Singing Lessons in Devon
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Individual Singing Lessons
Heg teaches singing to students of all ages privately from her studio in Tavistock, Devon. Singing lessons are held weekdays and weekday evenings in Tavistock or online singing lessons are available. Lessons with Heg usually last for one hour with half hour lessons available to younger students.
New to singing?
Starting singing lessons with a new teacher can seem daunting at first; Heg provides a relaxed, supportive and non-judgemental environment for you to explore your voice and most importantly enjoy yourself!
Lessons are tailored toward the individual but will always work with a foundation of good breathing technique and learning to use the voice safely to it's maximum potential. During your lessons you are invited to work within whichever genre that works for/appeals to you. Taking lessons does not mean you will automatically sound operatic or classical. Learning to sing is about finding ways to keep your voice healthy and to be able to use it expressively with ease and enjoyment; together we can work within your chosen style to achieve that.
Heg works with a foundation of classical and contemporary exercises to improve tone, tuning, placement of the voice, stamina, power and stability. We will look at ways to ensure you are not straining your voice so that whatever the goal is for your singing, you are doing it freely and safely. If your voice feels 'scratchy' or sore when you sing or it feels like a lot of effort, then lessons may help.
Forming new habits
Learning to sing is about finding your voice and discovering better ways to use your voice to enable you to sing in a way that is safe, reliable and consistent. Acknowledging old, engrained habits that might be restricting your singing and re-learning how to use your body efficiently is key to finding a free and natural sound.
Starting with a foundation in good breathing, Heg brings an awareness to the whole body and mind in order for the singer to use the voice as an instrument; with full knowledge of how it works, what it feels like and how to control it.
These new tools will enable you to explore what your voice can do, giving you new and exciting ways to interpret songs with a whole new colour palette to work with! Your voice can be free of unwanted effort giving it more expression, extended range, improved control across registers, a good quality tone, resonance and power and most importantly you will gain confidence and trust in knowing what sound is going to come out.
If you are a keen performer, soloist, in a choir or are a professional touring singer, Heg can help you bring a new awareness to your performing. Whether you need help with combatting nerves, song interpretation, microphone work, maintaining good vocal health during touring or just want to work on maintaining good, solid technique in front of an audience, Heg uses practical exercises and a wealth of experience as a performer herself to help guide you in your performing journey.
Heg works with singers and speakers on vocal health issues and ways to mitigate voice injuries. Looking after your voice and learning about vocal hygiene is an important aspect of learning how to sing. It is also essential when you rely on your voice for your income. Tour fatigue, voice misuse, stress, performance anxiety, injury and a myriad of other contributing factors can cause the voice not to function as well or as easily as it could. In 2020 Heg completed the Advanced Voice Rehabilitation course with Jenevora Williams as well as becoming one of the first to qualify as a Vocal Health First Aider with Vocal Health Education. She is continuing her studies in this area and is currently working towards becoming a qualified Vocal Habilitation Professional. Her studies with Vocal Health Education have given her to tools to assess singers and where appropriate, refer them on to a medical expert or voice rehabilitation specialist. FIND OUT MORE>>
WHAT STUDENTS SAY
"I cannot recommend [Heg] highly enough. I come from a performance background but have never received proper vocal training. Heg taught me the fundamentals of breath work, posture and core principles related to sound and how to structure it with much more awareness and precision. Lessons were...hugely helpful, accessible and fun. Heg was informative and encouraging throughout. Her teaching bolstered my confidence and inspired me to feel able to use my voice in new ways and styles. Heg's insight and tuition style are impeccable and her encouragement throughout what had the potential to be a daunting process was second to none. Thank you."
— Ella, actor
Folk Singing Retreats
Singing weekends for adults of all abilities. Explore your voice in a group setting and experience a magical community weekend of folk singing, yoga, breath work, confidence building, walking along the South West Coast path, home-cooked food and more. These weekends are for all ages and abilities.