Hello! I'm a teacher with a passion for creating an environment that allows my students to uncover their true voice through safe technique, confidence, freedom and musical expression. I'm also a professional vocalist working throughout Europe.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
Singing, healthy and sustainable vocal technique, breathing, music and song.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
Dartington College of Arts: BA Music (Performance)
Goldsmiths College: MMus Creative Practice
Dancing Voice, Singing Body- Meredith Monk Masterclass, Paris
Estill training with Charlotte Shorthouse and Anne-Marie Speed, London
- How much do you charge?
I charge £30 per hour. I offer concessions for people on a low income.
- Where do you teach?
I teach at home in Hither Green, South East London, and can travel to students homes throughout London and the neighbouring areas. For example New Cross, Greenwich, Catford, Lewisham, North London, East London and West London, South London, Stoke Newington, Angel, Archway, Camden, Wapping, Blackheath, Telegraph Hill, Dalston, London Bridge, Sydenham, Forest Hill, Brockley, Peckham, Dulwich, etc. Hither Green is well connected to London Bridge Station, Charing Cross, Waterloo, and there are a lot of buses through to Lewisham, Camberwell, etc.
- When are you available?
I am flexible, weekdays and weekends are all possible, daytime and evening.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach all ages and levels.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Skype lessons can be arranged.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
I believe in creating a safe and nurturing environment in which you can discover your voice through song, breathing and vocal exercises and whole vocal and body awareness. We will develop your technique and confidence in singing and uncover skills and knowledge for all areas of music and sound-making: from jazz and pop to classical, folk, experimental, rock, improvisation and beyond!
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- What kind of experience do you have?
I have been teaching for nine years, with students of all levels of experience. I teach very often one-to-one, and also in group settings, running various workshops for adults and children, as well as for theatre groups and undergraduate final performances. I also give lectures and performance workshops on the voice module for 2nd year degree students at Falmouth University's Music Degree in Cornwall.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Where and with whom did you train?
I studied for my degree in music at Dartington College of Arts, and completed my Masters in music at Goldsmiths College. I have studied Masterclasses with Meredith Monk and Maggie Nicols. I also draw from my training in the Estill technique levels 1&2 to provide the necessary physiological tools to use the voice healthily and freely. I have been coaching students vocally for eight years. I also hold grade 8 in singing. As a performer I gig with my solo songs, and in group work, at venues such as The Vortex, Cafe Oto, The ICA, The National Portrait Gallery, The Purcell Room and on Resonance FM.
• BA(Hons) Music (Performance)
• MMus Creative Practice
As a musician I have had the good fortune to know and work with Portia over a number of years and can say she is a fine musician with, a very important quality this, excellent listening skills. She also has a wide background of vocal experiences and styles to draw upon which makes her able to understand the particular needs of individual pupils, tailoring lessons to achieve the best results in any circumstance. Her sense of humour and empathy is also a desirable quality in any teacher and I have no hesitation in recommending her as an excellent teacher.
Portia is great to work with, really calm when I was nervous. Highly recommend!
I have known and worked with Portia for many years. She is a consummate performer and innovative vocalist and musician who is always exploring new sounds and ways of working. Her thoughtful and super friendly approach to singing can only be beneficial to any student that comes her way.
I felt instantly comfortable singing with Portia, she's very encouraging yet gives constructive criticism. She's helped me understand how the larynx works, and to realise my ability. She's highly qualified, professional, but extremely personable. As well as improving my singing, having lessons has increased my confidence and the whole experience is very relaxing and fulfilling. I would thoroughly recommend Portia as she's a great teacher and a bubbly, smart and unique person. Being with her is a lot of fun!
I had been a singer for 20 years when I decided to have some sessions with Portia to improve on my technique. 6 months later I had improved my tone, built up a great repertoire and gained about 2 semitones in my upper range. She was able to hear what my throat was doing right (and wrong) and put together exercises accordingly, as well as choosing some great songs to work on.
Singing with Portia during my months in London was a great way to explore my singing voice further, and discover new ways to make use of it. I am not experienced with singing techniques and have made good use of the variations and alterations I was taught. Entering her calm and atmospheric sphere was also a much appreciated contrast to the constant stimuli of sounds outside and in halls.
Portia is a very patient and encouraging teacher who creates a safe and welcoming environment, where one feels comfortable and empowered to sing. She has an excellent knowledge of a variety of vocal styles and techniques, and tailors her lessons around your particular needs and interests. Her explanations are great and she has really boosted my confidence and singing abilities.
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