Are You a Good Student?
You can also evaluate what it takes to be a good student. The responsibility for learning a new skill is ultimately your own. The challenge of learning to sing well is best approached as a partnership between you and your teacher. Most teachers appreciate a student who:
Is eager to learn
Is attentive during the lesson
Accepts constructive criticism
Remains focused and calm
Is dedicated and consistent
Respects the teacher's time and place
Try to be as prepared as possible for each lesson so you don't waste time and money. You can also plan to bring the following items with you to your lesson:
A notebook and pencil (Use pencil on your music to allow for changes.)
Two copies of the music you'd like to sing, one for yourself and one for the teacher
A cassette tape and recorder, a digital recorder, or a blank CD if your teacher offers that recording option
Learning a new subject, especially one as personal as singing, can cause a certain amount of agitation, shyness, and defensiveness. Try to think past these emotions so you can concentrate on the task at hand. The teacher's job is much easier and more fun when the student is open and willing to work hard.