In her best selling book Mindset – The new Psychology of Success, Carol Dweck outlines the difference between a fixed mindset and a growth mindset. A fixed mindset is the belief that what you are capable of is a fixed trait, like eye colour, you’re born with it and you can’t change it. Whereas a growth mindset is like a muscle, when you put in the hard work and effort, your abilities can grow and flourish.
Singing is an activity that is notoriously known for being either you have “it” or you don’t. In other words, the genius singers were singing from the moment they were born.
Yeah right, nothing can be further from the truth. Btw, check out this great diagram:
Getting back to singers….take any genius singer and Wikipedia them and find out about how long they have been singing for and their training and background….
And even if they and “talent” (whatever that means) they were most likely brought up in an environment that encouraged singing daily (whether at home church or school)
(Ps…parents don’t ever discourage your kids from singing even if you think it sounds bad….children need to be encouraged to use their voices….more on that in a later blog)
When it comes to growing as a singer here are some SHIFTS that need to happen:
1) train – work with a qualified singing and voice professional weekly or bi-weekly
2) learn from the constructive feedback that you’ve been given – record your lessons so you can practice daily -find out what you need to improve on
3) embrace the vocal challenges – it’s not always going to be easy, keep going, keep working – the challenges are what make you stronger as a singer
4) keep going…did I mention keep going?
5) view other’s success as inspiring – don’t worry, there’s room for everyone!
6) When you hear a good singer, L I S T E N! Get inspired!
7) One more thing…ignore the haters….and only work with people who offer you constructive feedback and effective tools!
Alida is a vocal coach and singer/performer based in Vancouver, Canada and has been teaching private voice lessons for 10 years. A graduate of UBC School of Music, Alida is also a Level 5 Certified IVA Voice Teacher.