Singing/ Voice, and Research
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. In 2007, she moved to Leeds and now has a lively teaching practice. She currently teaches Rebecca Newman (Classical Music Charts No1) and taught Brit Award winner, Laura Marling for 2 years, and actress, Jessica Barden. Anne-Marie studied for her MMus at the University of Leeds and, after gaining a scholarship, has now completed her PhD studying the effects of teaching mindfulness to musicians. She is currently teaching at the University of Leeds, Leeds College of Music and Garforth Academy
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.
I believe that learning singing can be fun as well as hard work and I am as happy teaching a complete beginner as teaching someone working for a professional diploma