When you see the term “Private Singing Lessons” or “Singing Lessons” (or “voice lessons”, etc) – in NYC or wherever – what they usually mean is one-on-one private lessons with just you and the teacher. That’s different than a class which is a group. Many people are kinda shy about their singing when they are starting off and that’s where private singing lessons can come in – and that’s what I most often give in NYC and online; private singing lessons, one-on-one with the student.
At universities, colleges, and conservatories, private singing lessons are often given out at based on if you already have some singing skills and at the college/uni they generally want you to go to a group class to get the point where you can qualify for private singing lessons at the school. The private lessons are limited so they want you to have some fundamentals before moving you to private lesson. But another route to go is to start with private singing lessons with to prepare for either the private lessons or the “class voice” at university/conservatory And of course, if you are not at college/uni, then private singing lessons are a good way to get some skills in a one-on-one way without being in a group at first which can be intimidating to beginning singers.
Now, singing with friends and meeting people in group situations is amazing! I mean, really amazing! And that is why I like to try to arrange my private singing students meet each other and, when they are ready, try some fun duets with each other. Sometimes you guys can split a “private singing lesson” time together to get together and try that – a “private group lesson” if you will! Recitals and other performance opportunities are another good way to start to meet the rest of my other private students. Singing friends are lifelong friends, usually.
Well, I hope that cleared up some of the differences between a class voice and a private singing lesson. Hit me up for NYC singing lessons if you’re gonna be in the NYC area – or San Diego or San Francisco), or for a private online singing lesson through Skype, Facetime, Oovoo, or another video chat program.
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