I’ve been catching up on listening to the latest Diction Police podcast episodes. I really liked this episode and thought it deserved a special mention:
For budding coaches, there’s advice on:
- What skills you need to acquire
- How to get experience while still in university
- How to get work
- The different things that are expected of you in different kinds of rehearsal/audition/performance situations, and the different skills you’ll draw on in each of those settings
- How to deal with difficult personalities and sticky situations
- Audition repertoire
- What singers want and need from you during a coaching
For singers, this podcast provides some insight on how to work with coaches most effectively. It also helped deepen my appreciation of how much skill, hard work, experience, knowledge, and talent it takes for coaches to do what they do.
Budding choral conductor/pianist types, this podcast might be helpful for you too. Obviously the repertoire will be different, but there’s a lot of overlap in the skill set – languages, styles, rehearsal skills, people skills, playing open score and/or from a reduction, etc.