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Finding the Right University Voice Teacher for You
This information tends to be in short, playbill-like paragraph form, usually including performance highlights, the names of notable conductors and directors the teacher has worked with, discography information, and a list of other teaching jobs. There are,
of course, exceptions, including teachers whose online bios highlight their academic achievements
such as vocal pedagogy-related publications, conference engagements, and information
on their respective areas in voice science research. There are other ways, however, of  nding out more about your potential new voice teacher and their pedagogy and teaching philosophy on the web.
Frequently, we’re attracted to a voice, performance persona, and/ or career trajectory that we wish to emulate in some way. While
this may spark our interest in a teacher, remember that these components make up only a portion (albeit an important one) of a voice teacher’s o erings. After reviewing the information provided by the school and making initial Google and YouTube searches, seek out a teacher’s personal website, provided they have one, and keep a sharp eye out for student success stories and testimonials.
Note that this information
is usually more available if the teacher maintains a private studio outside of the university and an active web presence. A teacher’s personal website may also provide critical insight into a teacher’s scholarly work and research as well as ongoing performance activities. Learning about a teacher’s past and ongoing professional a liations as well as study in such areas as vocal
health, science, literature, style,
and performance can help to paint a more detailed picture. And, of course, if there are videos available of a teacher working with a public masterclass, or any kind of learning environment, this can be revelatory, especially for incoming students who are unable to arrange an in- person or Skype demo lesson.
Further still, don’t forget to
take a spin through a teacher’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter accounts (if available and public). In general, voice teachers are proud of their students’ successes and
are increasingly posting them on
all sorts of social media platforms. Pictures and videos from lessons, post-recital sel es, and studio gatherings can also be helpful in getting an idea of a teacher’s energy, warmth, and studio culture. It also never hurts to see a picture of a
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