Why I describe myself as a Singing Coach

There’s no difference right? Between a Teacher and a Coach? WRONG!

I suppose I am a bit of both, as being classically trained teaching good musicality to my students is part of my DNA. But being someone who has had many good and bad teachers over the years, I have adapted more coaching practice into my teaching and place and always focus on the positives, however great or small they may be. I actively praise and encourage so students build self belief and the confidence to develop. For a long while I worked as development Coach in a busy office, helping colleagues get through personal challenges (e.g. overcoming the dreaded interview nerves, or adapting to organisational changes.) Now I coach my students through their singing and performance challenges.

With coaching, the goal is for the individual to realise/experience the solution themselves, not to just be told what to do. This way they really learn and GROW, which handily is an acronym for a coaching model I apply with my singing students!

Goals

– What do you want?

– How will you know you’ve got there?

– What will this give you?

Reality

– Where are you right now?

– What challenges have you overcome?

– What have you learnt?

Options

– How might I achieve this?

– How would I do it if I had no fear?

– What is possible (considering all possibilities)?

Will

– What will you definitely take action on?

– When will you take action?

– How will you feel when you take the action?

So for one of my students, a common Goal is to sing in front of an audience. Their Reality is that often a previous negative experience or low self esteem which is subsequently holding them back. Through me helping them improve their vocal technique and learning new approaches to their singing they move into the Options stage, before declaring that they Will get out there and sing for that audience!

When you are empowered and have belief in yourself, you become invincible. And this is why I am a Coach.

Teaching Online

This week I have I have learnt that computers need a lot of TLC.

And yes, that is three laptops in that picture!

Making the switch to online teaching has required jumping a number of hurdles but I’d say the biggest has been sorting reliable and good technology.  There is a big difference between having a Skype chat with your mates and teaching a 7 year old the rhythms in Any Dream Will Do over a dodgy internet connection.  I had especially worried about my younger students, thinking that frozen screens and the unavoidable sound delay would put them off.

But I was proved completely wrong!  During my first online week I had it all – freeze screen, delay, random crashing, but the kids just accepted it and even thought it was funny.  I guess this is just the tech savvy generation.

I’ll go into the full details of my setup in another blog, but will say that the biggest game changer has been buying a nice smart flat cable which means I can be plugged into the internet but not have ugly wires running through the house.  As we are currently stuck at home, it is important that the home still looks nice!