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Miss Annabel Sophie Durnford
Miss Annabel Sophie Durnford

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ABRSM Singing Diploma
ABRSM Grade 8 Singing: Distinction
Composition & Performance Diploma: Distinction
ABRSM Grade 7 Piano: Merit
Grade 5 Theory
Music GCSE: Grade A
Instruments: Singing
Genre/Style(s): Singing genres taught: Classical, Jazz, Soul, Opera, Pop

Piano genres taught:
Classical, Pop

Composition genres taught: Contemporary Popular Music
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


Classical & Contemporary Singing and Piano Tutor

Contact: [email protected] / 07544 103 152

Welcome to Songbird Academy. In 2018, I set up a teaching space where students can learn in both a free but effective style. After studying singing and piano for 14 years, I believe technique is the foundation to knowledge and versatility. I have been trained by tutors at the Royal Academy of Music in a range of styles from Classical, Jazz, Soul, Opera and Pop. I am a diligent, engaging and enthusiastic teacher, seeking to give you inspiration, confidence as well as understanding. Whether you are learning grades or not, I am keen to help you reach your goal. At present I am a full time musician regularly performing across the U.K and Europe in addition to writing music for film.

SINGING - GENRES COVERED: Classical, Jazz, Soul, Opera, Pop

I was very fortunate to begin my singing journey with an incredible Trinity College-trained teacher. My introduction to singing was of the highest standard so I am able to grow and build your voice in the best way.

Singing Teaching lessons would be carried out in the following format:

1 Basics: • Body stretches & vocal warm ups using the Alexander technique and
different vowel sounds • Ensuring correct posture and breathing with the pelvic
floor muscles engaged
2 Word Study: • Pronunciation & translation • Historical and emotional context
of the piece
3 Approach: • Musical structure & pitch accuracy • Deciphering the tempo and
tone • Control in delivery
4 Phrase study: • Musical shaping and detailing • Focused learning of the
melody over my piano accompaniment • Creating flexibility and ease in
challenging areas
5 Delivery: • Pleasing vocal tone • Breathing • Harnessing the right mood with the use of visual imagery
6 Nerves: • Giving you the confidence to flourish under pressure
7. Home practice guide: • Key aims • Easy method to follow for parents •
Avoiding bad habits or long term conditions
8. Vocal range: • Building both the low and high end • The difference between
head voice and chest voice
9. Performance techniques: • Harnessing nerves and pre-stage energy • Vocal
delivery • Audience engagement • Performing with other musicians • Singing in
sync with your accompanist

Throughout the lessons I will be observing your progress. I will adjust the teaching method and level of development depending on the student’s skill set, ability and rate of improvement.


I was very fortunate to have been taught by one of the piano staff from the Royal Welsh College of Music. I therefore have a superb understanding of practice techniques and self-development.

Here is my piano teaching method:

1. Piece: • Learning the history and background
2. Basics: • Correct posture, stool level and hand position
3. Scales: • Outlining the chords of the scale • Different rhythmic patterns and tempos.
4. Touch: • Varying the touches between one hand and the other • Creating a strong left hand • Playing on different parts of the finger • Wrist flexibility • Pedal Technique
5. Shape: • Structural pattern • Understanding the flow of the piece
6. Practice: • Maximising time • Focused section study • Home practice guide
7. Style: • Sensitive and intuitive playing
8. Exams: • Nerve strategy • Visualization method and pre-exam routine on the day


My aim is for you to reach your highest standard for the exam without putting you under too much pressure. This is where I will use my lesson observations and character insight to gage what is appropriate and realistic. Through completing over 10 ABRSM exams I have a clear understanding of how the examiners assess and mark the individual based on Pitch, Time, Tone, Shape and Performance. I will help you set a realistic exam timescale, spending proper time on each part and aspect of the exam so as not to neglect any element

I have found the lessons I’ve received in my life hugely rewarding. They’ve given me confidence musically which has positively impacted my career and life in many ways. Now I love to impart what I have learnt to others. I am happy to accept individuals of any level. Please do not hesitate to contact me with your requirements and what you would like to achieve.

Kind regards,

Pianist / Singer / Composer / Music for Film

Contact Annabel Sophie

Address: Battersea
Greater London
Phone: 07544103152
Fee (30 minutes): £20.00
Fee (60 minutes): £40.00

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