Teaching

Cambridge (CB1) - Home Studio

Singing

My main strength as a singing teacher is working with experienced students who are up and running in a choir, opera group, or other performing activities and would like to work on improving their craft, practice, and vocal freedom.   In lessons I focus on building a secure vocal technique in exercises and suitable repertoire.  In essence this means establishing a good posture, a free and efficient projection, and a consistency of tone across the full vocal, textual, and dynamic range.  This provides students a good foundation to explore and realise their creative and expressive goals in group singing, and/or dramatic performance. I provide piano accompaniment in the lessons and also have experience working with young voices, in voice rehabilitation, performance coaching, and exam preparation.  I am a full member of AOTOS (www.aotos.org.uk) and welcome singing students at all levels.

Piano, Clarinet, Bassoon, Musicianship, Music Theory

I also offer lessons in piano, clarinet, bassoon, musicianship, and music theory at beginner/intermediate stages (grades 1-8).  In particular, I have had much success encouraging young students (5-16+) through these crucial years of their musical development.  Lessons are specifically designed to offer a healthy balance of technique, musicianship, performance goals, and  fun collaborative projects (e.g. piano duets :-)).  I encourage students to enter appropriate grade exams  (ABRSM or Trinity [100% pass rate]) as these can provide a useful impetus and short-term goals.  However, my focus is always on genuine technical and musical understanding (so definitely no rote learning of 3-4 pieces for a whole year!) and I’m also perfectly happy to work towards other performance goals and provide a more bespoke journey.

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john.bispham@gmail.com
Tel: 07733 432894