Teachers that create a codependent relationship with the student.
Teachers that put the blame on the student for a lack of understanding.
Teachers that want to "own" a student.
Teachers that don't show HOW to fix a vocal problem.
Teachers that teach a "blanket" approach to singing.
Teachers that lack measurable results.
Inability to apply pedagogical knowledge to the singer
Listen to the teacher's students.
Learn to recognize codependent signs
Listen to what your body is telling you. If a particular technique FEELS wrong, it probably is.
Talk to your teacher openly and ask questions.
Achieving CREATIVE FREEDOM
Learning how to sing well is a PARTNERSHIP between the teacher and the student. A voice teacher, regardless of how experienced or skilled, is human and can make mistakes. It is vital that the student trust his/her instincts and feel comfortable talking to the teacher about what they are being taught and how it feels in the body. If a teacher reacts in an egocentric way to being challenged, it is a red flag that should not be over looked. If a teacher is threatened by the student getting a second opinion from another teacher about technique, that also is a red flag. Teachers do not "own" students. They are given the privilege of teaching bright, creative, capable people.
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