Pam Jolley BA (Hons) MISM
**Please note: Regretfully, I am currently unable to take any new pupils. If you would like to be placed in a waiting list please get in touch **
I trained as an actor musician at Rose Bruford College, before embarking on a varied career in performing, as an actor, musician and of course singer. I have performed in theatres all over the country in a wide variety of shows, from musicals to documentary theatre, and also toured Europe, North America, Mexico as the lead singer in Riverdance.
During this time I was also an Education Practitioner at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, delivering workshops and theatre tours to schools groups.
Since beginning a family seven years ago I have focussed on teaching singing, which has become my real passion. I am committed to furthering myself and my knowledge both of singing and teaching, and like to keep up to date with current research and ideas. I am a member of the ISM.
I have worked extensively in schools, state and independent, class teaching and workshopping entire year groups, as well as small groups and 1:1. I have run and conducted choirs, and I taught singing at ACTS Theatre School in Warminster for some years.
I am an experienced and passionate singing teacher, and always strive to help my students to do their best, in a fun and relaxed environment. I use games and play to develop vocal skills and technique. I provide opportunities for students to perform, and those that wish to, take part in exams (ABRSM, Trinity, Trinity Rock and Pop, LCM Musical Theatre) and/or competitive festivals.
I am a great believer in singing a broad range of material, safely, and learning the different techniques to do this without endangering the voice.
What I / we help young people achieve
I have seen the positive effects of singing, many times. I have seen sensitive, shy children blossom into confident and competent teenagers, and likewise seen more confident children develop empathy and a deeper sensitivity. A little window of time in the child's week to explore their own feelings, identity and self belief, through singing - giving children their voice.
In addition to this, the musical and vocal improvement I see in my students is wonderful. Whether students come to me as complete beginners or more advanced, I take great pleasure in seeing them grow in ability and enjoyment. I can and do (if they wish) enter them for exams and music festivals. For example in the spring term 2018: I entered one child for ABRSM Grade 3 singing, and she achieved distinction; I made one entry into the Mid Somerset Festival, and she was awarded first place, in a large and challenging musical theatre singing class. In the autumn term 2017, I entered a number students into the Devizes Eisteddfod, again with much success - two first places and several seconds.
Opportunities for children & young people
- To learn to sing
Also Works With
Singing organisations I have previously worked with/for include:
AIMS International Music School – Tutor/director of musical theatre, cabaret and acting technique, working alongside singers/tutors from the major conservatoires and professional theatre and music
Singing Unlimited: organising, running and delivering day long singing workshops alongside Bryan Husband GRSM AWCMD FISM
Hummingbirds – set up and ran daytime choir for parents and their babies
Westbury Glee – fun evening Glee club/choir for adults set up and run by myself
ACTS Theatre school, Warminster – singing teacher
“Touching Tones” Music Therapy charity – over £300 raised for them last year, through student concert
The Mead Community Primary School – singing teacher since 2014. Student choir took part in Wiltshire Choir of the Year in 2016
Kingswood Senior School, Bath – singing teacher since 2016
- Term Time
- After School
- Project based
Working with special needs
I am experienced in teaching students with a range of needs – learning, physical and medical. I have extensive experience in working with students with ASD, both higher and lower functioning, and the challenges and gifts this provides, as well as SPD and PDA. I work in a flexible yet focussed manner, balancing the immediate needs, wishes and enjoyment of the student with a productive lesson which achieves a goal – even if that goal has changed during the lesson.
- Singing / Voice
Qualifications, Grades & Certificates Taught
- Instrument grades
Musical Clusters Covered
- Trowbridge (CSL)
“…I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending Pam for a teaching post, especially with young people, and in whatever style students choose to work, learn and perform… she is an inspiring teacher, instilling confidence and a ‘can-do’ presence…. I truly admire Pam, in her attitude to life and people, in her musicianship, the connection that she makes and sustains with students, and in her vocal ability. “
My Training & Development
2000 – Grade 8 ABRSM Singing
2000-2003 – Rose Bruford College – BA (Hons) Actor Musicianship (2.1)
Periodic lessons with a range of tutors such as Penny Price Jones, Bryan Husband, Penny Jenkins, Neil Jenkins, Morag McLaren
Participation (as a student) in workshops and masterclasses such as “Mini AIMS”, Singing solo and Sondheim with Morag McLaren.
February 2018 – attended AOTOS regional conference, exploring the new ABRSM singing syllabus.
I am an avid reader, and take great pleasure in keeping up to date with the current research in vocal pedagogy, specifically interested in the work of Jo Estill (and those who have continued her work), Gillyanne Kayes, Jenovora Williams and Christina Shewell.