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1-2-1 SINGING LESSONS & VOCAL TRAINING, SOUTH EAST LONDON

Learn how to improve your vocal confidence, technical skills, resolve voice problems and develop your personal style. In a relaxed environment, Maria Rivington (MMus, BA Hons) – a vastly experienced Voice Coach/Singing Teacher - will help you develop your vocal abilities organically and grow musically, making sure you realise the full potential of your voice and your performance skills.

All singers - experienced or recent starters - benefit from working on their vocal skills. For over two decades, Maria has been helping (professional and just-for-fun) Classical soloists, choristers, singer/songwriters, musical theatre-, pop/rock-, Rn'B-, gospel- and jazz singers improve in one or several of these areas:

  • Breathing & Support - learn to sing longer phrases & manage your breathing using abdominal muscles and airflow correctly
  • Placing & Projection - develop a richer, stronger quality of tone, maximising natural resonance and reach "the back of the room"
  • Range Development - sing top/bottom notes comfortably. Maintain and expand your vocal range and explore new possibilities 
  • Vocal Problems - address voice-loss, hoarseness, nodules, fatigue and learn to manage & prevent voice problems from developing.
  • Harmonising - learn to pick out 2-4 part harmonies and how to blend effectively with other voices - handy for backing vocals and session studio work

Sessions also include:

  • Choosing Repertoire - with a wide knowledge of Opera, Art Song, Choral music, Musical Theatre, Pop/Jazz/Gospel/Rn'B, Rock/Country & Folk, Maria can guide you to the songs that your voice and personal taste is most suited to.
  • Phrasing, Interpretation & Personal Style -  equally familiar with classical techniques, belting & mixing for Musical Theatre and Popular Music, Maria will help you make each song "your own" in keeping with each genre's particular style.
  • Performance Issues - address & overcome stage fright, develop audience rapport, work on posture/body language and microphone technique.
  • Audition & Exam Preparation - prepare repertoire and performance successfully for the West End, choirs, music college, ABRSM/Trinity grades & Diplomas
  • Musicianship - become musically confident by understanding chord structures and notated music

WHAT HAPPENS IN THE LESSONS?

Each lesson is a mix of vocal exercises -  tailored to each individual singer's technical development needs - and applying the technical learnings by working on songs. The song selection will depend on the singer's preference of style but the aim is always to improve the quality of the voice and the delivery.

If you are also looking to develop your musicianship or if you are preparing for a grade or diploma, your lesson will also include an element of music theory. If you are already performing or auditioning for work, you may want to focus mainly on the performance side of your songs - you are more than welcome to. 

VOICE PROBLEMS - HELP IS AT HAND

Vocal difficulties e.g. hoarseness, vocal fatigue, difficulty with tone control and pitch, range diminishing etc. either from trauma and over-use, unsound vocal technique or from bad habits developing gradally over time, can cause a great deal of concern.

The ageing process of the voice can also be difficult to deal with. Maria has worked alongside Speech & Language Therapists for many years and can diagnose and judge the cause and extent of your problems.

Following an assessment, she can suggest a number of exercises suited to your individual issues and will advise you on preventative measures putting you on the path to vocal recovery and improvement.

Call 07905 618184 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss and book an appointment.

CLIENTS' REVIEWS

  • I would highly recommend working with Maria to anyone looking to improve their musical skills and confidence levels. It has been of huge benefit for me.
    - Dan Raza - www.danraza.com
  • Maria has a tremendous effect on me personally and professionaly; enabling a sense of strength clarity & freedom in my voice I've never achived before.
    - Holiday Sidewinder, Singer & Songwriter - www.holidaysidewinder.com
  • Maria is a great teacher full of positive energy. As a professional busker I used to lose my voice often but I haven't lost it once since I started lessons with her. She has also helpt me gain confidence to achieve things with my voice I never thought I could! She has a really broad and thorough knowledge of the anatomy of the voice which has enabled me to cross between classical and pop music when I work. Highly recommended
    - Kirsten McClure - twitter.com/orpheusca
  • I loved every session with you, my voice really got stronger! Thank you''
    - Iman - Imanmusic facebook / imanmusicuk twitter
  • Maria is magic. Through her gudiance, teaching and unique intuition, the quality and stamina of my voice have improved enormously. I have had singing teachers before, but Maria is not just a teacher. What she offers is so much more and the freedom that I have now achieved within my vocal range is something that I will always be truly grateful to her for.
    - Ruby Jack, singer & Songwriter - www.facebook.com/rubyjack
  • Maria's Vocal M.O.T.s add great value to our courses and we're always happy to have her with us.
    - Mandy Morrison, Course Manager, Farncombe Estate, Cotswolds
  • Thank you for preparing me so well for my audition for the re-casting of the Lion King. I felt totally confident.”
    - Lauren, Walthamstow
  • I have been having singing lessons with Maria Rivington for nearly 3 years. I approached Maria to give me singing lessons after attending a choral course in which she offered a Vocal MOT. Although I had been singing for most of my life I had never had lessons and had reached a stage where I felt I had issues with my voice that I wanted to address. The lessons have been exceedingly helpful. In working with Maria I have learnt vital vocal techniques that have enabled me to sing with confidence and find a new voice that I enjoy using in a variety of repetoire. Maria has always been encouraging and I very much feel our lessons are a partnership. I am delighted to recommend her -Sarah, Highgate
  • I have been a client of Maria's for over five years. Following a lengthy spell of ill health and suffering with asthma I needed help correcting all the bad habits I had pickedup. Maria's experience and positive, encouraging professional manner has helped me immensely - I now enjoy singing pieces I could only dream of before. -Marie, Croydon
  • Maria's kind, warm and intelligent approach gets the very best out of her students. She is well-informed and open-minded. She combines her own extensive education and training as a performer which allows her to find the best way of interacting with each student as an individual. This is key to her success as a coach. Her expectations are high but never unrealistic. I always leave a session with a feeling of achievement and I often find myself recommending her services to other people. -Lucy, Brockley
  • I took singing lessons with Maria, because I noticed that suddenly my voice started to get tired and I realised that I needed to work on my technique. Maria identified in the first lesson exactly what I was doing wrong and did precisely the right exercises to correct the issues. She has turned my singing technique around completely. Maria has a keen eye and ear and understands her students. She excellent at demonstrating what to do (or not do). I would highly recommend her to anyone. -Kerstin, Ealing
  • Maria takes a highly professional approach in helping me to develop my singing voice. She is focussed on what I want to work on and take away from the sessions. She helps me to work toward achieving my goals, gives helpful appraisals, empowers and acknowledges achievements. A thoroughly enjoyable experience, which has led to satisfying improvements. -Sally, Hackney

    ABOUT MARIA

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    A classically trained singer and vocal teacher - BMus (performance) & MMus – Maria's teaching is influenced by the Bel Canto-, Accent- and Estill methods, practiced by established vocal teachers and singers throughout the world of classical singing, musical theatre, and popular music.

    She is a frequently hired classical & session singer, West End- and choral voice coach and has worked with TV Gospel talent show Time2Shine. Maria regularly teaches at Goldsmiths University's BA and MA courses, at Benslow Music course center, in choral- and Master Class workshops (in-house vocal consultant for The English Baroque Choir and for the Swedish Church) and is a sought-after West End and Music College auditions coach. She is a member of the British Voice Association.

    Many of her students can be heard on stages and concert halls around the UK and or are studing at e.g. The Goldsmiths University, The Royal Northen College of Music, URDANG, Millennium College, RADA and Central.

     

    VOCAL M.O.T.          The 30-minute Vocal Health Check for Choristers

    Developed with with Jeremy Jackman (of King's Singers fame), the Vocal M.O.T. is designed to enable choristers to have an individual, 1-2-1 singing lesson with a professional vocal coach whilst the choir prepares for the next concert. These 30-minute vocal health checks can take place during an evening rehearsal, a workshop weekend away, Singing Days, or on a choral course - all that's needed is a keyboard and a separate room.

    Singers and conductors are often aware of the need for attention to vocal technique, but most busy concert schedules won't allow it. The format of the Vocal M.O.T. gets around these constraints, supports and develops the individual singer and improves the overall sound of the choir.

    For several years Maria has been joining courses, rehearsals and workshops around the UK, most notably at Benslow Music and Farncombe Estate with Jeremy Jackman and Andrew Parnell (Musical Director of Ely Cathedral) among others.

    Even the most experienced chorister will over time want to ensure their vocal technique and voice production is healthy. The Vocal M.O.T. sessions will address any individual concerns the singer may have as well as giving general advise, hints & tips of how to maintain the voice and develop it further. Individual notes and a booklet of technical advise is emailed to each singer afterwards.

    Each session covers:

    • thorough examination of voice and performance

    • guidance on placing, projection, support & breathing

    • advise on vocal problems e.g. vocal fatigue, loss of range and quality of tone 

    COST & HOW TO BOOK: The Vocal M.O.T. sessions are £20 per person. Please contact Maria directly on 07905 618184 or email on bookings@rivingtonvoice.com

     

    PERFORMANCE PRACTICE

    Several times a year, Maria also offers her ambitious amateur pupils the opportunity to perform to each other with professional accompaniment in a central London venue. These are much appreciated events where everyone can learn from hearing what other singers are working on technically as well as musically - most singers return every time!

     

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    'Comparing notes', Master Class 2013, St. John’s Wood Church
    Master Class 2016
    Master Class 2016, Christ Church, Kensington
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    'Master Class 2017, The Ulrika Eleonora (Swedish) Church, Marylebone, London

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