Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Planning for a Year of Successful Singing

Getting the Most Out of Your Lessons #4

Right now we are all in the throes of scheduling lessons, looking at academic, audition and exam requirements, selecting repertoire and of course learning and perfecting our technique. I know my overwhelm button will be pushed if I don't plan as much as possible NOW for my students!

Some suggestions for a year of successful singing:

  1. Compile a list of your exams and auditions with deadlines, audition/exam dates and repertoire requirements;

  2. Work backwards from the performance date setting goals of where you want to be with learning and memorizing and rehearsing with your accompanist;

  3. Share these dates with your teacher and accompanist and talk about how to achieve these goals;

  4. If you need to do recordings, book them early so you have time for editing and don't have to send your materials by overnight courier (WAY more expensive!);

  5. Write/enter all your goals into your day timer/outlook with reminders.

Now you can relax and just get the work done! Planning now can save time and money later and do a lot to help you be a sane and happy singer!

Good luck and keep me posted on your progress!

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