My name is Steph, and I’m a singer and singing teacher. I’ve had a blog section on my website since forever, but it’s always been something that’s gone to the “one day I’ll…” list. As I’ve gotten more experienced as a teacher, I’ve found I have a lot on my mind and some wisdom to share, so I’ve finally taken the plunge!
I initially wrote a post that will probably go up next week, as I realised it wasn’t a very good topic for a first-ever blog. Instead I’ll share a bit about how I became a singing teacher, that you won’t find on my formal bio.
When I was 18 or 19 I was working part-time as a receptionist when my childhood piano teacher happened to walk into the business. We’d had a great rapport and I’d learned from her for 7 years. During the course of our conversation, she offered me a job at the music school she was running. Little did she know my piano playing had gone seriously rusty… but I have a bit of a life philosophy of say yes whenever an interesting opportunity comes, and tread water for dear life if you end up being out of your depth!
While this job not only forced me to brush up on my piano in a way with some appropriate external motivation, it also led to someone approaching me to teach their daughter both singing and piano. Now I was studying songwriting and composition at university, but also taking singing lessons with one of the University’s singing teachers, the fabulous Kristina Kelman. I was learning a lot from her, and the difference between her teaching style and that of my first singing teacher helped me to begin forming a lot of opinions on how singing training should progress… so again I said yes… and discovered I LOVED teaching singing.
I have so many favourite parts of teaching singing. Some of them are a bit self-gratifying; for example, I have quite an analytical personality and I’m intuitive and logical, so listening to a voice, diagnosing any problems, then analysing the student’s personality and devising a solution is just a fun thing for me. But I also love that I get to champion my students – be their cheerleader, coach them through their own vocal self-discovery and the pursuit of their dreams, and getting to celebrate their successes with them.
So, that’s a bit about me and why I teach. Thanks for taking the time to read my first blog post, and in the coming weeks I’ll be sharing some of my teaching philosophy, top singing tips, and some stories from my journey as a singer and teacher.
If you need a coach in your corner as a performer, I’m available for in-person lessons in Melbourne, and everywhere else via Skype.