Week 1: Back in the Chair
Why to Take Singing Lessons
If you didn’t already know, before I was helping Zuke with blogs and editing interviews with good-looking alt. punk musicians, I used to be a student! This was about 6 years ago when I was a sophomore in high school. When I left for college in 2010, I stopped taking lessons. Four years and a B.A. later, I’m back.
When I originally told Zuke I wanted to come back, her first reaction was, of course: “Sure!” And when I showed up to my first lesson, she asked: “Why did you want to come back?” I didn’t really think much about that question before, but after some thought, I found I had no real reason other than because I wanted to.
Let me explain that further. I have just graduated, and there’s a certain life-transition stage that’s happening right now. It’s intimidating, because there are a lot of different directions to choose from. Was I going straight for the full time career? Was I going back to graduate school? Was I going to drop off the face of the earth and move to Alaska to live in a VW in the middle of the wilderness? And the honest answer to that question is: I have no idea. It’s not even like I’m planning to become a famous super-star singer, or join a punk-rock band with some friends right now. But while I’m trying to figure it all out, I want to explore more of what interests me. Singing, and music, is at the top of the list.
That’s the simple part
I’ll tell you a story
One thing always leads to another. And as you leave yourself open to learning and exploring more possibilities for yourself, decisions are easier to make and possibilities are easier to find. So while you’re taking voice lessons and think you’ve got one set goal for yourself or if you’re thinking about why you should even bother with taking lessons, remember not to close yourself off from any possibility. Have dreams, set goals, be realistic, be open, and let yourself work toward finding the right fit for you. You have time.
As student, do you have a reason why you want to take lessons with Zuke? It’s all right to do some self-exploration, because then you just might find something great for you.