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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 are 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 lessons?
I teach a minimum age of 11 upwards to no maximum age. I happily teach all levels- hobbyists, music students, professionals etc. The basic fundamentals of correct pitching and decent rhythmic feel are required from you to get started but other than that you do not need any previous experience- just lots of enthusiasm! 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.
One hour - £35
Half hour- £20
Payment is needed in advance to secure your booking. (Half hour lessons are only really recommended for junior singers or advanced singers having a quick vocal check in.)
I've been singing professionally myself for 20 years and coaching for over a 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 written, produced and released my own music.
examples of my own vocal work can be found at-
Spotify - Katie leone- prism of light
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.
"Katie is an amazing vocal tutor. She engages students with passion and inspires you to push further and better yourself. I noticed positive changes in my vocal ability even after the first lesson. Very professional and well worth it.
HARD ROCK VOCALIST AND DEGREE GRADUATE
Katie Hector is an outstanding vocalist, lecturer and coach in the music industry! Having been taught by her for over three years has not only given me the knowledge and confidence for my music career but an absolute privilege to have been in her presence. Her lessons are incredibly thought out, professional, fun and focused on your goals and abilities. She pushed me because she knew what I could do before I could figure it out myself. Why wouldn’t you want to be taught by someone who has worked with Lou Reed and Chaka Khan (to name a few)? Amazing singer and teacher who will truly show you the joys of singing and expression.
DARK POP ARTIST AND DEGREE GRADUATE
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."
ROCK ARTIST AND DEGREE GRADUATE
"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