The Voice Trainer
Private independent singing teachers and vocal coaches
Sarah James is a vocal coach based in Sussex, U.K.
The voicetrainer is the product of 20 years experience and enthusiasm as a teacher and performer.
One-to-one lessons (1 hour) are available for all levels and ages. Sessions are based on Estill Voicecraft methods and tailored to individual needs. After putting you at ease, we analyse your voice to identify any weaker areas. You will then work on core elements of vocal control, breath onset and sustain, resonance and projection. Songs are chosen according to your taste and ability. Exercises for home practice also included. Sense of humour provided free of charge.
Group sessions via workshops cover the foundations of singing and provide an opportunity to gain feedback on your style, technique and stage presence. Group sessions are indispensable in gaining vocal confidence in performing to others, and encouragement and support are supplied in spades.
Sarah has performed on major stages throughout Europe as guest of acts such as Maceo Parker, The Corrs, John Mayall and Status Quo. She has been nominated 3 times for UK Blues singer of the year award.
Intensive tour schedules require careful voice management. Many singing methods offer little of any practical value and are, at best misleading. Taking the advice of singer Sam Brown she studied Estill Voicecraft, an invaluable resource for speech therapists and singing teachers based on the anatomy of the voice, under the direction of Paul Carrington. She regularly attends Estill workshops to pool teaching ideas.
Sarah has also studied musical composition at Sussex University and sound recording techniques and continues to write and arrange music. She has compiled workshops in singing and songwriting for schools at home and abroad.