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To book a singing lesson, please contact Sophie by email.

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 Royal Conservatoire Scotland, the University of the Highlands and Islands and St Mary’s Music School in Edinburgh.

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
Cancellation fee for late cancellations (within 24 hours of booked lesson) of 50% applies.
Rates from 27th April 2017:

Weekday afternoon Singing Lesson or Skype Lesson (60 mins): £50
(£45 for Professional Musicians or Students)

Weekday evening or weekend Singing Lesson or Skype Lesson (60 mins): £55
(£50 for Professional Musicians or Students)

Vocal Intensive Day (2 x 2 hours with lunchbreak): £180
(£170 for Professional Musicians or Students)

120 Minute Lesson: £95
(£90 for Professional Musicians or Students)

Group Singing Lessons available
Please contact Sophie for further info

SINGING LESSONS AND BEGINNER PIANO LESSONS FOR UNDER 16s
£17 for 30 minutes. Lessons in Pathhead, Midlothian
 
 

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.

 

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.

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.