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  • Do you teach children?
    Alicia holds an Enhanced DBS and currently accepts students aged 6+. Alicia has a vast background in working with children and has taught music to students as young as four years old! Working with young students is a passion of Alicia's and it is a privilege to begin them on their musical journey - all Alicia asks is that children attend lessons with a love of singing. In the past, Alicia has worked as an Au Pair and English teacher, volunteered with mentoring and paired reading schemes, as well as teaching freelance for children's performing arts and dance schools.
  • What ability do you teach?
    All abilities are welcome! Alicia works with both professional and beginner voices and has aided students in preparing for and landing West End roles and commercial work, in auditioning for Am Dram societies and achieving principal roles in local productions, and in attaining A-Level and GCSE Music. She has further helped students prepare and record songs for special occasions and warmly welcomes students who simply wish to have fun and gain confidence in their own voice.
  • Who is performance coaching for?
    Performance coaching can help anyone suffering from performance anxiety. If you're feeling lost in you musical progress, it can also help to set goals. For the more experienced musician, it can help enhance your artistic presence and state of flow.
  • Where are In-Person lessons/coaching based? Is there parking?
    In-Person lessons and coaching sessions are based at Alicia's comfortable home voice studio in Eccles, Manchester. It's easy to get to on all public transport! Just a 6 minute walk to the Eccles bus station and tram stop, and a 10 minute walk to Eccles train station. If you are driving to lesson, Alicia's road does have parking permits. Please arrive and park just before your scheduled lesson as Alicia only has one Visitor permit at any time. There is also lots of on-street parking available in the surrounding roads, as well as Morrison's car park and paid-parking at Eccles Leisure centre.
  • How much do lessons cost & do you offer payment plans?
    For a full list of vocal lesson prices and monthly plans, please visit the lesson price list. For a full list of coaching prices and plans, please visit the coaching page.
  • Can I pay online?
    Yes! Alicia uses GoCardless for easy online payments. This can be used for one-off payments or recurring monthly plans. Below you'll find quick links to all payment options: Sign up for recurring monthly plans here! These are debited the 1st day of each month. Payments for Gender Affirming Voice sessions can be made here: Looking to pay for your Performance Coaching sessions? Find the paylinks below:
  • Do you offer gift vouchers?
    Yes! Give the gift of singing. Simply get in touch and let Alicia know what you're after. She'll provide you with a personalised gift voucher, valid for 9-months from the day of purchase.
  • Do you have a cancellation policy?
    Yes. All lessons and coaching sessions are subject to a 48-Hour Cancellation Policy, wherein any missed or cancelled lesson within 48 hours of the agreed start time is subject to payment of the full lesson value. If part of a plan, the lesson will be deducted. Please do let Alicia know as soon as possible if you are unable to attend as she may be able to reschedule your lesson.
  • How long does it take to learn to sing?
    There's no exact answer! But it won't happen over night. Everyone comes to singing with different experiences, abilities, and vocal anatomy. And so, everyone's idea of what it means to 'sing' - and their timeline to achieve that - is utterly unique! Alicia always tells her students to think of it like building a six-pack in the gym - it takes time and effort to build and train our vocal muscles. It's not all happening in the lesson - how much practice you do counts too. As vocalists (and any other kind of musician), learning can be considered lifelong. There's always a new technique to learn, or a challenging song to master! If you're new to lessons, the best thing to do is think what your vocal/musical goals are. Alicia will help you consider the realistic time it will take to attain your goal. For a frame of reference: Somatic Voicework suggests it takes two years for a beginner to attain good overall vocal function.
  • What styles of music do you teach?
    Coming from a very unique and multidisciplinary background, Alicia teaches Musical Theatre (legit & contemporary), Pop, Rock, Jazz, Blues, Folk and Soul. She highly encourages singing a variety of styles to create greater vocal flexibility. This not only strengthens all areas of the voice but gives you the option to pick and choose from an array of techniques and tones to create your own unique sound.
  • What vocal methods do you use?
    Alicia does not use just one vocal method. Instead she draws on multiple different tools and techniques so that every individual student gets the lesson they need. Over the years she has studied Estill Voice Technique, Somatic Voicework, The Accent Method, and attended numerous of courses and coaching in other techniques such as Complete Vocal Technique. She has learnt from some of the world's renowned voice coaches and professionals, including Kim Chandler, Anne-Marie Speed, Dr. Jenovora Williams, Walt Fritz, and more!
  • Will performance coaching really help my MPA?
    Yes! Alicia makes use of mindfulness-based Acceptance and Commitment Training. ACT has been found highly successful, sometimes more so than CBT, in helping manage, accept, and overcome MPA symptoms.
  • What should I bring to lesson?
    - Yourself! - A bottle of water to drink before, during and after lesson - Any lyrics/sheet music that you've been working on in and out of lesson - If you have/Alicia gives you any SOVT straws (or kazoos!), make sure you bring them with you - If you're a saxophone/guitar student, make sure to bring your instrument and all required music Most importantly, a love and enthusiasm for learning something new!
  • Can I have vocal lessons if I'm tone deaf?
    Almost every beginner feels as though they're tone deaf, when for the vast majority the truth is they're not! Instead, they're pitch weak - and that can be strengthened very quickly through lessons and ear training. (Tone-deafness - a.k.a Congenital Amusia - is very rare! Only 2-5% of the population are thought to have it.)
  • What instruments do you teach? Can I combine an instrument with singing lessons?
    Alicia is primarily a vocal coach and singing teacher. However, as a mulit-instrumentalist, she has taught piano, guitar, and alto saxophone from beginner to intermediate levels. Many students love the ability to accompany themselves on guitar or piano! Combined vocal/instrument lessons have been very popular with Alicia's students. Get in touch with Alicia to discuss lesson options.
  • How often should I have lessons?
    For the majority, Alicia recommends regular lessons once a week - and offers a discounted weekly plan for this purpose! Consistency is key when training muscles and learning something new. A 60-minutes weekly lesson allows you to work in-depth on building your voice, work on a song project, and, of course, gives you time for vital practice between lessons too! Depending on your goal or if you're a professional voice user, you may wish to have more than one lesson a week. For those professional voice users who have attained a highly efficient and functional voice, you may wish to do irregular 'drop-in/check-up' sessions to better prepare you for specific events and performances.
  • Do I need to practice in between lessons?
    Absolutely! Practice between regular lessons that is little and often is the best way to develop your voice and musicianship. One lesson a week will probably not see you achieve the goals you want in the time you want, as muscles need to be used and exercises repeated to build consistency. At the end of every lesson, Alicia will provide you with what to practice for that coming week and advice on how to practice!
  • Do I need to read sheet music for vocal lessons?
    Not at all! Many students have never read a note of music in their lives. Instead they rely on their ear, and Alicia trains your ear to learn notes, intervals, harmonies, and patterns. If you are wanting to, Alicia is happy to provide sheet music and teach you what is required for sight-singing. If you are currently studying at performing arts college, Alicia highly encourages that you learn to read music.
  • Can I record my lesson/session?
    Absolutely! Whether online or in-person, you are welcome to record your lesson or coaching session. Just let Alicia know you are doing so! Rather than recording the entire hour, Alicia recommends instead recording an end of lesson/session overview, so you have all your exercises and tips for the week in one, easy-listening recording. If you would like to record yourself at any point - perhaps a snippet of you singing for progress purposes or an exercise to go and practice - do it!
  • Will vocal lessons help my physical/mental health?
    Singing is proven to have an amazing impact on mental health and physical wellbeing! Alicia is experienced in teaching students who use singing for a number of reasons, from improving depression, improving lung capacity, strengthening the diaphragm due to Hiatus Hernias, vocal stimming for Autism, and more!
  • Why 'alma' voice studio?
    Not only is Alma Street the home of Alicia's next chapter in life, but its meaning of kindness, soul, and nourishing is her exact approach when it comes to voice, music, and performance.
  • Do you offer recording sessions?
    Yes. Alicia's professional equipment and history in recording means she is able to offer quality vocal recordings. In the past, Alicia has recorded and produced vocal demos and tracks for students for a variety of reasons! Get in touch to discuss options.
  • Am I too old to start singing/music lessons?
    You are never too old to learn how to sing and play music! Although our voices mature, good vocal health and technique can be taught at any age. Alicia's oldest student to date is in their mid 80s!
  • Can I sing if I have a tongue tie?
    Yes you can! In Alicia's first lesson with you she will check for tongue-ties or any other form of restriction. She has experience with teaching students with tongue ties, finding comfortable ways to perform vocal exercises and songs to suit the individual. Depending on the level of restriction, you may find particular vocalisations uncomfortable. Taking your long-term goals into consideration, you may wish to have surgery to remove the tie.
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