Information About Nia - Glasgow teacher
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Private singing tutor and classically trained soprano. First class music and drama graduate of Manchester University recently embarked on the Opera MMus course at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, having recently completed the Master of Arts programme in Vocal Performance at the Royal Academy of Music. In addition to singing teaching, Nia has a range of work experience which has relied on strong communicative skills within a variety of arts, music, education and retail enterprises. Glasgow based trained classical performer seeking part-time employment in a singing teacher role. Dedicated to the positive attitude and discipline required of an independent tutoring role which demands self-reliance, enthusiasm, excellent communication skills and above all commitment to each individual singing student’s experience and progress.
Qualifications and previous experience
Between September 2015-2017, I taught singing lessons regularly as both a private tutor visiting student’s homes, across areas of south east and south west London, and as a member of the peripatetic music staff team at the White House Primary School in Streatham.
During this time I taught primary-school aged children ranging between 5 – 11 years of age. I taught 12 students per week between my private teaching and school work. Over this time I entered the majority of my students for graded performance exams, achieving a consistently high turn out of results. In one instance, nine of eleven exams were awarded Distinction and two passed with a high Merit.
Teaching in London required meticulous self-management in order to navigate travelling between various areas of the city via public transport and respond efficiently to the demands of the role, whilst managing my other professional music engagements alongside. I prided myself on being a self-reliant, organized and committed teacher.
Prior to working in London, I was based in Sussex 2012-2014 where I taught privately from home teaching mature students ranging from the age of 21 – 60+. These students ranged from aspiring professionals, some of whom were actors needing to improve their singing skill-set for auditions and maximise castability; many of them were also keen amateurs interested in pursuing a hobby for the sheer joy of it.
At this time I co-founded and ran a choir for the local community that focused on integrating people suffering from dementia and memory loss issues; it sought to harness the therapeutic benefits of singing and music-making, including the cognitive functioning triggered in the brain by music and the nostalgia which often a by-product of this. It was set-up in collaboration with the charity Engage who funded a local community club for people suffering from dementia and memory loss.
Whilst based in Sussex 2012-14 I was employed by theatre company Zylo Performance who visited primary schools on a weekly basis running drama classes for years 2-6. This experience honed my ability to build an effective rapport with this age group whilst maintaining an appropriate level of respect and authority within the classroom. I encountered a range of abilities, behavioral tendencies and educational needs during my time with Zylo and learnt a great deal about the different challenges teachers can face in effectively engaging and encouraging students in varying contexts. This teaching ethos was one committed to facilitating learning in a fun and playful environment. It was evident that students’ commitment and progress directly correlated with their level of enjoyment and this interplay is crucial for developing creative skills.
During this same period I worked as a vocal animateur for the East Sussex Music Service. This role required me to visit a number of different primary schools around the county leading rehearsals for a large number of students en masse. These rehearsals prepared them for a collective performance on a county level in professional venues. Rehearsing large numbers of young students under time pressure, and in a visiting capacity, involved careful time management and prioritization in order to maximize the impact on both the student’s musical progress and their ability to deliver final performance, as well as their personal experience and musical engagement.
Alongside my professional experience, I have gained the following educational qualifications as a musician, singer and performer, myself:
Master of Arts - Vocal Performance: The Royal Academy of Music 2014 - 2016
First Class BA (Hons) - Music and Drama: The University of Manchester 2012
A Levels: English Literature - A / Music - B / Drama- B : Uckfield Community Technology College 2009
I am currently based in Glasgow furthering my own training with teachers at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. I believe that my own teaching skills are stimulated and enhanced by the knowledge and experience I gather in my own performance endeavours. Similarly, I find that teaching influences and challenges the way I approach and evaluate my own work.
Voice/Singing –classical singing and/or musical theatre
A classical vocal technique is at the heart of my approach to teaching as it equips any voice to tackle any musical genre of their choice. I cover a variety of repertoire across both the classical and musical theatre cannon. These choices and details are tailored to the interests of the individual students, as well as remaining in communication with the parent/guardian/class teacher in question.
I offer the option to see students through their graded exams with both classical and music theatre exam boards. I very often encourage students to go for both as they present different opportunities for enjoyment and development. Equally if students are interested in singing purely for fun without the pressure of exams then I am always delighted to facilitate this too. Either way lessons should be enjoyable and stimulating!
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References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Royal Academy of Music (2016) - MA (Masters) (✔ On File)
- University of Manchester (2012) - BA Hons (Bachelors) (✔ On File)