Learning to Sing? Part 3: Singing Schools

To continue our series of articles on learning to sing, an alternative to taking private singing lessons is to find a school that specializes in singing, performing and song writing, frequently referred to as a Vocal Music Program or a Music Program: Vocal Performance.  Here are a few tips to help you find a singing school.

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Learning to Sing at a Singing School

Attending a singing school will provide you with a broader curriculum than what a private teacher can usually offer alone, althought many students continue private singing lessons during their attendance at a singing school, as well as after they graduate.  These schools offer courses in music theory, sight-singing, singing harmony, songwriting, dance, recording, the music business, and more.  If you are serious about a career as a singer, finding a public or private singing school might be the best option for you to investigate.

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Like other areas of study, there are two types of schools, public and private.  Most colleges and universities that offer a music program will include a vocal training program.  College and university programs will range between 2 to 4 years in length and will require that you meet admission requirements as well as audition for acceptance.  If all goes well, you will receive a diploma or degree for your hard work and you will be well prepared for a career in music and voice performance.

Alternatively, there are private singing and music schools that also offer vocal training programs, and will include courses in music theory, sight-singing, singing harmony, songwriting, dance, recording, the music business, and more.  Private schools may not offer college diplomas or university degrees, but you should still learn everything you need to launch your singing career.

Programs will differ at each school (whether public or private, degree or non-degree), so make sure to visit the school before committing to the program.  Talk to teachers and current students, ask questions about the curriculum and resources, and even ask to attend a class or two.  You will be investing not only your time and money, but also your future, in the school, so try to make sure it is what you want before committing.

Prepare for your audition well in advance by knowing the songs your are going to audition with and having the accompaniment prepared.  If you are applying to a school that is located a long distance from you, most schools will accept a preliminary video taped audition. After you’ve applied and auditioned, if you are not accepted to the school, don’t be afraid to ask why, what you can do to improve, and when you can audition again.  Don’t hesitate to ask the school for help finding a private vocal coach who can help you improve so that you can apply again.

Public colleges and universities usually start their sessions in September.  Now is a perfect time to start researching schools and putting together your application for next year.  Private schools usually start their sessions in September and January, so even if you’ve missed auditioning or signing up for the Fall session, if there is room in the classes/schedule for you, and you meet the admission requirements, the school may let you start in January.

In addition to Googling “Singing School”, here are a couple of online resources to help you find a singing school:

Of course, feel free to leave us a comment to share the names of singing schools that you’ve attended and how they’ve helped you improve your singing ability.

See the other articles in this series:

Stay tuned for upcoming articles:

  • Learning to Sing? Part 5:  Online Videos and Podcasts
  • Learning to Sing? Part 6: Sing Karaoke

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