Frequently Asked Questions

Why get vocal lessons if I can already sing well?

Vocal cords are like muscles and with proper training you can get a lot more out of them. With age and use your vocal cords can become sore, developing medical issues which could end a career. A good solid vocal technique will get you through these hazards safely and unleash all of your potential.

How many lessons do I need?

This is very much like fitness. Some need a coach to get through a problem area; others want to continually refine their skill. We have solved some range and mix problems in a single lesson, but many have been students on-and-off for their entire careers.

I hear a lot about bad coaches ruining voices. Is that a real problem?

Sadly, yes. A bad coach can lead a singer into physically harming their vocal cords. The good news is that in many cases the damage can be undone. The other problem is teaching bad habits that can prevent a singer from maximizing their voice. It is not uncommon for us to work with experienced singers and increase their range dramatically in a handful of lessons.

Can you be too old or too young to start singing?

Not really. If a student can understand the music, they can work to improve their energy and control – thus becoming more able to accomplish their goals. We offer group lessons for those aged 5-8 which we tend to find is a better way to introduce our youngest singers to lessons.

Are singers born with the gift to sing?

Some certainly are more gifted than others, but as long as you can speak and are not tone deaf, you can sing. The music world is filled with diverse voices ranging from a Bob Dylan to a Pavarotti. Would we not have missed the one if he had decided not to sing because he did not sound like the other?

Do you do any courses for real beginners of any age?

Yes- we provide tuition for beginners of all ages, mainly on a one to one basis.

Can you e-mail me information about workshops and master classes in my area?

Yes- all you need to do is sign up for our newsletter using the sign up box at the top right of this page. Our newsletter contains information about coming events, student successes, auditions and competitions and everything that’s going on at the studio. You can also like our facebook page www.facebook.com/heatherbakersingingstudios for more up to date information about what’s happening at the studios.

Can I give lessons to somebody as a gift?

Yes- we can take payments for gift vouchers via cheque, cash, paypal and cards. Cheques should be made payable to Heather Baker. Let us know your address details and we will send you the gift vouchers on receipt of that payment. For more information please contact the studio.