FAQ       

Frequently asked questions

General

How long are the coaching sessions?


Coaching sessions last for either 30 minutes or one hour. Please note that sessions end 10 mins before the hour is complete to allow time for payment and booking your next lesson. If you want a full hour, payment by bank transfer PRIOR to the session is required.




Which time-length is best for me?


30 minute sessions are useful for absolute beginners and if you are short of time in your schedule, or money If you would like to attend sessions on a weekly basis, this is the most cost-effective way of doing that. Also, some people struggle to concentrate for long periods so 30 minutes is deal. However, there is a limit to what can be achieved in half an hour, so please call to discuss further. There are no hard and fast rules on this one! If you feel happier having an hour, even if you are less experienced, then that would be the best choice for you. 60 minute sessions are a good choice for more experienced singers, those with no attention span difficulties, or if you are working on something specific (e.g. songs you are about to record or perform live). 30 minute sessions do tend to feel rushed and you will need to be organised to get the most from them.




What do I wear to a coaching session?


It's best to wear loose, comfortable clothing, as singing requires use of the abdomen in particular.




Will I have to buy anything extra on top of the ooaching session rate?


You will be advised as to what vocal practice routine is suitable for you, which you can then purchase via Amazon, Book Depository etc. This will never exceed £15 and will be the only extra expenditure you incur.




Will I have to practice anything outside of the coaching session?


Yes - specifically whichever vocal practice routine that has been recommended to you by your coach. You will receive further guidance on how to practice and how often when you attend a session. No voice can develop or be kept fit and healthy without a practice routine, so it's important you follow the guidance given.









Online Coaching

Why choose online coaching?


Online coaching is ideal if you don't live where I teach from (Glasgow) to attend in-person sessions. It is best suited for song work (e.g. prep for an audition or recording of your own material), or to discuss your singing or performing. It is useful as a follow-up to in-person coaching, to keep a track of progress without having to come to the studios. It is also a cheaper option for coaching if your budget is limited.




How does it differ from in-person coaching?


Due to the limitations of the technology used and the fact I can't see all of you, it is not the best method to work on vocal technique. Singing is largely about breathing technique and posture, neither of which I can adequately see and assess in online sessions. However, I can still hear you, and can pinpoint why your voice may be sounding a certain way and advise you on ways to correct the issue. Being with a person has a magic all of its own and you may feel more self-conscious using online coaching and the required equipment. However, if you are working on your own material or songs for a covers band or audition, online coaching is perfectly sufficient.




What do I need to access online coaching?


Online coaching is delivered using Zoom. You will need a stable internet connection, a laptop with a webcam, and a good quality microphone and stand (so that you can stand up during your session). If you accompany yourself on guitar or keyboard and want to work on songs with me, you will also need an audio interface box, such as PreSonus AudioBox. If you are working with backing tracks, it will be you who plays them from your own device. Any good music equipment shop can advise you on what to purchase and if you're unsure of how to set it up, enlist the help of a computer-savvy friend. It's vital you feel confident using the technology - otherwise the session will be wasted on fixing technical errors!




I'm not an experienced singer - is online coachng suitable for me?


You may feel more self-conscious about singing in front of a camera, but this is something that you will usually feel more comfortable about after a few sessions. However, online coaching isn't for everyone. You may simply prefer face-to-face and get better results that way. As online coaching is limited in terms of working on voice technique, I would strongly advise you to take in-person coaching if you are able to.




How do I pay for online sessions?


I can send you a payment link via text message at the end of our session. Clicking the link will open a form to complete with your bank details. Alternatively, you can pay by bank transfer prior to the session, by requesting my bank details.





Location

Where do coaching sessions take place?


Coaching sessions are held within LoFi Studios, 20 Anchor Lane, Glasgow G1 2HW. This is a central location, close to both Queen Street and Glasgow Central rail stations, as well as Subway and bus stops. The area itself is busy at all times of the day so a safe place to come to by yourself. LoFi Studios are a rehearsal and recording complex and a great environment to come to! Sessions are held in a private studio that is fully sound-proofed and has industry-standard PA equipment.




Is there parking available?


There is metered parking available in the surrounding area, which is free after 6pm.




What train stations are nearby?


Queen Street Station and Central Station are both within walking distance of LoFi Studios.




What buses go near LoFi Studios?


As timetables change, it is best to check directly with First Bus, but as the studios are just off George Square, you will find there are many services that will take you there.





Rates

If I'm working full-time - how much do sessions cost?


£35 per hour




Is there a cheaper rate for students?


Yes - £25 per hour. Please note you will be required to show proof of your attendance at university/college at your first session.




Do you have a concession rate?


Yes - £25 per hour. Please note that proof that you are in receipt of benefits will be required, or that you are working part-time or are self-employed and on a low income.




Do you offer block booking?


Yes, but these are only available on the full-time employment rate. Blocks are available in 3, 5, or 10 sessions - please contact Louise for further information.




Do blocks have to be completed within a certain time?


Yes - all blocks must be taken in full within 6 months of the date of purchase.




What if I'm unable to come to a session within a block booking?


Unfortunately, the missed session would be forfeited and no funds returned.





Terms

What age groups do you work with?


Adult singers only (i.e. over 18s and beyond!)




What happens if I have a cold or am unwell and have a session booked?


If your lesson is face-to-face and you have something contagious, like a cold, virus, or conjunctivitis, please contact me as soon as possible. Your session can then be re-arranged to online.




How much notice do I need to give to cancel a session?


Please allow 24 hour's notice by text.




What if I have to cancel a session on the day?


Full payment will be due unless there are unavoidable circumstances, such as bereavement or hospitalisation.




What is the cancellation policy for block bookings?


If you miss a session within a block booking it cannot be redeemed. If you know in advance that a pre-arranged session has to be changed, simply re-scheduling will be fine.




How long do block bookings last?


Block bookings are valid for 6 months from the date of purchase. All sessions must be used within that time period.





Group Sessions

What is the maximum group size?


The maximum number of people for a group session is 6. This is so that the session can deliver well to all participants.




What is the minimum group size?


The minimum group size is 2 participants.




What are the advantages of group sessions?


Group sessions can simply be a good thing to do with friends as a hobby, or if you want to try out singing with the support of others you know. You can learn more in a group by having the opportunity to observe someone else singing and to consider the feedback given by me to other participants. It's also a cost-effective way to introduce yourself to singing and before you commit to one-to-one coaching.




What are the disadvantages of group sessions?


In a group setting, you would not receive the tailored coaching I can deliver in a one-to-one session. If you are progressing at a different rate from other participants, either more slowly or more quickly, this can be frustrating! As long as you are aware of this, then patience can be employed. You should also consider the personalities of the other participants and how supportive they will be. Singing is a very personal experience and you may feel very self-conscious to begin with. Ensuring that the people who are with you make you feel comfortable is vital.





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