with Alexander Massey MA PGCE MSc
Welcome to my website!
There are lots of blog articles, resources and videos to help you improve your singing. I also offer singing lessons to a wide range of students – amateur and professional, focusing on Four Core Areas (see below).
Lessons are temporarily online because of the Covid-19 situation. Actually, I’ve had online students from around the world for years anyway. Current research doesn’t show that sharing the physical space for singing lessons is safe enough yet. I have a research background and keep up to date on the research into Covid-19, aerosols and singing; I also consult with professional bodies of singing teachers and performers. We can work online for now, and as soon as it is safe, if you can visit me in Oxford, we can then return to face-to-face work.
Get in touch, and we can talk about what you are looking for.
1. Vocal Technique
Developing solid vocal technique, based on good voice science, is the foundation of all our work. We learn first to understand and master our instrument, how to apply the knowledge to songs, how to diagnose and fix your vocal problems, and how to look after our voice.
2. Interpretation & Expression
With solid vocal technique, our voices become flexible, reliable, and responsive. Then we can start on interpretation, and finding true freedom of expression. We work on songs, repertoire, and the artistic questions of how to convey emotion, meaning, story and character as a singer.
3. Performance Skills
Solid vocal technique, and being able to express ourselves freely in song, builds ever greater confidence, and prepares us for the next phase: adding the specific skills needed for performance. We learn how to prepare, to handle nerves, to connect with an audience, to thrive in the performance space, and become stronger and more skilful from all our performance experiences (good and bad).
4. Learning & Psychology
Vocal technique, interpretation, and performance all benefit from a systematic approach that includes a deep understanding of successful learning methods, and the part played by mind and emotions in growing skill and confidence, and communicating successfully with an audience. As a singer and learner, each of us is unique. So while the core principles of vocal technique, interpretation and performance remain the same, the teaching methods must vary according to our personality, learning style, goals, strengths and needs.