'I always loved singing but didn’t have the confidence to sing in front of other people. I eventually plucked up the courage to book a couple of lessons with Tara, but I had so much fun I ended up staying a whole year! She gave me lots of encouragement and improved my confidence massively, and stretched me to try things that I had always assumed would be far too difficult. I even ended up joining a beginner’s choir and singing in public! I would highly recommend Tara as a teacher – she is very positive and has a great range of skills to engage with students of all ages.'
Michele Wood (student)
'As a complete novice, I felt very comfortable and encouraged from the first lesson. Tara explains the theory and practical very well and makes it easy to understand the elements that need work. I'll be lucky to find another tutor with the same positive attributes as Tara and would recommend her to anyone.'
Matt Payne (student)
'I have already learnt so much from my singing lessons with Tara. She has worked on my technique and taught me a large range of exercises which has really helped to improve the quality and versatility of my singing. She selects repertoire which expands my horizons and develops the particular aspects of my singing we are focussing on, as well as making both the lessons and practising fun!'
Carole Smith (student)
'Tara is an excellent singing teacher, taking care over all aspects of each lesson: choice of music, thorough warm-up exercises, confidence-building preparation and good technique. My daughter (now 18) has progressed very well and been inspired by Tara personally too. Tara also helped with good ABRSM theory exam preparation.' Leena Lane (parent)
‘Since childhood I had been told that I couldn’t sing – and I believed it. However, determined that I should be able to find my singing voice my husband bought me singing lessons with Tara as a surprise Christmas present. Tara was so positive and supportive giving me the confidence to sing out and find my voice. I stayed for two terms during which time Tara helped me develop my technique and helped me to hit the notes! I have now joined a choir and I am really enjoying my singing. Twelve months ago I would not have thought that was possible. Thank you Tara.’
Lynne Paine (student)
‘I have been singing with Tara for many years and she has been able to improve my technical vocal skills as well as my confidence. I have always been very grateful when she has given me tips and advice on balancing my other performance training. Tara has also helped me with the aspects of theory and performance within my GCSE music course helping me reach my target grade!’
Annabelle Canning (student)
'I have studied with Tara for only a few months, but in that short amount of time she has helped to broaden my vocal range. My reason for singing was purely for fun and that is exactly what Tara brought to the lessons along with her experience, patience, understanding, encouragement and enthusiasm – every session was so very enjoyable - Thank you Tara.'
Margaret Shepherd (student)
‘Tara has taught two of my sons (in a group setting) and they both loved to sing with her. They tell me she was always kind, encouraging and fair. As the leader of a new adult rock choir, Tara is an engaging, funny and talented teacher - we are learning so much about singing techniques as well as having a lot of fun, and she tells us we sound fantastic!’
Carolyn Robinson (Adult choir member)
‘My daughter only started singing lessons recently with Tara and already we are delighted with her progress and with Tara. Nothing it seems, is too much trouble for her pupils, every lesson is tailor made and Tara obviously puts a lot of effort into lesson planning as we often get mid lesson emails with backing tracks and song words to look at ready for next lesson. Tara is also happy to work in holidays, which for my extremely busy daughter is such a bonus.’
Kay Miles (parent)
‘Tara helped me prepare to sing at a friend’s wedding in August 2015. Her incredibly warm and informal style provided the perfect environment to help me build my confidence as a singer. Tara introduced simple yet effective techniques that ensured the final performance not only went without a hitch but brought a room full of people to tears. I can't thank her enough for the wonderful work she did :)’
Nicola Handyside (student)
‘My daughter loved her lessons and was really sorry when college commitments meant she had to stop. Her confidence in singing came on massively during her time with Tara and I cannot recommend her highly enough.’
Karen Lark (parent)
'Tara is wonderful and an excellent teacher. My daughter, Hollie, has been having singing lessons for almost a year. She wanted to develop and expand her vocal range and gain confidence in her singing. Tara is helping her achieve to these goals. In addition, Hollie is having a fun time – she enjoys every lesson and its associated practice. Recommend this talented and gifted teacher.'
Julie Mills (parent)