One to One Sessions
I offer a holistic approach to both singing and one to one spoken vocal delivery tuition. My 1-1 sessions incorporate nutrition, yoga, Qi Gong and Alexander technique and sound as a healing tool to strengthen the speaking and/or the singing voice.
All 1-1 sessions are now delivered via Zoom for spoken delivery and singing.
- vocal care
- voice production for day-to-day
- voice production for public speaking
- English tuition and pronunciation as a second language.
- clear speech
- confidence for shy individuals where there may be a stutter or a stammer
If you are home alone, sometimes a good sing together can uplift you and help to strengthen the voice, which is achieveable via Zoom
I came along to see Beth a couple of month’s ago just to try and improve my singing voice. I feel that Beth has made a huge difference during that time, not only to my voice but to my confidence as well.
It’s the most enjoyable hour of the week and I really look forward to it. On a one to one basis, Beth is very patient and really put’s you at ease and knows how to bring out the best of you.
I would not hesitate in recommending Beth to any one who is looking to improve their singing, just for their enjoyment or professionally .
There is no pressure to sing, of course, and for a high voice user who needs to strengthen and heal his or her voice for teaching, managing or call centre work, we can cover spoken vocal delivery only. So, during a 1-1 session, non singers need not fear any requirement to sing!
My spoken vocal delivery clients come from all backgrounds: those looking to change to a new profession which requires more client contact and they need to ‘find their professional voice for this role’, poets looking to develop their performance technique, priests and celebrants who need to strengthen their vocal muscles in order to sustain through long services, call centre workers and managers who are looking for ways to care for their voice and reach their clients with ease and confidence, sales people who wish to find a more attractive and convincing vocal technique. There are even those who think they sound boring and want to liven their voice up!
I went to Beth to improve my speech in social and business. I found lessons are intuitive and productive as well as enjoyable. Beth tackles problems holistically from many different angles from structured voice techniques to sound healing which makes every lessons different whilst still being progressive. I find that Beth is very intuitive with choosing the right task at the right time.
I am really enjoy my lessons and continue to have lessons with Beth for general enjoyment creativity reasons as well as plainly fixing a problem’
”As well as being an expert in terms of vocal teaching and vocal health Beth is an extremely kind, empathetic and encouraging teacher.
Through my lessons with her I gained so much in terms of confidence in my own ability to sing and numerous techniques to help relax into the singing and to protect and strengthen my voice, as well having my eyes opened to a wealth of knowledge of more holistic practices for my vocal well-being, which I have taken on-board and are now part of my every day routine.
I have always suffered with sore throats, and used to often loose my voice as the first sign of being run down (which is a massive problem as a teacher!) However, thanks to Beth’s help and advice I haven’t lost my voice or had a sore throat for several months now.
I can not thank Beth enough- in just a few sessions she has made such a positive impact on my vocal health and approach to singing. Thank you Beth!”
I teach breathing technique, pitching exercises and basic music theory. Many of my students/clients sing for pleasure, to learn a new skill and for relaxation. Some of my students are already performers and need help in learning how to take care of their voice during long performances and some are studying practical music courses for which they need support in choosing and learning pieces.
Students may present with a stutter, low self esteem, low confidence or a stress related illness. I believe that singing can help to overcome such problems and I am experienced in working with a wide range of ailments and disabilities. You do not need to be a music student to benefit from lessons with me.
Other students are parents or teachers wishing to learn how to sing more confidently with their children/class or music leaders needing to practise group singing without the comfort of their piano or guitar.
I am not an exam orientated singing teacher as I feel that singing should be about pleasure and relaxation and exams can take this focus away, so exam tuition is something which I do not offer to students. The aim of my lessons is to help the student to develop a confident singing voice for whatever style of music that they like to sing.
How does it work?
We develop your vocal confidence with a combination of 1- 1 online tuition, via Zoom, and exercises which are available to you to use in between our sessions. New audios, videos and pdfs are uploaded regularly for you so that you always have something to work on.
How long does it take?
This depends on the individual. Occasionally, a client will simply need one session before they give a presentation, interview or dinner speech. More often, we are looking at a commitment of a good few months, a minimum 12 sessions to get your voice to where you would like it to be. Clients do stay longer and choose to develop further skills and they go from strength to strength.
What does a typical session look like?
Our initial session is looking at your aims and objectives for voice development. I will revisit these regularly to ensure that we are still on the right track and getting you where you want to be. Your requirements can change over time and are not set in stone. For example, you begin to feel more confident with speaking out in the office but you have a new project which requires more public presentation skills. You may feel incredibly shy with your speaking voice so it can take a couple of sessions to help you relax and get used to our way of working. We warm up our voices using physical stretches, sounds and diction exercises.
Following sessions will include breathing tools, relaxation, projection, inflection and , very importantly, intention with our vocal tone. We work on the material that you need to use in your workplace so that it is always relevant to you as an individual. Sometimes, we use articles or books that appeal to you personally so that you are reading aloud from enjoyable sources.
How much does it cost?
A one off online session costs £32 and you can purchase the vocal exercises to use that we cover as an audio file. Then you have a reminder of how to warm up your speaking voice before a presentation, interview or a long day of talking.
A package of 12 hour long weekly or fortnightly sessions is only £180 and this includes all the online exercises to practise with. You can use these as 30 minutes twice a week if preferred.
Where do we begin?
You can fill in the booking form for a free zoom consultation to discuss requirements and check this will be a good fit for you. During this process, we will confirm our wi-fi connection is adequate and, very importantly, ensure our zoom sound settings will work effectively. Then we can book you for the sessions we think you will need.
“Over the years my voice had become ‘thin’ and I felt I had lost my range. My sessions with Beth looked at my voice but also at how I used my body to create different sounds. She looked at my strengths and identified where my voice needed help. I discovered I still had my voice and could sing and improve the tone and quality using simple vocal exercises. Beth’s approach is both caring and uplifting. Thanks to Beth I can sing confidently again.”
“Looking forward to Thursday at 6… I can’t tell you what a difference your sessions have already made to my teaching- I’ve had loads of totally unprompted comments from the kids on my voice lately!”
“I had the pleasure of being taught by Beth for almost four years, seeing huge development and improvement in my voice throughout that time. Beth has a wonderful, natural approach to singing and is able to convey this in the way she teaches. No two lessons were the same, and I would always look forward to the next session. Because of the variety in the music we worked with, my voice received extensive all-round training, and I discovered new interest in styles and musicians I never even knew existed! Through Beth I also had the opportunity to perform several times at gigs and showcases. Despite initial beginner’s nerves, these gigs were a great opportunity to really boost my confidence. I’d recommend anyone considering singing tuition to get in touch with Beth!
Thank you for these wonderful years!”
Sofia Lindblad, Bristol / Munich
“I have been having singing lessons with Beth Ford for nearly 2 years and I have enjoyed every single one. When I started my singing lessons I was very nervous but Beth put me at ease and has always taught me at my own pace. She has helped me become more confident and my singing has improved a great deal. I have participated in 2 performances organised by Beth which I really enjoyed. Beth has a great deal of knowledge about all styles of music and is very enthusiastic. I would definitely recommend Beth to anyone thinking of starting singing lessons.”
Daniella Astudillo-Gonzalez (14 years), Bristol
“I have no hesitation in recommending Beth as a tutor. Beth taught my 9 year old daughter for 2 years from an absolute beginner. Our daughter was not confident with learning and teaching in general but Beth was a fantastic teacher putting our daughter at ease and bring her out of herself.”
Mike Whitmore, Bristol
“Vocal lessons with Beth have made a world of difference to my voice. Beth used a wide range of exercises and techniques which enabled me to improve significantly in a short period of time. The coaching certainly exceeded my expectations and I would highly recommend this service to anyone interested in vocal coaching!”