Biography

Hannah Taylor is a North East-based vocalist and vocal tutor who specialises in Jazz and Popular music and teaching vocal technique. Hannah has honed her craft as a performer and educator in the North East after gaining a First Class Honours degree in Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music in 2005, from which she was given a special recognition award as ‘student of the year’. Further to the BMus, Hannah is also a fully qualified teacher in Secondary School Music Education, completing her PGCE at Durham University in 2009, receiving outstanding observation grades. In 2014 Hannah graduated with distinction from an MA in Music Management at Northumbria University and she is currently studying a Level 7 course in Vocal Pedagogy, due to complete in 2016.

Hannah is an outstanding and dedicated vocal tutor/lecturer. After graduating in 2005 she began teaching peripatetically in the Sunderland area, working specifically with secondary school children, from one-to-one and small groups, to extra-curricular choirs and soul/rock band ensembles. Hannah partook and completed a PGCE in Secondary Music Education in 2008/09 in order to improve and develop her approach to teaching. She worked for two years as a Secondary School classroom music teacher at Farringdon Community Sports College, being instrumental in the devising and writing of a new music curriculum, and helping put opportunities in place for extra-curricular activities for children at the school. Her quality as a vocal expert has lead to her teaching voice on a number of further and higher education courses at Newcastle College, including HE Access for Popular Music, Foundation Degree in Popular Music, Musical Theatre and BMus in Jazz, Popular and Commercial Music. Her return to working as a freelance vocal tutor has lead to her recently becoming appointed as vocal tutor for jazz, pop and contemporary music on the highly regarded CAT (Centre for Advanced Training) at Sage Gateshead. She also guided Farringdon Choir to the prestigious City Sings title in 2012 (Sunderland choir competition), winning the secondary school category with an arrangement she devised herself incorporating beat-boxing and rap, along with a native North East folksong. Hannah regularly judges the North East heats of the acclaimed national competition Live and Unsigned, as well as the solo/acoustic competition Open Mic UK. Hannah is extremely passionate about teaching high quality vocal technique and has been actively training in vocal pedagogy since 2012 completing a number of courses in the Estill Model, including the Estill 5 Day and she is currently completing a Level 7 Applied Professional Practice quantification in Vocal Pedagogy.

Hannah’s career as a performer has seen her perform in venues across the North East and beyond, including being asked to sing with Sting in 2004 at the Newcastle Civic Centre whilst on the BMus degree, which lead to performing backing vocals at Sting’s sell out Newcastle Arena performance in the same year. Hannah currently manages and performs with The Shoeshop Quartet, an all female a cappella quartet, and fronts Las Vegas speakeasy-style show Le Sape, where she can be found performing re-workings of popular music classics at bespoke high profile events. Hannah has, and still does, perform in a number of wedding/function bands including The Imposters, The Regulators, The Taylor Moon Band and Groove Allstars. She has and continues to perform jazz duo and trio gigs in the region, as well as being an important member of the highly regarded, former, all-female choir The Smokin’ Sisters, who performed at bespoke events throughout the region. Hannah is extremely versatile and experienced as a vocalist, branching out to singing backing vocals for North East 9-piece Funk and Funkadelic and in 2013 performing as a lead and backing vocalist with The Soundpower Orchestra in their Christmas concerts.

Hannah currently teaches vocals at Sage Gateshead, Gateshead College and from her own studio. Private vocal lessons can be booked by contacting Hannah at hannahtaylorvocals@gmail.com.

 

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