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After studying for her BA in Music at Reading University, Anne-Marie gained a scholarship covering two years fees at the Royal College of Music in postgraduate vocal performance from 1995-1997 gaining her ARCM (PG). Since then she has had a varied career performing both opera and operetta and has sung on radio and TV. Highlights included singing at ENO and working for WNO and a large amount of work with Park Opera and Bearwood Opera. She returned to Reading University as their vocal teacher for 8 years and taught at St Mary's School, Ascot, Leighton Park, Reading and Bearwood College, Wokingham. She now has a lively teaching practice in Leeds and currently teaches Rebecca Newman (Classical Music Charts No1) and taught Brit Award winner, Laura Marling for 2 years, Lenny Henry (comedian) and actress, Jessica Barden.
In 2007, she moved to Leeds with her husband and new baby. Since then she has developed courses in a cappella, jazz and vocal improvisation and learning to sing classes at the Horsforth Music Centre. She is currently doing her PhD in Applied Psychology at Leeds University majoring in mindfulness for singer.
Standard taught: Grades 1-8.
Anne-Marie is also enjoying teaching piano in Leeds to a variety of small but enthusiastic students. She taught the comedian, Lenny Henry, for 4 years.
I am a firm believer in learning good vocal technique to unleash the creativity inside each and every unique singer and being focused and aware in the 'present moment' to gain the most from your learning and performing experience. I use lots of different teaching styles personally tailored to each students needs ...and wants! I have a dedicated music studio with audacity and video recording facilities, both a transposing keyboard and piano and I can utilise vocal feedback software such as SingAndSee and Winsingad to enable students to see their voices in action. I also work on performance skills and understanding the text, style and meaning in songs based within their performance context. Language singing skills include German, French, Italian, Latin, Russian and English.
Singing lessons with me can be manic, scary, exciting, enlightening and exhausting...but you'll learn and have a lot of fun in the process!