Page 81 - Classical Singer magazine 2019 Fall University Issue
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“You’ll never truly get a feel for your rapport with a teacher, and how that rapport will lead to trust and ongoing technical and artistic growth, until you’ve had boots on the ground in the studio for a series of lessons.”
In some ways, the call may feel a bit like a blind date, so it’s good to have an action plan for your conversation. Have a set of three or four questions that you ask each potential teacher you contact. These can be used over the phone, Skype, or at an in-person demo lesson.
By asking each potential teacher roughly the same questions, you’ll have a better metric by which to gauge your connection. As you write your list of questions, be
sure to include some that will allow the teacher to address topics such as career paths, the makeup of the studio (e.g., is it largely populated with undergraduate or graduate students), their approach to technique, and their style preferences. For the last one, it’s important to know if a teacher does or does not wish to work
teacher presenting their research at a conference or performing on the operatic, recital, or concert stage, practicing what they preach!
The Art of the Email, Phone Call, and Demo Lesson
Email is the quickest and safest way to connect with a potential teacher, especially if you are shy (imagine that, a shy singer!). The prospect of cold calling anyone can be anxiety provoking. Do
your best to put your anxiety on the side burner for this call and dial the number. Making a vocal connection over the phone will go far in alleviating the anxiety you otherwise might have felt all the way up until meeting at your  rst lesson in the fall semester. One way to sidestep this is to send a brief email introducing yourself, expressing your interest in them as a teacher, and asking when a good time to call might be.
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