SESSIONS with Ian
The first thing to note is that it's YOUR coaching session. Ian believes passionately in the concept of Student Centred Learning, which places the agenda of the student, and not the teacher, at the heart of the lesson.
Whether you choose to study one-to-one, or in a group, face-to-face, or over Skype or FaceTime, Ian can help you to achieve a balanced and healthy voice from the bottom of your range to the top with no perceivable flips, breaks or cracks.
Ian's clients range from amateur to semi-professionial to professional and he is equally as passionate about teaching both ends of that spectrum. Ian is also happy to coach clients in the recording studio as well.
The following services are available in one-to-one or group settings
- One-to-one private vocal coaching (under 16s have to be accompanied by an adult)
- ANY style or genre of singing
- Therapeutic Singing
- Classical crossover
- Harmony and Ear Training
- In-house Studio Coaching
- Music Theory Training
- Acting Through Song
- Audition Preparation
- Tone Deaf Training
- Teacher Training
New for January 2018! All lessons will be 45 minutes in length for just £35!
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All lessons take place face to face in Liverpool city centre or online via Skype or facetime
Ian training Singing Teachers at Songbird Studios in San Francisco
As well as offering singing lessons and vocal coaching. Ian routinely provides the following services for his clients.
The "Audition Room" can be a minefield of "do's" and "don't's", and with an impressive track record, Ian can help you to source your material, prepare your repertoire and figure out the best cuts to take with you to help you to deliver your best performance. Regardless of whether you're auditioning for University, your next big role or even to tour the world as part of the cast on a cruise ship, get in touch and let Ian help you to get the part!
In Studio coaching & recording
Recording your next demo, hit single or next album is always a big deal. Getting your vocals just right takes time and effort and a tonne of patience. Studio time is expensive and having your Vocal Coach on hand can make all the difference and help you to nail the "take". Often what is rehearsed live in the lesson can go out of the window in the vocal booth of a recording studio, so don't hesitate to ask Ian to pop into the studio with you to help you get the sound that you want and need. Additionally, Ian can arrange for you to be recorded in the teaching studio if you prefer.
Vocal Health advice and rehabilitation
Accidents do happen and can happen to anybody at any stage, regardless of ability or experience. Suffering a vocal injury can be traumatic, especially if you rely on your voice for your livelihood. Ian makes a point of being well-versed in vocal health and rehabilitation. He has an extensive contact list of Ear, Nose and Throat Consultants, Speech and Language Therapists and Laryngeal Osteopaths/Physiotherapists in order to ensure that you can be quickly diagnosed and treated.
A staggering number of us believe that we can't sing and will often make the proclamation of being "tone deaf". In reality, only 4% of the population may suffer with a condition called Amusia which is a "clinical tone deafness". Amusia can be genetic or as the result of a head trauma or other injury/illness of the brain and typically people suffering with this condition wouldn't necessarily want to participate in music or singing in the first instance.
If you are reading this, then the odds are that you are in the 96% of people who can actually sing!
Now, I'm not saying for a second that 96% of the population have the ability to be the next Pavarotti, however numerous studies have shown that singing, or participating in singing is an extremely healthy thing to do. It's a great cardio workout, it stimulates the brain and can help with mood and mental/emotional wellbeing.
The reality is that many of us are afraid to sing because we've been told by somebody significant in the past that we're unable to, which is pretty damaging to be honest. I'm passionate about helping people to discover their singing voices, for themselves and not for anybody else. I really believe that most of us can sing and derive a great deal of pleasure from doing so, even if it's just in the shower or around the house, so if you're curious about your voice and want to have a go, get in contact with me. I promise to listen to you without judgement and give you honest advice as to how you can move forwards with your singing.
Ian is one of the most highly qualified and sought after vocal coaches in the UK. He is also one of 5 specialists in the world certified to train singing teachers via the BAST (Be A Singing Teacher) organisation.
His journey as a vocal coach came shortly after he graduated with honours from the prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and began training in the Speech Level Singing (SLS) teaching methodology, studying under world renowned teachers such as Dave Stroud, Wendy Parr, John Henny, Dean Kaelin, Greg Enriquez, Jeffrey Skouson and Kathy Kennedy.
After achieving Level 3 status within the SLS organisation, Ian decided that he wanted to broaden out his knowledge of vocal pedagogy and along with a number of other teachers from around the world came together under the guidance of Dave Stroud to form what is now known as Vocology in Practice or ViP.
A regular lecturer in singing at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Ian also trains voices at Rare Studios in Liverpool City Centre, and helped to establish the singing program on the BA(hons) in Musical Theatre at the Institute of the Arts Barcelona.
Ian obtained his MA in Music from the University of Salford, where he focussed his studies on the Psychology of Performance and the condition, "Adophobia", which he wrote extensively on for his thesis. Ian is about to embark on a Post-Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice at Cardiff Metropolitan University, where he hopes to start formulating a PhD thesis.
Ian is an accomplished pianist and accompanist, but his main passions lie in choral direction. In the past he founded and directed Sanctified Gospel Choir, who won the Best Newcomer Award at the 2015 Gospel Entertainment and Music (GEM) Awards.
He also arranged and directed the backing choir on the 2012 UK Christmas No.1 song "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" on behalf of the Justice Collective, for which he was awarded a Gold Disc.
Presently, Ian directs the Liverpool Community Choir and when not lecturing at university or studying himself can be found teaching one-to-one private vocal coaching at Balance Vocal Studio in Liverpool City Centre.
Ian also coaches online using Skype or FaceTime and is regularly asked to deliver workshops all over the UK and abroad, having been invited to teach in Spain, Switzerland, Malta, Poland and the USA. Ian has just finished serving as the Education Director for Vocology in Practice, and is now excited to be one of their certified Teacher Trainers, and has recently been accepted as a voting member of PAVA (the Pan American Vocology Association).
What Ian's clients say...
The BAST Course
The BAST Course, which stands for "Be A Singing Teacher" is an outstanding course and community of teachers, designed to equip the aspiring singing teacher with everything that they need to get started in this worthwhile career.
The comprehensive 20 hour course is usually delivered in 10, 2 hour sessions over 10 weeks, to groups no larger than 8, but can be taught in a number of different formats including week-long intensives and one-to-one.
Topics Covered include...
- Basic singing related anatomy and physiology
- Assessing and managing the singing voice
- The science behind singing
- Teaching and learning styles
- Tools of the trade
- Giving a lesson
- Common vocal issues and health advice
- Setting up your business and marketing
Upon Completion You Will Receive...
- A signed certificate of attendance
- Access to the BAST Forum
- Subscription to the BAST Newsletter
- Updates for ongoing educational events
- Discounts on teaching and business related products
Ian is one of only 5 specialists in the world who is licensed to teach this hugely popular and oversubscribed course. For more information, including pricing, please contact Ian via this website, or email BAST Central on firstname.lastname@example.org
Vocology in practice
Ian is proud to be a fully authorised Vocology in Practice Instructor and Teacher Trainer for this incredible organisation. Here is their mission statement.
"VIP is a global network of elite voice professionals, including singing teachers, vocal coaches, songwriters, producers, music industry professionals, speech and language practitioners, ENT’s and laryngologists.
We exist as a community committed to continuous professional development, education and networking via in person training, one on one mentorship, research, educational events, seminars, webinars and articles.
Our aim is to be at the forefront of vocal health, science and pedagogy in order to provide the best vocal training and 360 degree care for today’s contemporary vocalist."
To find out more about Vocology in Practice, click here.
Balance Vocal Studio
℅ Elevator Studios,
25 Parliament Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L8 5RN, UK
For any enquiries, please use the form opposite and Ian will get back to you as soon as possible
The telephone number for the studio is
0151 345 6771
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