There was recently a post on a Facebook voice teacher group stating that a parent was considering switching voice studios because they thought that having a performing arts school listed on their child’s resume would look better than a private studio. The teacher was frustrated and rightfully so. I suspect that the parent thinks they are looking out for their child’s best interest, but their point of view is simply not true and I think it is a topic that needs to be discussed.
When we are listening to a singer at an undergraduate college audition we are evaluating one thing: the singer. If the student can sing, we are interested. If they have technical issues, we may not be as interested. It is that simple. Auditioning for college programs is extremely stressful and students and parents are always trying to strategize, get inside the audition panel’s head, and attempt to take control of the situation in any way they can. A lot of time and energy is spent trying to control things that cannot be controlled. Time that would be better spent on practicing, taking musicianship classes, and improving one’s skill sets. If a teacher is not giving a student what they need, that is a different conversation. However, if the only reason for switching teachers is an assumption that the teacher’s name (or teaching location) will make a difference between getting into a college or not, then I think the student/parent is making a mistake. It usually takes one to three months to get comfortable with a new teacher and if you are starting your senior year, that is time you don’t have to waste.
As you continue on your journey remember that practice makes perfect and technique is more important than anything you list on your resume.