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Asscoiates Degree University Of Hertfordshire, Hitchin, UK - Musical Theater
Winner Of Vivian Ellis Prize For Writers Of Musical Theater 1996
Sing A Buddy Holly Song Contest Winner 1996
Winner Of Vivian Ellis Prize For Writers Of Musical Theater 1997
Winner Of Vivian Ellis Prize For Writers Of Musical Theater 1998
Staff Songwriter Warner/Chappel Music London 1990-95
I have been in the entertainment business since I was 7 years old, appearing in the movie "Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush". I did a 4 year degree course at The University Of Hertfordshire in Musical Theater and went on to be a hit songwriter. In the 90's I was signed by Simon Cowell to his record company in London. I also sang back up for Sir Paul McCartney and The Spice Girls. As a teacher, I am supportive and encouraging. Being a singer myself I understand how to maintain my voice amid the stresses of being working vocalist. Students will benefit from my experience and my teaching technique.
I have been teaching people to sing for over 20 years.Originally, I am from the UK but for the last 7 years I have been teaching in Freehold NJ. I have converted my garage into a "high tech" teaching and recording studio. As a working vocalist, I am very aware of the importance of taking care of one's voice. It is my instrument and I treat it with the same care and I respect as I would any other instrument. I am a former judge of "Freehold Idol" where I was known as the "friendly" Simon Cowell (I have a British accent ... and I'm friendly):) I record all my students in my studio and often co- write with them or help them learn to write their own original songs.
I have been told by my students that am as much a coach as I am an instructor. I make lessons fun and informative. I am always respectful and understand that students progress at different speeds. After 3 months with me students can expect to have better pitch, better breath control and more confidence all round. I use my own curriculum and record each student to CD. This means the student can take the lesson home and continue the learning process there.
Several of my students have gone on to have careers in the music industry. One of my students is Candi Lynn who was kind enough to give me a "shout out " on the sleeve notes of her first CD. http://www.candilynn.com/ I set realistic goals for my students and I'm always honest. Success is 90 percent perspiration and 10 percent inspiration. Hard work always pays off. I work to find out what a student's strengths are and help develop them. My lessons are fun, but you won't get an easy ride. If I feel you have potential I will push you. I am only as succesful as a coach as my students are as vocalists.
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