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Singing teacher - Glasgow based. Masters of Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland; Master of Arts from the Royal Academy of Music, and First class Music and Drama graduate of Manchester University. Nia is a classically trained singer and experienced in song, opera and music theatre. Nia enjoys teaching students across a range of ages and experience. She is enthusiastic about the dedication required to tailor lessons to meet the unique needs and enjoyment of every individual.
Qualifications and previous experience
Nia has taught singing lessons regularly since 2012 as both a private tutor visiting student’s homes and as a member of the peripatetic music staff team at the Primary Schools in London and Sussex. Since arriving in Glasgow Nia has continued her private teaching and is looking to build up this practice she loves here in her new place of living!
Nia taught student between 5 – 11 years of age and entered many 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.
Nia has also taught mature students ranging from the age of 21 – 60+. These students ranged from professionals (some of whom were actors looking to improve their singing skill-set for auditions and maximise castability) to keen amateurs interested in pursuing a hobby for the sheer joy of it!
In East Sussex, Nia also co-founded and ran a choir for the local community which 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 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 Music in Opera: The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Master of Arts - Vocal Performance: The Royal Academy of Music
First Class BA (Hons) - Music and Drama: The University of Manchester
Nia enjoys teaching a variety of styles with classical vocal technique at the heart of her approach and an emphasis on communicative performance and acting through song.
Musical Theatre/Classical Music/Opera
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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- Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (2019) - Master of Music (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
- Royal Academy of Music (2016) - MA (Masters) (✔ On File)
- University of Manchester (2012) - BA Hons (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
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