If I had a dime for every time one of us has been asked that question I’d be a millionaire.
It’s nearly impossible to answer this question. Here’s why.
How long will WHAT take? How long will it take to match pitch? To sing one song? To sing everything and anything with complete and total vocal control? Everyone who walks into lessons wants to “sing better” but “better” means something completely different to everyone. We don’t know what “better” means to you so we can’t tell you how long it will take to get there.
Even if you do tell us your definition of “better,” we still can’t tell you how long it will take. We don’t know how quickly you learn and how easily you convert focused actions to habitual muscle memory. We also only see you for one hour a week. There are 167 other hours of the week when we have absolutely no idea how well or poorly you’re using your voice.
After a few months of getting to know your voice, goals, and practice habits, we MAY be able to give you an idea of “how long.” But even then, in the paraphrased words of Forrest Gump, “it happens.” You may need to take time off of lessons, fall off the practicing bandwagon, get sick, change your sleeping or eating habits, or come up with a new definition of “better.” Since the voice is part of the body, there are a lot of variables.
The real conclusion? It will probably take longer than you expect yet still not long enough. Learning to sing can be a lifelong journey or a short sprint. It’s all up to you, and we’ll be here for you no matter what.