Save Now
Cat illustration behind the full voice music teacher box
Save With Teacher Packages!
Cat illustration behind the full voice music teacher box
Save Now
hello world!
Full Voice Logo in black and Horizontal
$0.00 0 items

No products in the cart.

No-singing Voice Lesson plans

The NO SINGING Voice Lesson

August 13, 2022

There are many understandable reasons why a student may not be able to participate in their lesson with their singing voice. Illness or injury is apparent; however, a mindful teacher may consider anxiousness and fatigue. Furthermore, while the pandemic helped many of us to become experts in facilitating online lessons, even our remote learners may need a non-singing lesson plan.

Managing Expectations

Don’t let anyone bully you into thinking a productive singing lesson requires endless song. Before I list the many no-singing activities, It is helpful to remind students and families that comprehensive vocal lessons are MORE than just singing*.

Non-singing activities are essential to help our singers develop musicianship skills. I have a reminder in my lesson policies, and I encourage teachers to communicate this to families to avoid unnecessary cancellations.

Productive and comprehensive lessons include non-singing activities such as music theory, rhythm reading and lyric and score discovery. Discovering new music or discussing performances is an essential part of learning to sing. Lessons may be facilitated online if students are unwell, but still able to learn ~ from the FULL VOICE Studio Lesson Policy

(*Edited to add – Endless lecturing is not a recommended teaching strategy. More singing, less talking whenever possible!)

When your student WON’T sing

Students who are new to lessons may not be ready for singing activities. Be patient and kind. Allowing students to enjoy some music-related games and no singing music-related activities to get them started will help them feel safe and welcome in your studio. Here are some simple activities to get them going

  • learn the solfege hand signs (Students don’t have to sing the pitch, but they can listen and copy the teacher)
  • read lyrics aloud
  • draw notes on a whiteboard
  • move or tap to music

When your student SHOULDN’T sing

Students who are recovering from illness or injury may be eager to return to singing activities, but after a few bars of vocalization it may be obvious to the voice professional that further rest is needed. Here is an opportunity to teach students about vocal care and hygiene, and to encourage them to explore non-singing activities. This is when I like to:

  • discover new repertoire/artists
  • catch up with FULL VOICE Workbook theory exercises
  • explore lyrics / lyric discovery
  • focus on rhythm reading/music reading exercises
  • focus on ear-training exercises
  • Guided active listening of a favourite performer

When students need a break

Do you always feel like singing? I certainly don’t. Sometimes a different lesson can shake things up and help a student refresh and regroup. If you have a student who is emotionally or physically fatigued a non-singing lesson might save the day (and prevent them from dropping out of lessons!)

In sickness and in health, having a large teaching toolbox with musically challenging activities will service you and your students well.


Need some no singing activities? Check out \The NO SINGING Lesson plan and worksheets below!

Follow us on:

Join Our Newsletter

You must have an account to subscribe to our newsletter

Our Latest Products

Play-based Learning, Engagement and Lesson Pacing Workshop


Children singing and clapping on a blue and red background

Introductory Small Group Vocal Class Workshop


A polar bear wearing a sweater playing an electric guitar with the words Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells Rhythmic Improvisation Study