Student-centered learning what does this mean?
Student-centered, means approaching and structuring lessons in a way that is lead by and tailored to each student. I tap into individual ways of learning, personality, interests, strengths and leanings. It means going that extra mile to connect with students and to encourage energy, enthusiasm, exploration, engagement, expression and personal growth in lessons.
I have 14 years of professional experience teaching singing to students from school age through to teenagers, young adults and adult learners. I work with professionals in the musical theatre and pop industries and have students in most West End shows. I have sung my entire life but really only learned to like my voice in my mid teens. Having experienced anxiety, loss of confidence, low self esteem and perfectionism throughout my life, I am able to support and understand students who may also be experiencing similar issues. I am also an accomplished pianist, so can support students musically, with audition material and a wide range of repertoire.
I believe in working with a person as a whole and I draw on elements of the life experience and practical knowledge that I have of singing, performing, writing and recording. I teach across styles including musical theatre, pop, rock, R&B, classical and folk and use the tools that work best intuitively. I draw on elements from various sources, models, methods and just plain common sense and am always looking to broaden my knowledge and skill set. The most important thing for me is to encourage students to feel empowered and to provide them with the support and reassurance they need to find, release and to sing with their own, true voice and to accept and respect who they are as individuals. No one sounds the same and no one is the same.
Songwriting for children and young adults
Songwriting has been an essential skill in my life and a channel through which I have been able to express myself and communicate. With young people in particular songwriting can boost confidence and allow for another angle and perspective. It changes the energy in lessons and I find that it opens minds to what making music really is and enables students to be creative, let go and release. I am amazed at the talents of the students that I work with and often parents have no idea that these skills may lie within them.