I'm a Global Award Winning Opera Crossover Soprano and International Award Winning Vocal Coach, teaching in Central London.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
Singing Lessons - Classical, Opera, Musical Theatre, Cabaret, Pop and Jazz.
Singing, Drama and Musical Theatre audition preparation.
Communication and Performance Coach
- Tell me about your qualifications.
BA (Hons) Music / Theatre
DBS Checked - Children
DBS Checked - Vulnerable Adults
Child Protection Certified
NVQ, Level 2 - Health and Social Care
- How much do you charge?
£40.00 per hour + Studio Hire costs applicable (£9ph)
Workshop and Online Sessions have been priced as a guideline and may vary. Please enquire directly for a quote.
- Where do you teach?
I teach at Jacques Samuel Music Studios based in Central London (Zone 1) Edgware Road
- When are you available?
I teach 6 days a week (Monday - Saturday) from 10am until 8pm, dependant on Studio availability and that of my own performance and teaching commitments.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach a wide variety of singers of all ages, ranging from absolute beginners to professional singers.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
i am happy to work with you on any exam or competition requirements
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Sessions are held over Skype.
Payment is to be made by direct debit transfer *prior* to the session commencing.
Terms and Conditions apply.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
I tailor singing lessons to each students specific requirements. Each students lesson plan will vary slightly according to what areas need more attention. Lessons are based around the core rules of singing correctly (technique) - using your diaphragm, controlling your breathing, working through the vocal break and aligning the voice, working on pitch & tone and many other exercises that will help you develop the unique qualities of your voice. Once you have learned the fundamental skills to singing correctly, you can then apply them to any singing style you wish!
- What kind of experience do you have?
I enjoy a varied career as a Soloist, Cabaret Artist, Session Singer and Bespoke Entertainment Specialist. I've released my own Album (A Broken Heart), published sung for the Royal Family and performed at The Royal Opera House: Covent Garden, The Royal Albert Hall, The Emirates Stadium, The Austrian Embassy, Cafe de Paris, The Queen Elizabeth Hall, The Barbican Centre, Birmingham Symphony Hall, Home House, Mortons, The Lansdowne Club, and many more.
As a vocal coach, I've taught just about everyone, just about everywhere â€” from drama students to seasoned professionals, in studios and classrooms, on stage and on sand dunes (true story). I also coach students preparing for Music / Theatre / Arts colleges, concert platforms and international competitions. They tend to do pretty well!
As an experienced Session Singer, I've recorded on numerous Hans Zimmer soundtrack recordings, including: Madagascar 2, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Spider-man 3, Pirates of the Caribbean, The Fantastic Four,King Kong, War of the Worlds, The Da Vinci Code, The Island & also features on the original west-end cast recording of Cameron Macintosh's production - Mary Poppins and Flashdance: The Musical. Amongst my recording credits are clients such as XBox, the BBC and the English National Opera.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I am DBS Checked with Certification to work with Children and Vulnerable Adults and have Child Protection Certification (2018)
- Where and with whom did you train?
I studied contemporary Music/Theatre and graduated from Dartington College of Arts with BA(Hons), and have trained privately in Central London with some of the top teachers, coaches, opera singers & organisations, including City Opera, Co-Opera-Co, Mary King, Liz Rowe, Jacquie Crago, Angela HIckey, Sally Burgess, Nuala Willis.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
PSA (Public Speaking Association)
- Tell me about some of your current students.
My pupils vary in age and style! Pupils have successfully been accepted to music colleges in the UK and regularly participate and come in the top 3 places in International Competitions. Pupils have included actors who work in films and television, have performed and competed in area finals of Open Mic Nights, and professional singers who perform around the world. My pupils include: professional classical/opera singers, singers preparing for grade exams and / or music college auditions, professional film / theatre actors, radio / TV presenters, young music theatre singers, folk singers, songwriters and amateur performers from various walks of life who sing for their own pleasure.
• BA (Hons) Music / Theatre
• 15 years experience as an arts professional, teacher, lecturer and workshop leader
• DBS Checked for both Children & Vulnerable Adults
• Musicians Union
â€œI have known Marika for many years and often engage her services as a vocal coach for auditions and vocal advice sessions. Marika's advice is well grounded in that she is professionally active in many areas of the music industry, understanding its demands and has a unique way of bringing out the best in people, not just their voice, but in building relationships and confidence in your abilities and goals. I highly recommend her coaching services for any aspiring or advanced singers”.
â€œI first embarked on singing lessons with Marika after experiencing symptoms of vocal fatigue due to a seriously demanding performance schedule. As a singer / songwriter with my own band, I found Marika's vocal knowledge invaluable in how to sustain vocal endurance through solid technique – absolute gold dust when touring and gigging under all kinds of conditions, and try to get refresher sessions in whenever I can. Thank you Marika!”
Marika is really positive and encouraging a singing teacher. I have had several singing teachers before and none have encouraged me to throw myself into my singing as well as Marika has. I think this is why I'm seeing results in just 3 lessons! I would recommend her to singers of any level looking for a teacher. She's a fab teacher and different in her approach - give her a try!
Marika, you are such a force of nature and an inspiration. Thank you!!!
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