Do online singing lessons actually work? Take it from Adam Mishan, who teaches singing lessons in Toronto, Ontario. Read on as he explains the benefits, and how online singing lessons can work for you!
I’ve been teaching online voice lessons via Skype and Zoom for 12 years now. Before I started, I actually learned to sing through online lessons with several different coaches around the world.
This led to my viral transformation video with 3.8 million views on YouTube:
If you watch the above video it becomes quite clear that online lessons truly do work for someone with very little to no talent for singing.
The Truth is that online lessons work beautifully and absolutely YES – students get every bit as much out of online lessons that they do traditional lessons…if not even more!
Two Crucial Benefits of Online Lessons:
Access to world-renowned vocal coaches
First of all, let’s talk convenience. We’re all super busy these days. Always on the go, and somewhat over scheduled! With online voice lessons, my students are able to sing with me anywhere there is a good Internet connection, including hotel rooms when they are traveling. Even if my student is more local, the commute can eat up as much time as the lesson which can make it difficult to schedule on a regular basis for my busier students.
Online voice lessons have allowed me to teach students from all over the world. Internationally, I’ve taught students in France, India, The United States, Britian, Italy, Mexico, Tasmania, the Philippines and more.
With the improvements that have been made in the quality of Skype, Zoom and other platforms, it really does feel like you are in the same room together. I am able to detect tension, strain, breathiness, etc. every bit as effectively as I am with students taking in-person singing lessons.
Secondly, not every place has local talented vocal coaches. Great vocal coaches are few and far between so unless you live in major city where local talent is abundant, you will be stuck with average singing teachers and vocal coaches who may actually do more harm than good to your voice.
What Do I Need for Online Voice Lessons?
In addition to a reliable Internet connection and a microphone, all you need is a Skype or Zoom account, depending on what your teacher uses). When it’s time to sing, the student brings up the mp3 or YouTube video to sing along with on their end (preferably on a separate device (phone/tablet) to avoid interference), as this is the way to avoid lag and both parties can hear it more effectively this way.
There are so many other bells and whistles as well. Screen sharing and recording capabilities make it easy for students to learn more and refer back to previous lessons. And who knows what other improvements will be made in the near future, or what other platforms will be introduced that allow music instructors to reach out to students from all over?
Which Is Right for Me?
There really is no right or wrong as to which medium a student chooses for their voice lessons. It’s entirely a matter of personal preference and availability of good vocal coaches.
So, what are you waiting for? Try an online voice lesson out and you’ll see just how convenient, effective, and fun they are.