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Mr James Hall BA (Hons) PGCE ATCL (Musical Theatre)
Mr James Hall BA (Hons) PGCE ATCL (Musical Theatre)

BA (Hons) 2:1 Music & Dance
PGCE (Secondary Music)
ATCL (Musical Theatre)

Grade 8 Piano Accompanying (TRINITY)
Grade 8 Singing (TRINITY)
Grade 8 Piano (ABRSM)
Grade 8 Flute (ABRSM
Instruments: Singing
Musical Theatre
Genre/Style(s): Jazz
Musical Theatre
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


Teaching singing is a huge passion of mine as working with every voice is different. I teach a huge range of pupils of different ages and varying abilities but with different interests. This can be recapping and improving basic technique, working towards exams, a single concert or an audition for a drama school. I use the Estill model in my teaching and specialise in musical theatre but I do teach and work with people performing many different styles. A basic and fundamental understanding of singing technique supports all styles of singing.

I have been working as a singing teacher since 2010 determined to provide young people and musical theatre performers with an excellent education in how their voices work and how to maintain them correctly. Music theatre and other contemporary vocal styles often receive concerns from performers and teachers about the damage it causes to voices and the longevity of a career. This is complete nonsense and there are many musical theatre, pop and rock vocalists who have been singing and performing all their lives with excellent technique, keeping their voices healthy. Also the research is continuing to grow to help us understand more clearly; how our voices work and to how use them more effectively.

I’m a supporter of the Estill model and attend regular courses led by Anne Marie Speed to use in my teaching but I also call upon other techniques I’ve learnt from other teachers and researchers. As well as Anne Marie Speed I follow advice from Ross Campbell and Mary Hammond who teach on the musical theatre course at the Royal Academy of Music.

My experience involves working with children privately and in group lessons focusing on musical awareness and developing their sense of pitch and singing as an ensemble (if in a group). I’ve lead children’s choirs and do a lot of work for youth theatre groups providing support for when boys and girls start to go through their voice change. I do a lot of work especially with young boy’s voices; supporting them through the change and helping them find their “new” voice.

Other experience includes working with musical theatre and acting students with developing technique and interpreting material. I offer support working towards auditions for drama schools and other vocational courses and assisting professional performers prepare new material for their auditions. Past pupils have studied at Arts Ed, Mountview, Guildford School of Acting, ALRA, Chichester, Italia Conti, The Brit School and the Urdang Academy. Others have appeared in west end shows such as The Lion King, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

For pupils wanting to take exams in singing and musical theatre I do that too. Most of my pupils take Trinity College Musical Theatre or Singing exams as they are flexible to suit any pupil and the range of repertoire to perform is huge. Previous pupils have also taken London College of Music exams in Music Theatre and Rockschool vocal exams with a 100% pass rate across all three boards.

Normally lessons are an hour long but for younger children I tend to offer 45 minute lessons. I am flexible regards timings; some pupils have an hour and a half or two hours depending on their requirements and preference. If you have a piano at home or there is space for me to bring a digital piano I can travel to you for a small extra fee or you can come to my studio in Kingston upon Thames.

Please read my testimonials to see what previous students and parents say about me as I strive to make lessons fun and engaging whilst striving for improvement in every lesson. I aim to provide all my students with the tools to enable them to understand their voices and how to get the best out of them including how to recognise vocal problems. All my lessons are tailored to the student and their needs or requirements.

Previously positions have been at Laine Theatre Arts, Guildford School of Acting, Italia Conti Arts Centre, The Ultimate Voice, Stagecoach Theatre Arts Schools and Richmond Theatre.

You can book a lesson direct using my online scheduler here:


Contact James

Address: Kingston upon Thames
Phone: 07531926132
Fee (60 minutes): £35.00
Fee (45 minutes): £30.00

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