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 UniversitÃ© de MontrÃ©al.
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!
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have sung professionally with the OpÃ©ra de MontrÃ©al. 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 mÃ©lodie.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- 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 GÃ©rard 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).
I also offer a reduced rate for students aged 18 years and under, and for packs of 5 lessons. Please inquire!
• B.Mus., M.Mus.
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