Singing for Adults – Beginner and Intermediate
Want to learn to sing? Thinking of taking singing lessons and are wondering if they’re for you?
Whether you are a beginner or a professional singer, you can benefit from voice coaching.
If you are a complete beginner and feel that you can’t sing and there’s no hope, think again! Singing Teacher Mags has years of vocal coaching experience, a degree in Psychology and personal experience of working through anxieties and fears around singing in front of others. It’s because of this that she has a particular skill for coaxing even the most rusty and timid-voiced students into song.
Your singing lessons will be as unique as you and we can work on any style of music, with covers or originals, with or without guitar, backing tracks or piano. During your vocal coaching sessions we’ll work on breath control, voice technique, posture and song performance. As your control and tone develop so will your confidence.
You can become the singer that’s inside you, waiting to be released!
Whatever your previous experience of singing and whatever your personal opinion of your voice at this time, you will quickly be using your voice in new and exciting ways. The first session is usually diagnostic and involves guided exercises, which allow us to explore the potential of your voice and to identify where Mags can help you improve. Usually we also find time to discuss suitable songs for future exploration. It is suggested that you think in advance of songs that you’d like to potentially work on and we can choose the one that suits you best, with the aim of developing this in any further lessons.
All sessions are recorded to ensure retention of the teaching we cover. You’ll find it invaluable to go over key points and techniques at home by listening back to the recordings.
During any private lesson you will touch on or explore in more depth many or all of the following topics:
Breathing – dispelling myths about breathing and introducing useful techniques to improve your breath efficiency
Posture – proper use of the body during singing – anchoring & the Alexander Technique
Physical warm-up – learn an effective, energising and focussing routine drawing on tai chi, acupressure and yoga
Voice Qualities – Twang, Speech, Falsetto, Cry, Sob, Belt and Mixed Voices (e.g. Cry with Twang)
Vocal Training – useful exercises you can practise at home and their applications
Vocal Health – guidance on lifestyle choices to support your voice, safe use of the voice through correct technique, help with voice problems e.g. hoarseness or fatigue when singing
Practice – how much to do, what to do, where to do it. What is safe, what is not
Confidence building – the secret to increasing your confidence is in learning great technique, connecting with the song’s lyrics and losing yourself in the enjoyment of singing your heart out!
Interpretation – examining the song’s text and how we can bring this out during performance.
Connection & Colour – singing from the heart, storytelling, light and shade, dynamics, choreography
Extending Your Voice – Extending your range, developing power and style, bridging breaks in your voice smoothly
Performance – bringing everything together to give your best performance
Supported Progression – next steps, your goals & aspirations, Open Mic nights, preparing for gigs & auditions (if appropriate)