Sophie is an experienced jazz educator renowned for her vocal teaching skills, and is currently one of the most in-demand vocal tutors in Britain. She teaches on workshops around Britain and Europe with jazz vocalists Liane Carroll and Sara Colman (please visit their facebook site) including the Mediterranean Jazz Summer School with Julian Siegel and Simon Purcell. as well as running regular 4-student intensive vocal workshops with bassist and educator Tom Lyne from their home in central Scotland. She has numerous private students ranging from professional vocalists to complete beginners, is Contemporary and Jazz Vocal tutor at St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh and is a regular visiting jazz vocal tutor at the Conservatoire in Glasgow and the University of the Highlands and Islands.
ABOUT SOPHIE’S INDIVIDUAL SINGING LESSONS
• Teaching methods devised from jazz vocal techniques
• Work with genres including jazz, pop, soul, folk, rock, r ‘n’ b, electronic, country, acoustic
• Experience your own voice
• Develop your individual self-expression and creativity
• Build confidence in your voice
• Vocal and Breathing techniques
• Ear training
• Phrasing and musicality
• Song interpretation
• Microphone technique
• Define your vocal range
• How to work with a band
• Practice technique
• Self-accompaniment skills
• Song arrangement skills
• Repertoire, chord charts and song keys
PRACTISE CDs AVAILABLE – The Study Six Series by Sophie Bancroft
“Just when I thought I would never sing again, you have helped to open up a new window in life for me ”
“What a teacher! Many thanks for everything”
“You bring out the best in everyone”
“Thanks for sharing your love of jazz with me”
“Your help and encouragement have been wonderful”
“An inspiration to me”
“Thank you so much for all the amazing teaching you have given me”
“Thank you very much for concentrating on us so deeply and thoroughly and for always knowing where we are going. You are a fantastic teacher!”
“I’m inspired now and longing to do more”
Previous teaching posts include:
Jazz vocal tutor at the City of Edinburgh Music School.
Vocal tutor at the University of Strathclyde on the BA Applied Music Course.
Vocal tutor at Newcastle University
Tutor on the Fionna Duncan Vocal Jazz Workshop.
Songwriting tutor in various secondary and primary schools around Scotland.
Workshop leader for various community projects using vocal techniques, improvisation and songwriting
with elderly people, teenagers, special needs children, adults and primary school children.
Britains first Jazz Education Development Officer 1990 – 1991 for Jazz South and South West Jazz.