Claire Platt


Singer

Teaching

I am a passionate singing teacher and choir leader on a mission to show, even the most introverted of people, that anyone can sing, and everyone has a voice. It's time to feel part of something you never thought you could and sing your heart out. Feel the fear but do it anyway!


My name is Claire Platt and I am a South Croydon based singing teacher and vocal coach. I want to help you become the best singer that you can be. Whether you are confident and ready to take on the world or a scaredy cat desperate to let your inner diva out, I can help!  I trained as an opera singer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, but have spent the last 15 years working in Musical Theatre. I can help you with audition preparation where we would work on acting through song or simply just learning songs from scratch. So whatever your style I can help you find a stronger voice and help with technique, presentation and confidence building

I teach all levels. You are never too old to enjoy singing. Whatever your style I can help you find a stronger voice. I can help you build stamina, confidence and repertoire. I enjoy troubleshooting and helping people work on their performance skills. I prepare, and can enter students, for ABRSM, Trinity and LCM Musical Theatre exams however you are generally responsible for finding your own pianist to accompany you or your child. I do not accompany ABRSM exams but LCM Music Theatre exams allow you to use backing tracks and I can accompany these sometimes. Please note I do not teach children under 11 years old.

During your 1st lesson we will discuss your needs, aspirations and goals. We would then do a warm up and start working on the songs you want to start with (or I can suggest something). It would be nice to hear you sing something you know in this session so please feel free to bring sheet music or a backing track or just sing a cappella.

I have limited availability on Monday and Friday afternoons/evenings for face to face lessons at St John the Divine Church Hall in Selsdon. I also teach online (see below). Rates for all lessons are:


£27 per 30mins

£35 per 45mins

£45 per 60mins


You can pay for blocks of 10 lessons which gets you a discount:


£250 for 10 30min lessons

£320 for 10 45min lessons

£420 for 10 60min lessons


When teaching online, I teach via Zoom and find it works very well. You will need a device* to run Zoom on (you can download Zoom from zoom.us), a device to play backing tracks on (I can help you find what you need) and a pair of headphones. Rates for online lessons are the same as face to face.


If you choose to have online lessons we would start with a free 15min Zoom call so I can talk you through any settings that might need changing and any worries you might have about online lessons. We would also try a few warm ups to get you used to the set up. 


Send an email to ceplatt@live.co.uk with any queries or to ask about availability.


*I find laptops and desktops work best for singing lessons but it will also work on tablets and smartphones. 


Payment can be made, ideally, via bank transfer or, if easier, PayPal. I will give you the details before your first lesson . Payment for a lesson must be made the day before to secure it (unless you have paid for a block of 10 lessons). At present I am not accepting cash/cheque payments, however, if this is problematic I may be able to make exceptions.


Rates are subject to change.


If you need to cancel or rearrange a lesson this should be done with, at least, 24hrs notice. Failure to do this could result in your having to pay for the lesson whether you attend or not. the cancellation fee can be waived at my discretion but if you know you can't make it please do not leave it until 2 hours before to tell me. I would appreciate as much notice as possible so I can offer someone else the slot. I realise people get ill and can't always give 24hrs notice and this is where my discretion comes in! 

 

If you are interested or would like more information please contact me via the 'Contact Me' page/email me at ceplatt@live.co.uk