ARE YOU READY FOR VOCAL lessons?
I happily teach all levels- hobbyists, music students, professionals etc. The basic fundamentals of pitch precision and decent rhythmic feel are required from you to get started, but other than that you do not need any previous experience - just enthusiasm and dedication. I teach 18 years plus only.
Feel free to get in touch if you have any further queries about whether or not I might be the right vocal coach for you. it is so important that the tutor/student match is on point!
I've been singing professionally myself for over 20 years and coaching for most of that time in the UK and abroad up to degree level. I have appeared on stage and/or on recordings with artists such as Lou Reed, Chaka Khan, Incognito, Emeli Sande, Jocelyn Brown, Iggy Pop, Jessie J, Robben Ford, Nile Rodgers, Tom Jones, Anastasia, Heather Small and many more. I have lectured at the country's top contemporary music academies and given masterclasses in the UK and internationally. I have also vocal coached pop stars Emeli Sande and Kali uChis.
the link below is to one of my most proudest career highlights!
in addition to my work as a 'jobbing singer' I have always written, released and performed my own original music, which nowadays i also produce myself . the links below are to two of my original projects in contrasting musical genres.
the wide range of skills I have accumulated over the years give me a comprehensive understanding of most musical genres, vocal techniques and creative approaches. it is this skillset I can bring to your lessons - whatever your level, musical tastes and personal goals. I aim to make lessons fun and informal, working with your own personal learning styles to get the best out of your voice and musicality and to help you meet any goals you are aiming for-whether that might be simply enjoying singing more as a hobby or taking your music career to the next level.
I teach all levels from beginner to professional. Lessons are based around establishing your vocal and/or performance goals, then exploring techniques that will help you to achieve them. This might be covering the basics of posture, breathing and resonance or advancing your skills to explore vocal tones, placements, healthy cord closure, extending range, anchoring and vocal bridge work. you might also be looking to develop your musical ear, artistic ability or explore your career potential. the techniques we cover can be applied to a repertoire of your choice. lessons include technical exercises and song delivery. your practice in between lessons is of paramount importance to your progression but you can come as regularly as you want to- weekly, fortnightly, monthly or even as and when you want!
I take a practical approach and see myself as an encourager of individuality, expression and confidence. I also firmly believe in catering to each individual. genre, voice type, gender and age, plus personality and preferred learning style are all taken into account. I do not believe in ‘one approach fits all’. I also have a passion for a holistic healthy approach to singing. I incorporate the knowledge i gained from a period of studying psychology to encourage a healthy self confidence and growth mindset. plus years of gruelling tour schedules have left me with a very wide toolkit of natural health tips for vocal rehab!
"As a professional singer, it was important for me to find a voice coach that could challenge and expand my knowledge and provide me with advanced technique training. Katie ticks all these boxes and more. Not only is she super knowledgeable and experienced, she is also one of the friendliest most warm people I’ve met. There is never a technical question that Katie doesn’t know the answer to, always explained with a smile. I feel confident with Katie as my coach and feel that I know my voice much better after a short time working with her." - James, professional singer, Sydney, Australia
"AMAZING tutor. Katie has helped me with my vocal range, agility, confidence and overall musicianship. What a talented mentor. Katie has extensive experience and knowledge which has greatly benefited my career as a performer. I have been extremely lucky to be tutored by her!"-pamela, vocal degree student, London, uk
"I have had the pleasure of having lessons with Katie over the last few years. Katie truly is an excellent teacher. She is incredibly knowledgeable, encouraging and always pushes you beyond your comfort zone - and as most singers know, this is where the magic happens. I would happily recommend her services to anyone looking for long-term lessons or a brush-up on their vocal technique."- Talisha, professional singer, London, uk
"I'm a professional singer and vocal coach myself and was feeling the need for some CPD and inspiration to help bring back my own joy of singing. I'd worked with Katie in the past and knew she was a fantastic singer and communicator with oodles of experience so would be just what I needed! She didn't disappoint - I was feeling excited to practice straight after the lesson and have already noticed development in my voice by applying her suggestions.... I'll be back :)"-Rose, professional singer and music artist, Devon, uk
"Katie is a fantastic vocal coach and mentor. Through her lessons I have gained a better understanding of how to use my voice and I have now have the confidence to pursue music."-Zoe, aspiring music artist, Kent, uk
F A Q'S
q.How long are lessons and how much do they cost?
A. Lessons are for one hour and cost £40. The minimum Musicians union teaching rate is £38.50 regardless of experience, therefore i see my rate as highly reasonable for my experience level!
Q, Is there parking?
A, yes we have lots of spaces to park for free! If you are coming by public transport I am 10 minutes on foot from Chatham railway station which also has a bus stop next to it
Q, What's your cancellation policy?
A, As with all self employed practitioners I would expect full payment if a lesson is cancelled (or missed) on the same day before any further lessons can be booked. please, please let me know if you can't make it- occasionally people just don't turn up without any contact and it is an extremely frustrating waste of my time when this happens! it's ok to cancel for any reason, just please give at least a days warning, thank you!
Following on from this please be aware that the hour you book in for is the time i have set aside for you. please be careful not to be early or late as i may have students either side of you and i cannot always start earlier or carry on later. please consider this like any other professional appointment.
Q. Whats your availability?
A. Due to personal circumstances I do not teach in the evenings. Weekdays only plus Saturday mornings (which are very popular!) I have a large amount of students but it's always worth getting in touch as people come and go and if I can help you i'd love to! please let me know your preferred availability when you message. i look forward to hearing from you.