I teach committed, musically competent amateurs (aged 18 or older) as well as professional singers and singing teachers. Over 35 years, I have developed broad and deep experience of many different vocal questions, challenges and solutions. I draw on detailed knowledge of vocal science, vocal acoustics, teaching and learning methods, performance psychology, and a many years as a professional performer. One of the things that I find constantly fascinating and encouraging is that, with the right information, patient practice, and supportive coaching, all of us can always improve our skills. For more on this, read my blog article ‘Singing is a learned skill’, or Dan Coyle’s book, ‘The Talent Code‘. Singers become skilled, confident, and independent when their learning is thorough, well-organised, and enjoyable.
We could be a good student-teacher match, if …
… you fit the basic criteria outlined on this page, including being at least 18 years old, and being able to have a lesson Mon-Fri 9:30am-6:30pm (UK time).
… even if you could work with me in Oxford, you are willing temporarily to have lessons online (Skype, Zoom, FaceTime, WhatsApp etc). During Covid-19 times, I am currently only teaching online – actually, I have had online students from around the world for years anyway. The 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. Online,I teach professional singers in the USA, Germany, Spain, Hungary and India.
… you want to work on the Four Core Areas
… you welcome a systematic approach to learning, are patient, capable of self reflection, self organising, and accept that while people often find they make some immediate vocal progress, development of true vocal mastery is a longer term project
… you are musically prepared for the lessons – Students need to be reasonably reliable and independent musically before they begin working with me. Our work together focuses on the voice, interpretation and performance skills, not on developing basic musical proficiency. So you need to develop elsewhere any musical knowledge you might need for our vocal lessons, e.g. ear training, music reading, singing harmonies, learning the melody of your chosen song.
… you are interested in the ‘inner game’ – learning how to navigate the central aspects of thought processes and emotions in order to attain true vocal mastery
… you organise yourself to be making music and/or practising regularly (e.g. in a band, in a choir, in a musical show, working on solo performances) – your musical and vocal development is much more likely to happen if you are using your singing voice regularly, which gives you an opportunity to apply what you are learning in lessons
If you want to enquire about help with your voice, it really helps me if you write something about your vocal and musical background in an email, or, better still, simply fill in and submit the contact form on this website, or complete this enquiry form (Word document). This often works better than our playing endless ‘phone tag’ with messages.