The SingerWithin Ethos
It is my firm belief that singing is a fundamental part of life as a human being, and is a key method by which we connect to others. Regardless of culture, people come together to sing in times of trouble and sadness and also at times of joy and happiness. Singing provides us with a direct pathway to our own emotions and when this pathway is open we feel truly our selves.
For this reason I believe it is everyone’s right to sing, and I feel very privileged to be able to help adults find this route to a greater understanding of themselves. This is particularly true because many adults have difficulties with singing that are the result of having been failed by the education system as children.
Learning to sing, like learning to read, or to throw and catch, is a developmental process that some children pass through faster than others. However this has only recently started to get public recognition. Many of today’s adults experienced negative comments from peers, parents or teachers whilst they were at school, that knocked their confidence so much that they stopped trying to acquire the ability to sing.
The job of the singing teacher in primary schools, is to provide sensitive support, based on a knowledge of the skills to be acquired, and the multiple ways in which different children will approach and master these skills.
When a child, who is having trouble finding his or her voice, does not have the chance to work with a teacher in this manner, they are likely to develop a complex about their singing.
For a few children a difficulty with singing can also contribute to developing difficulty expressing their emotional experiences, as the sounds we make when we cry and express all of our other emotions are linked to the ways that we make sound for singing. If the child sets up a block to the singing process they are cutting off some of the communication pathways to the expression of these emotional sounds. In extreme cases
this can in turn lead to an inability to feel these emotions in everyday life. Blocks can also be set up by the body and the brain to prevent awareness of emotional distress and will often manifest as vocal problems in singers.
My job as a teacher of late starter adults hoping to find their voices for the first time, is to bring my understanding of early childhood music education together with my understanding of neuroscience and psychology, to create a learning environment and approach that allows my students to access the technical information I have to offer about voice production.
You Can Sing
Many adults who consider themselves non-singers were told as children that they couldn’t sing. In fact these children just hadn’t found their voices yet. In my experience, unless there is a vocal injury or an inability to perceive pitch variation, which is an extremely rare neurological condition, all people can learn to sing, but they need to be taught in a specific way to experience success. This success can then be very rapid once the basic understandings are in place.
Anywhere by Arrangement
Find Your Voice Course
(15 hours tuition as an intensive weekend or spread across one week)
Protect & Project Your Voice Workshops
(suitable for teachers, lecturers and anyone required to do public speaking)
Singing and Yoga Retreats
(with a yoga teacher)
Termly Courses in London
Find Your Voice
Develop Your Voice
Individual singing lessons
Hourly lessons are offered to students of all levels.
Vouchers for multiple lessons booked all at once are available at discounted rates.
One hour lessons can also be shared by 2, 3 or 4 people, to make them more affordable, or for those who feel less confident about singing alone.
Work With Professionals
I offer on-going or consultation, lessons to professional singers who feel that they have problems with their voice, that have not responded to changes in vocal technique, and require the exploration of psychological approaches to working with the vocal mechanism.
Lessons via Skype/FaceTime
I offer this type of lesson to professional students at any time, and to any student that becomes ill at short notice, in order to avoid spreading germs or cancelling the lesson.
For other types of student I also offer Skype/FaceTime as a way to provide access to group sessions if students are sick or cannot attend group classes for some other reason.
I do not offer this method of teaching to less experienced singers for individual lessons on a regular basis because I need to be in the room with the student to build confidence, and to get a full sense of what is going on, as the beginner and developing students do not have enough experience to be able to analyse and judge technical elements for themselves.
What my clients say
I had long held an aspiration to sing, but friends and family tended to react by leaving the room. Whilst my efforts sounded alright to me, it was pointed out on many occasions, that I was ‘off-key’, ‘out of tune’ and ‘couldn’t hold a melody to save my life’. I do admit to not really understanding what these comments referred to. I also recall being told by a music teacher as a teen that I was ‘tone deaf’ again a mysterious indictment. Despite all this, I did not give up and whilst I’m not sure Why not? there is something about the experience of singing that is transcendent, even when it’s not great to listen to for others. And I did receive the odd encouraging comment that my voice has a nice tone.
After some deliberation, I mustered the courage to ask Lucy for lessons. I went to that first lesson feeling like an imposter, with a keen sense of self-delusion. Lucy listened to my experiences and doubts and set out unhesitatingly to discover my ‘inner singer.’ Lucy is both architect and builder for the voice, she explains how the body is your vocal instrument, and develops your awareness and sensation of how sounds are produced. Through customised exercises, you discover things about breath and pitch that you had never considered. She is always encouraging, gives lots of affirmation, and is attentive to details, with lots of tips for improvements. She guides you step by step building both your vocal ability and your self- belief. And most of all she makes it all fun, so that the trepidation you felt on the first lesson, is now an elation for a high spot in the week. Now, thanks to Lucy, I can sing with the confidence that I will no longer empty the room.