Tuition

As I am now based in Zimbabwe, if anyone is interested in sending me an mp3 clip to listen to and analyse any vocal problems, or confirmation of your voice category, please email me at lorna@futuresbright.com.  There will be a fee for this analysis - details of which will be given upon contact.

Lesson Structure

My two Categories of training:


(a) “Pop/Musical  (and what I call “Spot-Weld” or “Quick Fix”) and (b) Strictly Classical

(a)  “Light” - for singers who are already performing in the pop idiom and who dont want the nitty gritty of building up a voice whereby it begins to sound "trained", but want to stay “natural” yet improved, there are lots of exercises you can do and vocal tips to help you sing without strain.   Since lessons are on a one-to-one we can discuss what you are looking for, what your vocal problems are, and take it from there.

(b) Strictly Classical - (Baroque, Opera, Operetta, Lieder, Art Songs)

However, to sing these scales with ease and freedom takes many years of persistance.   There is no shortcut to beautiful singing. It takes dedication and effort. To free the voice you have to respect it and its mechanism and that means you do not abuse it by singing songs you are not ready for, or songs which are out of your vocal category.   Its far better to sing less songs beautifully then to sing many songs which are in danger of showing vocal insecurities.   

I dont like to give student songs until they can do some of these basic scales.   Depending on the style you wish to focus on I hope that you will study art songs in Italian and German, (French songs - great, but its not a language I can teach you to sing in so if you know French you will have a distinct advantage over me!)

Performing:   I'm not keen on beginners performing until they have some vocal security.   I enjoy preparing students for exams or eisteddfods.   Once you have learned 6 songs in different styles and can sing them with some technical freedom, you could be ready to perform them and I will be organising concerts from time to time.  

Obviously there can be a cross-over of styles here where the pop singer wants to attempt ballads and visa versa.  If your voice is flexible and you "have it upstairs"  there is no reason why you should not have a wide variety of styles of songs.