Voice CoachJob Description:
Voice coaches are professionals who provide training and guidance to individuals looking to improve their vocal skills and abilities.Job Category:
What you will do:
Here are the key responsibilities and activities typically associated with the role of voice coaches:
- provide instruction on proper vocal technique, including breath control, posture, vocal range, pitch, tone, and articulation
- help clients develop a strong and flexible voice
- design vocal warm-up exercises to prepare the vocal cords and muscles for singing or speaking
- assist clients in selecting appropriate songs or pieces that align with their vocal abilities and goals
- work on performance aspects such as interpretation, expression, stage presence, and storytelling through voice
- help clients connect emotionally with their material
- focus on improving diction and pronunciation, helping clients articulate words clearly and with precision
- teach techniques to project the voice effectively
- work on ear training exercises to improve pitch accuracy
- educate clients about vocal health practices, including hydration, rest, and avoiding vocal strain
- formal training in voice, which may include vocal pedagogy, singing, or speech pathology
- a deep understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the vocal mechanism
- to know how the voice is produced and how to teach proper breathing, vocal cord control, and resonance
- to understand the principles of vocal health
- a solid foundation in music theory, including scales, intervals, and musical notation
- knowledge of common voice disorders, their causes, and treatment options
As well as:
- excellent communication skills
- understanding and empathy for the unique challenges and insecurities clients may have about their voice
- active listening skills
- to be adaptable in your teaching methods, as each client may have different learning styles and goals (adaptability skills)
- to develop creative solutions to address unique vocal challenges and help clients overcome hurdles (creative skills)
To become a Voice Coach, you don’t typically need specific qualifications. Instead, your education and training path will primarily involve pursuing higher education, gaining experience, and developing expertise in voice coaching and related fields. However, certain subjects and skills from your studies can be valuable in preparing you for this career. Here are some subjects that can be beneficial:
- English: Strong communication skills are essential for voice coaching, as you’ll be working closely with clients to improve their vocal abilities and articulation.
- Music and Performing Arts: If your school offers music or performing arts courses, these can be particularly relevant for aspiring Voice Coaches, as they provide a foundation in musical theory, vocal techniques, and performance.
- Biology: An understanding of human anatomy and physiology, which may be covered in biology courses, can be helpful for explaining how the voice works and how to maintain vocal health.
- Psychology: Courses in psychology can provide insights into the psychological aspects of voice coaching, such as building confidence, reducing performance anxiety, and working with clients on their self-expression.
- Music Theory (Optional): If you have an interest in music and plan to work with singers, learning music theory can be beneficial for understanding musical concepts and helping clients with pitch, rhythm, and musicality.
While not always mandatory, having a bachelor’s degree in a related field can enhance your qualifications. Many Voice Coaches have degrees in music, theater, performing arts, or related disciplines.
Gain expertise in vocal techniques and coaching methods through formal training, workshops, or courses. This can include learning about vocal anatomy, warm-up exercises, breathing techniques, and performance coaching.
If you have a background in singing or acting, it can be beneficial to gain performance experience, as it helps you understand the challenges your clients may face.
Practice and Mentorship
Start practicing as a Voice Coach and consider seeking mentorship from experienced coaches in the field. Learning from seasoned professionals can provide valuable insights and guidance.
Build a network within the performing arts and coaching communities to connect with potential clients and other professionals in the field.
While not always required, some organisations offer certifications in vocal coaching that can add credibility to your practice.
Working Hours and Environment:
Typically you could work 42 to 44 hours a week, occasionally including evenings. You could work in an office.
Career Path & Progression:
Consider establishing your private practice as a voice coach, where you can offer one-on-one coaching and customised training programs.
If you have your private practice, develop business skills to manage appointments, market your services, and handle financial aspects.