I have experience teaching singing to students (all ages) of various different levels, from beginners to more advanced, and helped them elevate their vocal skills both technically and expressively. During my studies at the first-class conservatoire Royal Northern College of Music, I followed courses on Pedagogy/Tutoring Singing and Vocal Anatomy & Health which gave me important guidance on how to teach singing successfully and with care.
In my lessons, I aim to create an encouraging environment and safe space that allows experimentation of the voice in order to uncover the full potential of each pupil. My teaching method focuses on obtaining a robust vocal technique (supported breathing, vocal placement, alignment of the body) and I teach my students vocal exercises that improve register blending, mixed-voice, vocal stamina, and vocal flexibility. These aim to release the voice from tension and discover each singers' unique qualities, abilities, and character. Furthermore, understanding how to use text and phrasing in a manner that colours a melody with meaning and emotion is very important in enriching the interpretative skills and creativity of a singer. I am passionate about helping my students learn to perform with musicality, passion and confidence.
I have worked with superb, world-acclaimed Vocal Coaches/Vocalists throughout my singing journey and I always aim to pass on their insight and advice to my own students! I also trained as an actor at ActUpNorth where I had the chance to work with film/TV industry professionals on in-depth acting methods; I believe that these skills of analysing a character offer important guidance concerning the process of attaching emotion to the performance of any song (a Pop song, Musical Theatre piece, or Opera aria) which helps to uncover the meaning behind lyrics, subtext, and thoughts that the song expresses.
What repertoire or songs do we work on? I am open to working on any of the student's favourite songs! It is important to work on music that suits each pupil's particular voice type and brings their vocal training to the next level. I am happy to cover any of the following genres with my pupils: Opera/Classical, Musical Theatre, Jazz standards, and Pop. I have the appropriate experience to prepare students for ABRSM examinations as well as for Conservatoire and University auditions.
I am a soprano from Greece who has been classically trained at the esteemed Royal Northern College of Music (Bachelor of Music with Honours) in the department of VOCAL STUDIES & OPERA. I have experience performing in recitals, masterclasses, competitions and participating in a wide variety of shows, such as Pop Concerts, Musical Theatre and Opera Productions. I performed as the lead role ‘Serpina' from the opera LA SERVA PADRONA, as well as 'Zerlina' in Mozart's opera DON GIOVANNI for the RNCM Opera Scenes 2019-2020. Musical Theatre has been at the centre of my life since I was young and I attain an extensive background in this field, including performing in the Musical GODSPELL at the famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In the past, I have also performed as lead character 'Reno Sweeney' in the Musical ANYTHING GOES. Moreover, I often work with pop musicians, rehearsing and recording with them, and I really enjoy exploring varying musical styles. In October 2020, I released my debut Pop single "Castaway", a collaboration with emerging Artist/Producer Elia, a track which was described as cutting-edge, genre-blending, and full of innovative production and alluring vocals. I am fortunate to perform versatile live concerts for private events and celebrations across the United Kingdom, including Classical, Crossover/Musical, and Pop/Function (live band) sets.
Rate for Singing lessons online or in-person: £25 per hour
Rate for 5 hours of lessons: £115 (= £23 per hour)
Rate for 10 hours of lessons: £220 (= £22 per hour)
* If a lesson is cancelled within 24-hours of a scheduled lesson then the fee will still be charged in full. Therefore, please allow more than 24-hours before canceling a lesson! *
EDUCATION / TRAINING:
The New York Project (2020)
Young Artists Programme (conservatoire graduates) by Teatro Grattacielo & Camerata Bardi Vocal Academy in New York, collaborating with the Hellenic Foundation for Culture. Masterclasses - Gina Poulou (Soprano), Simos Kakalas (Director), Stefanos Koroneos (Baritone), Jorge Parodi (Conductor), Lewis Ehlers (Opera agent, NYC).
Royal Northern College of Music (2016 — 2020 )
Degree: Bachelor of Music (with Honours) - VOCAL STUDIES & OPERA Head of Programme: Lynne Dawson, Vocal Tutor: Antonia Sotgiu, Masterclasses: Amanda Roocroft, James Baillieu , Graham Vick (International Chair of Opera), Coaching: Kevin Thraves, Paul Wynne Griffiths (Royal Opera House).
ActUpNorth (2017 — 2019)
On-screen acting lessons taught by industry professionals from across the UK.
“Castaway” Elia ft. Avra Haraka - Song Release (2020)
Original Music: Available on Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Youtube, Deezer.
Private Singing Tutor/Vocal coach (2019 — 2020)
Avra teaches one-on-one singing lessons to students of various levels and aims to help them expand their repertoire and elevate their technique, musicality, and performance skills.
Singer for Private Events/Session Gigs across the UK (2018 — 2020)
Avra performs classical repertoire and function/pop sets with live bands for weddings, celebrations, parties.
Solo Singer for the Title Song of TV Series “Patty” (2010 — 2012)
Musical hit TV-series “Patty” aired on Greek TV (channel MEGA) every day for 2 years. The song Avra recorded featured on a CD that sold 60,000 copies in Greece.
STAGE PERFORMANCES / EXPERIENCE:
- Concerts & Music projects -
(2019—2020) Rhythms of the Mediterranean: Project leader, music arranger, and main vocalist in an original classical crossover programme in which Avra explores Greek & Spanish songs, performed with a 7-piece live band.
(2016—2020) Soloist and performer in recitals, concerts and competitions within the Royal Northern College of Music.
(2019) Main organiser and performer of the Revue Show, a showcase of many upcoming New Artists/Pop Acts, performed at the lively venue Revolution on Oxford Road, Manchester.
(2019) Popular Music Session Orchestra Concert, Performer/Chorus singer with the Pop vocalist Mario Jose, at the sold-out RNCM Opera Theatre.
(2015) Soloist in a series of Christmas Concerts with The Underground Youth Orchestra and famous Greek singer Elli Paspala, held in the prestigious Benakis Museum in Athens.
(2013-2015) Lead singer of the music group/band "Shades of Blue", playing live music in bars and small venues around Athens, Greece.
(2012) Greek summer concert with famous Greek rockstar Giorgos Sarris (from Zig Zag), in a bar/venue of the Greek island Antiparos.
(2011) TV interview and Solo performance of the "Patty" TV Series Title Song, Programme Presenter: Tatiana Stefanidou.
- Acting on-screen -
(2020) Co-star actress in Music Video for the song “What Would A Man Do?” by emerging UK artist/band, Brodie.
- Opera -
(2020) “Zerlina” from Mozart’s Opera DON GIOVANNI, Opera Scenes, Opera Theatre RNCM, Manchester.
(2019) “Serpina” (Leading Role) from Pergolesi’s Opera LA SERVA PADRONA, Opera Scenes, Opera Theatre RNCM, Manchester.
(2017) Chorus member in Opera CENDRILLON by Massenet, RNCM Production, Opera Theatre, Manchester.
- Musical Theatre -
(2014) “Mother Abbess” in THE SOUND OF MUSIC, Campion Production
(2013) “Golde” (Leading Role) in FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Camp. Prod.
(2012) “Reno Sweeney” (Leading Role) in ANYTHING GOES, Camp. Prod.
(2011) “ChaCha” in GREASE, Camp. Prod.
(2010) “Baby June” in GYPSY, Camp. Prod.
(2010) Edinburgh Fringe Festival - Avra participated in the Musical GODSPELL at the famous festival.
Avra is a talented singer and teacher. She is very friendly and makes you feel at ease!
Avra is an amazing person, musician and singer,
who passes on her passion for music to her students. She has an excellent work ethic and will always make you feel comfortable, enabling you to achieve remarkable outcomes. I would definitely recommend her as she is an inspiring and caring teacher who will never let you down.
Having known Avra for almost 10 years now, I can guarantee she is one of the most caring and loveable people out there! Apart from her attention to detail and her pure talent, Avra will make sure to give you what you need above and beyond your expectations! Her experience and knowledge in classical music and musicals, as well as her professional manner and warm smile will definitely get you excited before each and every lesson!
I have known Avra for three years, as we both studied at the Royal Northern College of Music. I have seen her perform a few times, and recently had the pleasure of making music with her as her accompanist. She is a truly gifted singer, who combines talent, technical skills, musical intuition, and a charismatic stage presence. Furthermore, she is extremely versatile as she excels both in opera singing and music theatre performance.
As a person, she is one of the warmest, kindest, most compassionate people I know. All of these qualities of hers, make her, I am sure, an amazing teacher who can deliver high-quality, engaging and inspiring tuition.
I wholeheartedly reccomend her.
Avra is a lifelong friend/colleague of mine and an incredibly gifted singer. She has both the patience and work ethic to excel as a voice tutor, as well as a significant degree of knowledge in this area. She has also shown a great deal of commitment to her students for as long as she has been tutoring for. I highly recommend Avra, she never disappoints.
Avra is an amazing teacher and musician. She is very inspiring and fun to work with. She is a really versatile singer and a wonderful person, very friendly, patient and encouraging!
I have known Avra for years now and I am confident in her abilities to not only teach but to give her full attention and be very empathetic to every student's needs, which I think is what makes her stand out as a tutor.
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