I am an accomplished vocalist / performer, a passionate educator and adhere to a rigorous programme of education and training annually to remain certified.
I wanted to share my story with you as I can relate to a lot of my student’s confidence issues with singing and performance anxieties…
Music was a passion from a very young age, in particular singing. I actually started off learning the piano and then began taking singing lessons from the age of 10. Throughout my school career I did sing in many concerts, competitions, musical theatre productions and even sang and toured with the school jazz band.
However I grew up in an environment where my singing was seen more as a hobby and so I needed to get a “proper” job and this meant studying something else. The truth is also I never really saw myself as a teacher at that point so it wasn’t something that I even considered at that tender age. So at 18 years old I went to Leeds University in England and studied Politics. I continued singing throughout my university life in some form or another but felt it was starting to slip away.
Once I left university I then began my career in the media – specifically working in TV, advertising and marketing in London and it was really a work hard / play hard environment. So my singing started to take a back seat as I worked long hours. At this point I lost a huge amount of confidence in my vocal and performing abilities.
However I always had this nagging feeling that I needed music in my life and was unfulfilled in my day job. This nagging feeling led me into what really changed the course of my life. I found a performance workshop in London which used the Speech Level Singing method and I met some wonderful and supportive people on this course who really reignited my passion. Things then started to pick up as I found myself gaining confidence again and sang in a variety of original acoustic bands and also singing lead with a soul choir. It was also at this time that I joined a choir for the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall.
Fast forward a few years and I decided I wanted a change of scene and in 2007 I moved to Melbourne (originally I was only going to be here for a year!). This was where I decided to take the plunge and quit my day job and start my teacher training to become a certified vocal instructor. 8 years later I’m still here and enjoying the challenges and rewards of teaching. I love being able to help people find their potential and give them the tools to really use their voice with confidence. It gives me such a great buzz to watch people improve and find their voice.
I also continue to perform and am currently rehearsing for more Eva Cassidy tribute shows. For more information see my events page.