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.
One of our best tutors! High-quality profile, qualifications verified and response guaranteed. Tracey will plan your first lesson with care.
- 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?
- 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.
£15 per half hour in studio or online.
First 30 minute initial assessment lesson is FREE
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.
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.
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.
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