It's a fair question... I mean, if you're not looking to become a professional singer or you're not looking to use your voice in any professional capacity, as an actor or a public speaker then why bother learning to use your voice? Surely the voice you have been using for years and years is good enough? I'd agree with you... seriously, I agree. You don't NEED to learn to use your voice in a professional capacity. However, there are a whole host of benefits that come from training your voice whether you want to use it professionally or not; in fact, this doesn't just apply to singing or the spoken voice, this applies to any kind of skill that you may never have explored before.
This sort of links back to my first blog about the importance of learning a new skill during a situation like the one we currently all find ourselves in (COVID-19 for those who don't know what I'm referring to...) but, I want to talk specifically about why learning about singing and the voice in general is a really fantastic skill to learn and it can actually help you in everyday life where you might least expect it!
Your voice is something you use everyday. It is a necessary tool that we use to communicate with others; whether that's to express love, hate, give warning, educate, entertain or reprimand. Whether we like it or not, our voice is an essential part of our human experience. We've all had those days where we wake up and find that our voice just isn't quite there for us; maybe we had too much to drink the night before and we managed to lose our voice, screaming at the fruit machine in the local pub... maybe it got lost at a football stadium somewhere, desperate to be heard over the many thousands of other voices chanting and singing support for their team. The point is, we feel weakened by a lack of normal functioning vocal ability; in many ways it reduces our authority or our status in certain environments. Someone in a position of power and authority, like a teacher for example, with a lost voice is pretty much doomed when thrown in to the lion's den of unruly school kids. If only people had the ability to understand how this could be prevented... if only there were ways of reducing the occurrence of this issue. Well, there is!
You don't have to spend years and years of intense training and study to learn how you can prepare your voice for various events in order to protect it and maintain the status you are usually accustomed to.
For many people, this issue won't be of any importance. The occasional lost voice is of little consequence when it comes to someone who works on a computer, processing data or managing various financial accounts; but for a team leader, a supervisor, a business person pitching their latest invention or big idea, or even a bank clerk speaking to customers about the latest offers on credit accounts and ISA'S- having your voice is pretty important!
Through Spoken voice classes, you could learn some very basic voice exercises that you can literally do in the car on the way to work or on the way to that big football match. The exercises may be basic, but the protection you give your voice will be a huge pay off!
Singing is a big part of our lives; whether we realise it or not, we actually sing all the time! Football fans probably sing more than the average singer! We sing in the shower, we sing along to the radio in the car, we sing our favourite jingles out of habit, we sing whilst we do the house work or run a bath. We sing whilst doing the gardening and we usually hum tunes on the way back from the theatre. Singing is a wonderful form of communication that all humans can relate to. It doesn't matter what nationality you are, everyone understands singing and the joy it can bring.
Having some basic singing lessons can allow you to explore your voice in a way that you never realised you could. It can unlock emotions inside of you and offer a form of therapy. Your singing voice is directly connected to your emotions, so having the opportunity to let it out and really explore it will allow you to express yourself in a way you never thought you could.
It doesn't matter if you're the best or worst singer in the world; everyone can produce some sort of musical sound. It's a wonderful skill to learn. You don't have to spend thousands and thousands investing in equipment for it, you don't have to go to a specific place to use it, you don't have to buy accessories for it... it's part of you. Yes, if you choose to take lessons, you will have to spend money on those and you may have to invest in a few things to help you develop, but, it only gets more expensive if you're looking to go to a professional level with your voice.
For the average person looking to learn a skill for the hell of it, especially during this uncertain time, the price of some singing lessons really shouldn't break the bank and it will offer you a lifetime of joy and could even offer you some helpful protection and functionality in everyday life!