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Portia

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  • Hourly rate £40
  • Response Time 24h
  • Number of students 47
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Portia - Central Lewisham - Singing

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We host the best tutors. Quality of their profile, experience in their field. Portia will be happy to arrange your first Singing lesson.

About the lesson

Everyone’s voice is unique and so is everyone’s learning approach. And yet there is a universality to what makes a healthy voice and a beautifully expressive tone – relaxed, instinctive breathwork and whole-body alignment create the support that provides true freedom to the larynx, which itself moves between intricate and detailed shifts of posture and position throughout the singing act. These intricate laryngeal postures can be explored and understood physiologically, and then incorporated back into a healthy primal, emotional vocal expression.

Lessons are tailored to each individual, and combine technique and intuition to uncover genuine vocal freedom, musicality, expressive tone, and grounded confidence. Through studying with me, students build themselves a toolkit that employs creativity and physiological knowledge to achieve healthy and authentic vocal and musical expression.

I am passionate about providing an environment that is safe enough to support curiosity and experimentation, and to strike the balance between playfulness and discipline, thereby creating the perfect conditions for creative and personal growth.

We uncover skills and knowledge for all areas of music and sound-making: from jazz and pop to classical, folk, experimental, rock, improvisation and beyond!

subjects

  • Singing
  • Vocal Coaching

languages

  • English

levels

  • All Levels

About Portia

I have been performing for 22 years and teaching for 13 years, with students of all levels of experience. As well as teaching one-to-one, I also run vocal workshops around various places from London to deep in the Welsh forests. I mentor undergraduate music and art students from Goldsmiths College, Chelsea Art College on their final shows. I am a visiting lecturer on the voice for 2nd-year degree students at Falmouth University in Cornwall.


I studied for my degree in music at Dartington College of Arts and completed my Master of Music at Goldsmiths College. I have studied Masterclasses with Meredith Monk and Maggie Nicols. I have studied the physiology of the voice from the perspective of the Estill technique Janice Chpaman and Gillyanne Kayes. As a performer I gig with my solo songs as well as in collaboration in the UK and abroad at venues such as The Vortex, Cafe Oto, The ICA, The National Portrait Gallery, The Purcell Room, Resonance FM, Whitstable Biennale, Sadler’s Wells, as well as at venues in Lithuania, France, Canada, Iceland.

Rates

packages

  • 5h: £200
  • 10h: £400

webcam

  • £40/h

Details

As I am just out of maternity leave and only have 4 slots available each week I am unfortunately not able to offer concessionary rates as I have in the past, but when my baby is a little older and goes to nursery I will be able to again!

Find out more about Portia

  • 01

    When did you first develop a passion for music and your favourite instrument?

    When I was as young as I can remember. Singing has always felt like a natural and enjoyable activity, although it wasn't until my early twenties that I realised I could decide to pursue singing and call myself a 'singer'. To me it's clear that each and every one of us is born a singer (there's really no such thing as being tone deaf), but that culturally we've been taught that some can and some can't - which is a falsehood - and my fundamental passion as a vocal coach is in helping people vocalise their opposition to this belief!

  • 02

    Is there a particular type music or artist that you listen to on a loop without it driving you crazy?

    A tricky question, as the answer changes with the seasons of life. I can cetainly listen to the sounds of nature on loop without it driving me crazy.

  • 03

    Explain to us the most difficult or riveting course you could personally give to a student of music.

    In the dialogue between primal emotional expression and musical and physiological technique, we create the perfect conditions for performance. The most difficult thing is perhaps achieving the self-directed rigour required to develop this deep, balanced relationship with one's own voice. If the student is curious and committed, they can achieve any exploratory goal. And we must keep learning to listen, and also to move beyond habitual judgments.

  • 04

    What do you think is the most complicated instrument to master and why?

    Electric guitar behind the back like Jimmy Hendrix, because you need such good shoulder flexibility.

  • 05

    What are your keys to success?

    I think I've possibly answered this in question 3, but to put it another way: a stubborn belief in the validity of pursuing singing as a human birthright (and indeed a personally and socially healing act) will lead to much success.

  • 06

    Name three musicians you dream of meeting in your favourite bar in the early hours of the morning. Explain why.

    I would love to meet in the bar - or indeed the forest, or beside the river, or in a delicious restaurant - Joanna Newsom, to talk about her wondrous epic story-telling ways coupled with her intricate harp and voice arrangements; Stevie Wonder to talk about his juicy journeys around harmony and modulation; and Patti Smith to discuss her noble punk-rock poetic performance abilities. It would also be nice to chat with Emma Kirkby about technique and repertoire. I could mention any number of musicans really, but these will do for today.

  • 07

    Provide a valuable anecdote related to music or your days at music school.

    An experience from my early music training which has stayed with me and fuelled my own developments as a performer and a listener took place half-way through the final performance of a Jazz module. I was in the middle of singing 'All of Me', scared as usual, and suddenly the fear fell from my shoulders like a cloak and was replaced with the sense that my only responsibilty was to be true to the sound being created. To honour the molody, the harmony, the timbre, the atmosphere. To sculpt a sonic experience with as much artistry as I could muster. This is a sensory memory that I re-invoke always in performance and it does not let me down.

  • 08

    What are the little touches that make you a Superprof in music?

    Is it really for me to say? I care deeply about helping people to uncover their true voices. As I have said, singing is a birthright and the more of us that own our own voices, the better. Ultimate goal: entire world a'singing. I am a passionate about my own performance and composition, and my journey as an artist is only enhanced by my work with my students. They teach me as much as I teach them. Lessons always close with a feeling of invigoration and peace, which I hope suggests that between us we are creating superb moments along the vocal journey.

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