About Me

About

Francesca Minney is the founder of Empowered Sound and creator of: Vocal Foundations – a six week singing and confidence building course; a singing and songwriting course aimed at vulnerable teenagers for Building Self-Belief and a 14 day singing workshop called Stronger Singing with Fran. Minney has over 5 years of teaching experience with a variety of age groups. Francesca Minney has helped to nurture and uplift children under the ages of 10, teenagers, adults and retirees. Minney is experienced at differentiating for those with physical and developmental disabilities. Alongside private 1-2-1 tuition, Francesca has worked as a community singing facilitator, creating safe and uplifting environments for groups of vulnerable adults to learn about singing, movement and employable life skills.

Francesca Minney has a First Class MMus Postgraduate [Creative Musician], with a focus on the voice, performance and songwriting. Minney has released music with Saint in the City Records, SUBTXT Records and Saint in the City Publishing, has been featured on Spotify editorial playlists and garnered over 3 million Spotify streams. Minney has been featured on the cover of The Crack magazine, received support from Launchpad and Help Musicians UK; performed live on BBC Yorkshire; and also performed on Made in Leeds (TV). She performed at Thomann’s Music Never Stops Festival 2020, Long Division 2019, has headlined 360 Club, Leeds twice and supported Lyves.

Francesca Minney brings this wealth of experience to every lesson, allowing her to truly tap into and provide for the needs of each individual student with practical, hands-on coaching. You can not only expect to dramatically improve as a singer, but to feel your confidence blossom and tap into industry know-how from someone currently operating within it. All this and more!

Press quotes about Francesca’s original music: “You connect with the songs on an emotional level; they go straight to your heart, your soul… [on ‘Normal’] It’s perfect, there’s nothing else left to say.” – Local Sound Focus “discovering Fran Minney’s beautiful songs has amazed and delighted me… Fran has such succulent husky vocals… This dreamy indie-electronica singer/ songwriter has me hooked” – Reyt Good Magazine “this talented singer-songwriter creates dreamy and delicate music, with earnest lyrics set against bubbly, poppy electronic production work… incredibly lush voice and style” – Richer Unsigned

Did you ever ask yourself what your life would look like if you had more confidence? With me, your goals and self-esteem are my #1 priority. It’s estimated that roughly 85% of people worldwide have low self-esteem. This can lead to mental health issues such as anxiety and have a dramatic impact on our personal and professional lives. To combat this, we must take special care of ourselves and I believe that working towards finding our individual voices is a fantastic way to do so. Working on a creative skill cultivates greater emotional health and builds our confidence as we improve.

I’m the right tutor for you if:

  • You’re ready to take action to build your confidence
  • You want to overcome fears around performing
  • You want to expand the range of notes you can sing
  • You want to discover your voice
  • You want to improve your vocal tone
  • You want to stabilise and strengthen your voice
  • You want tools to manage anxiety and become a better a singer through work on breathing techniques
  • You DON’T want to spend hours on scales or music theory

I wasn’t born a naturally good singer and have struggled with anxiety for as long as I can remember. I’m now a professional singer and singing coach, signed to a record label with over 3 million streams and although I still experience anxiety, I’m far better equipped to cope with it thanks in part to breathing techniques. It’s safe to say, I know how impactful the right guidance can be. You can see it in the reviews from my students too – through my coaching, confidence blossoms alongside the voice. Make this the turning point of your life. Why not take the first step to building your self-esteem and sign up for your first lesson now? You deserve to nurture yourself!

Details:

  • Qualifications & experience – First Class MMus (Creative Musician) with a focus on singing, songwriting and performance from Leeds Conservatoire, over 5 years teaching experience & over 10 years performing experience
  • Who are lessons for? I cover all ages and have experience differentiating for physical and developmental disabilities
  • Lesson lengths – 30mins, 45mins & 1 hour Lesson structure – warm up, technique exercises, song work, cool down
  • Teaching aims – For the first 6-11 lessons we will cover all the key components of great singing whilst working on the songs that you love and adapting them to your skill level.

As a result of developing your skills we should see an increase in your overall confidence. Once we’ve covered all the key components of singing, the technique focused part of lessons will be tailored to your specific goals.

Music Qualifications & Achievements:

  • Leeds College of Music | First Class MMus Postgraduate Creative Musician | 2018
  • Leeds College of Music | First Class Honours Degree in Popular Music Performance | 2015
  • Grade 8 Singing (ABRSM) | Distinction | 2012
  • Grade 8 Popular Music Theory (LCM) | Distinction | 2012
Location

2 Clarence Dr, Horsforth, Leeds LS18 4JS, UK

Geolocation

53.8315466,-1.6402769

Instrument(s) Taught

Singing

Where do lessons take place?

Teacher's Location, Online

Instrument

Singing

Lesson Type

In-Person, Online

Lesson Prices

60 mins

£45

45 mins

£34

30 mins

£23

Other Lesson Prices

6 x 1 hour: £225.00

6 x 3/4 hour: £170.00

6 x 1/2 hour: £115.00

Payment Plans

Pay-As-You-Go, Block Bookings

Payment Options

Online Bank Transfer

Cancelation & Rescheduling Policy

24 hours notice is required for lesson cancellations and rescheduling.

If you are unable to attend a lesson and have not given 24 hours notice I am happy to still provide you with a video outlining what we would have gone over so that you don’t miss out!

Contact Me

Get in Touch

Levels & Ages

Skill Levels Taught

Beginner (up to Grade 5), Intermediate (Grades 5-8), Advanced (Grade 8 and above), Professional Musicians/Teachers

Ages Taught

8-100

Lesson Sizes

One-to-One, Group Lessons

Graded Exam Preparation

I don't teach grades to my students

Professional Affiliations

Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)

When did you start teaching?

22/06/2019

Genres Taught

Genres Taught

Blues, Country, Disco, Electronic Music, Folk, Funk, Jazz, Pop, Soul music

Languages

Languages Spoken

English, Swedish

Reviews

Reviews

July 22, 2023

Singing with Fran has been such a wonderful experience. I’d fallen out of habit of properly singing and treating my voice with care, and through our lessons she has managed to boost my confidence and improve my singing along the way. If you’re thinking of going with Fran she’s very calming and lovely to be around. She knows how to move you in the right direction to get the best out of you but won’t push you into doing anything you’re not comfortable with. I would honestly recommend her to anyone who was looking to improve their singing in a friendly and relaxed setting.

Molly Holmes
Verified
July 22, 2023

For a person with no musical roots/background singing in front of a total stranger can be unthinkably scary. Whilst this was my mindset in the beginning, it didn’t take more than a couple of sessions for me to feel comfortable enough to really go for it.

Fran is a fantastic and friendly coach who puts a strong emphasis on longevity, making sure students are practicing correctly and safely. I feel that I’ve learnt so much and come a long way in the short time that we’ve been working together.

I would definitely recommend Fran to anyone looking to improve their singing, especially if confidence issues are currently holding you back.

Samuel Francis
Verified
July 22, 2023

When I’ve told people I’ve started singing lessons, with little historical “talent” for it, I’ve been variously told that I’m brave or insane – but with Fran, it’s felt totally natural. Singing is a learnable, trainable skill – albeit one that involves equal parts focus, vulnerability and silliness – and I’ve never felt out of my depth or unsupported as a beginner in Fran’s lessons, with tangible progress made in the six weeks I’ve been attending. Even if my only audience for the time being is our cat (he has mixed feelings about this), Thursday mornings are a highlight of my week and easily the best money I’ve spent in a long time.

Gemma King
Verified
July 22, 2023

I visited Fran for my first ever singing lesson and was feeling quite nervous. Fran was very patient and helped put me at ease. She checked in with me to make sure that I was comfortable throughout the session which was reassuring and helped get me out of my head. I received useful tips to get started on improving posture and breathing for singing. I would definitely recommend Fran as a patient and knowledgeable teacher for someone looking to learn more about unlocking the potential in their voice.

Hattie Foreman
Verified
July 22, 2023

Fran is really likeable, but don’t let that fool you. She’s fully trained and qualified, and she will get the best out of you as you develop your singing voice – mainly because she has done it herself: she’s a professional singer/songwriter.

She teaches breathing and posture, recovery from injury and expanding range. If you want to be a singer, it isn’t enough to have a beautiful voice – you’ll need to be able to sustain it, and Fran includes that. You’ll gain fitness and confidence. A lot – sounds too good to be true, but Fran’s track record is good.

Hugo Minney
Verified
July 22, 2023

Highly recommended.

Fran is a wonderful and patient tutor who has taught my daughter how to sing and to sing with confidence. The collaborative way Fran works has also given my daughter so much confidence in her own voice that she now willingly records. As a parent Fran discusses dates in advance and keeps you informed of any changes to scheduled appointments and when packages are due to expire; which is extremely helpful when you’re managing multiple extra-curricular activities.

Helen Shelley
Verified
July 22, 2023

My daughter has really enjoyed her singing lessons with Fran. The vocal warm ups and exercises are really helping her learn how to get the most from her voice

Anna Crowle
Verified
July 22, 2023

My Daughter loves her singing lessons with Fran. Since starting these she has grown so much in confidence. Would highly recommend.

Callum Crawford
Verified
July 22, 2023

Fran is a wonderful teacher who is incredibly supportive and lovely to have! I have felt my singing confidence and power improve over the lessons! You will get all the tools you need and learn how to use them to craft your own singing warm ups and practices. Would highly recommend!

Alex B
Verified
July 22, 2023

Fran is a great teacher, very patient and very easy to get along with. I would recommend her very highly.

Bethany W
Verified
July 22, 2023

Wonderful teacher, very easygoing and professional at the same time. She made me feel very comfortable from the first day and helped me improve my confidence already after a couple of lesson!

Marco B
Verified
July 22, 2023

Hi. My daughter Alice is loving the singing lessons with Fran, is growing in confidence and is actually practicing!! Alice says she is a great teacher and also has an amazing voice. Thank you!

Ingrid B
Verified
July 22, 2023

Fran is a great musician and teacher. Fran has worked with us on projects where she has been sensitive to the (sometimes challenging) environments and well prepared for teaching each time. She takes teaching and refining her own technique really seriously and enjoys sharing learning with others. She’s really personable and would be a great asset to the team.

Kathryn S
Verified
July 22, 2023

Fran is great, knowledgeable and patient coach. She tailors each and every lesson to the specific student, and I’ve seen notable improvements from all of them

Alex J B
Verified
February 20, 2023

Francesca is a superb tutor who I would recommend to anyone. She has taught my daughter who is blind and has always taught in the best way for her to build up that trust which as a mum was a pleasure to watch. Francesca was very easy to work with and very understanding and once my daughter can stop being shielded from COVID-19 lessons with her I hope will carry on xx

Kaye
Verified
February 20, 2023

Fran is very dedicated and enthusiastic. She is a very talented singer and songwriter

Alison M.
Verified
February 20, 2023

Fran is a fantastic singer, she studied at Leeds College of Music, both to graduate with honours, and for a post graduate Masters degree. But she goes well beyond this – she performs regularly both online and live. That tells you that she will inspire you or your child. She’s an excellent teacher. She is patient and caring, and because she understands the physiology, and the theory of harmony, she can help beginners as well as divas. I can recommend her very strongly

Hugo M.
Verified
February 20, 2023

Fran has started teaching singing, here is why I think it is worth your attention. 1. She’s not just a singing teacher, she’s got skin in the game. She sings at gigs and weddings frequently and her original music has got over 2m streams on Spotify. 2. She’s doesn’t describe herself as a natural, she worked hard on her voice to get where she is. Imagine two teachers one a natural and another who struggled and overcame her difficulties. Which one can help you with your sticking points. 3. She’s not interested in making you do endless boring scales and practicing only certain songs. She wants lessons to be fun and to concentrate on smaller changes that add up to a dramatic result. 4. If you’re feeling nervous about singing in front of people you don’t have to. She can critique videos that you made in the comfort of your home.

Peter R.
Verified
February 20, 2023

I loved our lessons… | feel a lot more confident and feel like I have found my voice… and I actually love the tone in my voice now… thank you a lot for helping me on that journey.

Gabriel S.
Verified
February 20, 2023

Fran is a total professional. My daughter felt at ease with her straight away. Fran took time to find out the level of skill my daughter had and her prefered approach to learning. Lessons were planned taking this personal knowledge into consideration and real improvements were made as a result. Besides being an excellent tutor, fran is also warm and friendly. I cannot recommend Fran highly enough. Thankyou.

Sally and Isabelle
Verified
February 20, 2023

Fran put my daughter at ease and gave her confidence throughout the lessons. Patient and informative.

Helen S.
Verified

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Safeguarding

Safeguarding Certificates:

UK: DBS Check (Disclosure and Barring Service)

Do you currently have Public Liability Insurance?

Yes

Supported Learning

Supporting Students with SEN / Additional Access Requirements

Blind or Partially Sighted, Multi-Sensory Needs, Wheelchair Access Requirements, Limb Loss / Difference Related Access Requirements, Autistic Spectrum / Neurodiverse, Social, Emotional or Mental Health Related Requirements

Experience Teaching Blind or Partially Sighted Students

Limited Experience

Experience Teaching Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students

Limited Experience

Experience Teaching Student with Multi-Sensory Needs

Extensive Experience

Experience Teaching Students with Wheelchair Access Requirements

Extensive Experience

Experience Teaching Students who are on the Autistic Spectrum / Neurodiverse

Extensive Experience

Experience Teaching Students with Speech, Language or Communication Needs

Limited Experience

Experience Teaching Students with Moderate Learning Needs

Extensive Experience

Experience Teaching Students with Severe Learning Needs

Limited Experience

Experience Teaching Students with Profound & Multiple Learning Needs

Limited Experience

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