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FAQ

With so many teachers out there, why should I choose you?

The most important thing in finding a teacher is to find someone you are completely comfortable with & who completely ‘gets you’ as a singer, as an artist & as a person. We know it’s not easy to sing in front of a stranger so we want you to feel at your most relaxed straight away.

We have fun….the atmosphere is relaxed & incredibly productive. As a voice teacher, I work in speech as well as song & regularly coach for E.N.T, S.L.T & respiratory consultants in a rehabilitation capacity. I am one of the most experienced coaches in the country, often called upon to comment on singers in the media & am a regular on radio & TV. I have been performing professionally since I was 7 & have a unique range of experiences to draw upon from working in West End theatre to touring with a rock band to working in studio as a session singer. I have energy & passion & simply love what I do! All my students comment on how much they enjoy their lessons and how they can’t wait for the next one.

What if I’m not good enough?

I believe everyone can sing & there are varying degrees of natural ability. I have assessed literally hundreds of singers & virtually all of them will be much better than they think they are ☺

I have some rough recordings on my mobile phone. How do I turn these into a song when I don’t play an instrument?

As well as working on your original songs & helping you with your song writing, we can also turn your song into a fully polished radio friendly production. How cool is that?

I haven’t had singing lessons before because I like my voice & I don’t want to change it.

Absolutely! A great many of my students are signed artistes who are hired for their distinctive vocal style. Why would I want to change your voice? It is YOU…Your personality, your genes, who YOU are. It is about being the best YOU can be, helping you achieve your goals, your dreams. What I do, is to give you the technical skills & inner resources which give you the freedom to communicate your soul!

How often will I need lessons with you?

I’m a big believer in quality rather than quantity. You will improve very quickly & some students complete their training in hours! My intensive techniques produce dramatic results in a short space of time. Past students are invited back periodically for a free technique check – essential to make sure you haven’t slipped in to old unhelpful habits. You have sessions when you want them. No pressure EVER!

Whats the difference between a singing teacher & a vocal coach?

There is some confusion over these one and some people believe that singing teachers cover all the technical stuff and coaches only cover repertoire and interpretation.

I am a contemporary voice teacher – my job certainly encompasses solid technical development together with performance & repertoire coaching. It is about producing the whole package, not just a part of it. It is my aim to give you a World class coaching experience, nurturing & inspiring you to be the best you can be & giving you tools & skills you can use for life. 

What is N.L.P & how can it help me?

Neuro Linguistic Programming (NLP) began life early in the 1970s when a Professor, John Grinder, teamed up with an undergraduate Richard Bandler. Both men had a fascination with human excellence which ignited a search for them to model behavioural patterns of selected outstanding achievers. I like to think of NLP as technology of the mind, the science of achievement…the study of success.

NLP is the practice of understanding how people organise their thinking, feeling, language and behaviour to produce the results they do. NLP provides people with stunning tools & resources which are literally life changing. For my singers it makes me a highly effective coach & especially gifted in achieving dramatic results quickly & providing singers with a tool box of skills they can use to overcome nerves, boost confidence, lyric recall etc. The possibilities are as exciting as they are endless!

Will I be able to use your recording studio?

Yes. We regard experience of being in a recording studio as an integral part of being a singer in today’s industry. Every singer will have the opportunity to record lead & backing vocals, learning studio technique & etiquette. From recording clips for a show reel to a full album, our facilities have most recently produced tracks for The Ministry of Sound & Lady Gaga.

Where are you based?

We are conveniently situated near the bus and train stations in Stoke On Trent, which is in Staffordshire, UK – within easy access of J15 M6. We are just two mins from Wedgwood & the Trentham Estate & many people like to combine their visit with a trip there. The studio itself is purpose built, light, clean & modern with easy parking.

How do I book?

Feel free to get in touch with us at info@coachingwithsoul.co.uk  if there’s anything else you’d like to know or if you are raring to go, you can visit our 24hr online booking hub & choose your assessment from the drop down menu. It is possible to have performance coaching without an assessment but all technical lessons require assessment. The hub is at: www.sallyriverscoachingwithsoul.acuityscheduling.com