Hello singers experienced and fresh!
Please get in touch with me to discuss anything or just have a chat. You can also send me a video of you singing for free virtual advice. Or if you prefer meeting face to face, come for one lesson to see how you like my teaching style before making any regular commitments.
If you have ever had a bad experience learning music before, stressful lessons, getting tense and straining the voice, low self-esteem or somebody telling you you cannot do it - let me help you find joy through singing again.
Whether you prefer jazz, classical, pop, rock, musical theatre, death metal, or other styles, I am happy and competent to teach them all. All styles of music are beautiful and I would encourage you to experiment or try out your voice in different ones.
I am qualified to teach ages 5 - 99 through music grades 1 - 8 (ABRSM; Trinity; Rockschool), as well as University level and beyond. I have experience teaching individually as well as in an ensemble and class of 30.
I believe in positive reinforcement techniques and making lessons fun, at whatever level. While vocals would be the main subject of lessons, we would also cover music theory.
We would focus on:
• Pitching - singing in tune
• Developing a unique tone and range
• Different breathing techniques
• Expanding repertoire and different styles
• Lyrical interpretation
• Rhythm and percussion
• Improvising, vocal runs and scatting
• Making songs your own
• Stage presence
• Emotional expression
• Goal setting
• Personal development
You are the boss, and I will make sure the programme, pace, style suits you, is challenging, yet fun and rewarding.
My ultimate goal is for you be able to make your own musical decisions, improve with self-feedback and give you the tools to become your own teacher.
A bit about me:
I am an active London based jazz singer, running a 7-piece jazz-funk-fusion band, as well as participating in various jazz/pop bands and ensembles. I perform regularly at jazz clubs, such as Spice of Life, Jazz Cafe POSK, as well as London Jazz Festivals.
Having studied classical vocals at Lithuania's National Music Conservatoire for 4 years I realised that Jazz was not just a fling, but a deep burning passion and my soon to be profession. In pursuit of this career I came to London College of Music to study Jazz Vocals with the amazing Tina May, Iain MacKenzie, Pete Cook and Pete Churchill. I have graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor of Music with Honours First Class degree and have been awarded a First Class Licentiate of the London College of Music. Recently in 2016 finished a Masters MMus degree in Music Performance through a Scholarship programme with Distintion.
1 hour lesson: £50
I have a home studio in West Drayton.
I am also happy to travel to your home and bring all necessary equipment if preferred.
Discounts available if you would like to book longer lessons.
Looking forward to hearing from you, even if you just want to chat and discuss. You can also follow me on Instagram at Willow Ley.
Willow (Vilija) Leitanaite
P.S. Quick piece of advice: Many music teachers teach out of necessity, because they are not successful enough as musicians to make a living. Be careful when choosing a teacher and find one, who emits passion and love for the profession! Otherwise, you might have a negative experience with learning music, especially damaging for young children. I specialise in working with those, who might have had their confidence harmed by such experiences.