Meet your tutor!
I am professional vocal coach and singer, and have entertained at hundreds of venues over the last 24 years both nationally and internationally for all occasions, including weddings, parties, corporate functions, cruises and festivals.
I am interested in helping students sing all genres of popular music, and know how important it is to be versatile, and as an established and experienced artist, I continue to entertain audiences through many channels, of professional function bands, P&O cruises (The Arcadia and The Oceana Ships), Hollant America (Prinsendam and Amsterdam), in Popular Jazz Bands, whilst also maintaining a solo career, so I am completely in touch with the entertainment industry in the North East as it stands.
I have studied the voice closely and have developed my own voice so that it is versatile enough to cover almost all genres of music, and can therefore assist students using established vocal techniques, deal with the current demands of becoming a singer, or maintaining their popularity by expanding on singing styles as an already established artist, as up and coming acts emerge, bringing with it new demands of a singer that wants to perform cover songs or originals. I am also able to look at the performance aspects of singing, as well as general presentation of self, depending on your own goals. I currently teach all ages of students privately from my home, where I have PA facilities and a teaching area, and I have much experience in teaching in schools, helping students progress and pass their rockschool grades from ages 11 to 18.
Whilst continuing my singing career, I studied at university and I have a Bachelor Degree (Hons) in Occupational Therapy (please see evidence of my qualification below/right), and until I decided to teach singing on a full-time basis in December 2011, had been a practising Occupational Therapist for 8 years (Occupational Therapy in mental health), where I have a particular interest in using the occupation of singing as means of staying healthy, or becoming healthy. Singing is an occupational habit that hundreds of thousands of people in Britain alone, enjoy so much. Singing, or being a ‘singer’ is how many people would like to describe themselves as ‘who they are’. Being in the singing world can make a person feel themselves, have a sense of identity, can help express themselves, and help them feel comfortable in their own skins, no matter what the age!
I have an up to date and enhanced DBS certificate, this will be shown to any parents on their first visit to the studio if their child is under the age of 18 years.
Below is some of my work as a professional singer...
Sing it Back
One Way or Another
My Heart Belongs to Daddy
Cheek to Cheek