Heather Baker

Heather has studied voice and the teaching of voice continuously since 2001 working with some of the worlds greatest vocal experts to perfect her knowledge and teaching abilities. In 2012 she became the first and only British teacher certified as Level 5 in SLS (the highest possible level.) In 2013 Heather left the SLS organisation to work with a selection of high level teachers across the world to set up a new and improved teacher training organisation- The Institute for Vocal Advancement (www.vocaladvancement.com)

Heather’s personal singing career started from the early age of 12 when she performed alongside Darren Day and Philip Schofield in ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dream coat’ at the Bristol hippodrome. From there she never looked back.

“I spent most of my childhood going to singing teachers that took my money but didn’t deliver the results I should have had. I learnt plenty of songs but never realised the potential damage I was doing to my voice. As a child in particular you don’t realise that a teacher might not be doing you any good. When I was introduced to correct vocal technique it was like someone had finally turned on the light! I kept questioning- why has no one told me this before?”
Heather has learnt from some of the greatest teachers in the world including Seth Riggs, Dave Stroud, Greg Enriquez, John Henny, Wendy Parr, Dean Kaelin, Jeffrey Skouson, Spencer Welch, Kathy Kennedy and many others.
Heather began teaching in 2001 and has built up an impressive clientele list since then. Her private clients include gigging musicians, songwriters, television personalities, journalists, signed artists, MOBO Award and Mercury Award nominees, Malta Music Award winners and a vast selection of amateur singers. She has been consulted for nation wide music industry books and local news articles; she has taught at performing arts institutes as far away as Malta, Israel and Australia; and has tutored singing teachers all across the UK.  She lectured regularly at The Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts (LIPA) for 2 years on the music course. Heather has also taught at the legendary Seth Riggs Summer vocal Programme in LA, the SLS international teacher’s conference in Salt Lake City and The Institute for Vocal Advancement’s teachers conferences in California, Edinburgh and Vienna.
Heather also runs Cheshire Pop Choirs (www.cheshirepopchoirs.co.uk) which focusses on getting everybody singing for the pure pleasure of it!