for different people.
About the author
I'm an opera singer and (online) voice teacher, based in Amsterdam. It took me more than a decade to overcome my share of mental and physical issues and reach a professional level as a singer. Because of this background, and my 10+ years of teaching experience, I believe I can speed up your learning curve as a singer.
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