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Kate - Singing Teacher in Maze Hill, West Greenwich/ Blackheath

Kate Howden Classical Singing Teacher (South East London)

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  • Professional Qualification 1st Class Bachelor of Music (Hons) in Classical Singing - Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance
  • Professional Qualification Master of Arts with DipRAM in Classical Singing - Royal Academy of Music, Advanced Diploma in Opera - Royal Academy of Music, National Opera Studio

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Personal Message
I am a professional opera singer that has most recently studied at the National Opera Studio. I teach classical and musical theatre singing for all levels.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
Classical singing (opera, art song, oratorio etc) and singing for musical theatre.
Tell me about your qualifications.
Recently I finished a year as one of 12 Young Artists at the National Opera Studio, London. Before this I gained an Advanced Diploma in Opera and a Master of Arts with DipRAM at the Royal Academy of Music, and a 1st class Bachelor of Music (Hons) at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance.

Please do click on the link on the media tab to see a video of me singing the aria 'Una voce poco fa' from Rossini's 'Il Barbiere di Siviglia'.

I have attended classes on the LRAM teaching course at the Royal Academy of Music.
What kind of experience do you have?
I have worked as an opera singer with companies such as the Royal Opera and Glyndebourne and performed at venues such as the Wigmore Hall and King's Place. I am interested in a wide range of musical styles.

I have been studying classical singing for over 10 years and have attended various institutions and encountered different styles of teaching. Through this I feel I've gained new perspective on effective teaching methods, and how to explain things in different ways to suit different students. I attended classes on the LRAM teaching course for a year at the Royal Academy of Music, both on general teaching methods and on more specific singing repertoire and anatomy.
How much do you charge?
I charge £40/hour or £30/half hour. I offer a 10% discount for a block of 10 lessons paid for in advance (so essentially 1 free lesson).
Where do you teach?
I prefer to teach from my flat near Maze Hill station, as we would have access to my wide range of vocal scores, piano and other teaching material.
When are you available?
I am available Mon-Fri daytimes, and some Saturday afternoons.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach all levels from beginners to advanced, and all ages.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
ABRSM and Trinity Guildhall grades in classical singing
Entrance to specialist music schools/junior music colleges/undergraduate/masters courses
Musical Theatre exams such as the LCM exams and similar exams

(Of course only if the student is interested! Obviously there is no pressure to take any exams.)
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Not currently.
Where and with whom did you train?
National Opera Studio

Royal Academy of Music with Elizabeth Ritchie

Trinity College of Music with Ameral Gunson

I currently study with Susan Roberts.
Tell me about some of your current students.
I have some students that just want to sing for fun, or to improve their personal confidence.

Some are preparing for specialist exams or auditions; recently two of my students have successfully auditioned for prestigious London undergraduate musical theatre courses.

Some would like to gain confidence in singing in their local choir or choral society.
Do you have a personal message for students?
I believe that singing lessons should be fun. Learning to sing with a good technique makes you able to sing freely and express as you want to.

Whether you want to learn just for fun or for a more specific reason (such as joining a choir or getting into music college), I would be more than happy to help!