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« Perfect! Very good tutor! Really building my confidence, making me feel like I’ve got some skill, teaching me names for things I do but had no concept of and also showing me things I never even considered. Really helping me develop my voice and I look forward to working with her more and seeing how far I can take it! »
£30/h
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Lessons offered by Tracey
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at her home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Singing
  • Vocal Coaching
Levels
  • All Levels

Qualified practitioner of The Voice College, London with QTS in contemporary singing, based in Congleton offering local and online tuition

Methodology

Hi! I'm Tracey Taylor, an industry-standard qualified vocal coach in contemporary singing. Whatever your aspirations, hopes or dreams, I am a coach who walks alongside you in your journey, to encourage you inside -and outside- of our time together.

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

I teach from beginners to professionals, the art of Contemporary Singing. In addition, I coach guitar playing singers and teach guitar independently.

I offer a FREE 30 minute vocal Initial Assessment lesson: The first time we meet I call 'meet and greet', which includes an assessment of your vocal ability from one or two songs you bring (either to backing music, instrument led or accapella) followed by a discussion about your strengths, areas that we would work on, your aims and your goals. You also get to learn of my background and teaching method, which is based on the phrase 'knowledge is power'.
I work on a one-skill-at-a-time approach to ensure that all the key elements of vocal release are grasped. You can expect variety from your lesson time with me, learning through practical application with exercises (made fun!) and songs, visual aids, the practice of kinesthetic imagination, listening, learning some science (this helps tremendously with kinesthetic imagination) -and whatever other ideas you can come up with, to help me help you in your learning.

- Tell me about your qualifications.

I have a Pdip.TVC (Upper Merit) in Teaching Contemporary Singing from The Voice College in London, which has granted me Practitioner status within the establishment. I hold a Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) enabling me to teach adults and minors.

I have completed the Institute for Vocal Advancement introductory teaching course.

I am qualified to teach musicality (rhythm and movement, ear-training, beat, sound-analysis and more) and to impart essential keys to unlocking natural singing (and speaking), teaching how to use the voice naturally, powerfully and effortlessly that in turn protects the voice from damage, adding longevity.
I have studied Jaques Dalcroze Education and the Feldenkrais Method ("singing with your whole self") and this plays out in my teaching method. I have also explored the Alexander Technique within my course of study and how this can be incorporated to help ease muscle tension - an essential element when singing.

- How much do you charge?

1st 'Meet & Greet' initial assessment of 30 minutes is FREE.
Thereafter, lessons are £15 for 30 mins or £30 for an hour.
I offer a 10% discount for every six lessons that are booked and paid for in advance (a saving of £9 / £18).

I maintain a *24hr cancellation policy: If you cancel your lesson within this time, you will not be charged.

For singers who perform with a guitar and would like combined coaching of vocal and performance technique, the rates are the same.

For guitar tuition, the cost is £10 per half hour.


*Cancellations within the 24 hour window will only be waived in exceptional circumstances.

- Where do you teach?

I teach at the Hummingbird premises in Congleton, county Cheshire. I also provide online tutoring via Skype, FaceTime or ZOOM. Immediate towns nearby are Crewe, Sandbach, Holmes Chapel and Alderley Edge with Knutsford and Manchester not far away. Cheshire is next to county Staffordshire, with Stoke-on-Trent just 25-30 minutes down the road. Manchester is approximately 30-40 minutes drive north.

I will travel out, but only in exceptional circumstances. This will incur additional petrol costs.

- When are you available?

Mondays - Fridays, 10a.m. - 7p.m. & Sundays, 4-7p.m.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

Minors and adults of all abilities.

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

I generally do not go a formally-graded route, but I can offer Hummingbird in-house grading, endorsed by The Voice College in London.
Should you wish to go the formally graded route however, I can arrange this.

- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.

I have Skype, FaceTime and Zoom available for teaching online. Just state which one you would prefer to use.

- Do you have a personal message for students?

It doesn't matter whether you have had training before or are a complete beginner, or even consider yourself someone with little (or no) musicality at all. Let's work together and you'll see that nothing is impossible. I am a coach who does not just take your money and run, but am alongside you in your journey to encourage outside -as well as inside- your lesson time.

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Background

- What kind of experience do you have?

Having many years of performance in my background and a love of singing, I stepped out to study the voice within contemporary singing specifically, in more depth. I graduated from The Voice College, London, as an accredited practitioner and I have been teaching the craft since January 2018 on a private and group workshop basis. In addition, I have two local mid-week singing groups that I lead, where people can enjoy singing their favourite songs without the pressure of performing.

Other experience I have is working with, and performing alongside, a school choir, along with other young peoples church singing groups. I have experience of performance coaching, stage direction and mentoring singers who wish to grow in confidence and leadership skills.

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

Yes.

- Where and with whom did you train?

The Voice College, London.
The Institute for Vocal Advancement (introductory course)

- Do you belong to any professional organisations?

The Voice College, London.

- Tell me about some of your current students.

I have a number of students: Some who come to me every week, some who are sporadic. All are welcome!
My students range from beginner to professional: Those who want regular coaching and those who come to me occasionally for a booster / to check-in on their technique. At times, a student may wish to work on a song they are preparing to perform, which can include performance coaching should they desire it. I am presently coaching someone who has been accepted to audition for the Britain's Got Talent 2019 show.

I have a couple of students who class themselves as 'tone deaf', but they are not. However, a lot of work outside of our coaching times will be needed in order for the brain training (most commonly called 'ear training') to be effective.

I have a review of some of my students on my @hummingbirdvocalcoaching facebook page.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £30/h

Details

£15 per half hour in studio or online.

First 30 minute initial assessment lesson is FREE

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

10 reviews on Tracey
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Caity

Perfect! Very good tutor! Really building my confidence, making me feel like I’ve got some skill, teaching me names for things I do but had no concept of and also showing me things I never even considered. Really helping me develop my voice and I look forward to working with her more and seeing how far I can take it!

Tracey's response

Caity is a bright and sparkly person, keen and ready to learn! She was prompt with her communications and payments. I look forward to our continued singing coaching together :D

9 recommendations

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Taylor

I can really recommend Tracey from Hummingbird Coaching. Her natural enthusiasm for her subject is infectious and her knowledge of the voice and its mechanics is extremely impressive. I had asked Tracey to help me sustain a specific character voice whilst singing, she gave me a number of tips which I have found extremely useful. Many of the tips Tracey gave, I have put into practice professionally and have genuinely noticed how much easier I have found singing since working with her.

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Wendy

I am a professional singer and theatre performer. I had a session with Tracey and found it highly beneficial to recap over essential elements that help good tone, such as tension release for example.Tracey worked through exercises with me that challenged my vocal agility, worked my stamina and fine-tuned my ear to pitch. I continue to practice what I learnt and my performances have benefited as a result.

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Emma

Tracey is a fantastic teacher. She takes a highly personalised approach to lessons. I was keen to work on vocal range and definitely extended it after just a few sessions. She made the theory element seemed interesting. I have been singing for a long time, but haven't ever been taught 'how to sing'. I would highly recommend Hummingbird Coaching.

Interview with Tracey

QUESTION 01 | 08
When did you first develop a passion for music and your favourite instrument?
Tracey — When I was around 11 yrs old, I wrote my first piano piece. When I was 14, I took up the double bass and bass guitar as part of my GCSE studies. During my Music A-Level years, I particularly enjoyed composition and took to learning the guitar afterwards when I started university. I had a housemate who had two guitars so I was playing constantly, which really helped! During my time at university, I also began exploring singing and being part of bands, taking up tuition soon after completing my course. My favourite instrument is now my voice, because it involves the whole self and can produce a variety of timbres in ways that other instruments do not.
QUESTION 02 | 08
Is there a particular type of music or artist that you listen to on a loop without it driving you crazy?
Tracey — Creative uplifting music with positive lyrics; music recorded in solfeggio tones (e.g. 417HZ, 444HZ, 396HZ and others)
QUESTION 03 | 08
Explain to us the most difficult or riveting course you could personally give to a student of music.
Tracey — The most difficult "course" I could give my student should they want it, would be 'vocal test competencies', which, at the more advanced level, include: demonstrating their knowledge and application of singing zones within registers (for example, demonstrating healthy belting from Power Zone to Power Zone), and demonstrating clean bridges between each register to create a seamless sound. I could also provide test papers with questions on the larynx, how the jaw affects resonance and more to embed that greater on-going depth of knowledge. Another "course" I could take my student on is the study of one particular song or songs, looking at the musicality of the piece/s, the approach of each word and phrase etc with a view to performing or recording it as a demonstration of their ability, adding it to their performance CV.
QUESTION 04 | 08
What do you think is the most complicated instrument to master and why?
Tracey — I think the voice is the most complicated instrument to master because there are so many elements within the vocal mechanism that need to be working in harmony with each other, in order for a true resonant voice to be released. It's all about learning to work with the natural support mechanisms within our body, which are directly linked with our voice, not interfering with them. The biggest culprit, and therefore hindrance to singing, is tension and this is something we have to work on daily. The voice is never an instrument we can just pick up and play. Not only do the vocal muscles need warming up, just like any exercise we do, but as we have just learnt, we need to get our mind and emotions set in the right place too (in calm equilibrium) in order for there to be no tension (i.e. no other muscle interference) and this can obviously vary from day to day depending on life's circumstances. So it is not an instrument we can expect perfection from!
QUESTION 05 | 08
What are your keys to success?
Tracey — Realising I will never attain perfection - this helps take the pressure off, releasing tension thus helping me to relax and enjoy singing -and life! Having Faith. Thinking well of myself and choosing to be a buffalo in the storm, not a cow!
QUESTION 06 | 08
Name three musicians you dream of meeting in your favourite bar in the early hours of the morning. Explain why.
Tracey — My favourite bar would be a beach bar surrounded by Psamma grass filled dunes, where there is a cool breeze in the hot blazing sun overlooking the horizon (I guess it would need to be early morning for the cool breeze in the place I'm thinking of!).
1. The late Danny Kirwan, guitarist of Fleetwood Mac -his guitar skills on 'Big Love' are world class; 2. MUSE - I think they are excellent creative musicians and songwriters and would love to hear their story; and 3. The ancient biblical psalmist David who was famed for his singing, songwriting and musician skills. One of the first songwriters and musicians recorded in history.
QUESTION 07 | 08
Provide a valuable anecdote related to music or your days at music school.
Tracey — I will never forget the time some years ago when I travelled to play a solo gig and forgot essential components of my PA. We ended up strapping my microphone to a broom handle that my friend held whilst I sang! It was most embarrassing! Ever since that event, I double -even treble check- I have everything I need!
QUESTION 08 | 08
What are the little touches that make you a Superprof in music?
Tracey — A Superprof - that's a big title for anyone to give themselves! I like to think that my methodical, attention to detail approach to teaching paves the way for this. I am keen to not overload and I like to give space to allow my student to lead where necessary. Perhaps my student wants to spend more time on a particular vocal skill, have thoughts, questions or queries they want answering or have a show coming up that they would like to focus time on.
Another little touch that makes for a Superprof in music, is a personable approach. I am a huge fan of offering a warm welcome and encouraging my students at every opportunity.

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