For the budding musician, nothing will do as much for the voice as personalized instruction by a qualified teacher. For parents and even students, however, it may be a challenge to find local vocal music instruction. The key to success is to use every avenue of research available to you and to effectively interview a teacher before making any agreement. To find local vocal music instruction, you will need to dedicate yourself to a wide and varied search of your local resources. Check for postings at community bulletin boards, and at local music studios and stores or college school of music buildings. Look in your local paper's classified ads or try online classifieds. You may also want to contact your local chapter of the National Association of Teachers of Singing or other professional organizations for listings of local teachers. Word of mouth is also an excellent way to hear about good vocal teachers in your area. Ask your friends or your childs friends parents for their input. It is very important to sift through your findings before contacting anyone about local vocal music instruction. Do you want a certified teacher or are you willing to use a music student? Most vocal education majors are required to do practical work or volunteer work for their major, so some students may offer complimentary or reduced rate lessons to facilitate their studies. You may want to do a background check on a possible teacher, which can be done through a number of websites for various costs. Make sure as you review each of your candidates that take notes on the pieces of information you need that are not included in their ad or recommendation.