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About my teaching

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NB. During the CV19 pandemic, I am teaching via the online platform Zoom. This means I can still teach you in my studio - it's just that you don't have to leave your home. It also means I can teach you wherever you are in the world. Message me for more details.

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I've been teaching singing for over twenty years now, both at home and at a couple of universities, and over that time I've figured out my strengths and my priorities, and here's what I think I bring to my students.

 

  • It's about confidence, and freedom. I won't tell you you're good when you're not, but I will really encourage you to be the best you can be.

 

  • There's no alternative to the basic stuff. You have to breathe well, understand what's happening physically, identify what's getting in the way (and lose it), and develop the space, resonance, timbres and registers that are your true voice.

 

  • All singing is good. You have a big voice and love opera? I can help you work on that and discover what makes big into beautiful. You love the theatrical? I can show you how to produce the different sounds required on the contemporary stage, from twang to belt and beyond. Love Lieder? Let's work on how you marry the very best vocal technique with the utmost respect for the words. Or maybe you're just struggling finding the notes? I've yet to meet someone who truly can't sing. You may think you're a bit dodgy, and your own mother may ask you to stick to the recorder, but I see you as an uncarved block.

 

  • You don't have to be taught by a singer, but it helps. I've performed on stages and in concert halls across Europe, and I know how it feels. I know what makes for a good performance and what to beware of.

 

  • You don't have to read music. But sometimes it makes life a whole lot easier. And I love teaching students about harmony and rhythm, and everything that music's made of.

 

  • Performance is a skill to be learned. If you want to be a performer, I can provide you with the tools to build your craft. If your initial aim is a place in college, I have a wealth of experience in getting people through auditions. If you think you're not a performer, I'll show you why every singer needs some of these skills to let your voice soar.

 

"Inspirational teacher" -

Tegan

Who I teach:

  • Students hoping to get into college or get an Oxbridge scholarship.

  • Professional singers and actors.

  • Singers from local choirs or music theatre societies.

  • People who've never sung, or who think they can't sing.

  • People who are anxious about the effect of the old anno domini.

  • In short, anyone who wants to learn.

 

What I teach:

  • Preparation for auditions, exams and festivals.

  • Just learning songs or arias for the fun of it.

  • Music theory.

 

Who I've taught:

  • My students have auditioned successfully at ArtsEd, Guildhall, Mountview, GSA, Oxbridge, RNCM, Birmingham, Bristol Old Vic, Bird and others.

  • Former students have ended up in West End shows like Les Mis, Mamma Mia!, Miss Saigon and Jersey Boys.

 

What they say:

  • 'His enthusiasm and encouragement enable his pupils to achieve amazing and seemingly impossible goals' - Hilary

  • 'Fantastic teacher, patient and encouraging at all times' - Mark

  • 'Without question the best singing teacher I have ever had' - Simon

  • 'Helped me change career and follow my dream' - Claudia

  • 'Taking me from singing in a village choir to LRSM and MA Music! And we have such fun!' - Hilary

  • 'He is hugely knowledgeable, and able to pinpoint exactly what you need to do to improve' - Genny

  • 'Better than therapy!' - Anon

 

 

Practicalities:

 

I teach in a studio at the Salisbury Cycling Club, Salt Lane, Salisbury SP1 1DU. I teach for an hour at a time, and I charge £50 a lesson. For payment, I can take cards or cash. I also have gift vouchers available.

 

Want to know more? Get in touch via the Contact page.

 

Students: If you didn't find them at the top, here are my Resources Page, including exam info, and my Singing Exercises page.

 

You can view my teaching timetable here: Simon's teaching timetable. To book a time, just email me via the Contact page.

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