I have been teaching singing for fifteen years now both privately and within nurseries, primary and secondary schools around Wiltshire and have extensive experience of solo recital and ensemble singing.I have a DipLCM in Classical Singing and offer singing lessons from beginner to grade 8 standard in Classical, Musical Theatre and Pop as well as music theory to grade 5 using Trinity, LCM and ABRSM Boards. I take part in regular teaching CPD through The Voice Study Centre, AOTOS, EVTA and the exam boards. This keeps me up to date with developments in voice research, keeping my teaching fresh and current and really aiding my creativity with extended resources.
I encourage pupils to perform and create their own opportunities for music making by setting up their own concerts for charity,taking part in school concerts and events, competitive festivals and joining choirs and groups. I also teach Speech and Drama, Verse and Prose and Shakespeare using the Trinity, New Era and LAMDA Syllabus which I find fosters a really strong connection to the text when singing as well as developing vocal expression and performance skills.
Teaching methods for ages 6-10
This is a wonderful age to develop a real love of singing and form strong foundations for future study. I use a Kodaly base which is a fully integrated music programme based where musicianship is embedded in folk song and art song. Children will learn to read notation and understand musical concepts such as rhythm, intervals, pulse, sight singing etc through their love of song. Lessons are all about doing and are really fun. We use flash cards, rhythm boards, and lots of fun props to extend and further develop a deep sense of musicality within each song.
Repertoire includes folk songs, art songs for children, hymns, Disney and musical theatre songs that are age appropriate, Children learn to explore their voices and use them safely and efficiently, use good breathing technique, diction and expression. Creativity is highly encouraged.
Age, ability and lyric appropriate pop songs will be allowed at my discretion as I feel that children should explore a wide range of repertoire.
Teaching Methods for Ages 11-18
I use the ‘Simultaneous Learning’ approach with this age. This means that we integrate music theory and musical ideas through each song we are working on. This helps pupils to see the value and application of musicianship and how it can aid creativity.
Repertoire is broad and will be matched to pupils interests whilst encouraging them to explore repertoire they may not have considered before. This age tend to really love the challenge of taking exams and they can gain UCAS points for grades 6-8. My main aim is to give all children a lifelong love of singing and a healthy vocal foundation. I encourage all children to join choirs if they can, from classical to rock and pop and will support pupils to pursue their ambitions with their singing.
I have a good knowledge of the developing voice and how to support boys going through voice change.
What I / we help young people achieve
The main philosophy of my teaching is to help children develop a lifelong love of music and provide them with the skills to enjoy a lifetime of music making. Music is such an enriching tool for children as it helps them grow in confidence and self expression.
The value of lessons that are centred on the individual child is immense as each lesson is tailored specifically to them and helping them achieve and excel at their goals. Singing encompasses languages, history, philosophy, biology and physics, poetry and drama, physical health and mental well being, even maths.
Opportunities for children & young people
- To learn to sing
- To create / write music and / or lyrics
- To play, perform music with others
- To learn things about oneself , other subjects or life-skills through musical activity
- To work with and support other young musicians
- To develop their wellbeing
- Term Time
- After School
Working with special needs
I have experience teaching children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Dyslexia.
- Singing / Voice
- 4 and under
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades
- Arts Award
- Duke of Edinburgh Award
Musical Clusters Covered
- B-on-A / Corsham
- Calne & Melksham
- Malmesbury / WB / Purton
References available on request
My Training & Development
I am a member of AOTOS (Association of Teachers of Singing) and the ISM (Incorporated Society of Musicians) . I regularly attend CPD courses and workshops. Current CPD includes:
:Advanced Anatomy with The Voice Study Centre (Current)
:Estill Level 1 and 2 (Nov 2020)
:The Voice From Head To Foot – an exploration of the anatomical relationships throughout the whole body that support optimal breath and vocal mechanics Presentation. (April 2021)
: Becoming a Better Music Teacher – ABRSM online course 2020
I have attended and continue to attend many more courses. Please see this link for more details: