One-To-One Voice teaching
Jo prides herself on being a warm, welcoming and encouraging voice teacher who students feel fully comfortable with. She has exclusively taught rock, pop, soul and Musical Theatre technique to students for 15 years in a variety of settings – as a private teacher for all that time, singing teacher for a dance school for 6 years and a peripatetic secondary school singing teacher for Hertfordshire Music Service for 7 years.
Jo prides herself on being a warm, welcoming and encouraging voice teacher who students feel fully comfortable with
During her years of teaching, she has worked with students at every level of singing, from beginners to experienced professionals. During that time, Jo has seen hundreds of students through a variety of exam board qualifications, the vast majority of whom passed with Merit or Distinction. She is fully conversant with the following exam syllabi:
- RSL Rockschool Vocals Grades 1 – 8
- Trinity Rock and Pop Vocals Grades 1- 8
- LCM Music Theatre syllabus Grade 1- 8 and DipLCM
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Jo’s vocal training journey in Popular Music began with specialist rock and pop coaching from Stevie Vann Lange. Following this, Jo began studying Estill Voice Training, completing two full Level 1 and Level 2 courses in 2007 and 2016 under the tutelage of the RAM’s Anne-Marie Speed and Paul Farrington (www.estillvoice.com) and attending many other EVTS day courses.
These gave her the grounding in voice physiology and technique needed to pursue further study at Masters Degree level. Jo is a huge believer in the fact that learning is a continuous process that never ends. She regularly attends voice training short courses in a variety of subjects, with recent courses having included:
- “Beyond the Major Scale”: Engaging the ear and voice in vocal exercises with Kim Chandler (Voice Study Centre)
- ‘The integration of a science-informed approach to the application of teaching singing’ – Dr. Kari Ragan (Voice Study Centre)
- Introduction to Voice Acoustics – Dr. David Howard and Dr. Jenevora Williams (Evolving Voice)
- Voice Acoustics and Kinaesthetic Pedagogy – Prof. Kenneth Bozeman (Voice Study Centre)
My Philosophy and Research
‘Pop-Up’ was created for a very important reason: To promote the value of popular music voice training and elevate its educational status in the UK.
As a Popular Music singer all my life, I am a passionate (occasionally fiery) advocate of the importance of training more rock/pop teachers and conducting more contemporary voice research. Rock, pop and soul singing is no longer an ‘outlier’ in the UK music industry: it is its beating heart.
If Popular Music is the now the dominant cultural force, where are its training programmes in comparison with Classical Music?
Modern statistics show the domination of Popular Music in both streamed and purchased music charts, and the enormous value of the UK music industry as an economic export is well-recognised.
So, if Popular Music is the now the dominant cultural force, where are its training programmes in comparison with Classical Music? Where and how are PM singers getting their voice training, and how much of what is being taught is current or relevant?
As a strong promoter of the value of pop, rock and soul singing, and the need for much more research in this historically neglected area, I have spent the last three years pursuing a number of different academic studies as part of my MA in Vocal Pedagogy, including:
The latter study – my final MA dissertation project – was based on extensive literature research and was assessed by industry professionals from UK Popular Music educational institutions such as ACM, BIMM and ICMP. I completed my MA with Distinction in April 2021.