' Ria has an extraordinary ability to make you feel at home with yourself and find the sounds that are wholly you. The lessons are geared toward truly exploring your sound and finding the truth in your approach.'
' Your approach is gentle and confident and confidence-inspiring and incredibly knowledgeable.
I have learned that there is a lot more to singing than I first thought, but it is possible to improve quickly and that I actually have a nice singing voice!
Vocal training - integrating intention, breath, imagination and Movement
Ria shares her unique approach to voice training through private lessons, small groups and workshops. All of her teaching is imbued with a sophisticated understanding of connections between intention, imagination, breath and movement.
Ria's teaching is grounded in her intensive 3 year training as an Alexander Technique teacher - a practical approach to establishing healthy patterns of co-ordinating voice, breathing and movement.
Ria also draws on many years of performing experience in a range of genres and musical training including Javanese and Balinese traditional gamelan and classical Indian vocals (Dhrupad).
Individual lessons and small group classes
Ria offers a unique approach for beginners to experienced singers, seeking to explore the full potential of their voice. She currently offers individual lessons from her teaching studio in Preston.
' Over the years of teaching voice and Alexander Technique, I have found that a combination of both individual and small group learning provides an ideal environment for exploring the full potential of our own speaking/singing voice. I find that the Alexander Technique is extraordinarily useful as a way to refine our kinaesthetic intelligence as we move/sound/ think. I am particularly passionate about teaching in a way that meets each individuals needs and interests. Teaching in this exciting field requires me to be highly flexible and creative, as each person I work with brings their own blend of interests, learning style and resources, and a precious and unique voice. I like to leave space around the structures I offer, for individual curiosities to unfold.'
Individual Sessions >>
Ria offers a unique approach for beginners to experienced singers who want to explore their the full potential of their voice. She currently offers individual lessons from her teaching studio in Preston.
These sessions can be tailored to the specific needs and interests of the individual.
Lessons can cover:
- vocal training for singers or speakers. : developing resonance, power, subtlety and connection to your own unique voice..
- transforming vocal/ movement/breath issues
- developing performance skills
- rhythm for singers : embodied rhythm practices to build confidence and improvisation skills.
Small group classes >>
Ria regularly runs small groups (6 or less participants) focussing on a range of themes including
- vocal exploration
- building performance skills and resilience in performance situations
- rhythm/movement meditation
- rhythm for singers
The small group size allows her to give individual attention as needed.
To register your interest in small groups - contact Ria >>
What is the Alexander TEchnique?
This method has been taught in major international performing arts institutions internationally. to performers including musicians, singers and actors. Teachers undergo an intensive 3 year training enabling them to work with a diverse range of people, using verbal instruction and a gentle guiding touch, to support kinaesthetic awareness.
Ria has specialised in the application of this technique to voice for singing and speaking for several years, and has taught on the training course at the School for FM Alexander Studies. She is dedicated to sharing the principles of the Alexander Technique in a way that is accessible and empowering
Read more about the Alexander Technique >>
Upcoming Workshops >>
Voice and Rhythm workshops
Ria's skills as a group facilitator have been deeply enriched by her long term training in the Taketina rhythm process - a cutting edge method of rhythm education. She is qualified to facilitate workshops after completing her basic training with Reinhardt Flatischler - master teacher and founder of the work. Ria will offer Taketina workshops in 2018. More info on Taketina Rhythm process
upcoming Taketina workshops