Frequently asked questions
How long are the coaching sessions?
Coaching sessions last for either 30 minutes or one hour.
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.
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.
Why choose online coaching?
Online coaching is ideal if you don't live where I teach from (Glasgow) to attend in-person sessions.
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.
What do I need to access online coaching?
Online coaching is delivered using Zoom.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.