Preparing for your first vocal session
Thank you for booking! Please find below some information to help you get ready for our first session. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch. I am looking forward to seeing you soon!
A typical session will consist of exercises and vocal training, which will then be applied to whatever song(s) or vocal issue you would like to work on. Sessions will be tailored according to your own personal development goals, so the actual content of each session will depend on you. Above all, my studio is a safe, supportive, nonjudgmental space where your vocal journey is our focus.
I typically use Zoom for online sessions, but it may be possible for us to use another platform on request. Please make sure your WiFi connection is as stable as possible and that you have the latest version of Zoom. A cable is preferable to a router.
In-person sessions and directions
My studio is located within St Michael and All Angels Church near Seven Dials. The address is:
St Michael and All Angels Church
Technical requirements for online sessions
In Zoom's audio settings please check the following:
"Automatically adjust microphone volume" is unticked
"Suppress background noise" is low
"Show in-meeting option to enable "Original Sound"" is ticked
"High-fidelity music mode" is ticked
"Echo cancellation" is ticked
"Stereo audio" is ticked
Please note: these settings will be slightly different for a tablet or smartphone.
Just prior to your scheduled appointment time, I will meet you at the entrance to the community garden off Powis Road (across from the red phone boxes in Powis Square) and take you through to my teaching studio.
Please note: Your in-person session can be changed to an online session on request. Please contact me in advance to arrange.
Unfortunately my studio is not accessible to wheelchair users. Access to the space is via a winding stone staircase, so access may also be difficult for people with mobility issues. Please let me know your access requirements in advance and I will do my best to make any reasonable adjustments for our session. There are no toilet facilities.
What to bring
Please bring a song that you would like to work on. Ideally, this should be in the form of sheet music so that I can support you during the session. You can either email me a PDF so that I can prepare or have it ready to share at the top of the session.
A backing track is also very useful for a complete sing through of a song. If your session is online, it is best if you have a separate device in your room for playback. For in-person sessions, I have a bluetooth speaker available.
Don't worry if any of this is not possible initially - I will advise. Just bring yourself!
Please bring an issue or text that you would like to work on.
COVID-19 safety precautions
I will wear a mask before and after the session and would be grateful if you would do the same. Masks do not need to be worn during the session.
When I teach in person, I take a lateral flow test in the morning. If you can please do the same, that will help make the session as COVID-19 safe as possible.
There is at least a 30 minute gap between clients during which I disinfect and thoroughly ventilate the studio space. I use a CO2 monitor to gauge the air quality in my studio and a Winix air purifier with HEPA filter is in continuous operation throughout the day.
Hand sanitiser and tissues are available.
Please note: If you have any symptoms of COVID-19, the flu or a cold you should not attend an in-person session. Please contact me at least 24 hours in advance to reschedule or switch to an online session instead.
If you have booked through my website or you are redeeming a gift card, payment will have been received already.
Otherwise, I accept payment by bank transfer only. My bank details are:
Sort code: 20-46-57
Account number: 00011738
If you need to cancel or reschedule a booked one-to-one session, please make the request more than 24 hours before the time the session is due to begin. You can either contact me directly or create an account to reschedule yourself. You can create an account by clicking the 'Log in' button at the top of the page, then click the 'Sign up' link.
Terms and conditions
Sessions cancelled or rescheduled with less than 24 hours' notice are non-refundable. Read more about my terms and conditions.
Read more about me on my Meet Stefan page.
Get in touch
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.