In association with
Mr Chris Johnston

Qualifications:
BMus(hons)- Piano
MMus - Voice

PVG Disclosure
Instruments: Piano
Voice
Genre/Style(s): Opera
Lieder
Musical theatre
Traditional
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


Notes:

PERSONAL DESCRIPTION:
I am an experienced opera singer, voice teacher, pianist/accompanist and offer professional training for all ability levels in a fun, safe, non-pressured environment.

***NEWS***
With the opportunity of new premises I am also offering tuition in Glasgow very soon. Please be in touch if you are interested and we will schedule a free consultation lesson.

TUTORING EXPERIENCE:
Working on a freelance basis with the National Youth Choir of Scotland, I have been a member of the music staff for National Boys Choir providing singing lessons, musicianship work and accompanist. Moreover, as a peripatetic vocal instructor for Youth Music Initiative, I delivered Kodaly based singing and musicianship lessons to primary schools in Glasgow and led singing workshops for boys.

A component of my masters included an Instrumental/Vocal Teaching course which I demonstrated an advanced knowledge and analytical understanding of technical and musical issues relevant to a students or groups own needs. During this I researched and explored current teaching aids and methodologies whilst creating an innovative and original teaching resource.

I have experience of working with people from all walks of life and levels of interest – as a hobby or career as a musician. I have also worked with people who have learning difficulties and speech/language pathology.

TUTORING APPROACH:
Music is a world of sound and colour that uses our imagination and can create an emotional response.

Students are given a safe and friendly environment to feel comfortable/at ease in to try something new or different – without judgement - and a positive and constructive developmental approach to their learning.

Singing lessons are student-centred and include one-to-one or group instruction on vocal technique: range; focus; resonance; support; breathing through exercises and repertoire that is specific to the individual.

My voice work is based on a physiological awareness, close body observation and listening. This baseline approach gives me information to understand how your mind and body respond to vocal stimuli and how best to individualise and direct your learning experience for the lesson, term or perhaps even year. Students become self-reflective who are able to work independently at home with vocal assurance.

Building upon technical work that encourages a free and forward voice production, I use dramatic process (e.g. Stanislavksi/Chekhov acting method and creative visualisation) to develop a personalised, emotional response to musical interpretation - characterisation within an opera/musical or portraying an emotion . Through this I have found that students have a more natural stage presence and confidence and a realism in their artistic ownership of a song or character.

Whether you are a rock, pop, jazz, folk, musical theatre, opera singer or don’t really know let me help you to establish a reliable and safe voice that fulfils your expressive need.

I use a similar pedagogical approach to the teaching of piano that is physiologically based. This helps the student to better understand how much and what parts of the muscular-skeletal system is used in playing - not just fingers that push down. In piano lessons we will establish; versatility of the fingers, build strength in the muscles of the fingers/hands and learn to release the natural weight of the whole arm (shoulder to fingertip). We then are able to convey our emotional response to the music without any physical blockage.

All lessons include musicianship training and music theory.

If you would like to find out more, please do not hesitate to get in touch and arrange a free consultation.

Vocal Genre/Style(s):
Opera/Lieder/Oratorio/Art Song
Musical theatre
Contemporary
Traditional

Piano:
Classical

Contact Chris

Address: Livingston
Lothian
EH54 8LP
Phone: Show Number
Fee (30 minutes): £15.00
Fee (60 minutes): £25.00

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