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Gina - Classical/ Jazz/ Pop Singing, Piano Teacher in Barnes, Richmond

Gina Lewis Watts Classical Singing Teacher (South West London)

Gina Lewis Watts Gold Member

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  • Professional Qualification Bachelor of Music
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check DBS checked 2015
  • Professional Membership Association of Teachers of Singing
  • References References are available upon request

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Personal Message
I strongly believe that music belongs to everyone and no tutor has the right to tell a person that they are not worthy of exploring their musicality. I teach to a high standard, but this is not a place where you are going to be judged or criticised.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach singing to a high level, and piano at a beginner and intermediate level.
Tell me about your qualifications.
In Canada I received a Royal Conservatory of Music Grade 9 in both Piano and Voice before I went on to earn my Bachelor Degree in Vocal Performance at Acadia University. I started that degree with a minor in Piano, but I was performing a lot as a singer and decided it was better to just focus on voice. I am also a member of the Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS).
What kind of experience do you have?
I have taught on and off for the 20 years I have been singing in the UK and in Canada.
How much do you charge?
My fee per hour is £40. I offer bundles of 4 lessons for £140. This is for one-to-one tuition.
Where do you teach?
I prefer to teach in my home, but if a student lives nearby I am happy to travel to the student's home.
When are you available?
I am available Monday to Friday 10 am - 7 pm and Saturday 10 am - 4 pm. I do not teach on Sundays.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I prefer not to teach very small children, and I prefer to teach adults, teens and older children who are motivated. I teach voice to a very high level, and I teach piano at a beginner and intermediate level. I really enjoy absolute beginners in both voice and piano.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Some students are preparing for ABRSM exams and are supported solely by me in preparation for those designations. Generally, I customise my lessons to the students' needs. I currently have students who take GCSE music courses and our lessons supplement the demands and requirements of that course.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes, my DBS certificate was processed in March of 2015.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I belong to the Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS).
Where and with whom did you train?
My vocal teachers were Marie McCarthy and Henriette Asch in Canada and Paula Anglin in the UK. My piano teachers were Jani Stevens and Andreas Barban, also in Canada. As a teen my voice and piano teacher was Averill Baker.
Tell me about some of your current students.
I have quite a range of students: some have learning disabilities like Autism, some are people who have studied before, and I also teach lots of adults of all ages who have had their first voice or piano lesson with me...EVER! I really admire people who start new endeavours as adults and especially later in life. It's really a lot of fun to show somebody that they can do something they didn't believe they could. I have taught classical, jazz, pop classical, rock, hip hop, Disney, and boogie woogie, for both voice and piano. Some of my singing students have had trouble with pitch - this is not a deal-breaker! I have designed exercises to help singers develop their ear and learn how to memorise the sensations in the body associated with pitch.
Do you have a personal message for students?
This studio is a non-judgemental environment, and I believe the first skill in becoming a good musician is an enjoyment of it - so we have to have fun making music most of all. I also believe that a good technique will set you free to express yourself, so that is a priority. Being prepared and knowing the right way to sing gives you more confidence, so I will help you prepare for your performances. Although my first love is the classical style, I have created lessons for people who want to apply good technique to other styles of singing and piano, so we can adapt your lesson to whichever style of music you prefer. There is artistry in all of us, and my goal is to help you develop a safe way to sing or play in any style. I have taught classical, jazz, pop classical, rock, hip hop, Disney, and boogie woogie, for both voice and piano.