I tailor my sessions based on the students previous experience as well as future goals. Focus lies on technique, interpretation of a wide range of repertoire, improvisation, band leading skills and how to communicate your musical ideas verbally and musically.
I am a professional vocalist with over 15 years of teaching experience. I have a degree in Jazz from Trinity College of Music in London. I was recently awarded 'Vocalist of the year' at The Parliamentary Jazz Awards.
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2002-2007 BMus (Hons) Jazz, Trinity College of Music
(First instrument), Voice (Second instrument), Piano
2000-2002 Music Diploma/Foundation, Colchester Institute
1997-2000 Swedish Music Gymnasium, (Equivalent to music A-levels)
1988-1997 Primary and Secondary School, Sweden
2018-(ongoing) Jazz/Pop Vocal Tutor at Southampton University
2018-External examiner at Trinity College of Music and Guildhall School of Music.
2018-Guest Tutor at Trinity College of Music
2015-(ongoing) Jazz/Pop Vocal Tutor and Musicianship leader at Brunel University
2017-Delivered Vocal Workshops for Ljubljana Jazz Festival and Cambridge Jazz.
2016-2018 Vocal Tutor at The Sligo (International) Jazz Project.
2008-2016 Principal Jazz/Pop Vocal Tutor at Camden School for Girls, Camden
2014-Vocal Experience Evening Course at LCCM.
2012-The Big Sing (Vocal Workshop at the Barbican as part of the LJF 2012)
Honours and Activities
2018-Signed to ‘Babel Label’ for new album ‘Loredana’.
2017-European Showcase artist at ‘Jazzahead’.
2016- Release of third album ELDA
2016- 'VOCALIST OF THE YEAR'-The Parliamentary Jazz Awards
2016- International Tour with 'ELDA Trio
2015-Awarded the 'Women Make Music Funding Scheme' Produced by PRSF
2015- Composer/Vocalist for 'One Hundred and A Dream' commissioned by the London Jazz Festival
2015-Awarded the Jazz Shuttle funding Scheme for French tour with Eric Legnini.
2015-Take Five Artist. (Produced by Serious).
2015-Vocalist for 'An Apes Progress' commissioned by The Manchester Jazz Festival
2014-Featured in the British Movie 'La Luna' by Dave McKean
2013-Featured as a vocalist on albums such as Kairos 4tet 'Everything we hold', Fringe Magnetics 'Clocca' and Sam Crowe's 'Towards the Centre of Everything.
2013-Nominated by Svensk Jazz for their so called Pulsslags Turnen.
2012-Named 'The new face of British Jazz' by The Observer
2012- Released debut album 'And so it goes…' on Babel Label, named as one of the top 10 best album's that year by JAZZWISE magazine.
2011- Winner of The MOBO Award together with British Jazz Quartet 'Kairos 4tet'.
Perfect! Impeccable standard, I can not recommend enough. You will make progress like you never have before. So amiable and friendly. I'm the most awkward person on the planet and I've not been standoff-ish or uncomfortable at any point. One of those teachers that truly know what they are talking about and the fact that she's exceptional in her field is an example of that.
My first time working with Emilia Martensson was on this year's course in Izola, Slovenia. I was impressed by the amount of progress I've witnessed with my singing during the week of the course, so I also decided to take a few one on one lessons with her. She helped me to improve my singing confidence, feel more free and relaxed when singing and let go of fear. Major progress was already seen after the first lesson. During the lessons I was introduced to a variety of different vocal technique exercises suitable for my voice type and the things I need to work on. I am also able to record all of the sessions, which is very helpful when practicing at home. I am always very excited about each session with her because it gives me a lot of encouragement and makes me feel inspired.
Emilia is an incredibly inspiring teacher who goes above and beyond to help you progress in your singing and your musical life in general. She is caring and kind, supportive and she really knows her stuff. Emilia has taught me for 8 years and I've never come across anyone who is quite like her. I couldn't recommend her highly enough!
Emilia is the best singer I have ever heard performing live and for me one of the best singers on the European jazz scene today. She does the music in the way it should be done and she also teaches it in the way it should be taught. Any singer at any level can gain very important advice from Emilia. She has the ability to see and bring out the best, as well as the uniqueness from you.
Emilia has taught me for 10 years! Beginning at my college and then after in private tuition. I can honestly say that she is the reason for my career path in Jazz and Blues Vocals. I have learnt everything I know from her, and am excited to keep learning the insane amount of knowledge she has to give in the future.
Not only is she herself an inspirational person, with her warm, colourful and original music, but also her welcoming workshops, lovely personality, and real talent in teaching music through new inventive strategies that do challenge any person no matter what age or level.
I cant thank her enough and highly recommend her as the best teacher, and now close friend, I have ever had.
Also... her annual Jazz Vocal Workshop in Slovenia is definatley the best part of my summer.
I've had so many different music teachers over the years and Emilia has by far been my favourite! She's an incredibly insightful teacher who knows how to bring the best out in every voice, she makes you feel totally at ease and her joy and passion is completely contagious.
She has also created a lovely singing community where you can meet likeminded people and continue to develop through peer support and encouragement. I can't recommend her highly enough!
Emilia is a fantastic teacher. She is an incredible musician with massive experience, and a total inspiration and joy to work with. I have studied with her privately,at group workshops and at a summer course she runs in Slovenia and would not hesitate to recommend her as a vocal/ singing coach , particularly to anyone who is serious about learning the jazz repertoire and looking to explore the art and craft of singing with creative depth grounded in practical skills and training.
Lessons with Emilia are always fun, unique and inspiring!!! As a person Emilia is warm, welcoming and nonjudgmental which sets the tone for all of her lessons and workshops. Emilia's teaching style is focused, yet relaxed. She has really rejuvenated my warm up regime and her advice is always spot on particularly when it comes to ideas for song interpretation and quirky arrangements. It's such a treat to get to hear her sing and model ideas too️!I have learned so much from Emilia and I've still want to go back and learn more! Lessons with Emilia are like a vocal massage, you always come away feeling amazing afterwards. Xxx
I have known Emilia for 3 years, from her teaching on the Sligo Jazz Festival course, then at her own Beyond Vocals jazz in Slovenia (2 years) and several workshops and events in London, and private lessons. She is a fantastically inspiring teacher, sympathetic and sensitive to each student’s needs, as well as being one of the best jazz vocalists around herself. She knows a great deal about the technical side of singing, as well as helping with how to interpret a song in an individual way. I have made so much progress since working with her. My background as a university lecturer in music myself means that I feel well-placed to strongly recommend her teaching.
I met Emilia several years ago when she was tutoring at the Sligo Jazz Project and was impressed by her ability to bring out the best in her students from beginners to singers at a professional level. Since then I have attended many of her workshops and have had one to one classes which I highly recommend. She is a naturally gifted teacher and her lessons are well structured and tailored to the students’ individual needs. Emilia has definitely helped me progress in my singing.
I've had lessons from Emilia since I was about 14 (so 8 years), and I couldn't recommend her more highly. It's quite rare to find a teacher who really nurtures and encourages creativity as well as being technically informative and so experienced. She is a world class singer a natural teacher, and supportive friend.
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