Student-centered teaching 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 and interests. 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 15 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 West End, touring and international 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 childhood, 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 across different genres.
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.
Piano and Songwriting
Piano and songwriting have been essential skills in my life and channels through which I have been able to express myself and communicate. With children and teenagers in particular, songwriting can boost confidence and allow for another angle and perspective. It changes the energy in lessons and enables students to be creative, to let go and release.
I started playing the piano by ear as a toddler and formally began having lessons at 6-years old. I cannot imagine a life without it and it is intrinsic to who I am. As a teacher, I find that students learn better when the desire to play comes from them, and not from parents.