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Vocal Coach Dylan


Singing lessons in Southampton; all levels are welcome from beginner to professional singer.

My students have included singing teachers, recording artists, as well as students that have gone on to get record deals. Musical theatre students that after working with me have gone on to get lead roles, voice over artists, choir conductors, professional singers, and of course hobbyists - people how just want to learn to sing because it’s great fun and according to research it’s really good for your health, but we all knew that :)


Testimonials


I won Southampton’s Got Talent 2016

Charlotte Clarke


"I have made huge progress in just a few months" Laurence


"seen a few different singing teachers in the past but they are miles from being in the same league as Dylan" Caryn Morant


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What to expect in your first singing lesson


First of all a smile!

Then we talk about what you would like to get from your voice, and any problems that you are aware of that you would like to fix. Don’t worry if you can’t think of any that’s the purpose of this first session, to work these out. If there’s a song that you would like to learn or would you like to just become a better all-round singer.

Then we will go through some scales that I sing first to you so all you have to do is copy or you can sing a song of your choice it’s your call. The purpose of this is so that I can assess your voice to work out the areas that need work. We will also go over what you know about the singing voice so that we can fill in the blanks if there are any of course :)

An important part of the first lesson is that you feel comfortable with me, as singing in front of someone can be a daunting experience – my record is a student that took 30 minutes to get to a point where she could sing in front of me and I am as mellow and unassuming as it gets! You need to feel that you could really open up and let go with your singing for the lessons to be of any real benefit, and this starts with feeling comfortable with your coach, and believing that they have the knowledge and experience to help you to reach your singing goals. We will find out what your vocal range is.

Finally will then go over your goals, what you would like to be able to do with your voice. Then if you have any questions now is the time to ask, although you can ask questions at any point :) That’s it…easy!

If you would like to book a singing lesson then please click on the link: Singing lessons. I look forward to hearing from you:)


What are singing lessons?


Singing lessons are one on one private lessons or group lessons where a student learns to sing. These days singing lessons can also be taken online via Skype. Lessons cover everything that a student would need to know to sing, in a methodical way, covering theory and practical.


Why take singing lessons?


The main reason is because its a lot of fun! Studies have shown that singing is good for us! I feel personally its a great stress release and is great for just losing yourself a lot like mediation.

Here Are Four More Reasons To Take Singing Lessons:

  • To build correct awareness of muscle activity - building kinaesthetic awareness.
  • Building correct muscle memory so that the muscles will responded correctly when you are singing.
  • Learn to recognize incorrect tensions in the voice that block a singer from singing with an open throat
  • Learn tools to help with the correct mind set

These four areas would be covered while a student builds their voice in singing lessons. The end result is a voice with great range, power, soft, emotional, and flexible singing with total vocal freedom.


What do my singing lessons cover?


Emotional singing techniques and Mechanical vocal techniques, both are essential if you want to become a great singer not just an ok singer. Then when you are ready songs :)


Emotional Singing


Emotional singing is what every singer aspires for. The freedom of total vocal expression through emotion will make you stand head and shoulders above everyone else. This is the end goal, and it takes time to achieve. The first step on this path is to build a responsive strong dependable voice you have confidence in. This is the mechanical side of singing.


Mechanical Singing


Emotional singing is what every singer aspires for. The freedom of total vocal expression through emotion will make you stand head and shoulders above everyone else. This is the end goal, and it takes time to achieve. The first step on this path is to build a responsive strong dependable voice you have confidence in. This is the mechanical side of singing.


About the Coach


I have been singing for about 25 years now. I have been in lots of bands, and done some solo work. Anyway I damaged my voice badly a long time ago, and couldn't talk without my voice disappearing within the first sentence! It was a very stressful time for me and I had to do a lot of soul searching as my voice was and still is everything to me. I had damaged my vocal folds, so I wasn't allowed to talk and I had to carry a note book with me everywhere I went so that I could communicate with people.

I was sent to the ENT (Ear Nose and Throat) department in Southampton, where I was shown how to talk properly and with no stress or strain to my voice, we also went over singing and my throat specialist told me that most of her clients where singers and that a lot of them had had singing lessons and had been shown bad technique, and as a result where now working with her.

She only taught my a few techniques, but I understood the concepts well and know how to feel and hear when things are right and more importantly when they are wrong! But my voice was still up and down for about 2 years, my mind was convinced that as soon as I felt a little discomfort that I would damage my voice again, so I didn't sing or talk very much, which in looking back was the wrong thing to do, I then started singing again (my voice had gone down to 5th of an octave!).

So I started to teach myself all about the voice, from the anatomy to the theory behind singing, using my very fragile voice as a yard stick, to tell me when an exercise worked or when one didn't, as I result of this I now only teach exercises that I know work, and I only teach in a way that will strengthen your voice and never damage it, oh by the way I now have a range well above average (4 octaves!), that's me singing on the home page, my tone, strength, agility, range and my speaking voice are all much better than before I damaged my voice, because of the exercises that I use and teach.

I have had a lot of success with the techniques that I teach and so have my students.

Cheers and thanks for reading.

Dylan.