I am a trained professional singer, able to sing in a variety of styles including classical, jazz, pop and musical theatre. I have a degree in music from the University of Nottingham, a Diploma in the Teaching of Singing from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and a straightforward approach to learning how to sing. I love to learn and regularly attend courses and conferences about singing .
If you have a desire to improve your singing or speaking voice then I can help you. I teach all styles and levels including rock or classical singers, choral singers, karaoke lovers, aspiring West End performers or people who simply want to be able to join in at social occasions - voice users of all kinds. I also run workshops and masterclasses with choirs or other groups.
The goal is to find your voice and learn how to use it effectively and safely.
The wonderful thing about teaching singing is that everyone who walks through the door is different, with different needs, goals, fears and often, an overwhelming nervousness about singing in front of strangers!
I hope to put all students at their ease by focussing on their personal situation and discussing what they are hoping to achieve. For the initial consultation, it is useful for the student to have prepared a song – anything from Happy Birthday to an operatic aria will do – in order to get in at the deep end right away! I can then make an assessment and decide how to proceed. It is often possible to make such an impact in the first lesson that students walk away feeling much more confident about their singing.
STRUCTURE OF LESSONS
1. Relaxation and breathing. I can provide techniques to ease anxiety and overcome stress-related tension. Breathing exercises to improve breath capacity, control and support.
2. Warm-up exercises. Another crucial element – the voice needs to be ‘set-up’ correctly in order for it to work healthily and safely.
3. Technical exercises. A balanced and straightforward progression of scales and exercises, designed to tackle all the common vocal ‘bad habits’. Namely, poor onset of tone (breathiness or throatiness), weak or uneven tone, limited range, vocal tension etc.
4. Putting it into practice with a song. A variety of styles are available with the emphasis on the student’s choice. However, it must be remembered that the song must contain enough challenging material for it to be of use.
a) Interpretation – looking at the text, narrative, character, voice quality
b) Dynamics, phrasing, structure
c) Performance issues - stagecraft, gesture, nervousness, learning methods.
ADDRESS: 79 Russell Road Forest Fields NOTTINGHAM NG7 6HA