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Voice

SMS provides exceptional quality vocal tuition for both adults and children across Sussex.

Whatever your age singing lessons will bring a sense of enjoyment, achievement and well-being.

Many adults are returning to singing lessons as a way of relaxing after a busy day. There are also opportunities to join a local choir, making it a social activity. Singing a piece by Mozart, a folk song you love or a Jazz standard can also bring a number of health benefits including lowering anxiety, improving sleep, posture and immunity, improving aerobic capacity, and reducing stress as well as giving great personal pleasure.

Children love to sing because of the wide range of pieces and styles available and also the myriad of opportunities there are to perform with others. Every band needs a singer so you are always in demand! There is great opportunity for improvisation and song writing as well as a huge classical repertoire to master. Singing lessons can also enhance skills in mathematics, memory, concentration, resilience and creativity. What’s more, there’s no needs to buy an instrument!

SMS teachers bring out the creative side of their students and will design a study programme based on each individual pupil’s needs – there is no ‘one size fits all’ approach or ‘method’. Practise books and concert opportunities for those who want them, will be provided.

A list of our current teachers is supplied below. SMS is adding to our teacher database all the time so not all current teachers will necessarily be listed.

Singing Teachers

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Aneesa  is passionate about the voice and works as a professional singer and Musical Director of several choirs. She trained as a Barrister and undertook vocal training with some of the UK’s best Jazz artists. Aneesa strongly promotes vocal development for individuals and believes that everyone can use their voice to create a great sound with the right encouragement and environment. In particular she enjoys working with teenagers and adults and delivering singing workshops to primary school children.

She currently works with singers, actors and employees of corporate organisations to help people to develop their public speaking and singing voices and runs singing workshops both in the UK and abroad at festivals. She has also delivered singing Enrichment days for school clusters in the East Sussex area as well as in Kensington & Chelsea & Westminster.

As a performer aneesa sings at prestigious venues on the uk jazz scene with some of the most regarded players on the scene. She performs regularly at the National Theatre music pitch and at jazz and world music festivals including the Isle of white International Jazz Divals festival, Ealing Jazz Festival, Birmingham International Jazz Divas Festival, the Rhythm of the earth world music festival, Bangkok and has given sell out performances at london’s jazz venues, including Jazz on the park jazz club. She also works with some of Slovenia & Croatia’s top musicians in her band ‘BLISS ART’ and some of London’s finest Jazz musicians.

Eva – BA (Hons), Dip.ABRSMevasmall

Eva is an experienced singer and singing teacher. Uniquely, she has performed and recorded contemporary repertoire with a range of original bands / projects, as well as working as a classical soprano and consequently can instruct students in a wide range of styles and vocal techniques.

Eva currently works with her band ‘Das Fenster’ (managed by Redemption Management and signed to Dharma Records) and records with various projects as a backing vocalist. As a soprano she recently performed at the 2014 Gatwick Diamond Business Awards for the Lea Graham Entertainment Agency, sang for the project ‘Futebol’, choreographed by Sunandra Biswas and had recordings published by Boost Music.

She has performed at venues and festivals such as the Bloomsbury Theatre / London, The Brighton Dome, Concorde II, The Unitarian Church / Brighton, Larmer Tree Festival, The Secret Garden Party Festival and Meadowlands Festival.

In addition to working as a singer she has taught singing privately and for the Local authority Music Services. Her students range from beginners to signed recording artists and she has worked one to one, in small groups and with choirs. She even conducted a 1200 strong children’s choir at the Brighton Centre for three consecutive years.

Eva has a good track record of helping students prepare for grade examinations with ABRSM, Trinity, Trinity Rock/Pop and RockSchool and a number of former students have gone on to further study or to work in the live and studio environments.

Clare – BA (Hons), DipMus, QTS

Clare has had long and varied career both performing and teaching music. As a child she performed at a variety of top venues in London including The Royal Albert Hall as part of the Schools Prom as well as in Poland, Europe and America. She was privileged to have lessons from Jean Dolmetschand then went on to study at The Guildhall School of Music. Her teaching career was with the East Sussex Music service for 14 years when she then gained a BA Hons and QTS in Primary teaching. She then went on to become a class teacher in Primary school where she taught Year 3, 4 and 5 as well as being the music specialist teaching music lessons as well as the choir and orchestra. Ten years on she has returned to just music teaching and is now Head of Music at a lovely school in the heart of Sussex. She specializes in class music, flute, recorders, singing, choir and orchestra. She loves all genres of music ranging from early music to pop music. She loves encouraging children to explore a wide variety of music, composing and like to link my lessons to the curriculum as often as possible.

Mara – BA (Hons) MusicMara

Mara is from an international family and has lived in the UK, Kenya and Bahrain. She has continued to travel since leaving Nottingham University in 2008. Over the last 4 years she has travelled through, and been involved in projects in, the Americas (Pan American Cycle Test), East Africa, China, South East Asia, Europe and worked in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Having been based in New Zealand and Berlin she has now moved back home to England.

As a professional musician Mara has recorded and released two albums as well as performing as session vocalist for artist Ray Wilson (Genesis). She has played various festivals in Europe and New Zealand. For more information please see http://twobirdsbooking.com/artists-2/mara-simpson

Tom – BMus Performance, BTEC Music TechnologyTom

Tom is a professional jazz musician, who graduated from the University of Chichester with a BMus in Performance. Having taught composition, guitar, piano and singing for several years, Tom has helped many students to realise their potential. Believing that students should choose their own musical direction, he has an adaptable teaching style that caters to the needs of each individual student. By encouraging creativity, Tom endeavours to guide and empower his students to be able to develop their own ideas, to take the initiative, and strives to do so in a fun and engaging way.

Tom has been composing and performing for most of his life, both as a solo artist and in a number of groups; one of which was an award winning jazz quintet. Over the years, he has featured at different festivals and events, including the prestigious 2012 Olympic Torch Relay. Throughout Tom’s career, his work has been praised by several commendable figures in the industry for his imaginative and innovative songwriting, which covers a variety of genres. Alongside a range of other projects, Tom is playing regularly around the south and writing the music for an upcoming musical.

Anthony – MA Music Education ATCL BA (Hons) Music LLCM PGCE

Music is an absolute passion for Anthony and he loves nothing more than to share his love of the piano, organ, singing and theory with others. He has taught Music since 1996 and the Piano for even longer. Most recently he was Director of Music in a London school and is a freelance musician as well as Director of Music at St Peter’s Church, Bexhill-on-Sea. His teaching style is practical and integrated – he likes to build in technique, performing, reading, composing and listening into every lesson. He is married with a teenage son and enjoys anything musical from Plainsong to Minimalism and R & B. His favourite composers are too numerous to mention, but Mahler, Howells, J S Bach and Libby Larsen would be near the top of his list. He enjoys reading and cooking, but dislikes sitting in traffic jams.

AndreaAndrea

Born in London then on to Barbados is where it all began…  From the early age of 14 Andrea found her love for music and quickly became involved in the music industry in every way possible. School choirs and talent shows were her springboard; it was then she realised she was hooked and never looked back. She worked together with the Barbados Board of Tourism performing on the hotel scene with local bands and dance troupes.

Returning to London she joined a funky, Gospel pop group called ‘The Street Angels’ reaching and climbing the National charts and performing on ‘The David Essex TV Show’. The group performed all over the London and National Club circuit in renowned venues such as the Embassy Club, Camden Palace and Gullivers Night Club. She went on to meet and work with Marcia Barratt (of Boney M Fame) at the Royal Drury Lane Theatre.

Working as a freelance singer and actress in England and Germany, Andrea has performed in theatre productions ‘Coloured People’ , ‘The Flatshare’, ‘The Life of Mahalia Jackson and most recently ‘Ray Clooney’s’ comedy farce ‘Funny Money’ for stage and radio (July 2014). Singing with numerous German stars and Big bands Andrea also toured with International stars such as The (original) Weather girls – ‘It’s raining men’, Lou Bega -‘Mambo no.5’, Jimmy Nail from ‘Auf Wiedersehen Pet’ with the London Philharmonic Orchestra, Billy Cobham and Zack Starky (Ringo’s Son), Haddaway, among many others.

Returning to Brighton in 2003 Andrea worked the local scene performing with ‘The Brighton All Stars, Jamsheed Masters and had regular engagements in Brighton, Southend and London. She still finds time to volunteer her services performing for local charities, schools and colleges also teaching vocal classes.

Since 2005 Andrea founded her own Tribute band Memories of Boney M, performing all over Russia and Eastern Europe, Italy, Turkey and Belarusia, also recording in Russian with the famed Russian Samotsvety band.

Tina – Dip. Mus., PGCE (Secondary Music), QTSTina Guitar

Tina is a professional singer with over 18 years’ touring experience in the UK and Europe working with many well-known names of “Sixties” popular music. She is also a music educator with over 8 years’ experience as a peripatetic teacher of guitar/singing and as a fully qualified KS3/KS4 classroom music teacher. Tina’s professional experience enables her to communicate passion for the subject, to students in an engaging and effective manner. Tina’s vocal coaching has successfully enabled non-instrumentalist to access the KS4 syllabus. She loves all styles of music but her passion is rock, pop and soul. She has worked in a variety of schools and currently teaches part-time at Sylvia Young Theatre School in London’s West End.

Tina consistently uses ICT in her lessons (Sibelius, Cubase, Reason, Logic, Garageband, and Audacity).

Tina has composed many original songs. She sings and plays classical, electric, bass, and folk guitar, and ukulele.  Tina enjoys sharing her wealth of live experience, in addition to theoretical knowledge, with young people. Tina believes music really does make a huge difference to the quality of our lives by giving us the chance to develop emotional intelligence and social skills.

Anna – MMus in Songwriting (Bath Spa University)

Anna has recently moved to East Sussex from Wiltshire, where she ran her own successful music tuition business for 10 years. From 2006-2012 she was also the vocal tutor at The Academy Of Music and Sound in Swindon, teaching first diploma, BTEC, first degree and degree courses.

She loves helping people realise their full vocal potential, and has many simple, effective tips to help you develop a healthy, powerful and unique voice. Throughout her life she has performed in bands, musicals and choirs, and spent two years as an official London Underground busker, sometimes singing for 8 hours a day. This really taught her the importance of using her voice properly!

She also teaches guitar, piano and ukulele, so students can accompany themselves if they so wish. Anna recently achieved a distinction in a Masters degree in Song Writing and has just recorded a solo album. One of her students, Josh Kumra, was no. 1 in the UK chart with his song “Don’t Go”. She has 100% pass rate for pupils taking Rockschool exams, and runs open mics and songwriters nights, so her students have a chance to perform live, too.

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