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VIDEO: How Do You Become Adele’s Backing Singer?

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Ever wondered how the kids of today might go about making a career out of singing alongside some of the world’s biggest artists?

In this interview, Steve catches up with his good friend Katie Holmes-Smith. Katie is one of the most sought-after session and backing vocalists in the UK and has toured with artists such as Adele, Jessie J, and Olly Murs.

We chat about the following topics:

 

1.22 When did Katie start singing lessons?
3.30 What took Katie to the ‘next level’?
7.47 What do you need to do to become Jessie J’s backing vocalist?
11.56 Does work ethic count for anything?
13.30 Making money from singing
16.05 How you get a call up
19.38 What happens on tour with Olly Murs?
22.36 How do you keep the voice healthy on tour?
26.00 The demand on today’s vocalists
30.10 Can you teach anyone to sing?
33.10 What would a 10 year old Katie do different?
35.44 What would you teach a classroom of kids?
42.55 A shout out for Kelli-Leigh

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VIDEO: Do You Want To Be Elphaba?

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In this video, Singfinity founder Steve consumes some excellent coffee with Natalie Andreou, standby for Elphaba at the Apollo Theatre in London’s West End. Also joining us is London’s leading voice coach Chris Johnson. We talk auditions, voice training, what it takes to play Elphaba and there are a ton more tips for aspiring musical theatre stars. As an aside, Natalie and Chris are also an item, he’s her voice coach, and Chris is one of my lifelong friends… it makes for a cracking interview.

They talk auditions, voice training, what it takes to play Elphaba and there are a ton more tips for aspiring musical theatre stars. As an aside, Natalie and Chris are also an item, he’s her voice coach, and Chris is one of Steve’s lifelong friends… it makes for a cracking interview.

3:40 Why Natalie chose her particular dance college
5:25 We discuss the need for sight singing within the industry
6:45 Natalie explains why technical expertise should be a priority
8:30 Why being READY to go could be your biggest asset
11:23 How to remember your lines
15:34 How it feels to be Elphaba on stage
19:01 How vocal technique affects your career choice
20:55 How inspiration can promote vocal development
23:08 Vocational training is a must for Musical Theatre students

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VIDEO: Singing Lessons for Children – The How To

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Winner of the Van Lawrence Prize 2010 awarded by the British Voice Association, Dr. Jenevora Williams is both a leading voice scientist and pedagogue.

She’s a voracious scholar and committed practitioner who continues to push the boundaries of voice education and teaching.

Steve and Jenevora took some time to talk about all things singing, and all things children. Here are the timestamps:

1:16 Jenevora’s background
3:35 Jenevora’s book – Teaching Singing to Children and Young Adults
6:35 Misconceptions and myths with Children’s singing teaching
14:22 How do we motivate children to sing?
18:00 The difference between style and technique
21:23 The top three tips for teaching children
24:14 Implications of the male voice change
29:30 How to teach a group of Children?
32:35 What’s next for Jenevora?

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VIDEO: Can You Teach A Growth Mindset?

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Steve sits down with Katie Walton. Teacher and author of the Mindset Melting Pot. They talk about mindset, Carol Dweck’s work, Sir Ken Robinson and some practical ways to encourage a growth mindset in the classroom.

4:50 the value in developing courage in the learning journey
8:19 What is a growth mindset?
9:34 How do we make sense of Carol Dweck’s work?
11:35 Some practical activities to promote the growth mindset
16:50 The difference between primary and secondary school mindset
20:45 We must start encouraging the right mindset at an early age

You can buy the book on Amazon. Find it here: http://goo.gl/HXtbV5
Or visit Katie’s other work here: http://www.growthmindset.org/

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VIDEO: Should I Take Singing Exams?

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There are a variety of things you can receive when taking singing lessons. One is singing grades. But, do I need them? Do you really need to take singing exams?

With the crossover into contemporary styles becoming more prevalent, are singing exams necessary? In other words, do I need to take singing exams if I want to be a pop singer?

Steve spoke with the Associate Chief Examiner at Trinity College, London. One of the leading examining boards in the UK to find out.

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VIDEO: Should Kids Meditate?

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The world is changing, but are our minds changing just as fast? People may think that meditation or mindfulness practice is quite an obscure topic when talking about singing lessons for kids. But what could a more mindful headspace do for children, their creativity, and overall health?Steve speaks with Claire Kelly, operations director of the Mindfulness In Schools Project. Claire discusses why children may want (or need) to start considering meditation and more specifically, mindfulness practice.

We talk about:

2:55 What is mindfulness
5:33 Why do we need mindfulness practice today?
7:38 What is meditation
9:28 What happens to the brain when we meditate?
10:40 Why should kids meditate?
14:25 How to start meditation/mindfulness practice
18:30 how to group teach meditation/mindfulness practice
21:15 How to break the woowoo barrier

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How Does My Child ‘Make It’ In The Singing World?

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Do you have an aspiring superstar on your hands? If so, what do they really need to get their break in the music industry? In this video, Singfinity founder Steve speaks with LA-based, Internationally renowned, vocal coach Dave Stroud. Dave has worked with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Justin Beiber, and Demi Lovato and so has a really good idea of what is needed to ‘make it.’

During their talk in the picturesque Forest Falls, California, they cover:

0:57 How the VocalizeU Winter Retreat can help singers grow
3:22 What Dave’s music education looked like
4:25 How classical singing is different to pop singing
7:55 How the education systems prioritize vocal education in the states
10:22 Dave explains the 4 main things (or houses) required for supreme vocal development
12:18 Why ‘The Secret’ is a fallacy – you need more than a dream
14:28 How to teach a young singing group in the best way
16:56 How to be a failure

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VIDEO: Singing Lessons and Vocal Training in Hollywood

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Steve speaks with Ingrid Schnell. Singer, songwriter and artist development coach in Los Angeles. She has worked with artist seen or heard on Disney, Nickelodeon, The Voice, X-Factor, BMG, Hollywood Records etc. He was lucky to sit in on one of Ingrid singing lessons. It was easy to see that she has a serious passion for taking artists to the top… and high expectations to match.

We talk about:

2:17 What young artists need to think about when they take the first step
3:38 It’s not all bright lights… why work ethic is important
6:28 Ingrid’s vocal training toolbox
7:27 Talent is overrated
8:48 Using musicality and harmony singing for group training
10:16 How to make the transition from karaoke singer to artist
12:08 Why Will Smith is awesome

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