How much will it cost?
Lessons are £25 for an hour, £20 for 45 minutes and £15 for half an hour.
I’ve never had a singing lesson before. What will we do in the first one?
The first lesson is what I call the “taster”: it’s half an hour long, and you get to bring in any song you like. I then warm you up, then go through the song and I give you a few pointers as to how to improve. No pressure to sing well at all, it’s a very relaxing first go.
I’ve never really done singing before! Can anyone learn to sing?
Absolutely anyone can learn to sing. The only thing that’s different between you and your favourite singer is technique – the fact that they’ve just been learning a little longer than you. There’s no such thing as natural talent – i.e. that some people have just ‘got it’ and some people don’t. It only counts whether you’ve been taught to breathe properly, to create good tone, to control your mouth shape; just like a trumpeter has to learn to breathe properly, keep their lips taut and learn their scales. Everything, everything, about singing can be taught.
What styles do you teach?
I allow the students to choose the songs, so you can sing in whatever style you want. I have students who sing only country songs, only rock songs, and one student who only sings Beatles songs from a certain album. In my lessons, anything you want to sing, you can sing.
Do I have to know how to read sheet music?
No, not at all. I can work from just lyrics sheets, chord sheets, or sheet music if you have it.
Where are you based?
I am based up on Streatham Campus in a building called Clayden House. I have some directions from the Imperial Pub Car Park.
Starting position: standing on New North Road facing the Imperial Pub.
Turn right and walk towards the traffic lights.
At the traffic lights, turn right and walk a little way up the road.
The first road on your left is Streatham Rise: it is directly after the traffic lights.
Walk to the top of the hill, and I will meet you there.
What times of day do you teach?
I have available slots from Tuesdays to Fridays, from 8AM to 8PM.
Do you teach beginners and advanced singers?
I teach all skill levels – beginners can learn just as quickly as advanced students and I have experience teaching both.
Do you teach both male and female students?
Yes, it doesn’t make a difference whether you’re a girl or a boy – the techniques are still the same.
Can I book just one lesson?
You can book lesson by lesson, or via block bookings.
Do you do discounts for block bookings?
Five lessons booked in a row will get you £10 off, making it £115. Ten lessons booked in a row will get you £25 off, making it £225.
How do I pay?
You can pay cash on the day, or pay via cheque and Bank Transfer.
Can I give your lessons as gifts?
I can provide you with a set of printed vouchers, so that you can make sure that the person you’re giving the present to has something to open!
Do you teach more than one person at a time?
I have worked in groups of 2-3 before, although I find it more effective to teach one-to-one. I have also worked with full bands to work out harmonies with the backing singers. You can also bring people along to watch.
What do I need to bring to the lesson?
A bottle of water, and printed lyrics for the song you want to sing.
Are there opportunities for public performances?
Absolutely, public performances have always been a big part of what we do at Singing Lessons Exeter. At the last Easter Showcase, 19 students performed to a crowd of over 100 people – 16 of those students had never performed live before. Pictures and videos are available on the Facebook Page.
Do you have a CRB/DBS check?
I have an enhanced CRB disclosure.
I want to get lessons but I am concerned about health issues. Is this a problem?
I am happy to discuss all health issues with you – breathing issues such as asthma (or something more advanced) present a little difficulty, but if you tell me in advance I can structure my lessons around it. I have students with breathing difficulties who learn just as effectively as those without.
Any other health concerns can be discussed student-by-student, but those which do not affect the breathing muscles (including mental and learning difficulties) will often have no effect whatsoever on the students’ learning.
Is there anything else I need to remember?
Singing Lessons Exeter operates a 24-hour cancellation policy – in other words, if you cancel the lesson within 24 hours the fee will still be due. This can be paid via Bank Transfer or in your next lesson.