with Heather Maîr Thomas
Teacher & Coach
Lessons in London, Cornwall & Online
One to one singing lessons provide a safe, private space to develop your voice in a way that works for you, with lessons tailored to your individual needs.
I work with beginners, amateurs and professionals, including Matt Willis and David Tennant.
I believe in creating positive, happy associations with singing. Connecting practical technique with a relaxed body and a sense of wellbeing - whatever your starting point.
Lessons are light-hearted, fun and relaxed. Nothing to fear!
25 years' experience ...
coaching all ages & standards.
As a vocal coach, I work with professional actors and musicians in the public eye, as well as with many people whose singing is - or will be - an important part of their life.
As a classically trained crossover artist myself, I encourage and nurture vocal and stylistic freedom, and support your right to sing anything you choose.
We all have our own, unique relationship with our own voice which is very personal.
Like "body image", many people experience issues, beliefs and feelings relating to their "vocal image" that can be traced back to early years. How we experience our voices, physically, mentally and emotionally are often unexplored. It can be important for many people to explore these beliefs as part of vocal development.
Some people find that accessing their voices helps with other areas of personal development, which can deeply enrich their lives. It can also help with confidence in public speaking and other work and social situations.
I work closely with my clients to examine these elements, then, using appropriate vocal methods, move forward in creative, intuitive and rewarding ways.
Every person has their own individual learning style & experience of their own voice.
My teaching methods/techniques are tailored and adapted to suit the singer, their voice and their goals rather than a rigid adhesion to one particular method.
I combine my extensive knowledge of techniques including Bel Canto and Natural Voice in an intuitive way to suit the singer and the repertoire.
We start by exploring any vocal history you may have - if any, uncovering your goals and working towards them at a pace that suits you. I encourage singers to respond to their instincts and innate creativity.
My work is particularly rewarding when those with confidence or anxiety issues, and many people convinced they "can't" sing, unlock the joy of singing, and open the door to music in their lives.
Private singing lessons with me are all about you.
Think of me as your vocal personal trainer!
With uninterrupted, focused attention, support, nurturing and encouragement, I help you set and achieve your own singing/creative goals, whatever your starting-point.
Learning vocal technique one to one you will be able to:-
- Explore and develop your own voice at your own pace in a safe, sensitive space.
- Learn breathing, projection, increase your range and improve tone quality.
- Experience individually-tailored training and coaching at an appropriate level
- Learn microphone technique and work on a wide variety of genre, repertoire and styles.
- Lessons are extremely relaxed and informal (and fun)
Current students come from a variety of backgrounds, amateur and professional, from West End, international TV & film/record industry to people starting completely from scratch.
"Just to let you know that I had my audition for the choir, and I got in! So thank you, thank you, thank you for your brilliant singing lessons!"
Days & Times
- Private lessons in north London take place on Tuesday, Thursday and alternate Saturdays.
- Private lessons in Falmouth and Mousehole, Cornwall by arrangement.
- Online lesson appointments (via live Zoom video link) by arrangement/ time zone.
- Lesson duration 1 x hour including changeovers and admin.
- Fees on application, charged hourly, various packages available more
You don't need to audition - just get in touch and take it from there...
Initially I was sceptical about teaching one to one lessons online, but now I am a fan!
I use the Zoom platform, which is very convenient. All you need is an internet connection, a a device with a camera and sound input and output. You can have your singing lesson wherever you are!
Recent students' successes include:-
- Author and broadcaster Sathnam Sanghera facing his vocal demons in the BBC Radio 4 documentary "Am I Tone Deaf?" more
- Doctor Who actor David Tennant preparing for the vocal demands of the RSC
- Lady in 50s - despite label "tone deaf" since childhood - passed choir audition!
- Mat Willis (Busted) before appearing in Wicked
- Andy Bell (Erasure) before appearing in "Pop Star to Opera Star"
- Dori Sakurada - Japanese actor and singer #dorisakurada
- Pop Idol contestants
- Mature student accepted for Musical Theatre post graduate at Mountview.
- Sang in public for the first time at her husband's 50th birthday
- TV news reader overcoming breathing problems
- Sky TV preparing Justin Lee Collins for his appearance as Amos Hart in the musical Chicago in London's West End