One to one singing lessons for all ages and abilities
Beckenham and Penge area
Fun, challenging and rewarding lessons with a highly experienced teacher and singer. Lessons are catered to the individual student, be that a beginner of any age, an experienced singer wishing to hone their skills or a young professional wanting to apply for scholarships or music colleges. Everyone is welcome. Ciara is passionate about teaching and helping others to find their voice, develop their technique and reach their potential.
Lessons are catered to the individual student, be that a beginner of any age, an experienced singer wishing to hone their skills or a young professional wanting to apply for scholarships or music colleges. Lessons are focused on technique, musicianship and performance, be that in the classical repertoire, music theatre, jazz or pop. For those students wanting to take exams, Ciara follows the ABRSM and Trinity Music exam syllabi and accompanies her students whenever possible. For more experienced singers, as a full time professional singer, working with the best orchestras, choirs and consorts in the UK, Ciara has first hand experience of what a career in singing demands and is able to offer guidance on how to proceed in the music industry. Lessons are typically 30 minutes for beginners and 45 or 60 minutes for more experienced singers.
An Experienced Teacher
With nearly 20 years teaching experience at some of the most prestigious schools and institutions in and around London, Ciara is passionate about teaching and helping others to find their voice, develop their technique and reach their potential. Ciara has taught at Dulwich College, South Hampstead High School, Forest School and Abercorn Prep School, as well as leading workshops for the BBC and Youth Music Voices. She was assistant director of ENO Community Choir and co-director of Gingerbread Opera workshops, bringing opera workshops to primary schools in London. She trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Opera Studio of Strasbourg Opera and has performed extensively as a soloist throughout the UK and Europe, with the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, for Garsington Opera, Opera North and Opera Holland Park and at venues including the Wigmore Hall, the Royal Festival Hall and the Barbican. She lives in Beckenham with her husband and 2 year old son.
The Benefits of Singing
Countless studies have shown the positive impact music and singing lessons have on cognitive development and language skills as well as the profound effect it has on confidence. Over her years of teaching, working with young children, adolescents and adults, Ciara has seen the transformative power singing can have, building confidence to overcome obstacles, finding the courage to use our full voices and the sheer joy of singing wonderful music. The fundamentals of singing technique – good posture, breathing, self-expression, discipline – filter into our every day lives, enhancing our ability to express ourselves and connect with others.
Back to Teaching – Covid-19
Delighted to announce that Ciara will be starting back face-to-face lessons from the Autumn! Following current guidelines, there will be a plastic screen between teacher and student, all equipment will be wiped down before and after each lesson and hand-gel will be provided.
Online lessons are also available for any students preferring to learn remotely.
St Michael and All Angels, 121 Ravenscroft Road, BR3 4TN
Kent House, Clock House, Birkbeck
Online lessons are also available!
Lessons are typically held on weekday evenings between 4.30pm and 8pm and Saturday mornings.
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Samaira has been having singing lessons with Ciara for four years, since she was 7 years old. We have seen her make significant progress in this time, not just in terms of moving through the grades but also in her understanding of the intricacies of singing, improving her breathing and tone. Ciara’s attention to detail and her constant advice to Samaira, recognising her strengths and weaknesses, has shown brilliant results in exam performance as well. It has also led Samaira to expand her performance repertoire, being a member of several ensembles at school and outside. Above all, Samaira has developed a true love of singing in this time.Samaira’s Mum
Ciara’s teaching ticks all the boxes. Her explanations of technique are clear and have deepened my understanding of how the voice works. She is wonderfully warm and encouraging, and has boosted my confidence in going for more ambitious solos. Unlike a lot of singing teachers, she also has lots of choral experience. This means she understands how choir rehearsals can push singers into bad habits, and has given me countless tips and strategies for maintaining good technique. She also has the most beautiful voice to give some extra inspiration!Jess