Singing Lessons Questions & Answers
The ideal age to start singing lessons is an age where a student can focus and concentrate on the important aspects of singing. Equally I have been astounded by the talent of many 5 and 6 year olds in the past – So please keep up the encouragement if they love to sing, and maybe one day I will meet them.
In my opinion, the ideal age for someone to start professional voice lessons is ideally from the age of 16/17.
It varies from instructor to instructor, but some are willing to begin lessons teaching voice health and basic music fundamentals, like solfege syllables and note reading, at age four. And barring a voice injury or recent nerve damage, no one is too old to start!
Not really. If a student has a love and passion for singing and an attention span, they can work towards improving their voice and achieving their goals.
I assist for musical theatre auditions such as Matilda, Annie, School of Rock, however I prefer students to be 16 years and upwards.
Bookings, Payments & Cancellations
Absolutely Yes! Blocks of lessons are the most effective way to learn.
I want all my students to make leaps and bounds, and a block of lessons provides me the opportunity to teach and then evaluate you after each home practice session. Block lessons provide real results – because the student dedication is there!
Everybody learns differently and these lessons are about you and your performance. Blocked lessons allow me to ‘extract’ the best from you.
I accept the following payments for lessons:
- Bank Transfer (in advance of lesson)
- SumUp (in advance of lesson)
- Cash (in person on the day) * Sorry not available to new students
* Please note: Block bookings can only be paid for via internet banking.
** All lessons booked, must be paid for in advance at least 4 days before the lesson date to confirm the booking.
You can contact me (Jonathan)by either calling 07889 989600, or email me firstname.lastname@example.org I can then ﬁnd out when you would like lessons and discuss availability.
I prefer students to contact me ﬁrst before completing any online payment, to ensure we both understand what is expected from a lesson or lessons.
I operate a strict 72-hour cancellation policy! Cancel 72 hours before your lesson and you won’t be charged. Cancel between 72 and 48 hours before your lesson and half the lesson price will be charged. Cancel less than 48 hours before your lesson and the full lesson price will be charged.
Unfortunately, my teaching time is limited, and there will be no exceptions. If I have to cancel or reschedule a lesson, you will not be charged and there will be a reasonable amount of notice given to any students affected.
Coaching Style & Genres
I believe that each student has their own unique style and personality as a singer and I prefer to identify what is needed for each individual and teach accordingly. My teaching method applies many of the leading frameworks and if required I can teach the Estill Model.
In your ﬁrst lesson we will get to know you and ﬁnd out what you have done in the past with singing (don’t worry if that is nothing as yet), what you are doing at present, and what you would like to get out of singing lessons. It is important that we know your goals and how you feel about your voice.
We will then assess your voice with specific exercises and give you a regime to develop your voice long-term to improve Range, Stamina, Strength and also most importantly – to keep your voice healthy.
In your first lesson, we will have a discussion about your goals and aims and then I will conduct an assessment of your voice. We will tailor your lesson to what we hear during the assessment and explain more about technique as the lesson progresses.
In subsequent lessons, we will continue building upon the foundations we laid in the previous lessons and iron out any problems you may currently be experiencing. We will also hear the songs that you have been working on, and give you tools to fix anything you may be struggling with.
Your lessons will be recorded, so you can listen to them afterwards and continue to practice – with the knowledge that you are singing the same as you did in your lesson.
It is usually a good idea to have some water on hand for your lesson, as well as any songs you are working on, or want to work on.
Absolutely, Yes – I recommend that you do.
Most smartphones today have a record or voice-memo function, or you could video record the session. Equally you could purchase a portable digital recorder for less than £100. In my opinion, the quality on smartphones is generally good enough for you to hear the progression in your voice.
I am a London based vocal coach and singing teacher. My home studio is in Chingford, East London, and in London, at Jaques Samuel Pianos, 142 Edgware Rd, London W2 2DZ.
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