ABOUT ROAMY

Singing since childhood and teaching since 2002 
Roamy is trained in all styles of Modern Music 
as well as Musical Theatre, Jazz and Classical

I teach all private singing lessons from my home in Petersfield, on the Hampshire/West Sussex border.  Here I have all the relevant teaching materials and equipment, combined with a quiet, disruption-free environment.

I cover all styles of modern music – specialising in Pop, Rock, Punk, Metal, Soul, RnB and Musical Theatre.

I offer individual, private tuition in all aspects of singing, with lessons tailored to each individual’s personal requirements and areas for development.

I firmly believe that a huge part of singing is about confidence.  I concentrate on teaching singers the correct breathing and vocal techniques to maximise their potential in their chosen field of singing – whether that be singing backing vocals for a rock band, performing in a Musical, fronting an acoustic act, singing in a choir or just simply for fun and to build confidence.

As each lesson is different, please feel free to contact me to discuss your individual requirements and how I can help.

I AM NOT CURRENTLY TAKING ON ANY NEW STUDENTS BUT PLEASE GET IN TOUCH IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BE ADDED TO THE WAITING LIST

TEACHING

I have been providing private singing lessons to singers and bands since 2002 – including lead singers of bands, backing vocalists and solo artists – in Devon, Somerset and East Sussex. In September 2016 I relocated to Petersfield, Hampshire and continue to offer lessons there.

Recent students include:

  • Acoustic singer/songwriters looking to improve technique and confidence
  • Professional Musicians looking to improve confidence for backing and lead vocals
  • Professional Actors needing to improve singing skills for improvisation work
  • Cruise ship singers wanting to improve technique
  • Guitarist and classically trained Singer wanting to learn Rock and Metal techniques to sing in a Prog Metal band
  • Children wanting to start at Stage School whose parents want them to have a bit of confidence building prior to joining
  • Children and adults who have auditions coming up for professional productions
  • A wide range of people who have never sung before but always wanted to see if they can.  Working on everything from Folk to Musical Theatre, for confidence building and personal enjoyment.

Head of Music at Shana Goldman’s Stage School, Hove, providing singing lessons for different age groups ranging from 5 to 18 and working with them towards Exams, Shows and Showcases.  I also offered private lessons to students, including coaching for West End auditions. (Apr 07 – Jul 10)

Vocal Tutor for the BTEC Music Practice at Central Sussex Sixth Form College in Haywards Heath.  I taught all Vocal classes, Live Performance Workshops, Vocalist Theory, Sight Singing and Keyboard Skills.  Together with the course leader, I wrote and designed the course content. (Sept 07 – Jun 09)

Assessor for new students auditioning for Vocal courses at Brighton Institute of Modern Music.  I also covered classes when staff were away on tour, in the studio or off sick. (Sept 07 – Jun 09)

PERFORMING

Classically trained until the age of 21 but moving more towards Musical Theatre and Modern Music from the age of 18, I have been performing as a singer since childhood.  In 2006 I trained at Brighton Institute of Modern Music, moving further towards Modern Music.

I have a versatile voice and wide vocal range.  I particularly love harmonising and close harmony work.

Having relocated, I’m looking to form a new band – either acoustic or full band.

I’m open to different styles and genres but am particularly interested in modern, close-harmony country (influences Ward Thomas, The Shires) and pure vocals over heavy rock (influences Evanescence, Within Temptation).

I’m also keen to explore doing covers in a very different style (Listen to ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ by Rhythms del Mundo to get an idea of what I mean), plus writing original material.

 

 

 

Musical influences include (in no particular order) Alanis Morissette, Metallica, David Bowie, Queen, Simon and Garfunkel, Foo Fighters, Darius Rucker, Pink, The Exies, The Beach Boys, Evanescence, Lennon and Maisy, Green Day, Pearl Jam

BIOGRAPHY

Singing credits:

Co-Founder of acoustic, close-harmony country-music band ‘Southern Skies’, based in Eastbourne (Dec 15 – Jan 17)

Soloist in ‘Pure Imagination’, EODS, Eastbourne (Nov 15)

Manager and Backing Vocalist for the phenomenal R&B singer Kelly Barnes, based in Brighton (Jan – Sept 08)

Backing Vocalist for the soul singer Rachel Mosleh (Aug 07 – Sept 08)

Regular Session Singer at Concorde 2 for Live Performance Workshop classes with Brighton Institute of Modern Music (Sept 06 – July 07)

Solo performance at Hammersmith Palais, London to audience of 2000+ (July 04)

Widow Corney in Oliver!, Mabel in Pirates of Penzance, Lead Soloist in Days of Hope, all at Northcott Theatre, Exeter (Jan 98 – Jun 04)

Solo and choral performances including:

Two Choral Services for the BBC World Service; The Friary and Basilica, Venice; Santa Maria Del Fiore Cathedral, Florence; Romsey Abbey, Hampshire; Eton College; Winchester Cathedral; Winchester College; Portsmouth Cathedral

Training:

Singing training with various tutors, including:

  • Mary King (English National Opera, C4 Musicality and Operatunity)
  • Carleen Anderson (Brand New Heavies)
  • Jimmy Jewell (MD for Mamma Mia, Bugsy Malone)
  • Kate Cameron (Norman Cook’s Freak Power)

Higher Diploma in Modern Music (Vocals) from Brighton Institute of Modern Music – awarded Distinction

Training in Musical Theatre with English National Opera’s “The Knack” course

Training at GSA Conservatoire in Musical Theatre

Grade 8: Classical Singing (Associated Board)

Grade 5: Theory (Associated Board)

PUPIL FEEDBACK

I had been having singing lessons for several years. Having moved and joined a new choir I had a sudden loss of confidence that I was singing out of tune. I was lucky to find Roamy who gave me structured lessons that helped me realise that I could still sing. She also helped to expand my range of voice.

Valerie Wall, Taught Jan 16 – May 16

As a professional musician (over ten years worth of live and recording experience on bass) and a beginner vocalist, Roamy’s ability to tailor her lessons and teaching techniques to my individual needs and background were impeccable. They were a crucial element to not only the great results I received from my lessons but also a large contributor to the tremendous fun I had as well. Roamy’s professional and highly personable manner creates a relaxed and focussed atmosphere in each lesson, and therefore I would happily recommend her lessons to anyone interested in vocal training, whatever their musical level or background!

Julia Ruzicka, Professional Musician, Taught Mar 07 – Sep 10

I always thought I could sing and after the 3rd or 4th lesson Roamy gave me the confidence to sing live. Lessons were comfortable and I was working on things I wanted to learn and perfect, harmonies, pitching, etc. Roamy also helped with songs I had written and gave advice over emails outside of lessons. I’ve never regretted the 50 mile or so drive I was taking to have the lessons, it was worth every penny.

Terry Brown, Bassist and Backing Vocals – Dead by Dawn, Taught Apr – Dec 08

While working as an actor I took several months of one to one lessons with Roamy with the intention of gaining greater control of a nervous singing voice. Roamy not only greatly improved my technical ability, greatly extending my range for example, but also gave me the confidence I needed to approach a wide selection of singing styles with real enjoyment. Her lessons were packed full of exercises and practice that really challenged me but her tuition was always fun and encouraging. I would definitely recommend her as a teacher to anyone, of any ability, who is looking for lessons

Mike Whitcomb, Actor, Taught Aug – Oct 07

I always turn to Roamy for a few lessons prior to my final exams, she gives great constructive criticism, and points out areas of improvement I wouldn’t have noticed had I not gone to her. As a result from her help I achieved distinctions in my singing exams.

Hayley Williams, Student, Taught Dec 06 – Jun 08

Roamy is a dedicated teacher and covers as much as possible in her lessons focusing on areas where there are difficulties. She really has helped me to become more confident and have confidence in my singing.

Josie Blacknell, Drummer, Taught Mar – Jun 07

When I joined a band as lead singer I was lacking confidence, and the ability to consistently hit the right notes. I began having singing lessons with Roamy, and after my first lesson, my band mates noticed a marked improvement in my singing ability, and the confidence this gave me as a front man. Roamy lessons were relaxed and enjoyable, but I always went away from every session feeling as though I had achieved another goal, I would highly recommend her as a sing coach.

Julian Bellew, Lead Singer – Wrecking Season, Taught Mar 05 – Aug 06