Singing Lessons in Portsmouth

Becki Short; experience vocal coach providing Singing Lessons in PortsmouthBecki is a professional singer, and has been teaching vocals since 2010 to students of all ages and abilities. From total beginners to singers who regularly perform, Becki is proud to provide specially tailored singing lessons in Portsmouth for all ages.

Teaching Style
Working with the Vocal Process technique, Becki specialises in teaching musical theatre, jazz and popular music, however as she teaches you how your voice works (and how to look after your voice when singing), is able to teach most styles, and has previously taught singers who perform genres such as rap and heavy metal.

Qualifications
Becki has over 10 years of professional vocal training under her belt, and the following qualifications. The Vocal Process Singing Teachers Retreat, Grade 5 and 6 Singing in Trinity, Grade 5 Acting in Trinity, up to Grade 5 in Modern Jazz Dance and Tap Dance, and up to Grade 7 in Ballet. Becki has a fully enhanced DBS, public liability insurance and first aid certificate, all of which are available for you to see on request.

Why take singing lessons?

Everyone chooses to learn to sing for different reasons. In Becki’s lessons the focus is on what you want to do. Whether you would like to perform on stage, or just for fun, private lessons can help: improve your vocal range, performance technique, repertoire and confidence.

Becki is able to put you through exams (with the Trinity board), enter you in competitions, and provide performance opportunities. She is also a Bronze and Silver Arts Award Adviser.

Lessons are available for all ages and abilities and are held at Becki’s home studio in Copnor, Portsmouth (Hampshire, UK), so whether you would like your child to start singing, have always wanted to sing, or have been performing for years, get in touch.

Prices for Singing Lessons in Portsmouth with Becki

Junior (up to age 7):  £14 per 30-minute weekly lesson
Senior (age 9+):  £26.50 per 1 hour weekly lesson

Please note: The “junior” and “senior” age ranges are just as a guide, and Becki will keep you informed if she feels you / your child would benefit from either shorter or longer singing lessons. Becki is also happy to offer weekly or fortnightly lessons to suit you.

Genres Taught

There are a wide range of genres that Becki can teach. If you are just starting to learn, Becki will take you on a discovery of your voice, and help you find what type of music you like best, and what suits your voice.

Some of the genres Becki teaches in her singing lessons in Portsmouth are:
Aleisha - one of Becki's singing pupils - performing at The Mad Hatters Charity Tea Party 2014

  • Musical Theatre
  • Popular Music
  • Vintage
  • Disney
  • A cappella
  • Jazz
  • Blues
  • Soul
  • Rock

Singing Lesson Structure

A typical lesson consists of:

Warm Ups: These are important so as to not damage your voice. See more here.

Technique: This will range from breathing, posture, vocal range, performance and many others, depending on what it is you want from your singing lessons.

Steph - one of Becki's private vocal pupils performing at The Mad Hatters Charity Tea Party
Songs: 
Becki helps her pupils choose songs to work on based on their vocal range, and preferences.

If a pupil is working towards a performance / competition / show, Becki is happy to focus on these songs, even if the performance is not something she is involved with (For example: a school performance).

After the first few lessons, Becki likes to let the pupil steer the lesson to a certain extent, letting them choose which songs they’d like to learn to sing, which techniques they want to learn, and whether they’d like to take exams.

She feels this helps develop the pupils singing voice a lot better than telling them what they are doing next, as if they are happy with what they are doing, they will remember more of what is said, & enjoy the lessons more!

Performance and Confidence

One of Becki's vocal students, Jaz performing at The Mad Hatters Charity Tea Party 2014Becki encourages her pupils to perform as often as possible: at open mic nights, markets & charity events in the area (including her charity event The Mad Hatters Charity Tea Party), to help them gain confidence with performing in front of people they don’t know.

She also offers her pupils the opportunity to enter local music competitions and festivals. You can find a list of some of these competitions and events here.

Singing Exams

If the student would like to enter exams, Becki is more than happy to do this. Becki works with the Trinity exam board, and will advise each student as to which level she feels they would be best suited to start at.

Becki is also a Bronze and Silver Arts Award Adviser, which is a scheme run by Trinity with the aim being to expand young people’s (ages 11 – 25) experiences and skills within the arts. Find out more on their website http://artsaward.org.uk/.

 

OmniArts Performing School LogoOmniArts Performing School

Becki is the owner, director and singing mentor for local amateur dramatics society, OmniArts Performing School which is a youth theatre for ages 5 to 13.

OmniArts is a community led society, meaning the members get to choose the shows they do, and get a much bigger say in how the group gets run, to most amateur dramatics societies.

Photos from The Mad Hatters Charity Tea Party taken by James White Photography.