I am an experienced professional musician with over 20 years experience teaching singing, piano and recorder across a number of styles including classical and pop. You are very welcome to contact me for advice or if you have any questions.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach singing, piano, recorder, theory and musicanship to adults and children of all levels of ability, in styles that include classical, pop and music theatre. As well as teaching singing I also provide piano accompaniment. Having sung with national opera companies and performed in concerts and music theatre I now specialise in coaching students for auditions and perfomances. I also have lots of experience preparing students for grade exams as well as teaching those who just wish to learn for fun.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I hold an ARCM (Associate of the Royal College of Music) in teaching. I studied performance at the Opera School at the Royal College of Music. I studied piano with Yu Chun Yee and Ian Lake (professors of piano at the Royal College of Music). I studied music theatre at the Actors Centre in London.
- How much do you charge?
I charge £30 for 30 minutes, £40 for 45 minutes, £45 an hour
- Where do you teach?
I teach at home in London, N20. The nearest tube is Totteridge/Whetstone on the Northern line. It is a 10 minute walk from the station, or you could take a bus for 2 stops. There is plenty of free parking outside the house.
- When are you available?
I am available weekdays after 4pm, Monday mornings and weekends up to 2pm. I also teach throughout school holidays.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I have students of all ages, from 5 to 95! I teach all grades in singing from total beginners to professional performers and have lots of experience preparing students for auditions and music theatre exams. I teach up to grade 5 piano and recorder as well as teaching music theory.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
ABRSM graded exams. Entrance to stage and drama schools. Auditions for music theatre, West-End shows, TV, films etc.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
My priority is to bring out the best in each individual student and to make our lessons as enjoyable as possible. I don't have a fixed teaching method but like to adapt to the interests and natural abilities of each student, so each lesson is an exciting experience for the student and myself.
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have been performing professionally for over 35 years in opera, concerts, music theatre, pantomimes, TV and film with companies as diverse as the English National Opera, the Israeli National Opera, Covent Garden Opera House, BBC radio, La Scala (Milan), Earls Court etc. I have worked at English Martyrs Primary School, Hawley Infants and Kingsgate School for 14 years as a singing teacher, accompanist and recorder tutor.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes. I am CRB checked and hold a Child Chaperone License.
- Where and with whom did you train?
Leeds College of Music with Stiles-Allen and Owen Wynne. Royal College of Music with Hervey Alan and Marian Studholme. Israeli Opera with singing Professor Maria Buday. St. Cecilia Conservatori, Rome, with Paolo Silveri. Actors Centre in London with various teachers including Mary Hammond and Mark Meylan. Piano at the RCM with Yu Chun Lee and Ian Lake.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Musicians Union, Equity, Spotlight, AOTOS (Association of Teachers of Singing), Society of Recorder Players.
• RCM OPERA SCHOOL
• CRB checked
• MU, Equity, Spotlight
Perfect! Hilary’s knowledge and experience really comes out in her ability to teach and coach. As a complete newbie I have picked up a lot of skills in the first few lessons and appreciate the level of engagement I get from Hilary. She teaches skills that have a long term impact and also very fun to learn with.
A brilliant start! Although a beginner pianist he picked up so much from the very beginning. He is now progressing with scales and pieces. Lovely to have such an enthusiastic adult who practises and wants to learn. Very polite and complimentary.
Hilary’s knowledge and experience really comes out in her ability to teach and coach. As a complete newbie I have picked up a lot of skills in the first few lessons and appreciate the level of engagement I get from Hilary. She teaches skills that have a long term impact and also very fun to learn with.
She gives purposeful and helpful feedback. She is very reliable and she sets high, achievable targets. She teaches my son both piano and singing and he thoroughly enjoys the lessons.
I have known Hilary for some four years and only got to know her so much better after I had booked her to give me singing lessons. The arrangement was to get me to required standard from a development of bad singing habits within 5 weeks, as I was booked to sing as a duet with a friend guitarist at our local theatre. She confronted this challenge boldly with patience, firmness and good humour that only a dedicated professional would be able to do. I was comfortable with her set of teaching and did not feel inferior surrounded with her musical talents. In the short window I had improved sufficiently enough to please my colleague and now look forward to our live performance with much more confidence. I am lucky to have met such a lovely teacher and highly recommend Hilary to teach any age group from children to seniors.
I highly recommend Hilary. She is a highly experienced tutor and our daughter has built strong foundations for singing and piano with Hilary’s amazing attention for perfection. Thank you Hilary!
I've been having lessons with Hilary for 18 months. Have been a choral singer all my life, and picked up lots of bad habits on the way! Hilary has helped me to improve my technique so I can produce a better sound and avoid strain on my voice. And we have fun working on songs from opera, oratorio and musical theatre. I definitely recommend Hilary as an encouraging and supportive teacher.
I have been with Hilary for 4 years and in all honesty, they have been wonderful. I have progressed significantly with my piano and I am currently studying Grade 4. The teacher thoroughly analyses your play style and works very hard to perfect your performance. Really recommend her! 10/10
Hilary has been teaching my children piano for a few years. She is great at putting the children at ease and they really enjoy their lessons. I like that she intills in them correct hand and body position as well as playing the pieces correctly. She is very patient with my son, who likes to take his time.
Hilary teaches my 7 year old daughter piano. She is patient, kind and is very good at teaching the basics in a way a beginner can understand. Hilary makes the lessons fun and my daughter is improving all the time. I highly recommend Hilary.
I was looking for a Singing Teacher, who would be tolerant of a semi retired lapsed bass singer, whose aspirations were to increase my vocal range and to enjoy singing in a choir, singing popular songs. Hilary, with the occasional assistance of her large friendly dog, is an enthusiastic teacher, who has provided me with a whole new range of vocal and breathing exercises and who has introduced me to singing from Operas in Italian and Russian. She has been energetic in finding appropriate music to sing. She sets high standards and has a deep repertoire of knowledge to transmit. She does so in a pragmatic and friendly way.
My 12 year old daughter started her singing lessons with Hilary in January of this year. Hilary set the pace from the very first lesson and from then onwards I had no doubt that I had found the right teacher. Hilary's time management is excellent; her teaching style is fun and engaging whilst at the same time sets a very high performance standard. Hilary is a committed teacher who enables her students to achieve excellent results too - whether its for auditions or exams. I highly recommend Hilary as a singing teacher.
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