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Chislehurst 
£40/h
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Lessons offered by Darquise
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at her home
  • at your home
Taught subjects
  • Singing
Levels
  • All Levels

Singing Teacher Chislehurst, Orpington, Bromley, Bexley, Eltham

Methodology

I am an enthusiastic and experienced singer and singing teacher. I use a classically-based technique, and will support you in improving your singing experience, whatever your age, level and aims. Try it out!

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

I concentrate on a classical singing technique, as well as theory, sight-singing and aural skills. I ensure that singers are equipped with a solid vocal technique and that they develop a lively imagination for communication.

I have special expertise with languages: I am a native French speaker and, as well as being fluent in English,I speak Italian and have a good working knowledge of German. I have had over a year of Alexander Technique lessons and I use its principles to help pupils in proper bocy alignment and in easing tension as they sing.

- Tell me about your qualifications.

I have a B.Mus. from McGill University in Montreal and an M.Mus from the Université de Montréal.
I have a PhD in Musicology from Royal Birmingham Conservatoire (Birmingham City University).
I also have a Diploma in Performance and Communication from the University of Toronto, and I regularly attend workshops and courses on interpretation, technique and vocal anatomy.

- How much do you charge?

My basic rate is £38.00 per hour, the same since 2016. For children and young people aged 18 and under, I charge a lower rate. I also offer special rates for lesson blocks and for an entire term's lessons: please inquire!

I offer a special free trial and mini-consultation lesson.

- Where do you teach?

I teach mainly from my home, where I have access to my extensive score and reference library, as well as to my computer and printer for quick repertoire updates.

I live within a short distance from Orpington, Bromley, Bexley and Eltham.

- When are you available?

I am available weekdays and evenings, as well as on Saturdays.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

I teach children from around age 9, as well as adults of all ages and of all levels of competence. I have worked with highly talented and advanced singers as well as some who need gentle and constant support and encouragement. Beginners of all ages are welcome!

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

I prepare pupils for ABRSM exams up and including Diploma level, as well as for auditions, festivals and competitions.

- Do you have a personal message for students?

I very much look forward to helping you achieve your singing goals!

Background

- What kind of experience do you have?

I have sung professionally with the Opéra de Montréal. As a member of the professional chorus of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra, I was a soloist in two of their recordings. I was also a member of the Tudor Singers of Montreal, a professional touring chamber choir. Both in Canada and in the UK I have appeared as a soloist with choral societies, and have toured with chamber opera ensemble Lyrichoregra20, and continue to give solo recitals.

I have been teaching singing privately for over 25 years. I have taught singing at the McGill Conservatory of Music and in this country at Repton School, at Abbots Bromley School for Girls, and at other independent schools. I was also vocal coach for the South Derbyshire Cantabile Choir and Youth Chorale. I have given master classes in Canada and in the US and continue to do so here in the UK. This past summer, I was invited as a singing tutor in a summer school in the south of France, and will return in August 2018.

I currently teach the Singers' Masterclass in French Song at Morley College, helping singers with the particular challenges and repertoire of the French mélodie.

- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?

Yes.

- Where and with whom did you train?

While at McGill, I studied with Prof. Winston Purdy, and with Gaston Germain during my Graduate degree. I have taken singing courses with renowned author and vocal pedagogue Richard Miller in the United States and in Austria; other teachers include Gérard Souzay and Dalton Baldwin in France, and Martial Singher in Canada.

- Do you belong to any professional organisations?

I am a member of AOTOS (The Association of Teachers of Singing).

Rates

Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £180

Details

I also offer a reduced rate for students aged 18 years and under, and for packs of 5 lessons. Please inquire!

Lessons offered by Darquise
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at her home
at your home
Taught subjects
  • Singing
Levels
  • All Levels

Darquise's CV

• B.Mus., M.Mus.
• PhD
• AOTOS

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