Most voice teachers begin as professional singers themselves and now—perhaps facing the loss of their own performing identities—work to build and support their students in every way possible.
In The Teacher’s Ego, author Lynn Eustis grapples with these two distinct egos, those of both singer and teacher, and reveals practical implications for any professional voice teacher. Ultimately, the relationship between a singer and a voice teacher is complex. As Eustis states, "Voice teachers who understand their own motivations are infinitely more effective in the studio than those who don’t."
In this practical and thought-provoking companion to The Singer’s Ego, Eustis covers such topics as "Your Identity as a Singer," "Allowing Your Students to Be Their Own Artists," "Relations with Colleagues: A Different Hierarchy," and "Life Beyond the Teaching Studio."
The Teacher’s Ego opens a new and profound dialog between teacher and student—one where everyone will benefit.
Lynn Eustis is Associate Professor of Music/Voice in the College of Fine Arts at Boston University.