Teaching and Coaching
Cindy Stratton BA (Hons) Music, P.G.C.E.
I have taught singing (to children and adults) for over twenty years, bringing a unique blend of classical and contemporary knowledge and experience to my professional practice.
The closely related artforms of singing and performing are something I am passionate about. I often teach to traditional graded standards (Mostly ABRSM and TRINITY, from Grade 1 to Grade 8), but am equally happy meeting individual requirements that don’t involve sitting exams and that cover genres such as musical theatre, jazz, folk, Americana, soul and pop.
My pupils develop both confidence and solid technique, covering critical technical aspects such as diction, breath control, accurate pitching and projection as well as performance skills.
I am also experienced at preparing pupils for auditions of various kinds, leading to success in gaining places on university courses and at drama schools, such as Italia Conti.
I run a range of singing workshops in conjunction with my partner Marius Frank (we are joint musical directors of the Bath-based all female choir Sassparella and run hugely popular “Sing with Sassparella” days, covering themed days such as Motown, Paul Simon and The Beatles… watch out for Queen and Abba days coming soon!) as well as smaller events on my own in settings as diverse as Wiltshire College and Pucklechurch Remand Centre.
I’ve also been an invited panellist to a number of BTech performance events for MCPS Bristol as well as Colleges and Schools.
People sometimes ask me what is the difference between teaching and coaching: I like to think that teaching is more formal, progressing from one defined level of excellence to another. Coaching, on the other hand, acknowledges a level of existing performance and singing skills as a starting point, and then we work together to refine and improve, co-constructing a pathway forward.
I am delighted to share my skills and experience as a teacher and/or vocal coach, and would welcome a conversation to discuss your personal (or your son or daughter’s) starting point and ambition, whether short term or long term.