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  • Hourly rate £35
  • Response Time 15h
  • Number of students 33
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Singer musicologist | Online voice lessons focused on body awareness and breath work

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Hi! My name is Lola and I'm a musicologist and a singer. I've been teaching voice for the last six years and I base my teaching method on developing body awareness, and how to learn to use your instrument in the most effective manner.

My students come from different backgrounds - choir, jazz, folk singers, and beginners who've always wanted to sing. I tend to teach students who have sung in the past but are not comfortable in the way they sing, feel the need to change "something" in the way they produce sound, or do not feel they're reaching their potential as singers.

A typical lesson structure with me will have:
* Initial body awareness exercises
* Breath work and learning to be aware of the process of breathing
* Development of the support system for producing sound
* Singing exercises to work on different elements, depending on the student's needs (for example we work on vocal range, agility, tension release, voice projection and resonance, etc.)
* We apply what we've learned in a song/repertoire of choice

In a nut-shell, my philosophy in teaching voice is:

I focus on developing an awareness on how to breathe without effort or strain, and how to produce sound naturally, as a foundation for singing and music making. I believe we need to get to know our instrument well, be in an active relationship with it, in order to produce sound in harmony with our body. Singing is a pleasure! and that's the bottom line. When I teach, I focus on bringing together body, mind and spirit in order to create sound and let the voice express itself freely.

**Lessons are online via Zoom and I teach afternoons from 4pm onwards**

subjects

  • Singing
  • Vocal Coaching

languages

  • English
  • Spanish
  • German

levels

  • All Levels

About Lola

I'm a singer currently working on my PhD in Musicology which focuses on voice technique in early recordings, and I have been teaching singing for more than four years. My PhD is all about listening to the voice - from 1898 onwards - and I've learned to develop insight into how a singer produces sound, different techniques that were used in the early XXth century, and how we perceive them today.

I sing classical repertoire, mainly art song and early music, though I have also sung popular music -- Spanish & Latin American folksongs. On stage I've crossed over the "academic" to the "popular" music worlds and back. I enjoy finding the bridges that unite these seemingly different territories. I believe that expression in the voice has no boundaries and, increasingly, I strive for this in my personal vocal journey.


My students find a new way to approach their music and their voices, letting go of previously acquired constraints, all through a new awareness of their instrument, namely, their body, and what goes on when sound is produced.

Freedom in a voice is acquired once you understand how your instrument works and focus on the process of creating sound. This way you truly enjoy singing as an expression of your own creative self.

Rates

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  • 5h: £175
  • 10h: £350

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  • £35/h

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Find out more about Lola

  • 01

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

    I think this passion developed more like a creative need, and it included dressing up, dancing, singing and playing instruments, at around the age of 10, or maybe even earlier. I was creating my own “live shows” for my family or for my toy audience and I was singing and dancing, creating a fantasy world and music was an important part of this. My favorite instrument is the voice, the movement, sounds, rhythm and dance that it offers.

  • 02

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

    Honestly no. Any music that I would listen to on a loop would drive me crazy. I need variety. When I listen to music, it’s usually a variety of genres. Sometimes I’ll listen to early blues, sometimes piano sonatas, sometimes flamenco, or Mozart arias. Same goes with musicians: I might listen to Janis Joplin, Bobby McFerrin, Victoria de los Ángeles or to Montserrat Caballé – they’re all fantastic and unique – I couldn’t choose one over the other.

  • 03

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

    The most difficult course that I could offer would develop a deep awareness of how your body sings as a whole. In this course you would learn to focus on your own instrument and achieve expressivity and confidence while using your own voice.

    Part of the course would involve learning how to be aware of what is involved in singing on a physical level. Learning elements of anatomy and the process of singing in theory is important, but the course would focus on taking this information and bringing it to a personal level. How do you experience singing? What is going on inside your body? What are your instrument’s needs, qualities, setbacks? The course would take on these questions in order for the student to really understand and experience their own voice. No two bodies are the same, hence no two voices are the same. Each individual experiences breathing and singing in their own terms, and the course would teach you to learn to be aware of how this process takes place within you, specifically, and to learn to sing in the most natural and accessible way possible for you.

    Once awareness is present, the next part of the course would focus on the process of consciously directing how you want to sing, what sounds and vocal qualities you want to put forth, and what aspects you want to develop more. Unlike any other instrument, the human voice is in constant change, and as singers we need to approach our instrument as such and learn to listen to it and be able to change aspects accordingly.

    This course would help you take care of your voice by being mindful of the changing qualities it has and how to approach your singing without effort.

    Finally, we would use the knowledge acquired to truly express through the voice. Singing is an art form, it is communicating a message, telling a story, expressing the huge array of emotions we are capable of feeling. A fundamental part of this course would involve finding ways to place forth what it is you want to say through your voice, your truth, and finding the freedom to express it.

  • 04

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

    Is this a trick question?! I’d say the human brain, but maybe that doesn’t count as an instrument. Any instrument can have extraordinary levels of mastery, and it requires a symbiosis with the instrument player or the singer to achieve this mastery. Mastery of an instrument or of the voice is up to the instrumentalist or singer so my answer would definitely be: the human mind.

  • 05

    5) What are your keys to success?

    Personally, I think that being consistent is key to achieve any goal. In music, part of the process is “showing up” every day to practice your craft. With or without so-called “talent”, a musician has an ongoing relationship with music-making and the deeper this relationship is, the better the music. I see it as a love-hate relationship, where there is a constant dialogue to be had and compromises must be made for all involved (!).


    I also believe we need to enjoy the process of learning and not be constantly reaching for a specific goal. I’ve learned to find a balance between being driven to achieve certain milestones and giving myself time to rest and enjoy the process of getting there. Meditation is key.

  • 06

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

    I’d choose Mozart because I love his music and his character and I’m sure late night bar conversations with him would be a blast! My first research project was on his work so I have a few pending questions. Two: Jeff Buckley. Truly amazing musician, artist and loving person – freedom and creativity in human form. He left too soon and I’d love to spend hours listening to him and playing music nonstop. Three: Victoria de los Ángeles, probably my favorite singer of the lyrical world. She personifies true musicianship, a humility and honest craft that few have achieved. She has a deep connection to music, and I’d love to learn from her. Probably not a night owl, but maybe I could ask her about how she feels and senses singing from within.

  • 07

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

    When I finished university, my first job was as a music teacher and choir director of a school within a small community. These kids were under-privileged and in a very difficult situation socially and economically. I would visit the community once a week and teach them about music and we developed a choir ensemble. These kids had little knowledge of solfège or pitch, but they taught me that the true purpose of singing was to bring joy to their lives. Something that you tend to forget when you attend a music school, but music and singing brings joy and happiness and this is probably the most important aspect of music making.



    We had a concert, and I was at the front directing the choir. It was our first concert, and we were all nervous. I had put on a fancy flower on my head, we were all dressed up and the kids were having a blast. Suddenly, in the middle of a song, some of the kids were giggling, the giggling spread and they couldn’t help but laugh in the middle of the song because that fancy flower I had on was falling down! I was so nervous myself, but I simply smiled and had a laugh as well, let the flower fall, and continued with the song. Music is not confined to perfect notes and perfect pitch. Music-making is not to be suffered or tied up to strict rules of conduct and achievement. Music’s best use is when it expresses that which lies within, be it joy, sadness, love, or fear. Music, these kids reminded me, is human imperfection at its best.

  • 08

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

    I find that I can relate to my students very well and create a safe space for them to feel at ease while singing. I also avoid the “seriousness” of teaching and find ways to make the lesson fun! Singing is not a drudgery, yes it takes discipline, but it is something to be enjoyed! During a lesson, I create the space so that we can work on technical issues, develop vocally, and I make sure that the students feel at ease. There is always room for conversation and solving questions, always open to dialogue and creative ideas.



    Also, since a lot of the work is geared toward an awareness of the body, the lessons usually bring an hour of concentration on a physical level which helps the students develop other areas of their life, too.



    We tend to be shy about singing to others, especially to “the teacher” and I make sure this is not a hindrance to singing freely and enjoying the experience of song. I try to look for ways to help each individual student, based on their personal interests and their individual instrument. I listen carefully to their voices so I can offer the best exercises and input to help them advance and achieve their goals.

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