Some find it surprising that, unlike in many other areas of education, singing teaching is entirely unregulated. It can be important to bear this in mind especially as there are a variety of offers out there for tuition.
So how do you decide what is right for you?
Here we look at two different sorts of singing teacher.
A vocal coach tends to be someone who is an experienced choir leader, pianist or music theatre director, sometimes specialising in, and teaching other instruments too.
They can help suggest and choose repertoire for auditions or performances, and often work on these specific songs with a singer to prepare them. They are usually very skilled accompanists.
They work well for those singers who have an established vocal technique and/or have very specific aims in mind.
Voice teacher or Singing teacher
A voice teacher will have studied the very technical skill of singing as a specialism, and should have good insight into the modern science of how the voice works. They will be able to balance and strengthen your voice, and work on your breathing.
If you have any vocal difficulties or things you find tricky they should be able to help you sort them out, using songs they know will be effective for you to work on.
With a solid technique you can adapt to various different styles of singing, such as pop, classical or music theatre.
Some teachers have the skills and knowledge to combine these roles.