Having studied voice for many years at university and as a professional singer I am aware of the challenges many singers face when learning to fully utilise their voices. Some people face technical issues and others emotional. Many older singers come to me saying that they had always wanted to sing but had been told as a child that they couldn’t. Everybody can sing and proving your critics wrong can be both challenging and very liberating. I have learnt to develop my own singing technique, confidence and self-expression over many years and I am still learning – that’s what makes it fun!
An important aspect of my teaching is that I am a gigging musician. Performing regularly means that I am constantly challenging myself and building on my skills, keeping my teaching fresh and up-to-date. Equally I draw inspiration from my students of all ages who shed light on new repertoire, warm-ups and ways of doing things that influence and enhance my own work.
I am primarily trained in jazz singing. Through my official training and from working as a professional singer I have a good working knowledge of the voice and what techniques can be employed to get the most out of it. Technique is a key part of singing but an equally important part is self-expression and improvisation. Improvisation does not just apply to jazz. It is the art of being able to alter melodies, rhythms and lyrics/sounds at will so that you can fully utilise the ideas in your head and convey them to the listener. This is applicable to all music.
As a self-employed teacher I think it is important to keep up my training and I make sure that I take courses regularly to keep up to date with current vocal science and to challenge and expand my skills as a musician and teacher.
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