What I Teach
Philosophy of Teaching
Teaching music, any kind, but especially singing, involves a necessarily holistic approach to education.
A person's voice is given form by every part of what makes them an individual: body, personality, emotions, relationships, interests and tastes. Therefore, teaching someone to sing focuses on developing the whole person, not just their neck muscles.
When I teach music, I'm not just imparting a few tips on how to sing in a technically correct way, nor am I simply informing students on reading music. I'm helping them to become more self-aware as they consider how their bodies, brains and hearts shape what sounds come out of their mouths. I'm giving them the tools they need to think critically. I'm showing them how to connect head knowledge to passion. I'm getting them to know the value of discipline in self-expression.
To teach singing is to help someone grow in character, confidence and competence.
Philosophy of Singing
I believe anyone who can speak can also sing. We all have the same anatomy, we all speak with pitch and tone everyday, we all have all the basic pieces we need to become a unique singer.
Singing is all about openness. Being open physically, of course, but also open emotionally, open to your audience and (here it is) open to risk and imperfection. It's only with acceptance of where you are at can you then develop and find joy in your craft.
What is Covered in Lessons?
I set goals in consultation with my students from the beginning. The learning experience is directed by what you want to achieve! Generally we will cover all of the below:
Healthy vocal technique
Tone and range expansion
How to warm up and warm down
How to rehearse songs
Intervals and harmonisation