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  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 13, 2019 at 8:40 am

    I find metronomes much harder actually (even for me!) – they’re very robotic and distracting – clapping is the same as it’s easy to be clumsy/clunky. It’s more about feeling the pulse within the student’s body – get her to lightly bounce or tap her thigh, or you can tap the pace on her arm if she doesn’t mind. Sing the melody against the arm-tapping / bounce and then with the music so she can actually feel how the melody and then music fits with the pulse. Don’t add music until it makes sense as just a melody against a pulse, or just the pulse against the music. Then show her the accents of the first beats of the bar in the music, and where the melody fits around it. She doesn’t have to count beats of the bar, but you can, so she is aware of the beats where you have to wait before coming in, for example.

    I hope that makes sense? I find this the hardest to teach. But it can improve! Good luck πŸ™‚

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 5, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    I love this!!

    21 times though… wow! If only I had such discipline in my own practice!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 5, 2019 at 11:50 am

    How many students are of a certain age and gender? How many of them practice?! Lol

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 14, 2019 at 8:08 pm

    So I have a singing lesson anniversary spreadsheet, and this post prompted me to update it!

    Subsequently, I found this info fun to work out (I know how to have fun on a Friday night):

    Out of 33 active students, this is how many have been having regular lessons and how long for:

    12 of them: 2 months-1 year (36.3%)
    14 of them: Over a year-4 years (42.4%)
    7 of them: Over 4 years-8 years (21.2%)

    Agree that stats would be very handy!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 20, 2019 at 10:50 am

    Hi Joshua!

    I am a singing teacher based in Bristol and have a network of teachers who meet up regularly for meetings, workshops and put on concerts for our students. The meetings in between are certainly useful as you’re right – it is an isolating world being a self-employed music teacher! I run a choir too and other teachers have been down similar roads so we often share in our experiences and generally offload! The sharing of ideas, whether it’s singing techniques or cancellation policies, we cover it all! Workshops can be useful too, as we are always learning as teachers too.

    Where in Somerset are you based?

    Eliza

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    March 8, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Wow that post! I want to play them

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    March 8, 2019 at 11:36 am

    creepy!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 10, 2018 at 10:47 pm

    Hi Mark,

    Thanks so much for your response – that really helps and makes sense!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 9, 2018 at 7:06 pm

    Thanks Matthew (sorry about not disguising names!) that’s good advice – I didn’t get a chance to let her off though as she was so abrupt and final!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 16, 2018 at 11:57 pm

    Can’t help with the school info I’m afraid but had to agree with the MGR app πŸ˜‰

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 10, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Very tricky… one of my teachers just told me a very similar story! I think what you’re doing is great – the most you can possibly do! Just ask the student what they feel is the best way to go forward at this stage? Do they feel like they’re moving forward even if it’s just in the smallest way?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    May 28, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    In fact I didn’t even know you’re not supposed to take antihistamines before singing!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    May 28, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    I’m barely managing my own hay fever 😂

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    May 7, 2018 at 11:59 am

    Hi Andy!

    What have you tried? I’ve managed to solve this issue by using these methods below, but you may have already tried them:

    First, strengthen the high chest voice, before the transition:
    – Call out “Hey!” “Oi!” “Yeah!” to access a clear, high chest tone which gets the reflex strong sound out
    – Scales that are “ma” rather than vowel sounds as it stops too much airflow
    – 5th Slides on a hum to “iron” out the breathiness and connect with the core

    Then when it flips to falsetto:
    – Suddenly dip the volume so they’re not pushing more air through (I find that they forget that this is a much less “forced” sound than the chest voice) it has to be just the right balance of airflow in order to create a clear, pure tone. It may only be achieved at an even higher part of their voice
    – Get them to sing like they’re yawning to get the back of their throat to open
    – Also think of a “choir boy” or “opera” sound to help them mimic what this might sound like!
    – Get them to do the slides again in order to assess which notes can come through clearly

    I hope this helps but I imagine you’ve already tried – some male voices just don’t have much of a falsetto range..!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 11, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    That was a very interesting read (I’m just in a cafe catching up on admin!) I particularly like the idea of students making a note of when they practice. I might get them to do this on the MGR website. Short and achievable makes sense – I try to get students to see practice as something to be enjoyed, not a chore, even though I am guilty of this myself, in my own practice. Good relationship with the parents for the young ones that need to monitor their practice more effectively is all great. This has really made me think about how to assess their practice more, so thanks for this! I certainly have too many students skipping practice and not really moving forward as much as I’d like them too. It’s mainly adults though, so it’s sort of down to them and they enjoy their lessons for different reasons (less goal-focused as much as the kids for example, as it’s a nice hobby/escape from their hectic lives!)

    No resource can fix a bored student – well said, couldn’t agree more!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 11, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    I buy/produce backing tracks, provide warm ups by mp3/online stream, give them notes at the end of each lesson with tips. I also record them within the lesson (just a basic phone recorder) if there’s more tailored warm ups or techniques they need to remember for later

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    March 5, 2018 at 10:18 pm

    Done! I was pleased at how happy, not frustrated nor tired I seem with my job πŸ™‚

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    March 5, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    Oh! I have a 50 year old who can’t say “v” and says “th” instead. A mystery! Harder to teach an old dog new tricks though… πŸ˜‰

    I also have your exact issue with a student my age – I think it’s her Kent accent! So apparently I’m struggling with the adults!

    I’ve used the same methods as you and it can work when they’re thinking about it. Sorry to not be of further help but I imagine Matt Pocock might be, if he reads this. Would be interested on people’s thoughts on this as I imagine it’s more about elocution/speech therapy which I think Matt knows more about?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 1, 2018 at 6:59 pm

    Yeah, you’re technically not supposed to but if you don’t bother anyone, it should be okay…!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 31, 2018 at 7:47 pm

    If it helps, I’m in the basement and no one seems to mind/hear much! And it’s been 4 years πŸ™‚

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 30, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    My advice would always be to check with neighbours first as I’ve had issues in the past! Neighbours seem fine once you inform them of your teaching times.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 26, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    My favourite petals are rose ones πŸ˜€ I don’t know that they’ll be of help though? Like me… πŸ˜›

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 11, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Totally agree about the recording, David. And I find that that can actually act as the one hand over the ear thing with the headphones.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 2, 2018 at 10:17 pm

    That sounds great – I could have done with this sort of training!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 22, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I’m saying Sunday!?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 22, 2017 at 3:17 pm

    I think Guzel and I are still at it 😂

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 4, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    I make sure they are given terms and conditions upon booking. Stress that you are very booked up and you just have to hope that they respect that it’s your income, and still pay if they cancel. Make sure they’re aware that no exceptions are made. It’s all you can do!

    Eliza

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 1, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    Completely the same and in agreement with Leigh!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 14, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    I don’t know how this has come up again as it’s a year old, but if you guys want an update, the daughter actually still has lessons and all is going well now… no further hiccups as of yet!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 14, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Ah yes! You’re the man to help. Can you teach me? Maybe at our workshop this week!?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 1, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    Wondering what you think Guzel Akhatova! Maybe I can tidy up the way I do things…

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 1, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Can I just ask – do you not just have a spreadsheet of block payments when it goes through your bank account which you update at the end of the month? Just interested as to how others’ admin works now!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    September 27, 2017 at 2:40 pm

    So I discovered IFTTT the other week – I use it for making sure instagram actually posts photos to twitter rather than links!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    September 27, 2017 at 2:39 pm

    Amazing guys!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    September 15, 2017 at 9:38 pm

    I’d like to add that I did everything Matthew suggested in his first point – I missed a lot of detail there! I also forgot to mention that at one point I introduced a “price increase discount” for existing students as an incentive and to show loyalty… so only a Β£2.50 increase for them and a fiver for new business… can’t remember when I did that, but it worked!

    Oh, and I’ve gone past the Β£30 mark now, and that’s for Bristol, and still 100% booked up. I don’t know how long this will last though, as I’m aware enquiries can take a hit if you price yourself too high, so I certainly won’t be increasing again anytime soon. But if that’s for Bristol, Bath might be able to cope with higher amounts, as it’s a more affluent area I think… I don’t know what Matthew thinks…?!

    And yes – teach from home if at all possible!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    September 14, 2017 at 6:55 pm

    Hi Jake,

    So I’m in Bristol and have been teaching for 4 years. I inflated to Β£2.50 more after one year of teaching I think, as I took on a secondary teacher in Year 2. Then I inflated by Β£2.50 again the following year, then again but not for another 2 years (so this year). I think I’ll hold off for a while now so that I don’t price myself out of the market. And that’s working from home, fully booked, lessons back to back. I didn’t lose any students as it wasn’t a huge increase and everyone was pretty regular and happy with their lesson commitment. I would definitely push up those prices especially if you’re travelling to them!

    I hope that helps?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    August 30, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Hi,

    I teach from my flat – I am very lucky that my neighbours and letting agency don’t mind! But in order to move forward, premises would be better in the future so I’d like to hear what other people do too, and at what prices.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    August 29, 2017 at 12:49 pm

    This is so cool! Where did you get it?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    August 24, 2017 at 10:12 am

    Hi Wes – I’m a bit afraid of the 6-8 year old age range but I’ve done fun simple repetitive pop songs in the past like Price Tag or Can’t Stop The Feeling, but don’t know a lot about musical theatre I’m afraid… maybe some Disney?? 9-11 year olds are a good age for knowing what they like and they tend to have their own ideas. Then of course with 12-18 year olds you can do more advanced songs! I think I’ve just stated the obvious here, sorry..!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 17, 2017 at 11:15 pm

    That is ridiculous – I actually can’t believe the parents would allow that. Unbelievable!

    It’s a 48 hour cancellation policy for me, even if they’re ill – they still pay the full lesson price. I’m strict with this because it’s a fair system that everyone respects. If I’m ill, I lose the money too.

    I have had to send an email asking them to actually be okay with losing the money and try not to come if they’re riddled freshly with illness…! I offer a piano/theory lesson alternative if they feel too croaky to sing and don’t want to lose out on the lesson.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    March 24, 2017 at 7:32 pm

    So true about physical and mental stimulation! I go to gym classes most mornings, mainly to ensure I actually get out of bed!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    March 23, 2017 at 7:04 pm

    All good advice above – although I would tend to disagree with the add-on “make up for it” lesson or rearrangement in the same week. Surely you are still taking a loss by doing that?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    March 23, 2017 at 3:11 pm

    All cancellations including illnesses should all be fully charged. No exceptions. This is your business; you lose out when you’re ill too. Also, rearranging is literally the same as a cancelled slot.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    March 20, 2017 at 7:57 pm

    Hi Gemma,

    Yes – so warm-up-wise, I find that long, open-throated vowel sounds help! So “yar yar yar” scales perhaps (in a posh English voice!) and focusing on each vowel with a more dropped jaw and open throat (ask her to make each sound with a slight yawn). I also find that arpeggios over “Bella Senora” is great for that. Just singing it as “poshly” as possible!

    Song-wise, perhaps listening to a bit of London Grammar? If you can get the student to mimic this sound as she clearly mimics easily if she’s picked up the American accent. Tom Jones is another good example of a singer with that rich, open-throated sound!

    Hope that helps πŸ™‚ good luck!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    March 1, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    I go to the gym in the mornings (so that I don’t just lie in!) then start work around midday (general admin/life issues), do a lot of leisurely lunching (!) then teach 4-7ish. Then I either rehearse with my band or run my choir! I also teach all day Saturday.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 4, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    I am always honest if a little blunt with those sorts of parents. And if they don’t like my opinion, then I am quite happy for them to find another teacher who has different values about doing what’s best for the student…

    It may be harsh, but I find it unfair on the child as it is their extra-curricular activity and I want to be a good role model for young students, encouraging them to do what they love and watch their confidence grow as a result – I’m sure you’re the same. So always stick to those principles I say πŸ˜‰

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 9, 2017 at 8:59 am

    Goodness! That age is bizarre… I personally wouldn’t teach that young, I tried a lesson with a 6 year old once and she cried (I wasn’t that bad!) so my limit is 8!

    I’m sure other teachers have better experiences than me though and it sounds like one of those teachers is you so well done!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 11, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    Hi Josh!

    I see your point and I too am a computer email voucher type person. You would surely know who you had issued vouchers to and who you were awaiting vouchers from though?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 10, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Oh my god 50 hours.. that’s what’s doing it!! I only do 19 hours of teaching!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 10, 2016 at 2:16 pm

    Literally the exact same problem as you, word for word!

    I find getting vocal training myself is always useful. Getting another professionals perspective!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 8, 2016 at 1:17 am

    Hi Andy,

    I saw this too – it seemed to be doing the rounds with singing teachers on Facebook! I think it’s completely spot on! What do you think?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 18, 2016 at 7:33 pm

    Really great question and relevant to what I’m doing at the moment with an 8 year old! She is my youngest at the moment and while I adore her natural, sweet “high larynx” sound, I am trying to get her to practise dropping the larynx (using the yawn) in order to achieve a warmer, deeper tone. She sort of gets it, but finds it weird and funny! I am not too worried about it at this stage, as this will happen naturally as she gets older. I don’t know whether to push it; we are only at the start of lessons so perhaps I’ll see if I can re-introduce this idea in a different song choice. Something jazzy maybe. Would be really interesting to hear other teachers’ views on this!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 8, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    So do mine!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 13, 2016 at 6:27 pm

    Matthew gave me a good tip for this – triple the price and minus 10. That way, it’s not actually triple the 1-2-1 price and it still works out cheaper for the individual student going to a lesson with others rather than on their own, yet you earn waaay more πŸ™‚

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 28, 2016 at 11:25 pm

    I have just started doing ear tests and more theory actually. Also grades through Rock School.

    But really everyone just wants a confidence boost, so I just go through a selection of warm ups and exercises to improve certain techniques then take them through the song they want to do. Then I work them towards a recording a performance – usually both!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 13, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Very true. I try and get mine to stop guessing, listen, take their time… as they get more flustered when they keep hitting it wrong, then rush to correct then it’s still wrong..!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 2, 2016 at 10:56 am

    The thing I find annoying and offensive is when people assume I have an easy life as I “only work between 4-8pm” as my teaching hours.

    Let’s not forget that I also do all day Saturday and have at least 20 extra hours of managing the business!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    May 16, 2016 at 8:30 pm

    Bang on, Kat and Mark. I barely let people off if someone has died.

    OK, maybe a little extreme. But the point is, that’s their business.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    May 14, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Yes that was hard – I actually messed up on the rhythm of one of the technical exercises and felt like a total idiot for not realising they were quavers (as you can pre-prepare these for God’s sake!!) but somehow managed to scrape a distinction so I was pretty pleased. Was ill on the day too! Which they don’t care about by the way.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    May 9, 2016 at 9:37 pm

    Yes that’s a good idea I think, regarding prices.

    Yes I am back-to-back – I love it! Here’s a screen shot of my spreadsheet timetable if it helps!

    https://ibin.co/2gbL3ZcY8zKL.png (I’m an organisational freak, just to warn you!)

    Crossover is fine as it actually enables the students to meet and even listen to each other, which they don’t mind doing as most are regulars and aren’t so shy anymore!

    The music conveyor belt lol, that’s pretty much what my flat is like. I even joke saying “one in, one out!” NEXT!

    But on a serious note, they all get their full time and even a little chat and if it all runs over by 5/10 minutes it’s not a big deal – everyone is fine with it.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    May 8, 2016 at 7:16 pm

    Brilliant – what did you get?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    May 7, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    What songs did you do for your Rock School Grade 8 Beckie, and how did you find it all? When did you do it?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    May 6, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Hi Emma!

    Welcome πŸ™‚ I have only done Rock School, and just Grade 1 with two students (most of mine just learn for fun) but I highly recommend it – I even put myself through Grade 8 through RS and enjoyed the structure and what it covers! Both students passed and it was more in keeping with the style I teach!

    Read up on it here: https://www.rslawards.com/

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    May 3, 2016 at 8:12 am

    Bang on Kat, as always.

    In answer to your questions Ben:

    How much do you charge? When I was starting out, it was Β£25 for 45 mins and Β£30 for an hour. Then I switched to only teaching 45 min sessions, and raised that price to Β£27.50 for my existing students and Β£30 for newcomers. A year later, I became Β£30 for everyone for 45 mins. Β£40 for an hour if it’s asked for.

    Have you tested different pricing? (premium pricing vs average) Increments as above which allowed me to see how students responded. Nearly everyone stayed! New people still kept coming at a normal rate.

    If not, what makes you think that what you charge hits the sweet spot between clients gained and money made? I think I fall in the above average with my pricing (although I’m not entirely sure these days if I’m honest!) but as said above, I didn’t really lose any business and kept all my slots full and new people coming. So I earned a lot more and was a happy buzzy bee!

    Should I put my prices up or my time down and offer just 45 minute sessions? Or both? BOTH!

    Should I have different prices for guitar and singing lessons? I charge the same for singing and piano lessons, personally. And I link them a lot, so it’s similar workload and time.

    Hope this helps…

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 29, 2016 at 7:09 pm

    Or better still (sorry Chris) Ticketsource, as the booking fee is charged straight away to the person booking rather than you! Their customer service is excellent too: they’ll help you use the website over the phone. You can scan in guests from the bar code on their booking email, using the Ticketsource app.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 27, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Oh and this goes to everyone: don’t be put off by the minority of dick heads there are out there. Don’t let them make you feel used and undervalued. It’s all in the attitude of the individual, so don’t let them make you doubt how you do things. Cut people like that out and don’t waste more of your valuable time on them. Spend time on those who honour and respect you.

    This also applies to life in general.

    Wow, wish I could follow my own advice!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 27, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    Chris – free tasters are great when you’re starting out. That’s what I did. But now you’ve grown your business by the sounds of it, so nothing is for free as your time is more valuable due to there being less of it! See it as a positive πŸ™‚

    Agree payment/free session BEFORE you meet this guy if I were you!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 25, 2016 at 11:49 am

    Mark’s right. Don’t book her in until payment is received! Although to be honest, don’t book her in regardless…! She sounds like a waste of time and will always have an excuse at the ready.

    Dealing with something similar myself at the moment and not sure what to do (how many more chances can I give?!) she had a couple of false starts/cancellations (not late ones though) due to life’s mishaps, then she started asking for backing tracks without upfront payment (I only send further backing track resources once a month’s payment has been made) then she kept arriving with cash just for that lesson, or just cancelling in good time meaning that the slot was just left vacant if I didn’t get someone else in. I had a chat to her about it and how I need someone to be able to commit due to the nature of my business, etc etc, and she said she understood and was sorry for being so inconvenient, then made a promise to get stuck in as of last week. Sure enough, she paid for 4 lessons upfront and then turned up last week. But before starting, she said she wasn’t going to come to the next 3 lessons due to wanting to finish her dissertation first. I awkwardly accepted.. but said I couldn’t guarantee her the same slot as I need to fill it with someone regular.. but that I would do my best as she has now paid upfront. And the most hilarious part of this is that, after saying she understood why it’s inconvenient, kept saying “oh but I will practice, I’ll do all my warm ups and keep going over these songs daily” and I’m thinking… that’s really not the point?! It’s difficult as she is a nice person, so I’m not really sure what to do. I think if she cancels again I’ll just say she’s not ready to commit. It’s so annoying when they don’t actually owe but then they don’t stick to their arrangement.

    Meanwhile, I have Dave who is on his last chance (!), for doing something very similar to the above. And he’s always full of long stories, long excuses, long explanations… and I’m there trying to get him off the phone because I don’t have the time to hear it… just get on with it, or don’t! He is also lovely and we get on so well… and the worst part is, he is self-employed too!!! I have even ironically been giving him advice about how to manage his business and have set hours, make sure people don’t take advantage… funny that!

    It’s all very well dishing out the advice, but it seems I’m now being too soft..

    Oh and Kat’s right about payment. I wouldn’t want to book someone in until this was sorted anyway – far too awkward having the money problem in the way of going forward!! But then would I want to book them anyway?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 25, 2016 at 11:34 am

    Ah, good question! I opened AND closed my first showcase, but friends said it wasn’t necessary to do both, or even either, lol. I do it now and then and I headlined one of the afternoon shows with my a cappella group. People liked it and said it was nice to see me doing my thing!

    I totally agree with the vulnerability thing. It shows you can relate and I’m forever telling my students that it’s just as scary for me sometimes! Not hubristic at all, I think it’s nice as you are a performer as well as a teacher so it would be rude to yourself not to.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 8, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    Hi Danny – so true! To be honest, I can’t stand it when anyone learns from a tab most of the time, as I definitely trust my ear more anyway…

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 5, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    Might be worth her going to the doctors in that case. Otherwise, trying steaming?

    Your Song is a great option, I use Ellie Goulding’s version for beginner singers who are a little quieter/shyer and there’s only really one high bit… give it a go, definitely rather than eliminating the high range completely. It may just take practice, but in small doses, which that song is perfect for! Good luck πŸ™‚

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 5, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    Funny you should bring this up Beckie, as Facebook alerted me to “on this day” and it turns out that 3 years ago today I was posting my Gumtree ad to Facebook with my 30 min free taster lessons when I started out! It went very well actually, but obviously you have to prepare to be “used” I suppose..!

    Meanwhile, one time I had an enquiry from Matthew which was someone asking me if they could send a recording of themselves for me to judge. I just said I don’t do that – it’s far better to judge in person, which by the way, costs!!!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    March 30, 2016 at 5:02 pm

    Hey Rosie,

    I would go with your gut – if it’s telling you this person doesn’t want to pay for the trial, it may not be a good sign. But perhaps I have become cynical, and Matt makes a very good point. I think you need to tell them how much the trial would cost so that they know that your time is money.. and that you are happy to speak on the phone (I hate talking on the phone too, but rather that than meet someone and do what I would do in a first lesson anyway – but for free!)

    Hope this helps!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    March 24, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Wow, that was all pretty perfect advice! Thanks!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    March 23, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Great points Matthew. Bang on about increased innovation. My system, prices and policy is in correlation to the new ideas I’m putting forward all the time (at least I hope it is!)

    @Sally – I have to say, if there’s competition in Brighton for teachers, I wouldn’t have thought a 1 week cancellation policy would encourage students to pick you over someone else! While I completely agree that you have to value yourself and others have to respect the business, this would completely put me off booking if I was the client. At the same time, you know your worth and I’m sure you’re better than all the others!! Good for you for being strict..! However, I would say YES make sure students realise this is your income, but it’s still a services business, which, whether we like it or not, IS something that has to be at least a little flexible.. it’s just finding the line, isn’t it!

    Having said that Sally, you’ve actually given me an idea! So as I’ve mentioned before, this is what I have in place: Cash in hand for the first lesson, then block monthly payments in advance, with 48 hours’ cancellation policy for any lesson. But maybe I should do a 1 week notice cancellation policy for those that don’t want to refresh the block?

    Thoughts?

    Also, let’s elaborate more on putting ourselves in the student’s shoes, as Matthew suggests. I actually book lessons for myself with a vocal coach now and then. It’s funny – I am actually a total hypocrite, as I haven’t committed to a singing teacher before… but that’s because they haven’t minded me seeing them flexibly (quite bizarre that I’m using their skills to better myself and my teaching and with a better system in place than they have..!) but if they told me they had a policy that was the same as mine, I would totally respect this and be more than happy to pay for a month upfront because I know I would probably get a decent amount done in that time and it would probably be more beneficial than random lessons anyway! Then I would decide whether to do another month thereafter.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    March 23, 2016 at 12:25 pm

    Yes, good ideas there.

    I can’t believe I have to tell my students (who are mainly adults!) to practice WITHOUT the original vocal?! And also practice in chunks and only move on when you’re confident.. I had a girl come to me saying “yep, completely fine with Warwick Avenue – if anything, it’s probably too easy for me.” So I said, “great, let’s hear it!” and stuck on a backing track. She couldn’t follow the melody AT ALL.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    March 10, 2016 at 2:40 pm

    Well said, Kat. Was an interesting read though Lewis, makes me think I should write up an agreement a little more formally, although people seem to respect what’s already in place and has been for 3 years now. In fact, I do have the policy outlined in the invoice, but also most recently featured in a little more detail in my new Welcome Pack.. right at the end of the warm welcome! And it’s short and informal. With a little strictness of course.. here it is if it’s any help:

    Cancellation Policy
    I have a 48 hour cancellation policy in place for all booked lessons. Due to the nature of my business, it’s important that I keep to this rule in order to enable the smooth-running of the business. When students come on board, they are assigned a slot that is theirs every week/fortnight. Lessons are paid for upfront monthly, preferably by bank transfer.

    Terms & Conditions
    Payment must be made 48 hours before the start of the next batch of lessons. Cancellations and rescheduling must be made 48 hours in advance of the lesson, with no exception; otherwise the full price of the lesson has to be paid. This cancelled lesson will be deducted from one of your prepaid lessons. For any cancellations made by your teacher, that lesson would be carried over to the next scheduled appointment. In the case of a lesson being rescheduled by the teacher, which is then cancelled by the student, the 48 hour cancellation policy applies to the second rescheduled lesson.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    March 9, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    OK that’s useful. I certainly don’t think I would stop and not go near pregnant women, it’s only singing which isn’t all too different to talking, so surely you just have to get them to relax and not over-breathe really! I don’t think there’s much pregnant women need to stop doing in their normal lives anyway, just wondering what physically changes/becomes more difficult when pregnant.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    March 2, 2016 at 11:01 am

    Me too!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    March 1, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Great – that just about makes sense – thanks. Yes – Estill people love the tilt!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    March 1, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Interesting, so it’s HELPING the singing teacher! Actually I’m going to go back on what I said – I actually only encourage Youtube for piano help rather than singing..

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    March 1, 2016 at 10:24 pm

    Also, I’m working on that exact thing (the flip) with a woman atm who is very belty but in a theatrical/diva way, and we are trying to introduce more twang which is working really well, but she hates how she still flips into head voice when going even higher! I have told her she can and should still allow this, but maybe make the sound more narrow and breathy so it doesn’t sound too “heady”. She’s doing Think by Aretha. Perhaps the cry would help here..?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    March 1, 2016 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks Kat! Also, could you describe the difference between the cry sound, so tilting the larynx, and the pharyngeal sounds? Because tilting the larynx isn’t necessarily dropping it like a yawn, is it?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 29, 2016 at 9:59 pm
  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 26, 2016 at 4:43 pm

    Such a coincidence that I opened up this thread just as I was on the phone to my business insurance renewing my policy! πŸ˜‰

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 26, 2016 at 4:40 pm

    On point Kat

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 26, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    I’m up for that! Just invite me to all of your stuff people!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 26, 2016 at 3:59 pm

    I encourage YouTube for when I’m not around (e.g. between lesson practice!). But nothing beats the 1-2-1 experience! There’s always limits to what Youtube can offer you, especially with singing as you can’t just copy in the same way. I think it’s fruitful having several resources!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 26, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Phil – this is the thing. Do I get her to just enjoy what she loves without progress (not my preferred option!) and sing a cappella which she loves, or pick something to actually develop her but she may have to deal with a song she wouldn’t normally choose. Obviously I want to go with the latter, and have done before. Tainted Love worked quite well for example. She rocked the Marilyn Manson version at a showcase to be fair! It’s just she’s not like any other student who is happy to just go with whatever all the time! It’s a lot harder for her.. and it’s like dealing with a small child sometimes.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 26, 2016 at 3:55 pm

    YES I love the nya!!! Great for twang.

    What is (I am ashamed to ask) pharyngeal sound!?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 24, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    Totally agree. Everyone is always so held back because they feel like singing lessons are about trying their hardest to not sound awful which is actually a completely negative way of looking at it! And you have to let yourself sound “awful” or silly as I say, in order to relax and let yourself actually have a chance to be corrected or just compare sounds πŸ™‚

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 23, 2016 at 6:07 pm

    Wow Lewis, you are on it, I like it! Well you both are!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 22, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Unless you’re talking mixed voice? I would still get a confident head voice first, before blending. If she can hold a good strong head voice, she should be ok with the “gear change” rather than straining.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 22, 2016 at 10:33 am

    Yes. I find it helps the singer stay in a pure, relaxed, open throat position! Or even loud “whooping”! But sustaining it. Record her and we can hear how she goes perhaps?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 22, 2016 at 10:32 am

    OK thanks I’ll try it! She only seems to like big diva songs sung by females though!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 20, 2016 at 5:01 pm

    OK – update on the above.

    So she doesn’t read Braille, never got on with it apparently. She seems to find a lot of things quite challenging in general!!

    So I got her to touch the speakers as the music was playing which she said she found helpful, although to be honest, I have now discovered the real issue. So, she can actually completely tap and count in time to a song and even hum the melody over it in time! Lyrics is actually what I’ve whittled the problem down to! If she forgets, she can’t pick it up again. She’ll throw herself off by adding a word, and therefore a beat, and then not even notice, until a few seconds later when she’s realised she’s totally lost. I had a “head-in-my-hands-in-dismay” moment yesterday when she asked, “why does it matter if I add a beat if it’s just me?” Then I had to explain to her for the millionth time that the point in doing it on her own is that she can keep to the timing when she goes back to the music..! (I am trying my hardest not to show my frustration!)

    Anyway, she now has an mp3 of me speaking the words really clearly and slowly against a beat. But she still can’t seem to get her head round the words. We’re doing “I Will Survive” (understand that it’s a wordy song!) but she can’t even get to “kept thinking I could never live without you by my side” without her adding “kept thinking HOW I could never live without you by my side” and we were stuck on this for about 15 minutes because she just couldn’t stop adding the “how” or regressing and forgetting the entire thing because she would get flustered. And now and then she’ll not really understand why we’re doing any of this, so I spend a lot of time explaining things over and over. And thus it just takes the enjoyment out of it for both of us..

    It’s a shame, but I’m persevering and trying to get her to learn bit by bit (tricky when she can’t pause the track and go back to where she was as she can’t see and this would definitely confuse her more!) so I’ve asked her to get her helper to find a way to help her learn the lyrics which I think she’s already doing. She basically just wants to get there straight away though, and will regularly interrupt the slow learning process, asking if she’ll ever be able to do the whole thing on stage or if she’s even any good.

    It’s like she’s regressing as she did perform a song on stage with a backing track before, but I think she just happened to know that song really well!

    Thinking I should give her an easier song… any further thoughts?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 20, 2016 at 4:48 pm

    I agree Lily – this is one of the reasons I have my lessons back to back. The students can meet each other and also hear each other. Most of them don’t mind and it makes them more used to being heard and less shy of it!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 16, 2016 at 5:33 pm

    Once she is in the high register after doing slides, can she sing up there? Have you suggested that she tries to sing in a mock opera voice with any song?

    She sounds husky in the recording, probably due to the cold! She is just literally not flipping over into the head voice at all which HAS to be isolated like it’s a separate person! This is what I do anyway. So only sing that high ending part on its own, getting her to open her throat like a yawn. “Ooo” vowel sounds are great for this. Hope it helps!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 16, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    Bang on!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 15, 2016 at 3:57 pm

    Thanks – have just asked her about Brail so will see what she says. And she did actually ask if I could read the lyrics out and clap the rhythm, so I’ll do that!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 14, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    Just to add to this further: a lot of my students aren’t practising (something I may start a discussion group about at some point – how to get your students to actually practice!!!) due to not feeling like they can really let go at home as they live in a house share or with partners or family. This really holds them back from actually moving forward! A lot of them practice in the car (much like myself) which still has its limits of course, as you’re not going to have 100% of your attention on the practising!

    So my solution is to book a practice room. I did this for my own practice the other day, just me in a sound proof practice room. Even though I live on my own, and teach as loudly as I want in my flat, I still relate to that shy feeling of practising using all my power, as I know the neighbours can probably hear!

    Booking that practice room was amazingly productive as I had to pay and therefore got the job done! I also felt so free and my confidence was improved with the songs I was doing. Winner!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 14, 2016 at 4:30 pm

    Thanks both for taking the time to read and giving detailed replies. Appreciate it!

    @Kat
    I love the touching the speaker idea. I will definitely try that next time! I have talked about counting the beats and talked about accents – ie. which syllable falls on the beat etc. but I probably need to go into more detail.

    I have already tried association with lyrics and it just doesn’t seem to help. Actually everything you’ve said with lyric help I’ve tried!! I’ll keep at it though. It can’t be happening enough.

    @Gael
    Thanks for this, will download and try it out!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 10, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Wow Wes, just read this, that’s similar to the advice I just gave you about your 18 year old! I really think what you’ve said is bang on and applies to those with confidence issues too πŸ˜‰

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 10, 2016 at 1:13 pm

    Great question! I am the harmony queen (!) and my students probably think I’m weirdly obsessed with getting them to chuck a harmony on to every bloody chorus they record in a song!

    However, I could really do with finding out about harmony exercises! I should know this as a choir leader too… I have done some scales in harmony (e.g. I sing G-G and get the student to sing the 3rd above, then we swap) and teach a bit of theory… that’s it really!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 10, 2016 at 1:09 pm

    I also talk about my own fears and my struggles with singing, so I can relate to the student and make them feel like they’re not alone and these feelings can still overwhelm us, even as professionals! With warm ups, sing with her as much as possible to begin with, and encourage the silliness! Make her laugh as this automatically relaxes most people.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 10, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Hi Wes,

    I have had this exact same situation, twice in fact. Lots of “I can’t” and “I don’t know” and general negativity throughout the lesson!

    The first case was with a highly anxious 14 year old. I tried everything… for 2 years.
    By everything, I mean I was gentle, patient, went at her own pace… then I would try to push her a little… she sometimes responded well but other times the opposite. I tried the tough love… the counselling method… just chatting about her day. But nothing really worked in the end unfortunately. She had a beautiful voice but I think her illness got worse so she started to regress. This is probably an extreme example and there’s only so much a teacher can do until out of their depth where illness is concerned. My best advice is to keep in contact with the parents and make sure the student is always comfortable.

    However, yours is 18 and therefore an adult. I also currently teach a 21 year old with a personality disorder. Lots of negativity and again, a stunning voice but keeps shying away from each challenge I give her! I try to just let her do what she’s comfortable with in order to build confidence, before jumping in at the deep end and getting her out of her comfort zone (like I do with most students!)

    I would have a chat to her and find out her likes and dislikes and see how her life is in general?! Also get her to talk about what makes her feel passionate about music. Aware of course, that you can’t pry too much when it comes to the “life” stuff, but just be open about listening, saying she can confide in you and that she won’t be judged. This can lift a huge weight off a students shoulders (which can take time!) and she’ll learn to trust you, which should result in her being less afraid and more relaxed and able to set her voice free!

    I am still in this up and down process so any further advice for my 21 year old would be great!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 8, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    That’s the plan! πŸ™‚ thanks for your input

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 8, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    Haha no I was talking about your above example email

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 8, 2016 at 11:42 am

    So I meant in your email, does it go straight into payment policy like that? It’s good, straight to the point, but I’d imagine you’d talk about other benefits and things you offer, with payment details at the end? Just a thought

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 8, 2016 at 9:45 am

    I’m sure Ken Bozeman would be more professional and academic in a lecture than me.. Lol

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 8, 2016 at 9:44 am

    I did go away and think about our body as a car and came up with this:

    Diaphragm = engine
    Larynx = gears (but probably should be steering wheel for pitch lol)
    Mouth/tongue = Maybe this should be gears, like for different tones
    Dynamics = accelerator
    Eyes = indicator!
    Radio = YOUR SINGING!!!

    Any more?!

    It’s silly fun really.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 8, 2016 at 9:36 am

    My problem is having to choose students as I can’t fit in all the keen performers, then I feel like I’m taking away the opportunity I promise them from the start. Especially if I’m doing fewer events. I have to choose the “good” or “experienced ” or “ready” students – but how do I tell keen ones that they won’t be doing it this time and explain why? I have to start doing that this week.. Even though fewer events are bigger (double event in March) it’s because of fitting in my secondary teachers’ students, not all of mine!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 8, 2016 at 9:32 am

    “When people who have lessons weekly are like, β€œIs it ok if we just postpone today’s lesson to next week?” And inside I’m like, it’s not called POSTPONING if you’re just cancelling a week!” OH MY GOD, YES. Sooo annoying!!! Haha

    Nice one with the above. Ruth, I hope there’s stuff you say before that payment section?! It’s good though, straight to the point. I have my policy detailed in the invoice attached

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 8, 2016 at 9:23 am

    Well said everyone. I feel it’s a very British trait to not be upfront about the truth of wanting to stop, or are extremely apologetic when they do! But I completely understand if it’s the money, the lack of time to practice, or that maybe they’ve just had a sufficient amount of lessons to get where they wanted to… I don’t take offence in the way they think I do when they stop! I’m not expecting them to have lessons forever and am very grateful to those who have stuck with it for years! I love that I have about half who are solid and regular and the other half are changeable; it keeps things interesting and it’s good to be meeting new people all the time. It’s also nice when people stop and then come back which has happened a few times.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 2, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    I do love a good fricative. Revving sounds! The diaphragm is the engine! The larynx is the gears. Pitch is the steering wheel! (Wow, I’m on a roll)

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 2, 2016 at 5:48 pm

    Oh god, I don’t get it.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 2, 2016 at 5:42 pm

    And in answer to your question, I use fricatives.. but that’s more to get the balance and rhythm of breathing and connecting with the diaphragm.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 2, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    And I LOVE that link! It’s pretty much what I just happened to be teaching at that moment as well! But explained better than I managed…

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 2, 2016 at 5:37 pm

    ERRRRRR I like it!!!! πŸ˜‰

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 2, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    I love vowels too! I find it’s all about lengthening them in singing and softening consonants which is what differentiates between singing and speaking.

    I use A E I O U warm ups as well as “Ar”, “Ah”, “Eh”, “Ee”, “Oh”, “Oo”, alternating for each scale. I really know how to have fun in my lessons!!!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 2, 2016 at 2:08 am

    Finally just listened – good stuff!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 1, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Just listened to your stuff (sorry it was so late) it’s great! Your voice is very interesting. And I love that photo of you!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 1, 2016 at 10:56 am

    No, well said. I don’t tolerate any bad behaviour but that’s an interesting, positive angle to take! I do welcome the break sometimes and also agree that I’m glad to not have to work with people that don’t show up!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 26, 2016 at 5:55 pm

    Apart from the first cash-in-hand lesson, I don’t accept anything less than 2 or 4 lessons paid for in advance, which covers a full month of weekly/fortnightly lessons. This shows commitment for at least a month of rent!!

    Still doesn’t eliminate the risk of people cancelling all lessons forever, 48 hours’ before their next scheduled lesson, which they have a right to do. I don’t mind this though, as this still gives me enough time to rebook the slot (hence 48 hour rule) and then for the regular slot renewal, I just take someone off the waiting list, which can be quite quick too.

    Ts&Cs are covered upon booking either face to face or by email. They are included in more detail on my invoice which they get after their first lesson, ready to start paying advance blocks of lessons.

    I like the idea of 2 weeks notice for stopping lessons – I might try this. But to be honest, having monthly lessons paid for upfront sort of eliminates this anyway, as like you say, people know the system is monthly, so can tell me ahead of time.

    This also brings me to the issue I keep hearing about – first lesson cancellations. What Matthew calls “bad debt”!

    One solution might be to keep a “non teaching hours” slot free each week for people to piss you about in, so that you care a bit less.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 25, 2016 at 2:42 pm

    @Kat, my December paid event was Β£3 on the door then an extra Β£2 for a mince pie and mulled wine. This meant my venue & refreshments costs were covered (school – Β£25 per hour, 3 hours hire including setting up and packing down) and the profits went to charity.

    I didn’t do tickets and had no way of tracking people, so this is what I’m going to do differently for the Easter event – advance tickets, as I have a capacity limit of 150 in this new venue, so 100 tickets for guests, as I don’t charge performers.

    @Beckie – yes, great if they come along to support the others if they don’t quite feel ready to perform. Chances are, they are inspired to do it next time! All sounds great with how you do things. Yep I’ll sometimes open/close with a song or duet with a student.

    I love that the students get to meet each other and possibly even link up for bands/duets which has happened.

    Would love some advice on the regularity of events: 5 last year was pretty full on, so now I’m doing 3 big ones (as I have to for choir anyway, at the end of each term) with students as supporting acts. Then I’m thinking of taking them to open mics in between (adults). I don’t run any as I don’t have the time, but I know a good one that allows you to play backing tracks off the phone/ipod. I am hoping that the students will make friends and go along on their own eventually, without needing me to hold their hands, as I rehearse most nights..!

    Thoughts?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 25, 2016 at 9:44 am

    So I hold quarterly showcases at a cocktail bar where I have a membership. One for each season/occasion – did 5 last year and they all went down well!

    The students took to the idea enthusiastically and they’re sort of used to me pushing them to perform! As long as they’re comfortable of course! Some wouldn’t have done it I hadn’t insisted though – and have been glad they did it as they surprised themselves with how much they enjoyed it!

    I made the events private – just for students and their guests. It was always cosy and with an open-mic feel so that people aren’t all seated and staring, which can be intimidating. However, the sense of community lies with the students being among one another, in the same boat, a shared experience where they aren’t the only ones nervous! And with the parents watching too!

    I mainly use backing tracks as it gets a bit much hosting, organising people, doing the sound etc AND playing! Although I have accompanied where necessary or had band members which was fun! Or even duetted with the very nervous ones. Or sometimes the student accompanies themselves if they have been learning piano or are a guitarist.

    Yes to unexpected issues! A teacher brought a CD of backing tracks assuming I was playing them in a CD player/laptop… but it was all mp3s! All the parents had come to see her students perform and she was suddenly without the tracks… thankfully she found them in her Dropbox and she played them there off her phone! That was a fight or flight moment for sure though…

    I also found that having people on hand to help made a MASSIVE help to how smoothly the event ran – I cannot recommend it enough.

    So I hosted these events on Sundays 5-8pm, but learnt that 3 hour events (in order to fit in 25 keen performers, both mine and my teachers’ students!) was too long, and people wouldn’t stay for the whole thing. It didn’t always matter – it was kids at the start, an interval where kids would leave, then mainly adults for the second half. But a lot less audience towards the end! So I ran a seated, paid event in December for my students and choir, made it 2 hours long, less acts, 3 helpers (sound and refreshments) and it was the smoothest event I’ve done! So my new plan is 2 events in one day (March, my next one) 2-4pm Matinee and 7-9pm evening show with a similar set up as the December event.

    Hope that answers your questions! πŸ™‚

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 18, 2016 at 10:58 pm

    I love how we are doing some late-night fresh topic posting, Kat.

    Well now, since you ask, I have 3 bands and a choir!

    My a cappella group, Chicapella (https://soundcloud.com/chicapella)
    My acoustic duo with Sean (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vL-wlME3w4s)
    My big band, Up The Function (10-piece funk/soul band, no media as of yet. Will post when you’re itching for more…)
    Vocal Harmony Choir (https://www.facebook.com/Vocal-Harmony-Bristol-833872946691622/)

    Oh, and just me: https://soundcloud.com/elizafyfe

    God that was so spammy!

    What about you?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 18, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Excellent advice, Kat. I was going to add to that by saying, get the student to correct what I’m doing, but actually yours is better because they need to actually feel it themselves!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 18, 2016 at 10:44 pm

    Sign o’ the times.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 18, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Agreed about the number. Makes all the difference as it’s massively more personal!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 17, 2016 at 8:13 pm

    This is really great – and now I’m going to update my template as it’s nowhere near as detailed! Here’s what I use atm:

    Hi
    Thanks for getting in touch! Sounds great πŸ™‚ [tailored comments, responding to original enquiry]

    I am fully booked at the moment, but I have other teachers available in other locations; the teachers work within a similar format as myself and are very diverse. Alternatively I can put you on my waiting list but there’s quite a few on it at the moment..!

    Let’s start with your availability and whether you were after a weekly or fortnightly slot?

    In the meantime, please find attached the teachers’ profiles: let me know who you would like to be referred to! Elle is in Brislington, Leonora is in Gloucester Rd, Carolin is in Stokes Croft & Victoria is in Redfield.

    I look forward to hearing from you,

    Kind Regards,

    Eliza

    http://www.elizafyfe.com

    http://www.facebook.com/elizafyfeteaching

    Bristol Themed Student Showcase:

    07954135902

    Then the follow up email:

    Hi

    Just checking in to see what you thought of the profiles I emailed the other day: let me know if I can be of any further assistance!

    Looking forward to hearing from you,
    Kind Regards,

    Eliza

    Following up is very important I think, especially if you send an initial long and detailed first reply email.. people may think “oh, I’ll read that later” and therefore need a nudge. Can make all the difference to the speed of booking and even booking at all!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 12, 2016 at 11:20 pm

    Mid-life crisis.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 12, 2016 at 12:59 pm

    Well said Kat! The amount of times I’ve said “This is the place to make mistakes. Otherwise, why else would you be here? If there were no mistakes, I wouldn’t be of much help!”

    When have they had doubts??

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 12, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Makes sense. Yes, school kids are more reliable as they have quite a bit of structure and routine implemented by the parents. Parents therefore appreciate this organisation and consistency as much as you do! They therefore tend to be more long-lasting, at the very least a term at a time.

    Having said that, I have a handful of adults who’ve stuck at it for years now, although they tend to stop and start depending on their other hobbies or commitments, or changes with finances! It’s good if they come back πŸ™‚

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 12, 2016 at 10:09 am

    I just remind them that part of the reason they’re here is to make mistakes and that mistakes are a healthy thing in order to assess and improve. I also remind them that it’s all fun and should be enjoyable and not stressful, otherwise tension will make things less achievable! It’s about loosening up and not fearing these errors…!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 11, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Nice topic.

    I’m the same as you, mainly adults, but lots of teenagers too – 13 out of 31 actually! And the rest adults.

    1. 8, but haven’t taught that young for a long time now. Would probably prefer 10 upwards, as this is what I’m used to and I can talk to them more like an adult from 10 onwards…!
    2. I took on a 6 year old for a trial once and she cried. Clearly wasn’t ready and was pushed by the mum… which I’m very against… but hey, I might have just been really intimidating and she could now be with a teacher she doesn’t cry with…!! I also taught another 5 year old and 8 year old at the same time which really didn’t work. Obviously the older one was more focused than the other. But as they were brother and sister they kept distracting each other or messing around.

    I’m not really a kids person and I find it far more straightforward to deal with fully formed humans that can keep still lol!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 10, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Interesting…!!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 10, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    Hi

    Really glad this has come up as I am dealing with a refund myself. I actually enforced a Β£5 deduction fee to cover admin costs (as I even had to go out and POST the vouchers would you believe!!!!!) which was cheeky as I hadn’t mentioned it in the T’s & C’s (which I will now do!) but the guy accepted it nonetheless. But perhaps this isn’t enough. Me and Georgia (my PA) have been wondering what to do in this situation. Either an 85% refund or no refund at all after a certain amount of time… not sure!

    Also, Matthew, even if we take voucher payment fully and upfront, do you only take commission once the lesson is had, as obviously it starts showing up on spreadsheets and invoices? I probably already know this to be a yes, as this is what I’ve been doing…!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 4, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Good for you, Kat. I am particularly loving the Welcome Pack idea! I think I will be stealing this as my 2016 resolution too! πŸ˜‰

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 4, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Well, luckily I live alone. However, I never sing much as that’s also my workplace!

    Yes I do the same!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 4, 2016 at 3:17 pm

    @Dave – you are bang on and I live by this. It works and there are hardly any problems because everyone I teach respects this system and the fact that this is my job!

    It’s like the endless debate of venues not paying musicians and treating them as if they’re doing them a favour giving them exposure etc. Why is a music teaching job any different to any other job? It drives me mad when you get people now and then who just don’t understand why they have to pay for a last minute cancelled lesson. I would rather not work with those people anyway, so it’s no loss to me, apart from the actual money lost, which I would rather pay to get rid of them anyway. People like that aren’t worth my time.

    @Danny – of course there’s a human element yes (at risk of me sounding like a heartless robot above!) but that’s for those who you’ve got to know and already trust, or in the case of death or something…

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 3, 2016 at 5:30 pm

    I purposely practice my singing in the car, and literally nowhere else.

    Happy 2016!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 30, 2015 at 3:47 pm

    Vouchers have to be booked within 28 days?! Goodness, mine are 3 months, and my Dad even thought that was too tight!! But actually, any meal voucher usually requires a month for you to book, come to think of it…

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 30, 2015 at 3:45 pm

    The diaphragm isn’t active during singing?! Oh my god. But that’s what I teach everyone, to feel the power from your belly… I can feel it right now as I sing!

    The out-breath focus is brilliant and I’m now really into fricatives πŸ™‚ and yes I’ve seen this lovely gif already Matt, as I am now a bit of a Pocock Follower. What do you think you’ll name your fans?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 30, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    I should warn you all at this point of my highly competitive side.. will try not to just turn into a spammer!

    Sounds great Matthew. I would suggest making a video game of us all. With a bad guy… which would be your typical non-paying flake of a student.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 29, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    I just shared this with my students and I thought I would post it here too, as I found it to be very relevant!

    “For those of you that don’t already know, Gareth Malone is my idol. Hopefully you saw the inspiring and tear-jerking Christmas Number 1 by the NHS Choir. (If you haven’t, Youtube it right now!)

    But something he did just before that was help those with breathing difficulties to sing. He brought together a group of 18 Americans, some of whom suffer with respiratory problems having been directly affected by 9/11.

    This is an amazing story and the reason I’m sharing it with you is because singing basically ALWAYS comes down to confidence, no matter what physical or emotional barriers you have. Watch and be inspired πŸ™‚

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXp0jenlSvg&index=3&list=PL3WBa0emAbeLOhMB44FslIiz7pyVbhjEa

    Full story here: http://www.philips.co.uk/a-w/innovationandyou/article/extended-story/breathless-choir.html?&origin=|mckv|slOnAh2BP_dc&pcrid=85954895814|plid|&trackid=”

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 28, 2015 at 12:54 pm

    My 48 hour policy has never been a problem and people still pay full price if they are ill! You could always trial it?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 23, 2015 at 9:05 pm

    The thing I’ve learnt about twang recently that has changed me, is the fact that the narrowing of the mouth helps the sound resonate better so that you can actually project with little effort. Amazing!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 23, 2015 at 8:32 pm

    Well said Monika!

    Yes the lying down and breathing is what helped me learn how to sing from the right place!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 21, 2015 at 1:29 pm

    I’d like to add “what even is twang” to this little vocal adventure! As well as “metal” which is a word some teachers use which doesn’t sit well with me.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 21, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    I use Gumtree a lot for general advertising that isn’t Matthew’s website. It can be a bit hit and miss with some people though and I don’t know whether the success of this site varies from city to city? I know it’s popular for literally everything in Bristol. When I wanted to move here, I got my flat, job, furniture, musicians and students from Gumtree. Sorted!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 21, 2015 at 1:23 pm

    Haha – well I just googled it, and I am pleased to present you the first hit on Google – Matt Pocock’s Voice Hacker!

    He explains it a lot better than I do. Lip trills (or raspberries as he puts it!) are an excellent, easily accessible way to achieve this. Along with the “zz/vv” revving sounds.

    http://singinglessons.london/breathing-for-singing-3-the-recoil-breath/

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 12, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    Oh my god this would be something I would happily get stuck into!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 12, 2015 at 4:10 pm

    Yes – so number of active students to number of slots that actually get filled per month.

    For me personally, I have 24 weekly active on peak slots.

    Feel free to completely ignore this as it’s something I plan on doing myself – and if everyone is different, I don’t know that we can expect you to deal with all that on your end of things?! However, it might be useful for you to know how “employed” your teachers actually end up being and give you an idea of reliable enquiries etc..?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 12, 2015 at 1:55 am

    If it’s any help, I think the recoil bit is from the Vocal Process method which is what my vocal coach is trained in.

    Woohoo, I am so glad we are on the same page. It’s a nightmare to explain. But yes, I have found lately that tonal changes with just things like mouth shape can be enough to affect the airflow naturally without actually trying to change foundation of breathing that we are born with. But as each student sings, I’m always saying “try this, now this, now a bit of this” till we get the thing that works! It’s just not black and white. Maybe they feel like I contradict them sometimes, but it’s just saying different things until the balance is right. I think I’m making sense. But it is 2am…

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 11, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Wes – so true about swimming! I took swimming lessons a couple of years ago to learn how to swim underwater, breast stroke and front crawl, and it really improved my singing!

    Kat – it’s not deep breathing that helps necessarily, it appears to be natural diaphragm recoil. This is what seems to have wowed me of late! A physical help yes.
    I think that’s really interesting and true with the rest of what you said!! That’s why I’m changing my method. Teaching breathing means that focus can end up being too much on breathing, which inadvertently increases air in the student’s singing I’ve found! I tend to think, drawing on what you said about a chest sound feeling more supported, is that it’s the proportion of sound and air together… that’s the bottom line here… (at risk of stating the obvious?!) and the student just needs to find that balance!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 11, 2015 at 8:37 pm

    Anyone used Erol Singers Studio yet? Sadly only for Apple users. But brilliant for tuning: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/erol-singers-studio-voice/id502780186?mt=8

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 11, 2015 at 8:35 pm

    I would love stats on regular lessons per month, as in how filled up our slots are, but I’m aware this may be a big one!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 8, 2015 at 11:21 am

    Pretty much. I went from not teaching breathing (apart from quickly demonstrating not raising shoulders, making sure your stomach inflates! Again, same as every day breathing) to going into more detail recently with diaphragm recoil, as that’s what MY singing teacher has been doing with me and it’s really helped. I over-exert when I sing and subsequently run out of breath a lot.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 7, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Hey Beckie

    – Open mics are great as long as they are not too intimidating – the one I take students to is in the downstairs area of a bar so that the general public aren’t walking straight into a performance! It’s also a fairly new open mic and therefore nice and quiet. Try and bring other students so she doesn’t feel like the only student and it should hopefully ease her nerves. Or even duet with her so she can relax into it!
    – Good idea about covers on the iPod, as long as the venue don’t mind it not being a real instrument! The above place I take my students too are cool with backing tracks
    – Good idea at this age to be active with competitions if there aren’t many pubs she can go to!

    In addition to this, have you thought about hosting Student Showcases? I run these seasonally, so every quarter there’s one to prepare the students for! It’s a great way to keep regular clients too πŸ™‚

    Also, this may be controversial, but as I have all my lessons back-to-back, I encourage the students to perform to each other, so one student will perform/play a recording of where they’ve got to in the lesson to the next person waiting to start their lesson. Usually they know the person which helps, as my students have the same slots so always meet each other which is nice!

    Hope this helps!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 7, 2015 at 6:29 pm

    Engaging with the diaphragm means connecting and getting the abdominal muscles working and getting your breathing in place, e.g. the natural diaphragm recoil when warming up and being aware of it in general singing.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 4, 2015 at 12:08 pm

    Well said, thanks!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 4, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Ah yes I get it! And your clip really helps. So a deep sounding “ahhh” with dropped jaw versus a more open (what I call dentist chair) “aaaah” sound where is appears to sound higher/brighter?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 4, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Thanks Beckie – a good tip that I need to re-use! And thanks Kat – good idea about the speaking voice. So if she’s a high singer and just needs to initially enjoy a relaxed, natural, head voice sound, should I put Hallelujah in A for example? Or change the song so that it doesn’t bore her?! Any good song suggestions for her, with the descending melody idea? I definitely thought Rolling In The Deep was an error on my part as it’s too big and she needs something less ballsy to begin with! And no dopey sounds, okay noted. Thanks!

    Matt – thanks! Great to hear that it’s not a bad start and I now have techniques I can build on so that’s great!

    Thanks for all your help all – I shall keep you posted!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 4, 2015 at 11:05 am

    I have this many points because I have too much time on my hands. Which makes no sense as these have been the busiest 2 weeks of the year! Maybe it’s my escape!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 4, 2015 at 10:59 am

    Things keep hitting you, Matt, are you okay?

    Good stuff Matt, as always! Thought you would be the one to master this. So could you explain the vocal fry sound as I only understand it to be a low croak? So this student can make the note due to changing his lips and tongue? Sorry if I have misunderstood!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 4, 2015 at 10:50 am

    The topic I’ve been waiting for!

    1. Yes, more so now as I realised that some of my students didn’t know how to do it properly and they were breathing too much or too little and expelling breath on the on/offset. Some just need a recap if they’ve slipped into bad habits (over-breathing in particular – I spotted this after a teacher spotted ME doing it when having singing lessons!) Some don’t need to learn it because they have a controlled, steady, even sound!

    2. I aim to get the student to understand that it’s exactly the same as every day breathing and intake of breath before speaking. I get them to be able to easily activate the breathing that’s completely automatic in our bodies! Physically, it’s to help them relax and engage with the diaphragm. Sonically, they can hopefully hear a clear, steady sound and also feel the resonance within their mouth/chest, without an exasperated, breathy result, or any leftover breath/breathlessness. Finally, psychologically it helps them realise that the sound is NOT bigger than them, therefore they don’t need to tense up in apprehension because their bodies are stronger, more capable and has more capacity than they realise!

    3. I only teach 45 minute lessons, so I cover this in lesson one and expect them to engage their breathing before they arrive for lesson. If they seem particularly tense after a stressful day at work/school, I get them to do stretches and relax their shoulders and neck muscles etc. Normally only takes a couple of minutes. If they seem unable to engage in a few minutes, then repetition of breathing exercises is something they need to do every day in their own time and keep me posted if there’s any issues!

    Over and out…

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 4, 2015 at 10:41 am

    I haven’t finished it to be honest. I’m not a big reader. Or even a small one. But the first few chapters and I was sold – it just made sense to me! I love how he compared with the speaking voice and detailed expression and tone. Looking forward to reading the rest! What are your thoughts? He does seem to name drop an awful lot… and actually seems to have a rather annoying voice himself, which surprised me!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 2, 2015 at 10:59 am

    3 no shows in a row?! Tell them to stop wasting your time and bugger off!!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 1, 2015 at 2:05 pm

    Forum Suggestion: Should there be a forum for each instrument? So that we don’t have to add topics with who it applies to in brackets (sorry if you were planning this already).

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 1, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    George?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 1, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    That sounds amazing – that’s the very thing I’ve been waiting for! That’s just epic.

    But the question on everybody’s lips… what does the “G” in MGR stand for?!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 30, 2015 at 3:14 pm

    Set Your Voice Free – Roger Love

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 30, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Just got around to watching this. Brilliant!!!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 30, 2015 at 9:58 am

    It’s what Goldilocks would have wanted.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 30, 2015 at 9:58 am

    Wailing/calling out is what I’ve been doing a lot of, but even a bit of twang to help with volume.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 24, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Saying about NOT teaching breathing actually sounds really interesting.. Because actually, we shouldn’t need to teach it!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 24, 2015 at 2:03 pm

    Good idea. You have to pay for mistakes, that’s just part of business growth. Then learn and improve so you don’t have to pay again!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 23, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    Tricky. So with vouchers, I have an expiry date on mine, so if they don’t book before that time, they lose the money..

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 20, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    It’s happened now, it was yesterday, and it went very well! Thanks for your help everyone!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 20, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Thanks for this – they loved the vowel tree!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 18, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Was just going to jokingly ask for confirmation

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 18, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    Unless you meant this of course: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jgkJmzNm0gQ

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 18, 2015 at 1:42 pm

    I LOVE IT.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 18, 2015 at 1:42 pm
  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 18, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Great, thanks for this Kate. Do you think the content is enough? TBH it might even end up being too much. It’s getting enough fun group work in…!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 17, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Obviously your favourites have been fast forwarded to the front of the community in the early stages πŸ˜›

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 16, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    You know this very thing helped me only today. That along with more gentle warm ups, working on a more gentle crossover from chest to head voice. She is too loud and almost stops hearing the track or something. She really tuned in more when she was quieter, and as a result was more in tune! And with a bit of piano notes played in her headphones (she was recording today) and repeating back while looking at the notes – she nailed it!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 14, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Matt Pocock was an excellent help with this for me. It’s always a scary move, especially with existing students who have been with you for years!

    So I used to be Β£25 for 45 mins and Β£30 for an hour. In January, I finally made the bold move to up the prices to Β£30 for 45 minutes. (I now only offer 45 min lessons, as it’s actually a lot more lucrative when you do back-to-back lessons like I do, without sounding too greedy!!)

    But with my existing students, I chose to only increase to Β£27.50 for 45 mins. With Matt’s help, I communicated the price change to my current students with this email (which you are welcome to steal – I actually stole some of the wording from Matt anyway!!)

    Dear Students/Parents,

    Firstly I want to thank you again for those involved in the Perfect Day video. It’s had a positive response in the media and the video plays are growing and growing – keep sharing!

    Secondly, I want to thank you for your continued lessons and I hope you feel you are making good progress because I certainly do and am very proud πŸ™‚

    Unfortunately, due to having to expand the business and take on a PA in the new year, I’m having to increase the prices of my lessons. Yep, it’s a little annoying, I know. But I didn’t think it was fair to load you with an extra bill for the same lessons you’ve had before. So instead of a Β£30 lesson for 45 minutes, the students who were here before the price increase (that means you!) will get a discount of Β£2.50 per lesson.

    So as of the new year, or the start of your next block of lessons, the price of 45 mins will be Β£27.50 per lesson including your discount.

    Please feel free to call me on the number below if you want to discuss anything – I’m always happy to help.

    Best Wishes,

    Eliza

    I didn’t lose any student! And now I have around 50/50 on the old and new price format. It’s all worked out well! Hope that’s helped.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 14, 2015 at 7:52 pm

    Lol, I didn’t realise my student video would come out quite so large. It now looks like I’m doing a massive plug. (Maybe I am?!)

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 14, 2015 at 7:45 pm

    I would like to add that you should never be shy of detailing the policy at the start. This is how you can gage how serious and committed the student is. And it’s your business after all, and most people understand and respect that πŸ™‚

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 14, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Due to a strict and clearly communicated system, I am rarely messed around. Sometimes you just can’t avoid the odd let down, which Matthew refers to as “bad debt” which you just write off and move on as you can’t exactly go to court for the sake of Β£30.

    My system is: Upon booking a first lesson, I inform the student straight away that the first lesson is cash in hand and that 48 hours’ notice is required for cancellations. I also inform them that upfront monthly payments are required after their initial lesson if they’re happy to continue.

    For first lessons though, there’s literally nothing you can do except trust them. I haven’t had a problem too often though, but if you need to cover yourself for those first lesson no-shows, I have a teacher that takes upfront paypal payment online even for first lessons, which also includes a Β£10 deposit.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 14, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Good question: I always follow up a few days, or maybe a week after no response from initial communication. I personally don’t do it more than once, but I keep their email on the database so that they still receive my quarterly newsletter and remember that I exist πŸ˜‰

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 14, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    I would love a like button!! πŸ˜‰

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 14, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    It’s all great Matthew – and excellent move on the wiki idea!!!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 14, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    Agree with Kat – I do quarterly showcases and always get them focussing on a new song ready to record all properly! I have had students with me for 2-3 years due to changing things up enough to keep them interested, so this is always good! Especially as I’m refreshing my own knowledge as time goes on, so they get a piece of that too! Matt’s following up tip is good too.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 14, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    Yes – I agree with everything you said and do this myself. It’s very difficult, and the truth is, both student and teacher have to work on this for months, sometimes years (if practice doesn’t happen daily!) with both parties remaining as patient as possible. I have also switched out-of-tune singers to piano so that they can connect to some basic interval theory and also it provides a visual guide for the movement of their voice. I hope that helps!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 14, 2015 at 7:27 pm

    I have started doing these:

    – 3 gentle pulses on “zz”, or “vv” – focus on the natural diaphragm recoil in the breathing gaps between pulses. No massive breaths (unnecessary air) needed. Take air into belly
    – Octave slides: “zz”, β€œsingggg” and “ee”, ensuring they are smooth and even, with the sound really resonating in the nose/mouth area, gently driving the pressure from the diaphragm. Enables more volume without straining or over-exerting
    – β€œNa/nya’s” in the mid-range plus a few β€œyeah’s, hey’s and oi’s” to open up the range and relax the muscles into the natural calling out

    Inspired by Vocal Process!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 11, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    Thanks all. I’m anatomically challenged but thankfully with help at hand!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 11, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Well, it’s what I am guessing the student means!!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 11, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    With closing the throat, I actually meant when the back of the tongue meets the soft palette with “ng”

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 11, 2015 at 2:13 pm

    Thanks, sorry for the late night ramblings, I shall endeavour to be more clear in the morning! And yes I’ve seen the site, it’s going to be great for research!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 30, 2015 at 7:41 am

    Do you get your teachers to chip in?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 29, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Interesting.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 29, 2015 at 7:40 am

    Home! And rent is Β£595. Would probably work out the same as someone in a shared house renting studio space elsewhere! Was just thinking about whether to look into these stats tonight actually.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 28, 2015 at 1:01 pm

    Yes that’s pretty much how I say it. I’m questioning myself because a GRADE is involved lol

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 28, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    Give me mooooore

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 28, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    I LOVE this… really good work Matt!!!!!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 27, 2015 at 2:51 pm

    Hi Matthew! Eee I’m so excited about it all! Hi everyone, I am a singing teacher based in Bristol!

    The website is great, as well as the ideas going forward.

    This is a fabulous idea. I miss forums. Takes me back to the early noughties!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    September 23, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    So I adjust my warm ups accordingly:
    – Nasal scales/arpeggios for the chest voice
    – Continuous sirens for the head voice, which avoids any crackle as it has to be a pure tone
    – Encourage the student to drop/raise the larynx for each exercise so they can feel how their tone changes and how to get clarity this way
    – Get them to feel comfortable with a shouty voice (imagine calling over to someone on the other side of the street) as this triggers the reflex of power your voice makes

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    August 26, 2015 at 12:06 pm

    Joking. Warm up together but then the odd bit separately so you can quickly assess who needs more attention with what

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    August 26, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    Charge double πŸ˜‰

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    August 25, 2015 at 4:34 pm

    Don’t take no shiat!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    August 10, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    It’s a case of bad debt that you might have to let go of, as Matthew once said.. Then decide whether you’ll take upfront payment for first lessons upon time of booking, as Ruth Discua does..

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    August 9, 2015 at 4:32 pm

    Don’t teach any further lessons until paid!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 1, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    My student who needed assistance with the above wants to thank Chris for the tongue sticking out idea as she immediately noticed that it helped. We are currently doing sobby singing too which is proving to be very effective!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 24, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    Yeah sometimes I can’t get the balance right as they push a little too hard. I mostly just try to demonstrate the gorilla (thyroid tilt in posh language?!) in the way that it can be effortless although well projected without just shouting

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 24, 2015 at 1:51 pm

    I always just call it the gorilla sound, or try and sound like a bloke yet staying high (for the girls!) that’s cool as I’m doing a lot of what’s being mentioned already..!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 24, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    I LIKE it.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 24, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Yes it does! Thanks. I imagine making the sound more nasal helps as well?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 23, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    A comma would definitely save lives here.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 22, 2015 at 9:16 am

    A bit different with a family as it’s technically the same bank account so I am considering lowering it

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 22, 2015 at 9:16 am

    This is what I do:

    1 hour group lessons –

    2 people = Β£50 (Β£10 discount)
    3 people = Β£75 (Β£15 discount)
    4 people = Β£100 (Β£20 discount)
    5 people = Β£125 (Β£25 discount)

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 12, 2015 at 8:38 am

    No more than 4 in a row, then 6 on sat with a break

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 10, 2015 at 7:55 pm

    Thanks Chris, I’ll pass that on! Unfortunately she’s not actually having lessons with me at the moment

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 10, 2015 at 7:36 pm

    Thanks for your help all, have forwarded the info on to my student πŸ™‚

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 4, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    So twang rather than yawny warm ups???

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 4, 2015 at 7:35 pm

    Just go with it and hope they buy it, that’s what I say

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 4, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Yes, this is what I thought, at least I was on the right lines then. Sometimes I teach and don’t really think I even know what I’m talking about. Encouraging isn’t it?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 4, 2015 at 7:34 pm

    Yes – and I’ve pointed this out and encouraged him to try a more “yawny” purer tone

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 3, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    It’s a good rasp though, he sounds good

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 3, 2015 at 7:33 pm

    Yes – lots of raspiness!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 1, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Brick layers are earning Β£1000 per week?! I’m in the wrong job.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    May 9, 2015 at 10:52 am

    3 down, 5 to go!! I woke up 10 mins before starting today, which was smooth.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    May 8, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Hmm. Good idea

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    May 8, 2015 at 10:33 am

    I do sound like a complete ass sometimes though.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    May 8, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I do apologise! I didn’t mean to sound negative. It’s great when a student is that determined and want a good long sesh to really benefit from a teacher. It’s flattering and you can make more money of course πŸ˜‰

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    May 8, 2015 at 10:32 am

    I say good for you. I wouldn’t put up with the same person for that long. It’s all about one in, one out in my flat. Aware of how that just sounded, I don’t have a red light in my window or anything.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 23, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Oh, I do babe.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 23, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Oh dear.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 23, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Matt, you cannot allow this. It’s like accidental slander and mockery!!!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 23, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Is that a coincidence?!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 23, 2015 at 9:02 am

    Yeah but nothing comes up when you go to the website…

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 23, 2015 at 9:02 am

    What just happened?! ^^^

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 23, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Yeah, try and nick mattpocock.com

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 20, 2015 at 8:27 am

    Very good point Ruth, if they make a fuss early on, you know they’re not going to be reliable in the future

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 20, 2015 at 8:27 am

    48 hour notice works fantastically because people understand that it’s my full time job. Also if I wake up ill and cancel last minute, I lose the money too. It’s a fair system.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 20, 2015 at 8:26 am

    I do block payments to cover a month, so 2 lessons for fortnightly students and 4 for weekly students. And a 48 hour cancellation policy.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 20, 2015 at 8:25 am

    PS. Don’t give grace to anyone. Business is business and bills are bills. Unless someone dies. Then MAYBE I let them off.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 20, 2015 at 8:25 am

    No point saying at the next lesson in case they don’t actually show up!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 20, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Ok, does the student pay upfront? As this normally solves this as you just keep the money. Always tell the student of this policy in their initial lesson. Really you need to email this student telling them they owe you however many cancelled lessons, using language such as “due to the nature of my business”

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 13, 2015 at 8:21 am

    Lol at the “smile emoticons” I’ve just noticed… now edited!!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 13, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Thanks! Will try that xx

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 13, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Yeah I’ve tried that over the last year or so :/

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    March 30, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Sorry, that is in no way helpful. I sometimes lose hope when people sing like their tongue is swollen or don’t know how to yawn. How do they talk or get through life? Sounds like something Matt Pocock will be more helpful on than me.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    March 30, 2015 at 10:06 am

    Gosh people are strange!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    February 15, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Awesome thanks – I like that! Check out the link I just posted of his take of the song. πŸ™‚

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 20, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    I’m searching too; it seems to be around Β£5-Β£8, trying to get people down to that Β£5!!!!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 13, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Yeah, I wish he’d just get to the point… I do have a life, after all.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 6, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    So far so good, anyway!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 6, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    I think I’m literally just going to copy him. He’s great!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 6, 2015 at 10:53 am

    People like us can πŸ˜‰

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 6, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Yeah, a mixed bag…

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 6, 2015 at 10:52 am

    I was a judge for it myself and worked alongside him. Good fun!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    January 5, 2015 at 10:51 am

    Took the words right out of my mouth, Beckie!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 28, 2014 at 7:05 pm

    I’m just going to start saying: Clean only. Nothing dirty. Thanks.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 28, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    Oh yeah, definitely do some singing. I have a rapper who comes for singing lessons

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 28, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Think about “ha ha ha” scales but using the diaphragm rather than an “h” sound. So that the power is coming from the right place and he can start and stop effectively

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    December 28, 2014 at 6:55 pm

    Rappers, death metalers. Big fat VETO!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    November 25, 2014 at 11:15 am

    Maybe. And I don’t even mind it too much. But I’m going to be keeping an eye on it and adjusting.. Try and not be too much of a certain thing

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 31, 2014 at 10:10 am

    Want to draw attention back to this… so what’s the winner for bookings, automated texts and payment reminders etc?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 25, 2014 at 1:15 pm

    Oh right. Well why didn’t they just say that?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 23, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Good for you, Ben. Let us know how it goes!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 22, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    No. She already asked me that and I said no!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 22, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I’m really pissed off with the doctor. I saw who I thought was a really good one, who said “right, only come to me now and I’ll monitor all the problems.” (Have allergy issues that are like constant hayfever and rashes) she said she would refer me to an ENT when I asked, as I keep losing my voice and it’s my career. She was understanding and said she’ll be able to get an ENT to see me, and that the one I would see specialises in vocalists. Couldn’t believe my luck! She then prescribed me shit loads of drugs which cost over Β£30 (walking pharmacy, as usual) which was to sort some stuff out while I waited to hear from ENT. Sure enough, I had a message from the doctor saying the ENT had been in touch and suggested indigestion tablets before I went to see her. Wtf?! So now I’m meant to buy even more drugs which are completely pointless and I already told her I didn’t need?! Can’t get in touch with doc before Tuesday now. Currently ill with a cough and cold, allergy triggered, sick of all the drugs I’m pumping into my body and have no answers and NO ENT!!! (I’m all good for drugs though)

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 22, 2014 at 12:55 pm

    Everyone wants to see me naked.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    no!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 22, 2014 at 12:54 pm

    Funny you should say that, I was on my phone making notes on her lessons and she went “what are you doing on your phone?” As if to have caught me out with her partially working blurred left eye.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    πŸ˜› ermmm I just try to not sound too intimidating and annoying, and explain things clearly and slowly…

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I teach her naked.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    …and patience!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 22, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I find teaching the blind woman difficult because you realise there’s more issues than blindness. Like listening, believe it or not…

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 22, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I’m thinking lots of diaphragm help, posture will be interesting…

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 22, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    Yes, that’s quite something!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 22, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    I have a blind woman…?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 13, 2014 at 11:22 am

    No. Not far enough. I think it’s time to write a song

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 13, 2014 at 11:22 am

    WOW I like it Ben.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 13, 2014 at 11:22 am

    None the wiser than Eliza! With the Sennheiser

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 13, 2014 at 11:21 am

    Why, of course! That and Learn Synthesizer with Eliza

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 13, 2014 at 11:21 am

    That is the question..

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 13, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Aware that only 50% of what I say is helpful..

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 13, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Then the caption can be: “Learn Green Sleeves with Ben Reeves…”

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 13, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Mine’s Eliza Fyfe Music Tuition as I just thought Tuition sounded posher than lessons… but doesn’t matter really!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 13, 2014 at 11:20 am

    Music then, that’s the winner!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

    I would spend serious money on that. Means business

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Ben Reeves Vocal Tuition?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 13, 2014 at 11:19 am

    Well, that was the idea. Means I can take on teachers who can teach everything in music!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

    “Achieve with Reeves”

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 13, 2014 at 11:18 am

    You must say you teach it!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 10, 2014 at 7:22 pm

    Ok, there is no way my bladder will ever be able to hold that much

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 10, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Ok will do. Could stress have something to do with it?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 10, 2014 at 7:21 pm

    Hahaha xxxxx

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 10, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    Still, I think there’s more to it than that. These are only very slight things I think. I’ve always managed before

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 10, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    You can’t win; I opted for e-cigs so I could actually be healthier! I don’t understand; it’s only vapour. It probably dries out the throat but why am I only noticing losing my voice now? Unless I’ve just given it a year of gradual e-cig damage. Will be interesting to see what ENT says

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 10, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    But I drink it for the gym and I have a lot of tea

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 10, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Well I’m always crap with water cos I just hate it and I wee all the time lol!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 10, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    Thanks Kat πŸ™‚ will do

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 10, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    I don’t know how to deal with my stress without nicotine!!!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 10, 2014 at 7:18 pm

    Ok. I’m worried now

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 10, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    No I don’t actually. Also, just a normal doctor?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 10, 2014 at 7:17 pm

    Well I warm up every day with the students as it is, but yeah, did consider doctor’s

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    October 6, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Witchcraft! Also, damn this woman is hot

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    September 1, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    Once again, Matt’s on it!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    September 1, 2014 at 3:01 pm

    I feel sorry for my neighbours.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    September 1, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    Kat – do you mean the horrible twangy nasal sound? Nya nya nyaaa and miaow miaow miaaaoowww… I’m using this a lot at the moment and it’s a good ‘un!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    September 1, 2014 at 3:00 pm

    This makes me want to discuss the mixed voice actually.. There’s a couple of students where I can’t actually tell the difference between chest and head voice… They blend it so well, although the problem with this is that it can lack strength either end at times

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    September 1, 2014 at 2:59 pm

    Get her to shout everything she sings first – I find this helps. Also, sorry to sound like such an amateur, but what is the bridge?!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    August 28, 2014 at 2:43 pm

    BublΓ© version of feeling good is happening as of yesterday funnily enough!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    August 18, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    I would just like to add that I was only joking (badly) about the rape thing. I get very over-excited on a Friday night and think I’m hilarious.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    August 15, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Actually the Birmingham accent is my absolute favourite accent of all time, so I’m game

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    August 15, 2014 at 5:53 pm

    Ok cool. I hope I don’t get raped πŸ˜€

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    August 15, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    Terrific! So yeah, I vote Bristol.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    August 3, 2014 at 5:39 pm

    P.S. We are going to get all the teachers together for a conference/karaoke piss up!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 28, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Ruth is your woman here

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 28, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    Well he just has to pay for all 3 missed lessons then!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 28, 2014 at 11:16 am

    There have been very near naked lessons too.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 28, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Good times, good professional times πŸ˜‰

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 28, 2014 at 11:14 am

    Try waking up to a doorbell which is a student

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 28, 2014 at 11:13 am

    I don’t have to rent as I teach from home. No one has had an issue with the notice though, in my year of teaching πŸ™‚

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 28, 2014 at 11:13 am

    It’s ok, I’m happy with my set up, it’s just how to make it fair the other way around. I think it’s fair… because if they’re ill they lose money, if I’m ill, I lose money.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 26, 2014 at 8:12 am

    Well it all makes sense now! So wrong of the mother to not tell you about the Asperger’s! What sort of mother would do that… it’s unfair on the child…!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 25, 2014 at 8:08 am

    What’s the latest with this??

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 17, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    Sounds about right then! I don’t do more than 4 hours straight basically, so yeah! People should never underestimate this job though. They can say, wow 25 hours and you earn way more than my office job or whatever it is, but it’s a lot more work than 9-5 Mon-Fri I swear!!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 17, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Saturday also may as well not exist for me socially – teaching all day then gigging in the evenings but I don’t mind too much atm

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 17, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    This is all really interesting! Yes you need to balance your life best as poss – I just power through back to back 45 min lessons from 3-8 in the week and I don’t feel like it’s too much, 25 hours in the week is ample for teaching because of all the work around it… It’s hard to keep on top of though! Still trying to find time saving solutions without just getting a PA who wants to work for next to nothing… Lol!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 17, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Ok cool. I didn’t even know what to type into google tbh! It was Ruth that told me this idea existed!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 17, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Someone else do it..?! Lol

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 17, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Maybe Yellowschedule is the way forward. As long as it’s not a long admin job in itself to set up!!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 17, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Lol! Clevidence!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 17, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Just anything that makes life easier and gives me time to sleep at night really. Because as you can see, I don’t do as much sleeping as I should!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 17, 2014 at 10:06 am

    Good woman.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 17, 2014 at 10:05 am

    Oh good – that is literally what I’m looking for for my new teachers who are experiencing first lesson cancellations (grr!)

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 16, 2014 at 5:30 pm

    Oh yeah how many students does everyone have?! I’m up to 44 atm.. About 35 of which are weekly!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 1, 2014 at 8:07 am

    Lydia – perhaps this guy is “the one”!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 1, 2014 at 8:07 am

    He is an adult, tell him straight that he needs to sort his shit out! No parents necessary for this age!!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    July 1, 2014 at 8:06 am

    21??!??!?!?!?!??!?!!!?!?!?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 23, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Oh! Oh! I have a question. Can you find out how many people type in things like “Drum Lessons Bristol” please???

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 23, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    Lol, I’m with Kat! I want answers, I want the secrets!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 22, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    She’s actually paid for an ad, can you see the ad?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 22, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Oh! That’s odd. Fair enough then! It’s just that I had a student who I told I was fully booked so I said I could put them through to Elle but they said they had contacted her already. Tricky one to call with whose it is, but I guess it’s whoever the student contacted first, because I remember when this happened to us

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 22, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Btw, Laura Jane Ratcliffe, this is an interesting point for secondary teachers, stuff to bear in mind

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 22, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Ahh ok

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 22, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    Plus, say I do the same as what she does on my personal website with SEO, and say I get to no 2 or 3.. that’s still ok?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 22, 2014 at 1:50 pm

    So the fact that my other teacher is number 2 isn’t something I should worry about/talk to her about?!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 22, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Haha this reminds me of something I want to ask you about Matthew. Because, well, what happens if a teacher on your site goes into competition with you?! This is happening to me atm..

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 22, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    :O

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 22, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    But surely Matthew Rusk is the king of SEO anyway!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 22, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Use wix.com and use its in built SEO

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 22, 2014 at 1:47 pm

    Gumtree is always amazing for me!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 22, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    I think it is paramount that this occurs.
    How to plan this? First of all, where? Will have to be central England to bring everyone together… can’t quite figure out where the centre of us all would be. Second of all, when? I think mid-Aug or something. But then loads of people might be away. I don’t know if I’ve helped.

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 18, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    You can see it if you type it on YouTube… but I don’t mean to be a wimp as I’m usually not squeamish or anything, but I find that hard to watch hahaha

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 18, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    Haha it’s all her not me! She’s training in Estill

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 18, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    One of my teacher friends said she thinks it’s something to do with Trachea whistling, so yeah, similar to what you said? She says she has no idea how to do it but that there are some scope vids on youtube that show it such as ‘Mal Webbs vocal adventure’. She said it might also be a falsetto whistle on top of that?!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 18, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    6.12 to be specific

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 10, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Hmmm difficult when I teach from home. It’s the joint singing and piano lessons to begin with, not sure about putting up general prices yet. But the learning of both, how can I explain where the cost is increased..?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 5, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    What style of singing do you guys tend to teach?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 5, 2014 at 2:22 pm

    Kat you are so well read in this!!!!!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 4, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Also, first I’ve heard of the Alexander Technique!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 4, 2014 at 2:19 pm

    I think a lot has to be said for the type of student, or whether the science is needed for students (particularly beginners) at all. Active singers probably benefit more from the in-depth science of it all – I know I would! Then like you said, Kat, the info is there if there’s a student who finds it easier to understand when they actually know what’s going on in there!!

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    June 4, 2014 at 2:18 pm

    Wow this all sounds interesting and I am feeling like a know a lot less than I thought haha! Looking forward to hearing more πŸ™‚

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 22, 2014 at 6:24 pm
  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 13, 2014 at 2:25 am

    How do you transpose on the iPad?

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 12, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    Go for Estill definitely. I haven’t heard great things about speech level.. But that’s just me. Each to their own, and you can’t go wrong if you take a little of everything and find something that works for you

  • Eliza Jane Fyfe

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    April 12, 2014 at 2:14 pm

    I’ve heard Estill is great. I think I just have my own style really, but I have been starting to research and see different teachers so I can put a variation of techniques in the mix!

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