I see each and every student as an individual. When I first meet them, I ask them questions so I can fine tune exactly what their goals are in taking music lessons. I ask them about their musical influences (or their parents), favorite singers and bands they like, what their favorite musical genres and also if they have played sports, dance or enjoy other forms of exercise.
I look at singing and piano like athletics. In sports, athletes use gross motor activities to train the muscles until they reach muscle memory, meaning they body responds automatically. Singing and piano playing is similar but we are just training small motor muscles through repetition until we gain muscle memory. That’s why athletes and musicians and singers make it look so easy. They practice!
For my professional and/or working musicians, I ask them what are their goals for work with me and usually they are very clear about their reasons to see a vocal coach. I’ve found these singers are experiencing a vocal challenge or difficulty or they need to learn a new skill in private before they are ready to share it on the stage.