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Ms Maggie Boyd

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Qualifications:
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Dip HE
BMus (HE4) Canterbury Christchurch University,
CEE in Music Workshop Skills Goldsmiths’ University,
A Life-time study and association with the
Kodály Institute, Liszt Academy, Hungary.
I have a DBS, regularly updated.
Instruments: I teach singing and musicianship, Music Workshops and Vocal Coaching, Sight Reading, Aural Tuition and Audition, Identify Chord Progression and Intervals, Early Years Music and Key Stage1 Music.
Genre/Style(s): I teach in different styles; Classical, Jazz, Folk, Soul, Gospel, World, Pop.
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


Notes:

I’ve been teaching Singing and Kodály method for over 20 years to all ages and levels, including children aged from 6 months upwards. I also perform in London with children’s groups, choirs, jazz bands and different ensembles. As a choral singer I perform in Europe and the USA. I teach in nurseries, arts centres, after school clubs and run voice workshops for: voice and healing, mental health, vocal confidence, etc. I run community choirs and hold local artist parties (soirees) to showcase all arts.

I teach using different styles; World, Folk, Classical, Soul, Gospel, Jazz, Pop. My aim is to help the student improve on, or learn, how to expand and strengthen: their voice, increase breath control, vocal range, tuning, pitch recognition, improvisation, song interpretation and also natural voice care and singing posture. Exploring the voice through singing can also build confidence in other areas of life and develop individuality.

My approach is: if it's not fun or joyful, we're doing it wrong.

I also specialise in helping students who struggle to sing in tune and also people with Learning Differences.

NEW! 6 WEEK SPRING COURSES.

£195 NORMALLY £210

Beginners 6 week singing course

This beginners' Singing course is designed to set you up as a vocalist. We use fun games and exercises, with breath and pitch control to build up a clear vocal tone leading to confidence in your singing. It normally takes five to eight weeks to develop these skills enough that you can use them consciously, so do be patient with yourself. You will also need to practice at home, every day for at least ten minutes to make good progress. So this course teaches you how to warm up your voice at home and how to avoid vocal damage. Learning to sing is like building up your muscles in a gym. After six weeks you will have a strong platform to sing from. Finding your voice is a very interesting and fun process…it has to be fun! The course is a great way to develop your vocal confidence. Whether you want to learn to sing for yourself, to perform at an open mic or join a choir, this beginners course will give you the confidence and the skills you need to get up and sing. Lessons are recorded so you can practice with them at home. These courses can be one-to-one or as a group.

Intermediate 6 week singing course

The Intermediate Singing Course will take you to the next level as a singer. We will improve on your vocal projection, breath and pitch control, strengthening the voice and expand the vocal range, and we will also work on rhythm, pulse, phrasing, diction and song interpretation - singing with feeling and communicating the story of the song. Plus we will introduce ear training, inner listening, harmony and performance and microphone skills. You will need to practice in your own time, in-between lessons for at least twenty minutes a day to make good progress. So this course teaches you how to use your voice with confidence and develop your choices in interpretation and performance styles. Lessons are recorded so you can practice with them at home. These courses can be one-to-one or as a group.


Musicianship, Reading Music + Notation

I teach Musicianship using the Kodaly Approach. This is a way to learn where we are in the music, in the strong beats, the pulse and the harmony. It develops music literacy and so much more: We learn to hear the key change in our thinking voices before we make it happen in the music. With this training it’s harder to make mistakes when trying to hit the right rhythm or note, because we use enough fun games about that particular element that you just can’t get it wrong again. It develops musical memory, brain co-ordination and pitch-matching and all the skills needed to make music with other people. As we succeed at each level, the material gets a bit more challenging and our music skills grow in several directions. We don't need a beautiful voice for musicianship - we're just after expressing musical ideas with it to join in the musical conversation. This approach is generally the same, no matter at what age or stage we begin it - only the song material changes to be age-appropriate.
This musicianship training is also an excellent preparation for any instrument study.

Contact Maggie

Address: North London
Crouch End
N19 3AS
Greater London
N19 3AS
Phone: 0207 272 2682
Mobile: 07921 786 758
Fee (60 minutes): £35.00

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