Teaching

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 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
• Improvisation
• 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

ONE TO ONE SINGING LESSONS in Pathhead, Midlothian. Rates from 5th August 2013:
– cancellation fee for late cancellations of 50% applies.

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 Weekday afternoon Singing Lesson
(60 mins): £45
(30 mins): £25
Weekday evening or Saturday (once a month) Singing Lesson
(60 mins): £50
(30 mins): £27.50

Vocal Intensive Day
(2 x 2 hours with lunchbreak): £180

Group Singing Lesson
(60 minutes): 2 people: £30 per person, 3 people: £25 per person, 4 people: £20 per person
(120 minutes): 2 people: £55 per person, 3 people: £40, 4 people: £30 per person

Gift Voucher for a Singing Lesson
(60 minutes):£50 plus £1.50 p+p,
(30 mins): £25 plus £1.50 p+p

 SINGING LESSONS AND BEGINNER PIANO LESSONS FOR UNDER 16s
£15 for 30 minutes. Lessons in Pathhead, Midlothian

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PRACTISE CDs AVAILABLE – The Study Six Series by Sophie Bancroft
Learn the written melody and practise with a backing track – charts included.
 A series of jazz standards with the basic written melody sung by Sophie for learning purposes followed by a seperate backing track with guitar and double bass to practise with (the songs are performed in a midrange key for female voices). The CDs, each containing 6 standards, are accompanied by charts of the arrangement recorded on the backing track.

STUDENT TESTIMONIALS
“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.