What to Expect / FAQ

Who do you offer singing teaching to?

I am happy to teach anyone – guys and girls – from complete beginners to professionals, and from the age of 14 upwards.

Do you offer exam coaching?

I regularly teach and submit candidates for the LCM Musical Theatre syllabus (Grade Initial up to Diploma standard) and Rockschool and Trinity Rock and Pop vocals syllabuses (Grade Initial to Grade 8 standard). I can also help prepare students for auditions.

Where will the lesson take place? 

I teach most private singing lessons from my home studio in Hemel Hempstead (see map for directions) as it’s a quiet, comfortable and well-equipped space for my students to learn in.

I can on occasion do ‘on-location’ coaching for professional artists within the studio/theatre – please contact me for details if interested.

What can I expect at my first lesson? 

I generally like to spend the first few minutes with a brief chat about what singing you may have done, what you’d like to achieve, your style preferences etc and just get to know you a little. We’ll then generally spend some time at the piano to establish what your vocal range is currently and any issues you may have or areas you want to develop specifically. I have a policy not to force new students to sing alone until they’re comfortable doing so – singing into a void with a stranger can be quite a scary experience for a beginner! Don’t worry – I’m here to help not frighten you 😉

What should I bring with me?

A bottle of room temperature still water would be great (and make sure to drink water beforehand too – hydration is vital!). Bring a notebook and pen too for lesson notes if you can.

Is all singing training ‘classical’? 

Nope. The voice pedagogy route I have followed allows for all different types of styles and voices. The focus is on vocal ability and health, not a narrow minded stylistic path. I can find myself teaching someone how to sing in the blues style one minute, and the next session I could be coaching someone in rock ‘screaming’! It’s one of many the reasons why I love my job.

How often should I have lessons? 

The frequency of your lessons really depends on your own budget, goals and time availability. Audition-specific coaching for those who are used to the process can often be resolved within one or two lessons.

For Beginners I would suggest the following: Book one lesson to see if you think we can work together and what needs to be done. If you are happy to continue, I would strongly advise committing to a course of 6 lessons, ideally weekly, and setting up time in your schedule to practice your technique and repertoire at home.

School age children: I am happy for parents to pay me termly or half termly if that helps you plan ahead! Email the weekly slot you would like and whether or not you would like a half hour or an hour – I’ll then set up a payment link for you.

How long will it take for me to improve?

Commitment is vital for improvement! I always tell students that, like any other skill, the more effort and time you put into practice between lessons, the faster your singing is likelier to develop. My job is to give you the tools to improve – your job is to put the time in.

What happens if I can’t make my lesson?

See Terms and Conditions.

How do I pay for my lesson?

An advanced course of lessons can be paid for either by bank transfer or via the website. Single lessons lessons must also be paid for in advance.

Either way, please read the Terms and Conditions page for rules on cancellation.