Friday, 10 January 2014

Welcome to the Voice Club

“Thanks so much for a great session today! I feel tons better than when I walked in…”
 “…supernaturally patient…” Sathnam Ganghera, BBC Radio 4  “Am I Tone Deaf?”

The Voice Club provides vocal training, singing lessons, dialect coaching and creative consultancy.

Established by Heather Maîr Thomas ftcl,dipTcl,Ltcl, coaching and classes are based in north London as well as Cornwall UK.  Sessions can also be arranged worldwide via Skype. Group workshops and residential courses are held in various locations including Cornwall and Portugal.

Heather at Strongroom Studios
As a singing teacher and coach, Heather has considerable experience in helping anxious and shy beginners start to enjoy developing their voices.
She works with all levels of singer, from absolute beginners to names such as:
  • David Tennant (Dr Who/Hamlet - RSC)
  • Matt Willis (Wicked/ Busted/Flashdance)
  • Andy Bell (Erasure)
  • Guilty Pleasures
  • BBC Television
  • BBC Radio 4
  • The Times 
  • Kimberly Stewart
  • Justin Lee Collins ( Rock of Ages/Chicago - London West End)
…as well as many people who,  (though may not be well-known!)  have experienced great improvement and joy in their singing, whatever their starting point!

Heather also coaches accent, dialect, voice projection and presentation in a performance, private and corporate context.  Media consultancy, commentary and broadcasting on vocal, performance and creativity issues.

Please use the tabs above to find out more about the Voice Club services.

There are some daytime spaces for private singing lessons  in North London, (Crouch End), and a waiting list for evening sessions.

We can also arrange lessons by Skype  for clients out of London  and overseas.

Heather's vocal exercises are available to download and practise/warm-up at your own pace.
For those wishing to save their singing for posterity, we now offer a Recording Studio and Vocal Coaching Package in association with  associates at the Chocolate Factory.

We have added links to some carefully-chosen songbooks, all with backing track CDs to help you enjoy your singing practice and have fun learning new repertoire!

Stage fright?  Download our self-hypnosis recording Creative Calm and learn to relax!

The Voice Club,   singing technique group classes, will be starting again soon.

The numbers will be limited, so please contact now in order to secure your place

You can listen to samples of Heather's singing and follow links to download our vocal exercises and stage fright hypnosis.

"Why I Believe Singing is Good For You...!
by Heather Maîr Thomas

"Thanks so much for a great session today! I feel tons better than when I walked in..."
It's lovely to get into singing as an adult. It helps us relax and express ourselves, while providing those well-earned endorphins!

Singing is a fabulous stress-buster as it releases the body's natural "happy chemicals",  gets us breathing properly, helps the energy to flow and gets those feelings out! Many people feel as if singing gives them a therapeutic experience. The more  your  singing technique improves, the more control you gain and confidence grows as a result.

Also, singing is such an individual form of expression, and everyone has their own relationship with their voice. As well as being a singing teacher, I am also a qualified life coach, and use those skills to help people identify singing/creative goals. I try to  work with everyone in a way that suits them, towards achieving those goals, whatever they may be.

Some people have instant access to their voices and  seem to sing effortlessly . Others need to develop an awareness of how the voice works, and  build up technique and methods using a combination of skills, instincts and experiences.

I find that a fundamental knowledge of technique, and building a workable, enjoyable routine of practice into ones life (even if only a few minutes) can help development very quickly.  I am flexible in my approach according to your individual needs.

Often, people who believe they "can't" sing,  simply aren't used to the sound of their own voice and have no idea of  the  keys and ranges that suit them.  With individual lessons, many of these things can be improved very quickly, and I have never (yet!) come across a totally "lost cause" - a lot depends on what goals you set!

Everyone's experience of their voice is different, so it helps to find a method that works for you.
You may find you only need a few tips to get you started, or it may be a longer journey, and you find you really want to develop and take it seriously, in which case, like a sport, the more you put in the more you get out!

You can email  for more information about lessons, the Voice Club groups or Life Coaching - it is never too late to start..."


Heather Maîr Thomas Ftcl, dipTcl, Ltcl


Heather Maîr Thomas Ftcl, Ltcl, dipTcl
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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Can I Help?


So what would you like to do?
  • Would you like to improve your current level of singing?
  • Would you love to be able to sing, but have been afraid to try?
  • Do you get stage fright?
  • Would you like to develop your presentation skills/public speaking?
My mission is to help you identify your singing goals, get the best from your voice, and help you enjoy the process.
As an award-winning vocalist/ trainer & creative coach,  qualified at Guildhall School of Music & Drama and Trinity College of Music, as well as being a qualified life coach,  I specialise in training adult voices at all levels, helping particularly with confidence issues and performance anxiety, from adult beginners to established performers.

Blending vocal technique with elements of hypnotherapy and life- coaching, I have developed an accessible method for all styles and levels, and a range of products for individual practice.
Every voice is unique, and  we all have our own individual learning style. Therefore  my teaching methods/techniques are tailored to suit the voice and the singer.

Some people have instant access to their voices and seem to sing effortlessly . Others need to develop an awareness of how the voice works, and build up technique and methods using a combination of skills, instincts and experiences

I offer
    * Individual Singing Lessons,
    * Group weekly courses  - The Voice Club
    * Workshops
    * Stage Fright classes
    * Masterclasses
    * Corporate Training (presentation/public speaking)


You can email  for more information           it is never too late to start...

Thursday, 3 March 2011

One Day Singing Technique Workshop 19/3/11

Would you like to develop or improve your vocal range, quality and control?

Treat yourself!

Come and join us for a day of vocal instruction, singing and musical fun in good company 
Lunch included
 
One Day  Singing Technique  Workshop
£110

These popular one day workshops offer an opportunity to work on your singing technique  in a friendly, supportive group.
Group numbers are limited.

The day is is aimed at adults at all stages in a non –judgmental, safe and supportive environment. 

No-one will sing alone unless they wish to. Those who do wish to sing alone (time permitting) will be given positive, constructive feedback which will benefit the whole group.

The day includes:

  • Relaxation techniques
  • Breathing
  • Group vocal tuition
  • Voice Production
  • Vocal technique
  • Range, tone & style
  • 2 course restaurant lunch, hot drinks and refreshments 
 
 
My background is as a practicing performer in most classical and contemporary singing styles, with over 17 years teaching experience.

 
Combining operatic and classical singing techniques with aspects of hypnotherapy has enabled me to develop a gentle yet practical and thorough vocal method, which uses visual ideas and imagery to place the voice. This is adapted to include contemporary styles and genres.

Participants with vocal anxiety or  musical self-doubt can particularly benefit!

I believe that, with the right technical building blocks and a state of controlled relaxation everyone can experience the joy of singing. We just have to get out of our own way!

To enrol or enquire  contact  heather@sessionsinger.co.uk


Sunday, 27 February 2011

New Term Starts Monday 28th February!

Fancy learning or brushing up on your singing technique?
The sun is trying to shine and things are feeling a bit more energetic here in North London! What better time to get your vocal chords warmed up and start singing?
My new term starts on Monday, February 28th, 2011 (morning or evening classes) 6 weeks

Repeats: Every Week until Monday, April 4th

(Read what The Times had to say about a lesson with Heather!)

The Voice Club is a fun, weekly singing technique class for adults at all stages of singing who want to learn to sing better.

We build your confidence through  learning and practicing vocal exercises and tips from an experienced, friendly professional singer/ voice coach (that's me!)

We welcome all standards, including Late-Bloomers and especially, scaredy-cats!

We sing a range of song styles as a group, and support each other through fears and performance anxiety.
See facebook page http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Voice-Club/30200534499


Next intake: From Monday, February 28th, 2011 (morning or evening classes) 6 weeks

Repeats: Every Week until Monday, April 4th
Contact to book your place

Private lessons, One-day Workshops and audition coaching also available

Some people have instant access to their voices and seem to sing effortlessly . Others need to develop an awareness of how the voice works, and build up technique and methods using a combination of skills, instincts and experiences