The Importance of a Good Singing Teacher

We are all guilty of belting out a solo or two at some point in our lives... but have you ever stopped and thought about what is actually happening within our bodies to allow this magical (or not so magical) moment occur?

Singing is a multi-faceted skill. It engages not only the lungs and the brain, but the vocal cords too. Our vocal cords are a very delicate and intricate part of our body. When relaxed (ie. breathing), the vocal cords are open. The contraction of muscles in your throat brings the vocal cords closer together. Vibration of the vocal cords occurs as air moves through them when they are pulled closer together. It is this vibration that results in sound. We achieve different sounds and different pitch in our voice by activating different groups of muscles in our throat. 

A good singing teacher will coach you in good technique. They will train the different muscle groups in your throat, and they will show you how to properly warm up your vocal cords to prevent damage to them whilst singing. They will also teach you how to identify your limits. Overzealous activities on your vocal cords can result in irreparable damage... so listen carefully to your teacher's guidance! They have trained for many years and are well-versed in the skills required to keep your vocal cords healthy and strong. 

Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady singing "I Could Have Danced All Night"

Audrey Hepburn in My Fair Lady singing "I Could Have Danced All Night"