One of the most common questions we get from new students is “what should I bring?” Though there are a few items that every music student needs to have on hand, the list of what to bring truly depends on what type of lesson you’re taking. This is especially true for private voice lessons, which require a number of items other lessons don’t, including a few you probably wouldn’t expect!
Are you about to start private voice lessons? If so, here’s what you should bring to your first lesson:
- A healthy voice – If you’re sick, have a sore throat or are losing your voice, you shouldn’t strain it by singing. If your voice isn’t in full health, talk to your instructor; you may want to reschedule!
- Recording device – Your voice may sound different to you than it does to the rest of the world. Using some kind of recording device, like a cassette recorder, a microcassette recorder or your smart phone, can help you get a better grasp on your voice’s strengths and weaknesses. It can also help you play back your lessons so you can practice on your own time.
- Notebook and pencil – You’ll want to be able to take notes during your lesson, so you can refer back to them at home and at your next session.
- A binder and any books your instructor has assigned you – A three-ring binder is a great way to keep your sheet music and notes organized. Be sure to stock it with dividers and folders, too.
- Lyrics and sheet music for any song you want to learn – If there’s a specific song you need or want to learn, get the sheet music and lyrics for it, and bring it to your lesson. If you have a recording of it (CD or MP3) bring that, too.
- Water – You’ll need to keep your throat lubricated during the lesson, so don’t forget bring a bottle of water with you.
You can set yourself up for success with your private voice lessons by being prepared and bringing these items with you. Not enrolled in lessons just yet? Contact the Musical Arts Center of San Antonio to get started today.