International Zoom Lessons
It is clear to all of us that we live in unprecedented times. This is a phrase used by politicians and reporters across the world, but it is true. None of us know how things will be in the Autumn, when lockdown will be lifted or when our lives will get back to ‘normal’. Certainly none of us know how this will affect singing which is going to be one of the last things to be permitted despite the fact that it is one of the things that have lifted our spirits and kept us sane in these turbulent times.
The good thing is that I am all set up with the technology and can now offer you singing lessons wherever you are. If you would like to check in to my zoom studio please get in touch with me via email. I’m already teaching in Adelaide, Michigan, Italy, Belgium and London.
Karina Bailey, Adelaide-Australia
Hannah Sandison, London
Lisa Willems, Antwerp – Belgium
Catherine Moss, Michigan – USA
Amie Dyer, Dublin – Ireland
I live in Dublin Ireland and I found that the lessons were very conducive to distant learning through technology. Kath has a very warm, friendly and supportive approach to teaching and learning. I feel that Kath’s tuition and guidance had strengthened a number of aspects within my artistic development. These aspects include not only technical improvements, but personal enhancement as an overall performer.
Whilst it may have been a challenge for some to remain motivated and encouraged over lockdown, Kathleen’s enthusiastic approach to our Zoom lessons focused my learning. Her continuous reassurance and knowledgeable understanding of each individual voices needs, has allowed my confidence to grow.
I always look forward to my lessons with Kath and leave feeling elated and satisfied with my progress. Kathleen has taught me the importance of loving your own individual voice and enjoying ones own personal journey as a singer.
When looking for a singing teacher it is wise and advisable to have a consultation lesson with several teachers. We are naturally all different and it is quite acceptable for a perspective student to have a “one off” lesson, with no obligation, to see if a particular teacher is the right “fit” for you. The fee is £50 for a one-hour consultation. In a consultation lesson one can expect to spend a little time chatting and getting to know each other. I would normally ask a student about their past singing experience, teachers and about what is going well with the voice or what is a bit more challenging just now. I would ask about repertoire, about their current understanding of vocal technique and what their hopes and aspirations are for the future. If the student has not warmed up before the lesson I would do some simple warm up exercises, scales, arpeggios etc. If they are already warmed up I would ask them to sing a few pieces, perhaps something they know very well and find easy and also something with which they are struggling. This all gives me an opportunity for me to see what kind of a range the singer has and to detect some technical problems or issues with vowels, breathing etc. We would then finish the lesson with a short chat about how to proceed.
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Lessons are normally an hour long and the fee is £50. I teach at my home in Kippen where I have a large studio with new Yamaha C5 grand piano. Kippen is in central Scotland, 10 miles from Stirling, and is very easily reached by car. On public transport there are hourly buses from Glasgow to Kippen via Balfron or you take the train to Stirling and then a short bus ride to Kippen (20 mins). The bus station and train station are next door to each other. It is also possible to book a room at RCS but there is a fee of £18 per hour. Late cancellations within 24 hours of the lesson must be paid for. For students between the ages of 13 – 18, with less developed voices, lessons are normally 45 minutes approximately every 2 weeks and the charge is £30. Again late cancellations must be paid for.