Teaching

I have taught in a number of schools, both Independent and State,  and I am currently employed as a visiting singing and piano teacher at Stonar School, Atworth and St Mary’s School, Calne.

My Qualifications are as follows;

BA Honours Music – Awarded by The Universtiy of Bath. (1987)

CTABRSM – Certificate in Teaching Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

DipABRSM – Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music

LRSM – Licenciate of The Royal Schools of Music – Singing.

Grade 8 ABRSM Singing, Piano, Viola

Professional Memberships

FISM – Full Member of the Institute and Society of Musicians

AOTOS – Association of Teachers of Singing

I have trained with a number of notable singing teachers and repetiteurs, including Cynthia Glover, Mollie Petrie, Alison Mary Sutton, Penelope Price-Jones, Rosalind Plowright OBE, Simon Phillippo at WNO and most recently Rosa Mannion.

Graded Examinations

I prepare my students for all performance related aspects of GCSE and A level Music. I follow all syllabuses for:

  • ABRSM – Singing Grades 1–8 and Diplomas (Classical), Theory up to Grade 5
  • LCM – Music Theatre and Popular Music Vocals Grades 1–8 and Diplomas
  • Trinity College London – Singing Grades 1–8 and Diplomas (Classical)

Auditions

Many of my pupils progress to Stage School and Music College. I offer preparation sessions for auditions, concentrating on performance technique,  breathing and relaxation methods, and advice on the best repertoire for the candidate.

Rates

I offer flexible sessions to suit your needs at the following rates:

  • At present, I charge £35 per hour, pro-rata, for all singing and piano lessons.
  • Lessons can be 30 / 40 and 60 minute lessons in length, as required.
  • I charge £40 per hour for specialist audition preparation for entry into Music and Drama Colleges.
  • During Lockdown all private lessons will continue to be taught online via Skype, Zoom or Teams. I will review giving face-to-face lessons at my home in Chippenham, where I have a dedicated Music Room, once I have received a full vaccine dose. I will return to school fully in the summer term of 2021.

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It wasn’t until I started singing lessons with Susan that my confidence really grew. Not only did I have lots of fun learning all the songs from the shows, I also achieved distinction in Grade 8 Musical Theatre. Thank you for everything.

Frankie L, former pupil

Mrs Sharp, Susan, you are such a wonderful teacher and such a positive person towards my singing. Thank you so much for helping me achieve my goal of a place at music college. I will be continuing my lessons with you during the holidays.

Oli