How much does it cost? One-to-one tuition is £40/hr. If you wish to have tuition from your home then there will be an extra charge on top for my time and travel dependent on where you live. Half-hourly lessons are available during off-peak times, especially useful for younger children or people with more flexible working hours..
Do you teach more than one person at a time? Yes, pricing for this varies on the nature of the work and number of people, please contact me for more details.
I have never had a
singing lesson before. What will happen? Firstly, please
don't worry! I understand the first time is a nerve-wracking
experience for most people and will endeavour to make you feel at
ease. Usually during a first session we would start with a
quick chat about you and why you have chosen to start lessons, from
there I would lead you through a quick warm-up and start some
exercises with you, introducing the main techniques along the way. Take a look at my testimonials, many of which were written by nervous beginners who found it less scary than they thought!
Do you also teach more experienced singers? My teaching is by no means limited to beginners. I am an experienced singer myself and have acquired advanced knowledge of the voice and the latest research concerning the voice and singing. We all need a top-up from time to time - it always surprises me how many experienced singers are using poor, outdated technique. If you use your voice a lot professionally or semi-professionally, it is well worth looking after it by seeking on-going training.
Can I just book one or do I have to commit to a block of lessons? You are under no obligation whatsoever to book more than one lesson. Most people book one to see how they get on and then go from there. However, if you do decide that you want a block of lessons I offer a discount for blocks of 5 or 10 and this means you don't have to remember cash or your cheque book.
Do I need to bring anything? Bring some water and, if possible, make sure you are wearing something comfortable (especially nothing too tight around the stomach/waist/chest). Otherwise just bring along any ideas of what you would like to work on and any helpful CD's, sheet music or backing tracks you have. It's important that you have some inspiration and ideas as I will be shaping each session around what you want to achieve and explore with your voice. Feel free to bring an instrument if you want to sing and play- my teaching room has a piano, CD player, wireless internet and microphone all set up and ready to go too.
Do I have to practice?
If you really want to improve then yes, practice is the only way to change
bad habits, particularly with breathing and if you have any bad
habits that need correcting. Your practice is up to you
though, I won't be telling you off! If you want to make the
most of your money and our time together, set aside as little as 10
minutes a day and you will see results. The results always increase
exponentially with practice!
How long will it take to
get better? Unfortunately there really is no definitive answer
to that question! Everyone learns at different rates and some
people have more/less bad habits to correct etc. Some things will
improve very quickly and others will take time to learn and develop. I often see some results even in the first lesson.
What happens if I can't attend a booked session? If you have to cancel a lesson for whatever reason, I require a minimum of 24 hours notice. Regretfully I can't make exceptions to this rule as it would be unfair. Warning of 24 hours or more means I can book another singer in your place and avoid losing money on room hire, so please let me know as soon as possible. Less than 24 hours notice or none at all will incur the full fee.