What happens in a lesson?
The lessons will always cover a holistic view of the singing voice, where posture, breathing technique, vocal exercises, tone, vowel and projection technique will be covered. There will be a strong emphasis on expression and interpretation of the music being studied, as well as aural skills and musical theory, both vital elements of a singer’s musical journey. Performance skills and microphone technique are also covered. The music that we work with will come from a variety of genres, to enable you as a singer to find your particular passion and to learn about using your voice in different ways. If you would like to take Graded examinations, I am happy to guide you to the exam board and syllabus that suits your needs and personal goals. I work with examiners who are dedicated to putting students at ease and are experienced with particularly nervous students. My students achieve excellent exam results and I pride myself in offering mobile as well as studio-based lessons. This means that there is the option to learn in the comfort of your own home. I provide the equipment available for the lesson; all that is asked is that we have a quiet space in which we can work. Alternatively, lessons can be held in my music studio based in Portsmouth, Hampshire.
Never too late
Please remember it is never too late to learn a new skill. I have often heard the phrase said to me ‘I wish I could sing, but I can’t’. After talking further with people, I discover this is usually because they have been told by someone earlier in life that they ‘can’t’ or they compare themselves to others and believe their voice should remain behind closed doors (or in the shower!). Being afraid of singing is very common; the difference between other musical instruments and singing, is that the voice is an instrument that is a part of you, not something you carry about in a box. It is a very personal part of who you are. Whether you decide to take up singing lessons or not, please remember:
- Everybody can sing.
- Music is for everyone.
I have a few students who are in their retirement and learning to find their singing voice - and loving doing so! So whether you would like lessons or are too afraid to sing along to the radio for fear of embarrassment, please try and open your voice - you may surprise yourself with how good it feels.
Theory of Music / General Musicianship Lessons
When learning a new instrument, whatever it may be, people can sometimes feel daunted about also having to learn the skill of reading music, especially when this is completely new to them. I am happy to provide additional tutoring and guidance on the theory of music in separate, bespoke 1:1 lessons. I also regularly tutor and enter students for the Graded Theory of Music Examinations with the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM). The lessons can take place on a regular or ad-hoc basis, in the comfort of your own home via online video lessons. I offer regular theory lesson slots, as well as theory distance learning packages. Please get in touch to discuss further.