I’ve been having singing lessons with Laura for over a year now and it’s been great! It got me from being scared to sing or practice at home because my flatmates might hear, to being able to sing in front of my friends and bandmates and even perform on stage on few occasions. The lessons help me to gain confidence both in my singing ability and myself. Laura is a very supportive, positive and encouraging teacher with a passion for what she does. Taking lessons also taught me how much easier and faster learning can be when there is someone to guide you!
‘I really enjoy my lessons with Laura, she makes me feel really relaxed and we have a lot of fun during the lesson. I have always sung with theatre groups, but not always very well! Having lessons with Laura has helped me improve my singing and I feel more confident about singing by myself!’
Ali Wood – currently rehearsing as Brooke Wyndham in ‘Legally Blonde – The Musical!’ (Bohemian Lyrical Opera Company Production, March 2016)
I could not recommend Tom and Laura highly enough!! From the very first lesson I felt like my voice was drawn out of me…I heard a sound I’d never heard before and it felt fantastic! I remember leaving that first lesson being on a complete high and this feeling continued and my voice got stronger and stronger.
I picked up the guitar at 30 and became very passionate about it. I always felt I could sing in tune and had some kind of voice but felt I was limited by it’s lack of strength and range – I felt I could only sing certain songs that were perfectly within a range I could cope with. My aim was to get to the point where I would be comfortable hearing myself sing along with the guitar in front of other people and get to the point where I felt confident to play with others in a band and perform.
2 years on and I am so happy that I am now part of a band where we have done some busking and are working towards our first gig at the end of this year. I very recently also played my first set (solo) at an open mic and could not believe the reception I received! It felt so amazing to be given such positive and lovely feedback from talented musicians and singers! The Events Manager who runs these open mics was keen to book me in to play sets at other bars throughout the week.
They say that tennis is a very psychological sport and I think the same goes for singing! Not only do Tom and Laura find your voice but they also find your confidence and inspire you to let go of any insecurities you may have had around your voice…that can go back a long way! I remember the moment when I was about 10 years old and two friends were picked over me to be part of a singing show…that moment really stuck with me and I think I always felt I would never have a good voice. Tom helped me to see that everyone has had experiences like this and that you’re not to see the voice as something you either have or do not have. It is an instrument like any other – if you practise and are committed to it, just like any other instrument, you will get good at it!
I cannot thank Tom and Laura enough…without you I wouldn’t be singing in a band right now and doing what I only dreamed I could do…never thought this would be possible! It’s never too late to live your dreams!!
I feel that the lessons have really helped my confidence, and to be uninhibited as a singer, I can go for really high notes, or sing difficult songs, in styles that I was less confident in, without worrying as much about how I sound, as I know that if I something doesn’t work, that it can usually be easily fixed through an exercise. If not I can trust that it is part of the process, and the exercises over time will get me there. This is also helped by the instructor (Tom) being very supportive and encouraging, while managing to give constructive feedback.
Having had previous lessons that were not recorded, I really see the difference and the benefits off the whole lesson being recorded, and getting my own CD at the end. This encourages me to practice in between sessions, and I learn so much from just listening to how I sounded. I love a challenge so I like how the exercises get progressively harder, this helps to keep it interesting and helps me to see how much I have progressed.
I’ve spent so long keeping my inner self quiet and outer self pleasant. I feel honoured, still every week, to have had an hour with an amazing teacher who wants to hear, and is helping me bring out, what’s really in there. Oh, and she helps me sing better too!! Thank you!!