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Jan
16

Feedback from a happy singer!

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I received this email from a happy singer yesterday: "Hi Gemma, I just wanted to say, I was doing the exercises you gave me and worked on one of my original songs, and I could really hear and feel the difference after just 15/20 mins. It was really good! Now I just need to do it more often. Thank you!" I love being able to give singers tools that t...
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Jan
05

Singers Q&A... Lets talk about mucus!

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I recently started a Facebook  group for the singers that I work with. The idea is that we have a forum to connect with each other, support each other's goals, hold each other accountable and ask questions. I received the question this week from a singer whose voice I know very well, and I thought I'd share it with my blog readers as its ...
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Jan
03

Vocal Recording Workshop for Singers

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2018 is off to an exciting start! I can't wait to host this Vocal Recording Workshop along with Cream Room Sound Productions . More information and tickets are available here:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/vocal-recording-workshop-tickets-41398340551 This workshop is suitable for you if: 1) You love to sing 2) You'd like experience of record...
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Jan
01

Want to improve your singing FAST? Get involved with my '50 Days Of Practice' challenge for 2018.

The last 3 months of 2017 were chaotic for me. I spent far too much time on trains, drank stupid amounts of coffee and my vocal practice routine fell by the way side.  Whilst its normal and natural for practice habits to fluctuate depending on whats going on in your life, now that I have a bit more time I am determined to get back on trac...
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Nov
27

The Perfect Gift for Hertford Singers

I love Christmas as much as anyone but I have to make a conscious effort not to let my excitement peak too early! I haven't sung any carols yet this year, but it is almost December so its just a matter of time... For those of you who are organised and planning Christmas presents already, I have the perfect Christmas Gift for singers who are lo...
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Nov
13

My Presentation at The Singing Strategy Symposium 10.11.17

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Many of you will know that this summer I completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy with Voice Workshop and Cardiff Metropolitan Uni. I had an absolute blast studying for this certificate and would absolutely recommend it to anyone else who is is fascinated by the voice! This Post Grad course gave me the opportunity to explor...
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Sep
04

Read the blog I wrote for The Naked Vocalist :)

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I'm so excited to share this article that I recently wrote for The Naked Vocalist based on my recent Post Grad research around mindset and vocal training. Have a read and let me know what you think.   http://www.thenakedvocalist.com/how-to-be-mentally-ready-to-train-your-voice/
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Aug
26

I'm a Vocology in Practice Board Member!

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I'm so excited to have been appointed as a Board Member for Vocology in Practice (VIP.) I've been a VIP approved instructor since 2013 and have gained so much from being a part of the community. Now that I'm a board member I can't wait to work even more closely with the rest of this team of amazing voice professionals, to improv...
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Aug
08

Be A Singing Teacher Webinar

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​Many of you will know that I recently completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy  with the amazing Voice Workshop ( http://www.voiceworkshop.co.uk)  and Cardiff Metropolitan University. This course was a challenging and extremely positive experience for me that gave me the opportunity to research my particular areas of ...
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Aug
02

Rock Solid gig at The Jungle Bar, Hertford 28.07.17

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Its not often that I get to see my voice clients in their own territory as I'm usually holed away in my little studio! It was really awesome to get to see Rock Solid live- I've been working with the lead vocalist Carly for a while and know her voice pretty well, but the energy she brought to the stage was phenomenal! Its great to work with a r...
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Jul
25

Singing Workshop with Somewhere2Sing

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I am so excited to be running a workshop with Somewhere2Sing (led by the incredibly talented Duncan Rutherford) on 8th August 2017! Its so important for me to get out of my little studio and be part of my community. Group singing is proven to be an energising experience, and learning a little bit of technique can reduce strain, incre...
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Jul
19

"I have been singing for long time but got into bad singing habits which have made me feel very uncomfortable with my singing and lost confidence."

Its so easy to feel stuck in 'bad' vocal habits. I love how quickly we can replace these habits and restore a singer's range and confidence.  "Gemma Milburn is a great mentor. I have been singing for long time but got into bad singing habits which have made me feel very uncomfortable with my singing and lost confidence. Gemma Has a huge g...
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Jul
19

"Thanks, Gemma, for your inspiring teaching style!"

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Developing a rapport with each student is not only fun and rewarding for me, but its key to my ability to meet  their needs. "Gemma is a great teacher: warm, patient, encouraging and creative. I chose her for her enthusiasm to teach beginners and really enjoy working with her for her ability to adapt to the specific difficulties of her student...
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Jul
19

"She really helped me to find the confidence I desperately needed."

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​Confidence is everything. "When I first started lessons, I was so scared I couldn't even sing in front of Gemma! She really helped me to find the confidence I desperately needed to be able to sing in front of others! Now I'm the vocalist for Italian Prog Rock band Karmamoi and recording an album...she is fricken awesome :) "
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Jul
19

"Highly recommended and I will be returning soon"

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Learning vocal technique can be so empowering! "I had time for just one session 2 days prior to a gig I was doing (and was worried about) a few weeks back. I had considered cancelling as I couldn't see how in an hour Gemma could influence a vocal performance at such short notice and with little time to put things into practice! But she really reall...
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Jul
19

'A real vocal coach that will show you how to improve your vocals long term from lesson one.'

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 My clients' growth is so important to me and building a trusting environment makes it a great experience for us both :) "So why 5 stars? If you ever wanted to know if there are real vocal coaches out there that will show you how to improve your vocals long term from lesson one.......and not just listen to you sing and praise you for a karaoke...
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Jul
19

"I'm seeing continual progress week by week."

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​We can all be our own worst critic and often don't recognise how far we've come until further down the line. I like to help my students to regularly reflect upon their voices and the progress they've made as it helps motivate them to keep working!  "I started vocal lessons with Gemma about a year and a half ago, coming in as a complete b...
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Jul
19

"I was blown away by the depth of knowledge Gemma has about singing/teaching."

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 Every singer I work with is unique, and its such a pleasure to get to know each one. Receiving reviews like this is an extra reward! "At singing lessons with Gemma I valued the most that I have been treated as an individual. But not only as a singer, but also as a human being. She carefully listened to my goals, worries and insecurities, and ...
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Jul
19

"I noticed such an improvement in my voice."

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​I'm committed to only using methods that really work. Its so great to get feedback like this. "Even at my first lesson I noticed such an improvement in my voice. I take away so much from each lesson that I can work with and practice on my own. Gemma tailors the lesson to suit the individual which is great and each lesson is fun and different ...
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Jul
19

"Best Vocal Teacher I've ever had!"

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I get such a great buzz from seeing my students grow. Getting lovely 5* reviews are the icing on the cake :) "Best vocal teacher I've ever had! I can't say enough about the brilliant support and individual tailored vocal exercises which have helped me massively. I would recommend to all singers at any level :) "
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