SINGING LESSONS AND PERFORMANCE COACHING FROM PROFESSIONAL SESSION SINGER AND VOCAL ARTIST KATIE HECTOR
Lessons are based around establishing your vocal goals, then exploring techniques that will help you smash 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. These techniques can then be applied to a repertoire of your choice.
My technical background is a foundation of classical training (applied to contemporary music) with some further training in Estill and SLS by some of the countries top vocal coaches. I myself enjoy working with sounds, placements and stylistic qualities, and I believe that performance and technique go hand in hand to support each other. Overthinking technique alone can lead to a static delivery, whilst on the other hand many energetic performers have bad habits and run into difficulties. I aim to blend the two and have fun at the same time. Whilst I push my singers at all levels, I make lessons fun and informal. I can also advise on health and stamina having endured many tough touring schedules myself!!
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 singer. Style, voice type, gender and age, plus personality and confidence is all taken into account. I do not believe in ‘one approach fits all’.
The first question I will ask when you come for a lesson is what do YOU want to work on?
ARE YOU READY FOR VOCAL TRAINING?
I've been singing professionally myself for 20 years and coaching for the past decade 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 and many more. I have also put out my own music under the name 'Katie Leone" which reached number 1 in the UK soul charts. My current project is 'Solace in the Sky' (Find my work on instagram, @theholsticvocalist @solaceinthesky).
My approach to lessons is creative and practical with a focus on technique, delivery, artistic
style and vocal health. I enjoy helping people push beyond any limitations they may feel they have, either self imposed or because of negative past experiences.
I teach a minimum age of 12 upwards to no maximum age. I happily teach all levels- hobbyists, music students, professionals etc, but I only work with active performers. This could mean singing in a local choir, busking, school productions, audition prep or preparing for a busy professional tour. I'm afraid I don't teach absolute beginners but I am happy to help recommend teachers that do if needs be. Due to my high level of industry experience and teaching up to degree level I cost a little more than some local music tuition (fee found in contact details). I am happy to do one off lessons, see you regularly or for you to book in as and when you fancy. 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.
"Katie is an amazing teacher - she’s such an incredible vocalist with a rich history of being in the industry which is essential to being a good mentor! She is full of vibrancy and pushes you to do your best but is supportive every step of the way."
VOCAL DEGREE GRADUATE AND ROCK ARTIST
"As someone who has benefitted from Katie's tuition in the past - I can safely say you will not leave a session with her the same. She will work with you to access new colours in your voice and remove barriers to expression. Katie is warm, fun and so encouraging and every lesson with her is a confidence building experience.”
NASHVILLE BASED COUNTRY VOCAL ARTIST
“Katie is a vocalist of unrivalled talent, having the ability not only to sing beautiful melodic lines but also to manipulate her voice to create a staggering array of tones, conveying an incredibly wide range of emotions. Katie’s live experience, enthusiasm and general character also make her a brilliant teacher as she perseveres with you the student, encouraging you along with a patient and assured approach which in turn provides you as a singer with a lot of confidence.
PROFESSIONAL MUSICIAN & BLUES ARTIST