FAQs

Here are a collection of my most frequently asked questions. You may find the answer you are looking for. If not, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

What is the best time of day to have a lesson?

It is a myth that you sing better later in the day but you may find you are more hydrated later on, so the best time of day is the time that you are most relaxed. Because I work online with singers and speakers all over the world,I regularly see clients before 8am and I am available Monday to Saturday.

How can I pay for lessons?

A small, non refundable deposit secures all appointments. You can pay the balance of your session by bank transfer, credit card or in cash on the day.

Do you do gift vouchers?

Yes – I sell vouchers, these can be used for assessment, recording, performance coaching, in person or via Skype/Zoom. Vouchers will be posted out to you (so you can pop them in a card) and have a 12 month expiry.

I'm interested in joining your social singing group, can you tell me more?

Join us! Our small group of lovely singers meet once a fortnight for an hour & get together for a good sing! I coach you to build your confidence up singing in a group, working on harmonies etc – we do recording & work on pop songs…It’s a lot of fun and a great way to relax/get fit doing something you enjoy, while making new friends. No experience is necessary, there’s no minimum standard and no audition. It’s a lovely thing to be part of.

Tell me about your Voicework group?

There is such a lot of nonsense on the internet and especially on Facebook and I wanted to create a beautiful safe space for all voice users to come together. This has become a kind and supportive community on Facebook, where we share ideas, give advice, share tips, give feedback on your videos. There are regular giveaways and I host live question and answer sessions. It is a place for networking and for job opportunities. Many people are becoming friends from all over the world. It’s free to join and it’s wonderful – join us https://www.facebook.com/groups/voiceworkgroup/

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 and as a person. We know it’s not easy to sing in front of a stranger so I want you to feel at your most relaxed straight away

We have fun….the atmosphere is relaxed and we are incredibly productive. As a voice teacher, I work in speech as well as song, I regularly coach for E.N.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. I’m a regular on both radio and TV.
Performing professionally since the age of 7, I 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 and passion and basically simply love what I do!

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 haven’t had singing lessons before because I like my voice and I don’t want to change it.
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 and inner resources which give you the freedom to communicate your soul!

How often will I need lessons with you?

I believe in quality not quantity. You could have a breakthrough after just an hour – My intensive technique produces dramatic results in a short space of time. You have sessions when you want them.

It says you are also an NLP practitioner - what is that?

Unleash the best version of yourself upon the stage…indeed the WORLD , with a dedicated confidence coaching session infused with NLP magic.
I like to think of NLP as an understanding of the way the wind works – it provides people with stunning tools and resources which are literally life changing. For my singers it makes me a highly effective coach and 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 and etiquette. From recording clips for a show reel to a full album, our facilities have recorded some of the most famous voices in the world.

Where are you based?

I spend much of my time on the road so whilst face to face lessons maybe possible, I prefer to teach online & therefore can teach anyone in the world, from anywhere in the world.

Online Lesson FAQs

What do I need?

Working with me over Zoom, is a brilliant way to have the same, fantastic session you would have in person, but without travel time & expense.

There are some basics, to help you get the best out of your session.

1. Test the mic & camera settings every time you connect.

2. Good lighting is important & place your device so I can see you at the same height & from your head to your hips.

3. Consider hard wiring your device to your router using a cable – these are about a fiver & guarantee a great wifi connection.

4. If playing music, use a separate device.

5. Original sound ON for lessons & any tracking/motion sensing on iPads, should be OFF.

What is your cancellation policy?

A £20 deposit secures all bookings and sessions will not be booked without a deposit.

A minimum of 48hrs notice is required if you wish to reschedule for any reason. Be aware that a request to cancel or reschedule within the 48hr period will result in a loss of deposit to cover session planning and administration.

If you have paid in full upfront & wish to cancel/reschedule within 48 hours of your booking we will deduct the minimum deposit of £20 and the remainder will be carried over to your next lesson, or refunded to you.

If you cancel or reschedule for any reason with less than 24hrs notice, the full lesson fee will be charged. If you do not attend your lesson for any reason without prior notice, the full fee is charged.

Your deposit secures your lesson appointment. Any remaining balance is to be paid at least 48hrs before your session.

Monthly subscriptions are non refundable and have a minimum two month term.

Prepaid sessions must be used within 3mths. Gift vouchers have a 12 month duration from the time of purchase.

Assessments are required prior to technical coaching. You may book performance coaching without assessment.

Recordings are not to be made of the session, without prior permission.

Sessions are at your own risk – changes in voice quality should be reported to your G.P.

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✔ Stoke on Trent, Staffs, Staffordshire ST1 | ✆ 07888 127 335 | ✉ sallyvocalcoach@gmail.com
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