Knowing how to set and smash your singing goals is an essential skill for every singer that is serious about their development.
As a singer and a vocal coach working with emerging and established artists, I use this singing and performance confidence framework as part of the cyclical seasons that are the vocal development journey.
The stages are:
So where should you begin when setting singing goals? I suggest starting with the end goal in mind.
In this video, see how to set your singing goals for each stage of the cycle:
- 01:37 – Singing and Performance Confidence Framework
- 02:45 – Set a Performance Goal
- 05:47 – Set a Polish Goal
- 09:15 – Set a Practice Goal
- 13:40 – Set a Prepare Goal
- 18:55 – Examples of Singing Goals
- 20:00 – Singing Goal Timeline
- 20:17 – How to Smash Your Singing Goals Faster!
- 21:57 – My Singing Goals for the Next 90 Days
How To Set And SMASH Your Singing Goals – PERFORM
I believe the primary goal should always be performance.
Whether it’s a livestream, an open mic night, pre-recorded video for Youtube or in the studio for a single/EP/album, busking or a live house concert or gig where you are a supporting or featuring act at a venue.
Depending on where you are in your journey, performing opportunities will be different, but know that you can create your own opportunities (link to other blog/video) to ensure you are crafting that performance element and connecting consistently with your audience.
Selecting or having a pre-determined date to work towards and then you reverse engineer the performance.
How long will your slot or set be? This determines how many songs you need to prepare.
There are other elements of production and tiling but we will primarily focus on getting you vocally ready.
In an ideal world, if I am learning a new song, I like to allow a month to take a deep dive into all the performance elements.
Performing, even watching back an old video of a performance or doing what I call a singing before video”, watching back and constructively critiquing yourself can also help you to see what you need to focus on.
PERFORMANCE GOAL EXAMPLE:
Set a date at least 3 months in future to do some kind of performance. Create your own performance opportunities if need be. OR, video yourself performing and jot down three things you love about your voice and three things you want to work on. These then become your vocal goals.
The next step is polishing.
How To Set And SMASH Your Singing Goals – POLISH
This consists of focussed rehearsal time. If you have a gig going up in a 90 days, you would want to be at the polish stage by month 2 or day 60. That’s when you schedule and book rehearsal space if working with a band or just for yourself.
You are bringing a lot of the pieces of the performance puzzle together so that is your deadline for knowing the music from to back, and connecting with others, finalising the performance and production elements like studio the, live-streaming gear, house concert info, tech riders, costuming etc.
This time is all for polishing your performance. Ideally you are recording your rehearsals, watching back and tweaking things to work on at your next rehearsal.
Within this Polish time, the singing development process I use is called a song study. My song study method involves breaking down a song and spotlighting every component like breath management, the key of the song and voice qualities I want to use for storytelling.
The song study method is also a part of my Practice Plan.
POLISH GOAL EXAMPLE:
Video yourself performing your songs/set,. Watch back and decide what you would like to practice or polish before your next rehearsal. Need help? Book a video performance review with me.
How To Set And SMASH Your Singing Goals – PRACTICE
This is where you are strengthening and developing all areas of your voice with a focussed practice plan. Decide on how many times a week you can or want to practice based on your voice fitness and want you are working towards.
Like the gym, you want to work up to improve vocal stamina through practice.
This is when you focus on your vocal goals.
PRACTICE GOAL EXAMPLE:
Practice 3- 5 x per week for 15-60 minutes. Use my template to see how to lay out an ideal practice plan.
And then we move onto next phase of PREPARE.
How To Set And SMASH Your Singing Goals – PREPARE
This is all about looking after your voice daily, checking in with your overall wellbeing so that your vocal health is a priority.
The Daily Vocal Care Habits I focus on are Sirens, Singers Stretches and Speaking Voice Mindfulness.
You can review all aspects of nurturing your voice and wellbeing with my vocal health tips for singers guide.
PREPARE GOAL EXAMPLE
Maintain your daily vocal care habits for 80% of your week, check in with any medications or nutrition elements that may be impacting your voice and see your medical professional if you need help.
What are some goals for singing?
A goal for your voice might be to extend your range, to be able to control your vibrato or have vibrato, develop your vocal stamina and your vocal agility. However, it’s essential to focus on one thing at a time when you’re practicing.
My ongoing vocal goal currently is to stay consistent with my daily care habits.
Once you have set your goals, use a vocal journal to can track your progress and you can also continue to video record and review yourself as you move towards your performance date.
Recording yourself is the best way to monitor your progress by watching yourself back and seeing a before and after video of how you were when you started singing a particular song or working on a specific technique and how you’ve improved over a period of focussed practice.
Create new singing goals each quarter, review them weekly and let me know over 30-90 days what kind of improvements you see.
90 days is an excellent time frame for reassessing goals for your voice and overall vocal development.
Share your singing goals in the comments below!