Private Lessons

Location: Brentford, West London (TW8)
Rates: Contact Kim to enquire about the latest rates and availability
Times: Variable weekday afternoons

Kim is a highly qualified & experienced pop vocal coach with a successful career in a field where she is regarded as an industry leader. She is an independent, evidence-based, medically-aware vocal coach who is fluent in the terminology and concepts of the major vocal methodologies. However, she favours the use of her own product, the "Funky ‘n Fun" vocal exercise CD series", as the basis of her approach to teaching singing technique.

In her private lessons, Kim has moved on from the role of a ‘singing teacher’ because the advanced level of client she teaches can already sing. She is more akin to a sport’s coach for elite singers, working to establish optimal vocal efficiency, all the while making sure that each person retains their unique sound & style.

Lessons are generally an hour long and are a customised, individualised mixture of specific & effective vocal techniques, innovative & musically-relevant exercises and troubleshooting work on repertoire chosen by the client. Kim also offers invaluable career advice and industry tips where appropriate.

Kim’s teaching studio is in a beautiful riverfront location in West London (30 mins from Central London) with excellent facilities, convenient parking and is easily accessible by many modes of public transport. If you arrive early, you can have a tea or coffee in the nearby restaurants, bars and pubs or enjoy watching the local birdlife on the river Thames.

Whilst Kim has people travelling to London specifically to study under her from countries such as Ireland, France and even India, a more convenient and cost-effective option for those living outside the London area or overseas is to have lessons over Skype video. Kim regularly teaches this way, with clients hailing from other parts of the UK, Europe, North America and even Australia.

‘Rules of Engagement’

Due to performing commitments Kim doesn’t teach on evenings or weekends. She only teaches adults (i.e. 18 years and over) at an advanced level who are serious about their singing careers in the popular music arena. As a CCM (‘Contemporary Commercial Music’) specialist, Kim doesn’t teach Classical or Musical Theatre repertoire. Kim’s select clientele is comprised of professional singers, established artists, artists in development and other vocal coaches; her teaching rate reflects the market rate for this type of client base.

Each new client is required to undergo a pre-paid initial assessment to determine suitability.

If you wish to have private singing coaching with Kim you need to be aware that:

  • You are ultimately responsible for your own vocal development, vocal health and career path – Kim is an information source and guide/mentor only.

  • In order to remediate certain aspects of body usage whilst singing, Kim’s teaching approach is necessarily ‘hands on’ at times. Although always conducted with the utmost professionalism, you would need to be comfortable with this approach.

  • In order to rectify vocal issues as soon as possible, Kim will work with you as fast as you can comfortably go and teach you to teach yourself in order to make you an independent learner.

  • Kim’s other work (session work, live gigs etc) may take precedence over booked private lessons at times. However, should this occur, she will always inform you and reschedule the lesson as soon as possible.

  • Due to the unpredictable nature of her session work Kim is unable to guarantee regular weekly slots on the same day and time for any of her clients. Lessons are booked on a week-by-week basis. Only consider coming to Kim if you are prepared to be flexible.

  • Due to high demand on lesson slots, you must give the industry-standard minimum of 24 hour’s notice of cancellation of a lesson. Less than this amount of notice, in addition to forgetting or missing a scheduled lesson or being late (regardless of the reason), will result in the full cost of the lesson being charged.

  • You must not come to a lesson ill or with anything contagious, e.g. conjunctivitis, colds at the stage of excessive coughing and sneezing etc. If this transpires, the scheduled lesson can still take place via Skype video rather than be missed.

If you wish to obtain more details about booking an initial assessment, please contact Kim.

Performance Evaluation & Feedback Service

If you would like to benefit from Kim’s invaluable feedback on your or someone else’s vocal performance (e.g. demo evaluations etc), then take this opportunity to send Kim links to a ‘MySpace’ page or ‘YouTube’ video. Kim will then provide you with detailed, personalised written feedback on your technique, musicality and visual performance (if there are video clips available) and give you specific advice on how to improve.

This specialised service may be of most interest to those living outside London or overseas, and is particularly useful to managers of artists in development or singers looking for feedback on their suitability for a specific type of singing or performance. However, singers and artists who are based in the London area may like to consider coming to Kim in person for a one-off vocal analysis to assess their potential.

Here is what a recent client said about this service: “I think that was class. Thank you very much, worth every penny. You really gave me a lot to work with…” (Aidan Logan, Ireland)

Vocal consultancy fees apply for these services. For more information contact Kim.

Alternative Singing Teachers

Based on the conditions above, if you feel that Kim isn’t the right teacher for you then she recommends that you contact the British Voice Association to find other reputable teachers.

In order to choose a singing teacher wisely, it is strongly suggested that you read Kim’s invaluable free advice concerning Choosing the Right Vocal Teacher before you start your search – it may save your voice and your valuable time and money!