SINGING LESSONS

Andria is an excellent vocal coach as well as a thrilling singer herself. I am amazed by her attention to detail and innate enthusiasm for teaching. None of the vocal coaches I have worked with in the past compares to Andria's professionalism and talent! I am happy I have found her, because even in a few months I have dramatically improved as a singer.

Sofia M.

London

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If you wish to learn how to sing your favourite songs with correct pitching, breath control, and in an effortless way then having a professional singer guiding you through this transformative process, is what you are looking for. Andria is qualified to teach in the following styles: Jazz, Blues, Soul, Latin, Pop, and Musical theatre. During her experience in teaching singing, Andria has successfully prepared her students for the Associate Board of the Royal School of music exams, Rockschool Music Exams, and LCM (Musical Theatre) Music Exams. She has also coached and prepared her students for performances and competitions. 

 

As a singing teacher she emphasises the importance of developing a strong technique in order to maintain a healthy sound. Studying a repertoire in a wide range of styles while achieving the appropriate timbral quality (sound quality) for each style (including pronunciation in different languages), are another important part of her teaching. Learning how to sing correctly and how to confidently perform should always be a thrilling and exciting process. The following points are some of the main areas that we will work on:

 

TECHNIQUE

  • Breathing technique

  • The connection between the whole body and the voice

  • Good support and posture

  • Extending vocal range

  • Experimenting with tone and vocal styles

  • Improving pitch control and musical ear

  • Head voice and chest voice: using them separately but also in combination

  • Vocal health: how to speak, sing, and taking care of your voice (practice, diet, etc.)

  • Microphone technique

  • Learning a wide range of repertoire (as a multi-lingual I am also able to teach songs and pronunciation skills in English, Greek, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Italian, Swedish and Norwegian).

 

 

MUSICALITY

Depending on the style that the student will choose to concentrate on Andria can also teach the following

  • Jazz improvisation (from the early jazz to contemporary jazz)

  • Harmony (jazz and pop).

  • Piano accompaniment while singing.

 

TEACHING LOCATIONSPlease contact me for the latest updates in teaching locations

  • Home tuition. The teacher travels to the student's house.

  • North London. Currently near Highgate, Kentish town, Winchmore Hill, and Camden town. 

WORKSHOP - Please contact me for the latest updates

  • Past workshops included: 'Jazz workshop' at Millenium Performing Arts College 

LATIN DANCE CLASSES

Andria is such a great teacher! I took a term’s worth of classes and would recommend this to anyone. I learned so much – but the whole time I was doing it it just felt like good fun, the best way to learn! Andria is really engaging and knowledgeable, but also super kind and patient – she takes the time to make sure everyone in the room is keeping up.

Would highly recommend this – it’s great fun!

Ruth

London

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INTRODUCING THE LATIN DANCE STYLES TAUGHT

 

The Cha-cha-cha is the name of a Latin American dance of Cuban origin. It evolved from one of the three versions of the Mambo. The “Triple Mambo”, one of those versions, became very popular in the early 1950’s and was subsequently renamed the Cha cha. As music always dictates the dance, the triple or split-beat steps were inserted when a slower version of mambo music was being played. In 1952, visitors from England took this dance back to Europe and it has evolved, quite separately from the American version, into the International Cha Cha of today.

 

The Cha Cha is a non-progressive, lively, fun dance, which uses a “ball flat” foot action and keep the body over the feet. The legs and hips are used to produce a strong rhythmical movement that compliments the music. This dance has closed position as well as single handhold and double handhold movements. Because of this dance’s easy adaptation to modern music, the Cha Cha is probably the most popular of the Latin dances.

 

SAMBA

 

Samba is a Brazilian dance and musical genre originating in Africa. It is recognized around the world as a symbol of Brazil and the Brazilian Carnival. Samba is a lively, rhythmical dance in 2/4 time danced under the Samba music. It is a free spirited, festive dance that was formalized and introduced into Europe in 1956. Samba is a progressive dance, traveling around the floor in a counter-clockwise direction. A variety of rhythms are used, some with a slight “bounce” action and others with a flatter hip action or “tic”. “Bounce” is the most distinguished action in samba.

 

RUMBA

 

Rumba arose in Havana in the 1890s. As a sexually-charged Afro-Cuban dance, rumba was often suppressed and restricted because it was viewed as dangerous and lewd. Later, Prohibition in the United States caused a flourishing of the relatively-tolerated cabaret rumba, as American tourists flocked to see crude sainetes (short plays) which featured racial stereotypes and generally, though not always, rumba. In the ballroom world, rumba is the slowest of the five competitive dances and is considered to be the “Dance of Love”. It is about 120 beats per minute which corresponds, both in music and in dance to what the Cubans of an older generation called the bolero-son. All social dances in Venezuela involve a hip-sway over the standing leg and, though this is scarcely noticeable in fast salsa, it is more pronounced in the slow ballroom rumba. In general, steps are kept compact and the dance is danced generally without any rise and fall. This style is authentic, as is the use of free arms in various figures. The basic figures derive from dance moves observed in Havana in the pre-revolutionary period, and have developed their own life since then. Competition figures are often complex, and this is where competition dance separates from social dance. Details can be obtained from the syllabi of dance teaching organizations and from standard texts.

 

PASO DOBLE

 

Paso Doble originated in southern France and began gaining popularity in the United States in the 1930s. Because the dance developed in France, the steps of the Spanish Paso Doble actually have French names. In Spanish, “Paso Doble” means “two step” and refers to the marching nature of the steps. The dance consists of several dramatic poses that are coordinated with highlights in the music. The body is held upright with the feet always directly underneath the body. In the Paso Doble, dancers take strong steps forward with the heels, and incorporate artistic hand movements. The forward steps, or walks, should be strong and proud. The man should also incorporate apel’, a move in which he strongly stamps his foot, much like a matador strikes the ground in order to capture the attention of the bull. All moves of the Paso Doble should be sharp and quick, with the chest and head held high to represent arrogance and dignity.

 

JIVE

 

A true “American Dance”, the Jive started out in the southwest of the U.S.A. and ran through a variety of names such as “The Cake Walk”, “Turkey Trot”, “Bunny Hop”, “Lindy Hop”, and “Jitterbug”. Essentially, the Jive is a cocktail of all those dances as well as East and West Coast Swings. During World War II, the American forces brought this dance to Britain, together with the popular orchestras of the day such as Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey and Glen Miller. Sometime after war;s end, the faster version stayed in Europe and became known as the Jive. It is a stationary dance, full of swing, kicks and ball changes. This dance should be lively, energetic and full of fun. Weight should be kept towards the balls of the feet so as to ensure a slight “bounce” effect and accents should be shown on the 2 and 4 beats.

 

 

GROUP DANCE LESSONS

 

Group lessons – is a great way to learn new dances and steps with your friends.  The classes are kept on a smaller size, so there is always plenty of room and attention for everyone.  You can come solo or with a partner.  Dance steps, choreography, leading and follow, arm styling as well as technique are the main topics on which the lessons will concentrate for each dance style.

 

PRIVATE LESSONS

 

Private classes – The most important benefit of having private lessons is that you get 100% attention depending on your weaknesses and strengths.  The lesson is taught at the pace of your choice.  Private classes are great for getting detailed in depth explanation of dances and steps, as well as a wonderful opportunity to dance with your teacher.

WEDDING DANCE

 

Wedding dances - First dance signifies the beginning of your life together as husband and wife, so make this dance memorable. The teacher will choreograph a song of your choice. Alternatively, the teacher will give you a list of the most famous, romantic and passionate songs  from which you can choose your favourite song.

PIANO LESSONS

As a piano teacher, Andria can easily adapt on each student’s stylistic preferences and abilities, whether he/she is a child or adult, in order to construct the most suitable lesson plan. She firmly believes that when playing the piano the whole body should be engaged, in order to feel the rhythm and pulse through the whole body and externalise it naturally through the fingers. Andria has studied this holistic approach through her one year course of African drumming at City of London University. During her experience in teaching piano, Andria has successfully prepared some of her students for the Associate Board of the Royal School of music exams and Rockschool Music Exams.

 

TEACHING LOCATIONS: Please contact me for the latest updates in teaching locations

  • Home tuition. The teacher travels to the student's house.

  • North London. Currently in Highgate, Winchmore Hill, and Camden town.

 

REVIEWS

Andria has been an absolute dream! Her classes are always about knowledge, feelings and passion. She is fantastic and an amazing singer! 

Being a non-English born singer, she knows how to improve pronunciation and sound of other people's accents. 

I love taking her classes and she always has an encouraging sentence to end the lesson in a positive way!  

Thanks to her I got an offer for the BA Musical Theatre course at Italia Conti!

Thank you Andria!!

Giulia R.

London

Coming from a classical background, I was looking for a teacher that would help with my transition to contemporary singing. I started working with Andria two years ago and the way my voice changed is amazing! She is passionate and enthusiastic and she knows her subject very well. She encouraged me to take the Rockschool exams for grade 3 and 4 and it was proven to be a great way to improve, not only my singing but also my general music knowledge. Her experience in exam preparation gave me the confidence I needed and at the end, I had the best result I could wish for. I got distinction both times! Being a classical choral singer for years, I now have the technique and confidence to perform as a contemporary singer and I am in the process of finding my own personal style. Either you are a beginner or a more advance singer; I would definitely recommend Andria as a vocal coach. She will help you understand your own voice and develop your personal style. I am looking forward to another exciting year working with her.

Demetriana P.

London

Enthusiastic. Motivator. Honest. I started taking Voice last November 2015, and from then on Andria and I have got along so well. I love working with her. Every class she pushes me to give my 100%, and that's what I needed. She helped me to believe more in myself and to make me aware what my real skills in singing were. I am so glad to have found her as teacher. For sure I am in good and safe hands.

Dario G.

London

I’ve only started taking lessons with Andria about 6/7 weeks ago and I have already noticed an improvement in my voice! Her lessons are very structured (10-15 mins warm up, 30 mins working on various pieces, 15 mins of jamming/cool down) and she is great at keeping track of my improvement (e.g. by writing down how well I do at the breathing exercises each week), which again motivates me to do better each time. Andria herself has a beautiful voice but perhaps, more importantly for students, she is a wonderful person throughout – she’s so positive and so patient that she will manage to bring out the best in every student even on their bad days. Another great thing about Andria is that she’s very flexible when it comes to scheduling lessons, so I definitely recommend her to those working in the City and who may have slightly unpredictable hours.

Karla A.

London

Andria has been an amazing piano teacher for our young daughter, who started learning when she was four. She is methodical, patient, and understands this age really well. I feel we are in good hands.

Amalia S.

London

I ‘ve been taking lessons with Andria for quite some time now and I ‘ve noticed that my voice is becoming stronger and more confident. She gives great feedback on ways to build your singing technique, while keeping the lesson fun! Having lessons with her is the most enjoyable part of my week:) Not only her voice is amazing but she is a competent coach and I would highly recommend her to anyone who wants to get involved with singing both as a hobby or professionally!

Georgia K.

London

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