The Singing Practice
The importance of vocal health
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The voice is a much sturdier instrument than most people think. If used correctly, it can fill a theatre without amplification, can go on for hours without tiring and can produce all sorts of incredible and weird sounds. But, however strong it is, it is a unique instrument that, when broken, is very difficult to fix. This is why having a reliable singing technique is so very important. Whether you are an amateur singer, a choral singer or a young aspiring musician, if you sing on regular occasions, you should think about vocal health.
What to expect from the first consulatation
The most important thing is that you feel comfortable. During the first lesson we will have a little chat about what your goals are, we will test out some singing waters by doing some exercises and do a little work on the voice. After all that I will give you a plan on how we can move forward. Once that’s done, it's up to you to decide if it's for you!
I started my musical training at the age of six making the most of the Belgian part time music school system.
I started my first year of classical singing at the Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp in 2007 and finished my masters degree with distinction in 2012. The following year, I completed the one year specialised teachers degree at the same institution to later go on to do my second masters degree at the Royal Northern College of Music. Where I also finished an Advanced Postgraduate Degree in 2016.
The part-time music education system in Belgium requires teachers to have a degree in music as well as a specific teaching degree. It creates jobs for musicians and maintains a high standard of music education. During the one year of doing a teaching degree students are required to study a plethora of pedagogic theory-based subjects. They also have to complete a set amount of hours of supervised teaching.
Having done all of this, as well as teaching both privately and at several music schools, I have built up a vast amount of teaching experience working with people of all standards and all ages.
Teachers Degree in Music | 2013 | Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp |
Postgraduate Master in Music, Voice | 2015 | RNCM |
Master of Art in Music, Classical Singing | 2010 | Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp |
Bachelor of Art in Music, Classical Singing | 2010 | Royal Conservatoire of Antwerp |
Bachelor of Art History, Musicology and Theatre Studies | 2018 | Ghent University |
All learning materials can be found here or by clicking ‘the library’ in the menu. On this page you will find links to a wide variety of articles I’ve written about singing technique that should be helpful for your home practice. The articles themselves are password protected and meant for singing pupils only. Please contact me if you are a student and you need an updated password.
Where I am & How to contact me
Please feel free to send me an email if you’re intested in taking up singing lessons. Whether singing is something you’ve always wanted to try but you’ve never really taken it up because you think you ‘might not be able to carry a tune’ -everyone can!- or you’re a (semi)-professional that just wants to work on their technique, we can work towards the goals you want to reach together.
Any lessons cancelled with less than 24 hours’ notice prior to the scheduled time will be charged at the full lesson rate, unless there are exceptional circumstances or illness. There are no refunds for missed lessons.
Lessons will be classified as a ‘no-show’ if no notice is given after 20 mins after the start of the lesson time and will be charged at the full lesson rate.
You can reschedule your lesson online up to 24 hours prior to the scheduled time of your lesson. Once rescheduled your payment will automatically transfer to the new lesson time.
Payments can be made online when booking a lesson.
Each 10-lesson package must be paid in full online, otherwise, the per-lesson rates apply.
Packages are non-refundable and valid forever.
Lessons are no less than 55 minutes in duration, to allow for student changeover.
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I reserve the right to discontinue a lesson if a student is not well enough to sing.
In the event of any exceptional circumstances or ilness on my part I will contact you immediately to reschedule your lesson and your payment will be automatically transferred to the new lesson time.
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