Vocal Coaching

Expert one-to-one vocal training is offered for singers and speakers of all ages and abilities with a wide range of goals. As a certified Estill Master Trainer, Stefan uses Estill Voice Training (EVT) as a baseline for safe and sustainable voice use.
  • Expert feedback and input on your artistry in singing or speaking
  • Muscle training - Estill coaching to develop your voice or solve a specific vocal problem
  • Vocal prep for a performance, audition,  job interview, public speaking or recording
  • Pronunciation coaching in English, Swedish, French, Italian or German
  • Training for vocal recovery
Vocal coaching is offered in 30 or 60 minute sessions, currently delivered online only.  

"Absolute saviour of my voice! About a year ago I damaged my vocal folds, gaining a bit of scarring. I was so worried and felt deflated I would never sing comfortably again. Stefan has helped me not only rejuvenate and strengthen my voice but I feel like I am singing better than ever! Couldn't be happier with his teaching, HIGHLY RECOMMEND!"

- Temisis Conway

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What to expect at a vocal coaching session


Sessions are tailored to your own personal development goals, so the actual content of the sessions depends on you. Above all, Stefan's studio is a safe, supportive, nonjudgmental space where your vocal journey is the focus. The session may involve a vocal warm-up if you wish, though you may choose to do this beforehand so that you and Stefan can dive straight into working on the issue at hand. This may be, for example, a song, pronunciation, phrasing, a specific muscle training or solving a niggling vocal issue.




Estill Voice Training and how it can help you


Estill Voice Training (EVT) is an evidence-based system for vocal development. It is a life-changing approach that can help you become a stronger and more emotional performer by giving you the tools to improve your craft. Simple everyday sounds are used to identify structures in the larynx and in the vocal tract (throat, mouth and nose). These are then trained in detail to give conscious, predictable and reliable control of your voice. Knowing how to produce exactly the sound you want gives freedom and also helps to ease anxiety around performing. Whether you are a singer/songwriter using a microphone or a classical singer performing accoustically the EVT figures for voice can add to your artistry and provide practical solutions to many vocal issues, including:

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    • overcome breaks in your voice
    • access your full range
    • vibrato control
    • learn to sing really softly
  • False Vocal Folds
    • sing and speak without strain, cultivate clear tone
    • vocal recovery, learning to use your voice in a sustainable way
    • use effects like distortion safely
  • Larynx
    • become a voice over artist!
    • sing both high and low pitches easily
    • learn to use twang and maximise projection
    • switching genre learn to move effortlessly between pop, musical theatre and classical
EVT also looks at performing in three separate areas: craft, artistry and performance. This allows for accurate problem-solving and an efficient process for you to develop to a more confident artist.




Cancellation policy


Stefan offers refunds for cancelled singing lessons and vocal coaching as follows:
24 hours or more = full refund less £1 or any processing fees​ (whichever is greater)
Less than 24 hours = no refund under any circumstances, including illness




Audition preparation


Singers often underestimate how much better they feel about an audition when they are well prepared. Preparation is the key to performing well even when nervous. Stefan can quickly and precisely improve singers' vocal skills and performance in the lead up to auditions for choirs, scholarships, music colleges and for specific parts in productions. In addition to vocal coaching, Stefan also makes sure that his students preparing for an audition have the opportunity to work with an accompanist so that all aspects are covered.




Vocal recovery


Just because you've had vocal nodules or Muscle Tension Dysphonia (MTD) doesn't mean you can never sing again. Stefan can help you to change your habits so that singing always feels comfortable.

If you have already been treated by a speech and language therapist, Stefan can address tension issues, teach you to monitor your effort levels and assist your recovery into singing.

If you are worried about your voice or are experiencing hoarseness, discomfort, pain and/or loss of range when singing or speaking, don't suffer it alone! It's a great idea to get yourself checked out at an NHS multidisciplinary voice clinic, which can be found across the UK.
Here's a testimonial from Charlie O'Connor: "Stefan has given me the tools to change my speaking voice, which has made a massive difference to my vocal health. Retraction in particular has become something I practice every day. I never thought that I would like a scientific approach, but understanding more about what's actually happening inside has made me a better artist. It's given me my confidence back."





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