Want to learn to sing and understand music better? Or do you want to develop your current skills to a higher level? After almost 13 years as a professional vocal tutor and coach, I have developed an inclusive, holistic approach to singing - I understand that everyone is an individual and I work to cater your lessons to your personal & specific wants, needs and learning style to bring the best out of you and your voice. I will also demonstrate anything I ask you to do, modelling best practice and sharing approaches and information backed by current research and professional development.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach and/or coach contemporary singing, including pop, soul, jazz, RnB, funk, rock and gospel, from beginners to advanced level. My lessons also include stage performance techniques, vocal physiology and confidence building skills. I am also a experienced songwriter, and frequently tutor and/or assist in developing songwriting skills. I also teach basic-intermediate music theory and sight reading skills.
Alongside vocal tuition, I provide tuition in essay writing and proof reading services, from Secondary to Masters level.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
After high school, I completed an HND in Modern Musicianship with 5 merits from Jewel and Esk Valley College, Edinburgh (2005), before moving into 3rd year of the BA (Honours) Popular Music degree at Napier University, Edinburgh, where I obtained a first class degree (2007), as well as acquiring level 1 Estill vocal training certification. I then undertook the Master Performance course at Tech Music School, West London (2009). In 2013, I graduated from Middlesex University with a 'good to outstanding' grading for my PGCE in Secondary Education Music (2013). I completed my Masters (MMus) in Popular Music Performance last year (2019) with distinction.
- How much do you charge?
I charge £35 an hour, and through Superprof I offer a discounted rate on block bookings or 5 lessons (= £32 per hour) or 10 lessons (= £31 per hour).
- Where do you teach?
*NB During the COVID-19 pandemic, I will be teaching online only*
I teach either online, or from my home in Marchmont, or the practice rooms at the Academy of Music and Sound Edinburgh.
- When are you available?
I am currently available for private tuition weekday afternoons & evenings and weekends.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I am most experienced in teaching adults & teenagers (age 11-18), and am happy teaching complete beginners up to experienced professionals.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your clients for?
ABRSM and Trinity examinations in Singing; GCSE Music; Scottish qualifications - Standard Grade/Intermediate 1 and 2/Higher/Advanced Higher Music; BTEC Music; HNC/D Music; Undergraduate and Post Graduate Singing examinations.
My focus is predominantly in preparing clients for the technical and performance element of these examinations, though I can also teaching basic-intermediate music theory, sight-reading/sight-singing skills, aural skills and other relevant theoretical knowledge.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I offer lessons online using ZOOM, Skype and Facetime; whichever works best for each client. I also correspond with my clients through email regarding any problems they may be facing since our last lesson, and offer tips and advice on any questions they may have.
- What kind of experience do you have?
After graduating from my BA Honours in Popular Music at Napier University Edinburgh in 2007, I moved to London and taught privately and at stage schools, including Pop and Stage School Academy (PSSA) and Centre Stage Theatre School. I was also appointed as Singing Teacher of Stagecoach Amersham for 2 years in 2010. I took on private clients throughout this time, and continued to do so whilst studying for my PGCE. Finally, I gained my Masters (MMus) in Popular Music Performance with Distinction at the Institute of Contemporary Music (ICMP), London, at the end of 2019.
After my years in London, I have returned to my hometown of Edinburgh, and am the Vocal Tutor, as well as Lead Tutor, at the Academy of Music and Sound, Edinburgh, alongside my private tuition.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Where and with whom did you train?
Napier University - Maureen McMullan; Tech Music School - Annabel Williams, Kim Chandler, Iain McKenzie, David Combes, Will Lester, Simon Colam, Femi Temowo; Middlesex University - Dominique Jones; ICMP - David Combes; Privately - Dr Gillyanne Kayes, Kim Chandler.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I am a current member of the Musician's Union (MU) and the British Voice Association (BVA).
- Tell me about some of your current clients.
Whether in person at my music studio or online via ZOOM, Skype or Face Time, my lessons are for everyone! Some of my clients come for professional development including singers from The Lion King, West End London, students auditioning for universities such as Sylvia Young Music School, singing development for film such as 'Outlaw King' (2018) and choir directors wanting to update/MOT their vocal skills. Others are complete beginners who want to sing for self development and/or for personal enjoyment - my current client base ranges from 12 years old to 50+ years old. Whatever your reasons, I can cater to your needs.
• MMus with Distinction in Popular Music Performance
• BA (Honours) Popular Music - 1st class degree
• PGCE Secondary Education
• Vocal tuition and basic-intermediate music theory teacher
• Experienced college/university lecturer
• Current PVG
• Musician's Union & British Voice Association member
Perfect! I've had 7 sessions with Susanna now, as someone with no previous formal experience with singing/vocal lessons and can already see a big difference, not only in my ability, but also my confidence in singing. I very much like her flexible teaching approach, the fact that she follows up with notes from previous lessons, which makes it easy to revise the things covered in the past, and her very encouraging and positive attitude.
Claudiu is a very easy going, attentive and friendly person. He was very responsive throughout the lesson and did everything to the best of his ability. Thanks to this, we now have a clearer idea of what his strengths currently are, and what can be worked on to make his singing even better. Looking forward to our future lessons!
Being a complete novice to singing when starting my lessons with Susanna, I had no idea what to expect and was also very nervous of what she might think.
Very quickly, she was able to put me at ease, and also identify both strengths and weaknesses
Susanna makes lessons both interesting and fun. Because of her enthusiasm and effective teaching methods, I have been able to progress quickly and really enjoy and look forward to my lessons.
Susanna taught Megan, my 11yr old daughter, singing for a series of lessons. Megan really enjoyed the lessons and found Susanna's approach to be very easy and friendly. She finds out what areas the child is aiming for and works towards that as well as providing a good base structure of fundamental rules that help a person to sing correctly and to the best of their ability. We intend to have some more lessons at a later date.
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