How many lessons will I need to take?
With lessons, you should begin to see notable improvements in your singing voice relatively quickly, assuming that your teacher is competent. The knowledge gained from your instructor alone should immediately affect how you approach singing. However, the length of time that you choose to study with your instructor depends on a number of factors.
First of all, everyone starts from different places vocally. Some singers have more natural talent and better technique than others. Also, changing vocal habits is a process, and some singers have more unhealthy habits to reverse than others.
Second, every singer’s voice develops at a different rate depending on how quickly he or she learns to apply the concepts being taught and how much self-discipline he or she exhibits. Your dedication to learning will affect how quickly you develop. Some students practise daily between lessons and come to lessons well prepared with lots of questions, and they tend to progress at a very steady pace. Others take a more relaxed approach to learning, and thus develop a little more slowly.
Third, your goals will help you determine how long you wish to study with your instructor. If you begin taking lessons wishing only to sound a little better in your church choir, for instance, you may choose to stop studying after a few months, once you feel more confident and have learned the basics of good singing technique. If you wish to become the absolute best singer that you can possibly be, though, you will likely be prepared to study for many years. There is always something more to learn and more skills to acquire, and good vocal lessons are a great investment to make in your career.
Also, progress will happen more rapidly with weekly or even bi-weekly lessons, but sometimes a student’s financial position must dictate how frequently and for how long he or she can take lessons. Improvements can still be made with lessons taking place less often than once a week, but it will likely take longer to see significant changes.
This list of considerations is not, by any means, exhaustive, and you need to make your own decision on an individual basis and with advice and honest feedback from your instructor. Examine your reasons for desiring to take lessons in the first place and evaluate your progress periodically in light of your goals.
At no time should a teacher attempt to predict how many lessons a student will need or attempt to pressure or persuade that student to continue taking lessons indefinitely, especially if they haven’t been able to produce results within a reasonable period of time. The student is a paying customer, and a mature teacher can accept when his or her services are either no longer needed or no longer desired.