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Classical Singing Teacher in Harrow on the Hill - Sarah Labiner

Sarah Labiner Classical Singing Teacher (Harrow)

Sarah Labiner

  • Harrow on the Hill (HA1) View on map
  • Last Logged In: 14 Jun 2018
  • Sex: Female
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Personal Message
Just as everyone has a unique personality, each singer is a unique artist. I believe in tailoring lessons for each individual student to help fuel their passion for singing and to help them become the best singer they can be.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach classical singing to students of all ages and experience levels.
I am happy to teach the ABRSM syllabus or to allow lessons to take a freer form depending on the student's needs.
Classical singing lessons involve a variety of subjects- technique, musicality, theory, language and diction, repertoire, etc. Lessons are tailored to fit the needs of each individual student.
Tell me about your qualifications.
I earned my MMus from the Royal College of Music and my BMus from the North Carolina School of the Arts. I also trained with the English National Opera's Opera Works programme.
What kind of experience do you have?
I have been teaching private lessons for over 16 years, and my students have a high record of ABRSM exam distinctions, music scholarship awards, conservatoire and junior academy acceptance, and competition awards. I have taught and run workshops with companies including the BBC, English National Opera, Royal College of Music, community theatres, Pembridge Hall Preparatory School, Kindermusik, and the Whitechapel Gallery. I currently teach students of all experience levels, from beginners to professionals. As well as teaching, I also work as a professional singer with companies including the English National Opera.
How much do you charge?
My lesson rate is £50 per hour. Consultation lessons are charged at the same rate as regular lessons.
Lessons generally run for 1 hour. In rare cases I will sometimes do 30min lessons for young children to help ease the student into lessons, and this is charged at £30 per half hour. However, in most cases a full hour is necessary to allow sufficient time for technical exercises, repertoire, etc.
Where do you teach?
I teach from my home near Harrow-on-the-Hill station. It is very easy to access by public transport or there is also parking on the street if you prefer to drive.
When are you available?
I teach 7 days a week in the afternoons and evenings, and I have a flexible schedule. I am happy to teach during holidays as well as in term time.
Most of my younger students do weekly lessons. Some of my adult students do weekly lessons whilst others prefer to schedule lesson-by-lesson as needed.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach children and adults of all ages and experience levels, from beginners to professionals.

Usually I recommend that parents not sign students younger than 7 years up for singing lessons, but I will consider younger students in cases where the student is able to remain focused throughout the lesson.

I am experienced in teaching the ABRSM syllabus for those who wish to follow it, or I am happy to teach not on the syllabus for those who want lessons to take a different structure.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
- ABRSM
- School/college/conservatoire auditions and performances
- Professional auditions and performances
- Competitions, etc.
- If you are working towards another qualification, please feel free to chat with me about it and I will be happy to help you prepare for it
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have a CRB certificate, I will be happy to obtain a DBS certificate if needed.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Once I get to know a student, I will sometimes teach online, especially in cases where the student is travelling for performances or auditions. Because singing is such a physically and acoustically nuanced field, I don't usually recommend that students do lessons solely online, as it is important for me to sometimes hear their sound live. However, I would be willing to consider online-only lessons if I feel it would be of use to the student.
Where and with whom did you train?
I trained at the English National Opera, the Royal College of Music, and the North Carolina School of the Arts. Previously to that, I trained in musical theatre as a child.
Tell me about some of your current students.
"A" began singing lessons with me at a young age and studied with me for 5-6 years. She was incredibly intelligent and hard-working but needed help in learning to create a strong, beautiful, healthy sound. I helped A create a solid technical foundation which grew with her as she aged. She was accepted into the RCM Junior Department, was awarded a music scholarship at one of London's top private schools, achieved distinctions in ABRSM exams, and was accepted into prestigious audition-only community choirs. We also focused on singing in a variety of languages and learning the rules of lyric diction, as this was an area in which "A" was particularly interested.

"E" was an adult singer who came to me with a background in acting and musical theatre. She wanted to learn to sing classically with the goal of attending a classical conservatoire in one year's time. I taught E how to sing with healthy classical technique and in a classical style. She was accepted to a variety of top classical conservatories within a year's time.

"H" is an adult singer with a passion for opera. She came to me in order to sing purely as a hobby. Along with learning a variety of well-loved operatic repertoire, operatic style, and healthy singing technique, we also enjoy discussing performances, singers, and current events in the opera world.

"N" was a young student whose parents signed her up for singing lessons in hopes that it would help her confidence. Within a year, "N" had become confident both in her singing and in her day-to-day life. She excelled in music at school, earned distinctions in ABRSM exams, and earned much recognition at school for her accomplishments. This inspired her siblings to also sign up for singing lessons and I taught them all for many years.

"M" is an experienced adult soprano with a strong understanding of operatic style, who came to me for help with high notes. I taught her to free her upper register with technical exercises, and we then incorporate this technique into a variety of repertoire. This helped her to greatly expand her range, and she now sings with much more freedom and ease in the upper register.
Do you have a personal message for students?
I believe that anyone can learn to sing as long as they have a passion for it. I tailor lessons for each student to help them fulfil their potential and achieve their goals. I believe in establishing a strong technical foundation to help students sing healthy as well as allowing them to more fully express themselves through their music. My role as a teacher is to nurture students in all areas related to their craft- this includes being a supportive mentor and making lessons enjoyable.

If you have any questions for me, please feel free to ask and I will be happy to help!