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Mrs Sarah Skinner
Mrs Sarah Skinner

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Bsc(hons) Speech and language studies
over 30 years experience on wind instruments
Grade 8
British Blues Awards winner (Instrumentalist of the Year)
Instruments: Saxophone
Genre/Style(s): Jazz
Ability Levels: Beginners to Advanced


I have been teaching for approximately 15 years. I teach privately and hold a full CRB check.
I am a full time professional musician. I teach Mondays to Thursdays when I am not touring.

Singing Lessons;

If you are looking to become a world class opera singer, I am not the teacher for you. I have not publicly performed operatic literature nor does it float my boat! I have, however, performed extensively in contemporary genres, including rock, pop, country, jazz, blues and everything in between!

Similarly, if you’re looking for a ‘quick fix’ to become the ‘next big thing’ then I am not the teacher for you. I believe in strong, steady, patient and permanent progression which will take as long as it takes depending on how hard you work.

I am a multi-award winning musician, songwriter and vocalist with a degree in Speech and Language Science (BSc Hons 1993 University College London)

I work best with motivated thinkers – students who come to their lessons with questions and who spend time thinking about and analysing their voices in order to understand them better. My favourite students are those who are willing to put in the time between lessons, practising, and who work hard during their lesson times with me.
I always welcome questions or comments. I am highly committed to my students, and I expect, because they have chosen to take private lessons, that they are highly committed to their singing goals, too.

As both a speech therapist and musician, my listening ear is very fine-tuned, so I tend to hear many small nuances in vocals that a student may not. I always balance constructive criticism with genuinely positive observations and encouragement. I am known amongst my students for my empathetic and tactful approach.
My goal is always to help singers improve and reach their singing goals - this is what they pay me to do, and I take my job very seriously.
All seriousness aside, you will, most likely, find yourself in hysterics during a few lessons, and I promise a good giggle along the way. It’s not all work work work and often my approach is that a student will ‘learn by accident’. In other words I might be asking you to make a silly noise, or recall something funny from your life outside of the singing studio, and then hey presto... you’ve nailed a new technique without having to understand the nitty gritty behind how and why (although I can of course explain if you’re interested!).

All of my lessons are tailored and personalised. If a student needs a lot of encouragement and 'hand holding', that’s fine. I will adjust my style according to the individual student's needs, personality and learning style.

I do not teach questionable or unsafe vocal techniques. I will not, for example, teach belting, overdrive singing, 'growling' or 'screaming'. You won’t learn anything that makes your throat hurt. You will be stopped instantly if I feel that you are singing with a technique that could cause you pain.
I will never ask you to try to sing louder than is comfortable. Your physical and emotional wellbeing is always my priority.
I am CRB checked and have been teaching for well over ten years. Whilst I do teach children if they show a particular interest and effort level, I prefer to teach students who are over the age of 15.

Contact Sarah

Phone: 07955 234130
Mobile: 07955 234130
Fee (30 minutes): £16.00
Fee (45 minutes): £25.00

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