If you want to learn how to sing well, you may have already looked into taking in-person lessons. However, there are plenty of online courses dedicated to helping you achieve your vocal potential.
One of these is 30 Day Singer, an online course that can help you sing better (and sing correctly) within 30 days. We've been excited to review this particular course -- it seems to be highly recommended by many in the online music lesson industry.
Things to Consider Before Signing Up for an Online Singing Course
Especially when choosing a beginner course for vocals, it's important to choose something that will be good for you in the long run. In particular, it's wise to make sure the music singing course you choose covers topics on warm ups and vocal health.
Before you decide on a course, it's a good idea to ask yourself a few things. Here are some things to consider:
30 Day Singer
Features and Benefits
Now, we'll get into some of the key features of this interesting vocal site. There's a lot to take in, but we think this is one of the most thorough sites to become a better singer.
Meet the Instructors
Right away, one of the things that we noticed about this site is the fact that you have a few different instructors. Each one has a slightly different focus and background. We especially like the fact that there are multiple beginner courses to choose from -- you can look into each instructor and decide who will best suit your artistic focus and your learning needs.
Here's a brief rundown of the 30 Day Singer instructors:
Camille van Niekerk -- Camille is a vocal coach and singer who started performing in musicals when she was seven. She has a BA in Music Education from Azusa Pacific University, and she earned teaching credentials at San Diego State University. After working as a vocal instructor, she started her own private vocal studio where she focuses on ear training, recording, and voice instruction. Check out this video of Camille performing a cover of Bob Dylan's "Make You Feel My Love" on ukulele.
Here is a sampling of courses and lessons Camille teaches with 30 Day Singer:
Jonathan Estabrooks -- Jonathan is a Juilliard alum who primarily performs in the musical theatre, opera, and crossover genres. He has had debut performances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, and he also has performed with several world-renowned orchestras, including the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Vancouver Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and Israeli Chamber Orchestra. Jonathan has been featured in the New York Times, on Billboard.com, and on several major TV networks.
Here are the courses and lessons Jonathan teaches for 30 Day Singer:
O&O -- This is a vocal duo made up of Obadiah Jones, a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist from Colorado, and Orian Peled, an Israeli vocalist. The duo primarily plays Americana music on the London circuit, but they have already played at major festivals and as support acts for established artists like The Germein Sisters.
So far, O&O teaches one lesson with this site -- Intro to Harmony.
Jon Statham -- Jon is an artist, singer, and producer from Nashville. He worked as an arranger and backup vocalist on the soundtrack for The Utopian Society, and he enjoys performing all styles of music.
Here are the courses and lessons you can take with Jon:
Reagan James -- You may recognize Reagan's name from NBC's The Voice. She was a member of the Top 10 vocalists on the show, and she also won the Kidd Kraddick / Scooter Braun National Talent Scout competition. Reagan is an R&B singer-songwriter who continues to build a discography of original music.
Reagan teaches one course with the site -- Singing in the Style of Your Favorite Female Artists.
Mark Mekailian -- Mark performs under the name Mark Pico, and he is also a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer. He's a graduate of the USC Popular Music program and has studied under Grammy winners Patrice Rushen and Michael Boddicker. He's also performed with celebrities including Josh Groban.
Mark teaches two classes with 30 Day Singer -- Daily Practice Routine for Beginners and How to Belt Like a Pro.
Abram Poliakoff -- Abram is a singer, composer, conductor, singer, guitarist, pianist, and teacher. He received a BA in Vocal Arts from USC’s Thornton School of Music, and he is currently the Associate Artistic Director in the L.A. Choral Lab. As a vocal instructor, he aims to help students find creativity and expression across genres.
Here are some the classes you can take with Abram:
We're very impressed with the instructor selection here, and we especially like that beginners can choose their instructor for an intro course. While this site doesn't offer a whole lot of genre specialization, we do like that many instructors have experience across genres, making them helpful for a range of students.
Beginner Courses and Course Content
As you saw above, you can choose to take a beginner course with Camille, Jonathan, or Jon. Camille and Jonathan teach similar courses that primarily focus on vocals alone. Jon's course focuses on singing while playing an instrument. Jon plays guitar through his course, but many of the lessons in it can be helpful even if you play piano or another instrument.
Here are the topics you'll cover in the beginner courses with Camille and Jonathan:
If you take a beginner course with Jon, you'll get a different set of lessons. Some focus just on vocals, some focus on your instrument, and some focus on both:
If you want a sample of what a beginner course is like, check out this sample lesson from the 30 Day Singer YouTube channel.
Advanced Courses and Course Content
Once you get to the advanced level of the site, the format is a little different. Rather than taking a comprehensive course, you just have a collection of lessons and small courses to choose from. Many of these smaller courses are about 5-6 lessons, and most focus on developing a singular advanced skill. This makes sense -- as a more advanced singer, you probably will have an idea of what it is you want to learn about and focus on.
Many of these lessons build on skills that you start learning in beginner lessons. For instance, there is a course on mastering vibrato and using it in your singing. There's also a course on improving your phrasing, which also can make a dramatic positive difference in your performances. One class, which we mentioned earlier, introduces you to singing in harmony. Harmonizing is a valuable skill and it sounds beautiful, but it can be a challenging thing to learn. The lesson on harmony is taught by a vocal duo who use harmony heavily in their work, so you'll know that you're being taught by singers who are experts in their craft.If you want an introduction to some of the advanced lessons, check out this lesson on improving agility for riffs and runs.
Social Aspects of the Site
This site has a forum, which might not seem like a big draw at first. However, getting to connect with other students -- and even with your instructors -- can be a benefit. Since you can visit the forum and even post with a free membership, we checked it out.
The forum itself is surprisingly active. In a lot of cases, sites that have forums seem to have little to no activity. Some review sites have mentioned that instructors comment on the forum and offer feedback, but this doesn't look like it's a common occurrence. Here's what the forum looks like when you log on: https://imgur.com/a/l2S7v3w
The forum seems well organized and has a few different subcategories for discussion:
We like that there is a discussion forum for singers of every level. Plus, if you're venturing into writing songs and recording, you can find support for those endeavors here as well.
Memberships and Pricing Options
Like most sites designed to make you a better singer, this one has a few options when it comes to membership. The first option is a basic membership, which is free. The basic membership gives you access to preview lessons. You do get preview lessons in a few categories:
From your dashboard as a Basic member, you also get the option to read about the instructors, book a live lesson, or visit the forum. It's essentially a good sampler pack if you want to check out the site before purchasing a membership. Here's what the Basic dashboard looks like:
If you want full access to the site, you can choose a monthly membership or an annual membership. The monthly membership is $29.95 per month. This is a little more expensive than some courses, but it's a good option if you only see yourself taking classes for a few months. Plus, you can cancel at any time.
If you want significant cost savings over time, the annual membership is a good option. It costs $129, which means you're only paying $10.75 per month. With this option, you also get four free bonus gifts. You get four packs of daily vocal warmups -- an advanced and a beginner pack for both male and female vocalists.
Both membership options come with a 30-day money back guarantee -- if you are unhappy with your membership for any reason at all, you can contact the site and you will get a full refund.
Social Proof of the Course
Thus far, we think that 30 Day Singer is one of the better singing lessons options out there. However, before you sign up, you probably want to know what others have said about it. We've scoured the internet for reviews of this site's beginner course and advanced courses. Here are some of the helpful ones we found:
This 30 Day Singer review snapshot comes from Deviant Noise, a music review site that we like. This site listed out some of the benefits of the 30 Day Singer course -- we especially like the fact that the site has a section that can help you learn to sing like some of your favorite artists.
This 30 Day Singer course review comes from Music Industry How-To. It's a snapshot from a very thorough walk-through of the site. Like most reviewers that we came across, this reviewer wholeheartedly recommends 30 Day Singer. This course may not have every single thing you need to know in order to sing well, but we think it has enough to get you started and then some.
This last review snapshot comes from the review site Musicaroo. This reviewer points out a couple of features of this course that we like -- one is the singing tricks techniques section, which gives even new vocalists an introduction to advanced topics they will explore in advanced courses later on. They also point out that you can choose your instructor, which we think is an excellent benefit.
After carefully looking at 30 Day Singer, we can confidently say that we recommend this course for new singers (and even those with some experience who just want to improve). We like that you have a few beginner course options to choose from, and we also like that all lessons are laid out in a methodical way. Plus, this course really does emphasize warm ups and vocal health, which is essential if you want to keep your voice sounding great while avoiding vocal injuries. If you're ready to start singing, check it out today!