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Singing Lessons Northampton

I'm Courtney Winterson, whether you're a beginner or refining your technique, my professional singing lessons cater to your needs. Join me in discovering the joy of singing, while developing confidence, range, and expression.

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Courtney Winterson - Professional Singing Teacher

Singing Lessons Northampton Teacher - Courtney Winterson
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Lessons Tailored To You

A Bit About Me... I am 26 and I live in a village in Northamptonshire with my husband and our dog (aka the love of my life!) Dexter, who will no doubt make the odd appearance! I love singing, playing piano, writing songs/ compositions and helping others achieve their musical goals. I have been teaching for 3 years now and wouldn't change it for the world - it is a joy seeing students progress and being part of their music journey.


£24 per 1/2 hour, £32 per hour

Singing Teacher

Courtney Winterson


Roade, Northampton NN7, UK
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Student Advice

Breathing Exercises

Proper breathing technique is the backbone of a great singing performance. It allows you to achieve better control over your breath support, vocal tone, and overall vocal stamina. Novice singers can start by practicing diaphragmatic breathing and inhaling through the nose with a count before exhaling through the mouth.

However, beginners often make mistakes, such as taking rapid, shallow breaths or singing too quietly due to a lack of confidence. My lessons focus on helping you to avoid these errors and improve your technique. It might seem trivial, but setting aside around 10 minutes per day for the breathing exercises I will share with you during my lessons can significantly enhance your breath control.


£24 per 1/2 hour
£26 per 3/4 hour
£32 per hour

Lessons are weekly, fortnightly or as suits you.

Advice for New Students

Foundational Techniques for Beginner Singers

Are you ready to unlock your potential and elevate your vocal skills? Here at Singing Lessons Northampton I will not only teach you the fundamentals of singing but also help you find your unique voice.

Mastering foundational techniques is the first step towards becoming a proficient singer. While learning independently is certainly possible, taking private singing lessons with a qualified and experienced singing teacher can significantly improve the speed at which you learn and the quality of your singing. My lessons focus on helping students to avoid bad habits, teaching them the fundermetals of singing though:

  • Breathing exercises

  • Vocal warm-ups

  • Singing the songs that inspire you

  • Maintaining proper posture and body alignment

Each of these techniques plays a vital role in your singing development. One important lesson to remember is that consistency and dedication are key to achieving success in singing, building your vocal strength and control takes time. Taking weekly lessons, practicing in-between lessons and commiting for several months will help you to see real progress with your singing.

Lets explore each aspect of these core singing principles, as agreed by most professional singing teachers.

Vocal warm-ups and cooldowns

Just as athletes warm up their muscles before a workout, singers need to warm up their vocal cords before a performance. Similarly, cooling down after a performance is equally important to preserve vocal health. There are various exercises you can incorporate into your routine, such as:

  • Lip Buzz

  • Humming

  • Breathing Exercises

  • Dropping Your Jaw

  • The Siren Exercise

  • Lip Trills

Ideally, your vocal warm-up should last between 10 to 20 minutes, whereas a cooldown should take about 5 minutes. Regular singing lessons can help you develop a consistent routine tailored to your specific needs, ensuring you make the most of each hour dedicated to your singing practice.

Proper posture and body alignment

Did you know that your posture can affect your singing? Standing naturally with relaxed head, neck, and shoulders can significantly enhance your vocal performance. Proper alignment not only improves resonance and projection but also facilitates the intake of full, relaxed breaths, essential for vocal control and stamina.

To enhance your posture for singing, you can practice exercises such as maintaining relaxation in movements, ensuring your chin is level, and aligning your heels, calves, shoulders, and head against a wall. These exercises can significantly improve your overall performance when practiced consistently.

Building a Strong Vocal Foundation

Having established the foundational techniques, the next step is to build upon them. This involves:

  • Honing your pitch accuracy

  • Ear training

  • Basic music theory knowledge

  • Developing a strong sense of rhythm

These skills are essential for a well-rounded singing performance.

Whether you’re working towards a classical style or a pop genre, understanding these elements can help you become a more versatile singer. As you progress, you’ll find that you’re not just singing notes; you’re creating music. I will now delve into these elements in more detail.

Pitch accuracy and ear training

Pitch accuracy is the cornerstone of a captivating vocal performance. It enables you to consistently hit the correct notes, creating a seamless musical experience for your audience. To enhance this, you can practice scales and arpeggios, sight singing, and pinpoint drills.

Ear training complements pitch accuracy by helping you develop a strong sense of relative pitch, identify musical notes, reproduce them accurately, and understand musical patterns and harmonies. There are various applications and tools, like My Ear Training, that you can use for this purpose.

Basic music theory for singers

A basic understanding of music theory is key to enhancing your singing and songwriting capabilities. It opens up a world of possibilities, allowing you to create more interesting and unique compositions. Having knowledge of chord progressions, for instance, can aid in maintaining pitch accuracy and identifying the appropriate notes within a song’s framework.

Grasping the fundamental principles of music theory, such as understanding chords and scales, knowing your vocal range in note names, and being able to read music notation, can significantly improve your singing.

Developing a sense of rhythm

Rhythm is the heartbeat of music. It helps maintain tempo, execute rhythmic patterns, and synchronise vocal delivery with accompanying music. You can enhance your rhythmic abilities by practicing with a metronome, listening to music with a strong beat, and engaging in rhythmic exercises and vocal warm-ups.

Rhythm exercises, such as clapping along with a metronome at a slow tempo or practicing polyrhythms, can significantly improve your rhythmic abilities. Remember, consistency in practice is key to mastering rhythm and enhancing your overall musical performance.

Understanding Vocal Range and How to Expand It

Vocal range is the span between the lowest and highest pitches that your voice can comfortably produce. It varies among different voice types and plays a crucial role in determining your voice type and repertoire.

Knowing your vocal range can help you sing comfortably and prevent vocal strain. Moreover, it can guide you in choosing songs that are within your range, allowing you to perform them more effectively.

Now, let’s examine the process of discovering and expanding your vocal range.

Discovering Your Natural Range

Your natural vocal range is naturally determined by your physical characteristics. Discovering it involves singing the notes ascending from middle C until reaching your highest comfortable note, followed by descending from middle C to your lowest comfortable note.

However, your vocal range can be influenced by various factors, such as gender and age. Generally, women tend to have higher voices than menn.

Furthermore, as individuals age, their voices may weaken and the pitch can lower, leading to changes in their vocal range over time.

Techniques for Expanding Your Vocal Range

Expanding your vocal range requires targeted exercises and consistent practice. Lip trill slides over a full octave, vowel ‘i’ exercises, and baby noises are some exercises that can help increase your vocal range.

To safely extend your vocal range, follow these tips:

  • Relax your muscles

  • Maintain good posture

  • Practice in the comfortable middle section of your voice for extending your upper range

  • Hum and maintain proper posture for extending your lower range

  • Remember to do vocal warm-ups before singing to expand your vocal range.

Crafting Your Unique Vocal Tone

Every voice is unique, and discovering your individual vocal tone is an exciting part of your singing journey. It’s about experimenting with different pitches and ranges to find what resonates with you.

Once you’ve discovered your voice, the next step is to appreciate it. Embrace the imperfections in your voice as part of its character. Building confidence through performance and self-expression can facilitate genuine connections with others through the authenticity of your voice.

Now, let’s delve into the journey of discovering and refining your unique vocal tone.

Recognising and appreciating your unique voice

Recognising your unique voice is about understanding your individual strengths and weaknesses. It’s about acknowledging your vocal prowess, stage presence, and delivery.

Your personal style plays a significant role in singing. It enables you to convey your individual identity and emotions through your vocal expression. Selecting songs that personally resonate with you is instrumental in presenting an authentic vocal performance.

Refining Your Tone through Practice

Refining your vocal tone involves regularly engaging in targeted vocal exercises like the yawn-sigh technique, humming, and resonance tuning exercises. These exercises strengthen your vocal muscles and enhance control, leading to a smooth and resonant tone.

Always remember that consistent practice is crucial for refining your vocal tone. Also, taking time to rest your voice is necessary for maintaining vocal health, which is pivotal for consistently achieving a smooth, even, and resonant tone.

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From mastering foundational techniques and building a strong vocal foundation to expanding your vocal range and crafting your unique vocal tone, every step of your singing journey is a testament to your progress and dedication. It’s about finding your unique voice, embracing it, and sharing it with the world. Remember, it’s not just about hitting the right notes; it’s about singing with your heart and soul.

Frequently Asked Questions

No, it's never too late to start singing lessons. The human voice continues to mature throughout life, so students of any age can benefit from singing lessons. Plus, singing can help keep your mind and body sharp.

Yes, paying for singing lessons is worth the investment in developing increased self-confidence, building vocal strength, range and tone to find your unique voice.

On average, expect to pay between £25 and £50 an hour for one-to-one singing lessons, although the price can vary based on the duration, demand for teachers, and their qualifications. Consider these factors when budgeting for your lessons.

Children are generally ready to start singing between the ages of 7 and 9, but students of any age can benefit from singing lessons as the human voice continues to mature throughout life.

To improve your singing breathing technique, practice diaphragmatic breathing and inhaling through your nose before exhaling through your mouth. This will help you develop better breath control and support for singing.

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