Hi everyone, I'm just interested in some opinions.
I'm hoping to start taking singing lessons again after a good few months off with my baby.
I've decided I need to find a new teacher as my previous teacher, despite being very nice, never did any technique with me and although I've managed to pass Grade 5, I dont know how to use my voice properly. I feel I want to be "trained" correctly.
My brother says I need to find a really high quality professional singing teacher, preferably an experienced opera singer, but to be honest I'm a bit nervous.
I'm 36 and have had negative comments from "professional singing teachers" about my voice in the past - about how I'm "too old and untalented with no potential and teaching me is a waste of their time etc" so I'm wary of going to anyone really high standard in case they say the same thing.
I also don't know how to find out about good teachers. Apparently the best ones don't advertise and the ones who do are often inexperienced or people who have music degrees but no professional experience. Does this make them less good teachers?
I have found one local teacher who seems nice, I had a "free consultation lesson" with her and she gave me lots of exercises and explained a lot about diaphragm breathing etc. But she is very young and has not sung professionally as far as I know, She has a degree in music (singing 1st study) and teaches music at a private girls' school, but thats it. She is not a concert soprano or anything of the sort.
I'm really not sure what to do. I do want to be trained to the best of my ability but it seems so hard to find the right teacher!