I don’t believe in vocal coachingI said when I was eighteen.
By then, I had been attending lessons whilst singing eagerly at home for over six years. I’d had a number of teachers who were great musicians and emphatic people; they helped me grow as a performer and my style was developing. However, there were some technical aspects I still couldn’t achieve, no matter how hard I tried.
As it often happens, being a young girl, I wanted to sing louder and higher, to achieve that powerful mysterious “mix” some of my tutors were referring to. Yet my voice would break and I would feel a lump in my throat trying to go for these higher notes.
I became disconcerted by crazy expensive voice lessons after which I would see little improvement. In the end, I decided to stop having them but continued to develop as a singer-songwriter and musician.
A few years later I was recommended the Estill Voice Training course. I’ve not heard about this singing “method” before, so how could it be that good? Despite my skepticism, I finally signed up for my first five days course in the Estill Model.
The Estill Model changed my life.
It transformed my singing. I finally started to understand how the vocal mechanism works and why I was facing certain vocal challenges; I began to learn techniques of overcoming them.
I slowly became “obsessed” with the voice. No singing book was safe from me. Finally, I decided to move to London to pursue my career as a musician. I enrolled on a Masters Degree in Popular Music at Goldsmiths University, where I focused on exploring the voice, songwriting and production.
Eager to learn more, I began studying under Speech Level Singing (SLS) specialists (Andres Martorell, Liane Hilton). Thanks to my Estill background, I was finally seeing the “why” behind certain approaches and exercises. I completed various CPD courses, where I worked with leading practitioners in the field of voice (Gillyanne Kayes, Jeremy Fisher, Kaya Herstand Carney) focusing on belting, breathing, vocal health and rehabilitation, mixed voice and many more techniques. Over the years I have been developing my understanding of various genres ranging from pop, folk and jazz to musical theatre. I’ve read over 40 specialised books on the voice and never miss an opportunity to learn more!
During that time, I started giving my first vocal lessons. That was a revelation.
Working as a singer-songwriter, an active musician and producer, I started to experience a gradual burnout and creeping lack of satisfaction.
It was in teaching that I found my true passion and purpose.
Connecting with another person through the intimate journey of working on ones voice was a highly rewarding experience. From my first lesson, I felt privileged to assist singers and speakers in this process.
Since then, I taught a countless number of 1:1 sessions and group classes, focusing on technique, style and artist development.
The Estill Voice Training absolutely changed my life, so I decided to continue my study of the Estill Model.
I am currently on the path to become a certified Estill Master Trainer.
Using my breadth of knowledge as both a performer and coach, I developed my own teaching methodology with a strong technical knowledge backbone and a big ‘voice solving problems toolkit’. However, I believe that working with the voice is as much a physical as a spiritual act. Singing scales and practicing technical movements gets us only so far. Voice work is so much more than that.
I believe in a holistic approach to singing.
Let me offer you my attention and skills, and become your dedicated, supportive mentor. We will go through this journey together to find the very
authentic core of your being –
the voice !