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About VOCADEMY

VOCADEMY offers singing, piano and music theory tuition with an emphasis on technique, performance skill, confidence building and artist development. Learn how to sing and play at a professional level with our simple technique training and mental triggers, keeping everything easy to understand and super effective!

We offer 1-1 SINGING & PIANO lessons for adults and children 7+. IN-PERSON sessions are available with Tutors in Maidstone, Kent and our ONLINE lessons and resources make Vocademy's training available wherever you are in the world 🌍🎶 Lessons are tailored to each individual student to help you efficiently achieve your goals, online resources in our "Student Extra's" to help and encourage practice and regular gigs, open mics, showcases and LIVE online sessions to give you the experience needed to perfect your performance skills and trust your voice!

Meet Our Tutors

Principal Dani Baker

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Company Director & Principal Vocal Coach

Dani started vocal training at age 11 studying Classical and Musical Theatre and throughout her teen's performed at various events, took part in competitions and studied for graded vocals exams, gaining Grade 8 ABRSM. At 18 Dani began performing at weddings and corporate events, performing everything through Pop, Rock, Swing & Motown and learning the world of professional musicianship. Dani is also certified in Level 1 & 2 of the Estill voice model.

With experience in a range of genres, 2016 brought the opportunity to explore a new direction as Dani joined Reggae/Rocksteady band The Scorchers. Having always loved Reggae, Dani fronted the band for over 3 years, releasing original material and performing at venues, events and festivals across the South East.

Dani now fronts Swing/Jive band Betty Baker & The Swingtones, enjoys playing piano, guitar and ukulele and continues to study and explore the voice.

Then of course, there's Vocademy...

Dani started teaching 1-1s and classes for Vocademy in 2013, soon the Maidstone branch started growing and in 2015 the Director at the time offered Dani a pilot franchise. Dani poured her passion for singing, music, performance and teaching into the school and in 2016 was handed the reigns and became Director and Principal Tutor of what is now VOCADEMY - Vocal Tuition & Artist Development.

Phoebe Brooks

Vocal Coach

Phoebe is a 22 year old professional, freelance vocalist who has grown her music career aplenty with various skills and experience from different avenues of the industry performing under her stage name "April Rose". She is eager to impart the love of music as well as the history, vocal techniques and performance expertise onto her students.

 

Starting at the young age of eight, she joined a choir, which gave her the opportunities to perform in renowned venues such as The Palladium, The O2 and whilst also being given the chance to be a soloist at the Royal Albert Hall and in various other performances across London and New York City. 

 

Since her younger years, her passion for music has grown into something more than just a hobby; she began gigging professionally at fifteen, where she developed excellent live performance skills that led her to become the front-woman of the versatile function band, Studio 33, aged just 17. 

Whilst managing her own band, she also established a duo called “Strings & Roses”, with her guitarist, to gain further experience in the field of live performances and functions. Alongside her successful function work, she has also become a session vocalist, recording demos for songwriters alongside performing backing vocals for a variety of artists.

 

In 2020 Phoebe graduated with a First Class honours in Music Performance from the Academy of Contemporary Music, and has received her Grade 8 RSL Vocals qualification.

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Lauren Wingrove

Vocal Coach / Vocademy Manager

Lauren has been training with our Principal Tutor Dani Baker for over 7 years and began Vocademy Tutor Training in 2018. Lauren has been performing for over 7 years and continues to work establishing herself as a versatile professional vocalist.

 

Lauren has been teaching beginner to intermediate students for 2 years and is currently continuing her tutor training with Dani, working with more advanced students and preparing for her RSL Grade 8 Vocal exam.

Lauren is also the Manager here at Vocademy, working alongside Dani in the day-to-day running of the business - organising enquiries, planning events, running social media and much more. Laurens a key part of our team!

Sophie Earl

Vocal Coach

Sophie’s passion and knowledge for performing and Musical Directing started as a child, she started composing and arranging from the age of 14, writing two musicals by the age of 16.

 

She has gigged around Kent and London since she was 16.  Sophie trained in Musical Theatre at Chichester Conservatoire where she played Flora in Flora the Red Menace and Sidesaddle in Soho Cinders - during her three years training Sophie musically directed/assisted on 5 shows.  

 

Straight after graduating and being signed to a leading West End Agency - Sophie got her first professional job acting and singing in three shows as part of a summer season including the role of Sally in Oliver Award Winning comedy ‘Cleo, Camping, Emmanuelle and Dick’ and an actor musician in the musical Tom Foolery.

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Emma Sackett

Trainee Vocal Coach

Emma had been taking 1-1 lessons with Dani (Vocademy Principal Tutor) for 3 years when she moved over to start tutor training. 

 

Emma had great understanding of the voice from the 3 years training, combine this with her previous background (medical degree) and Emma progressed quickly in the study of vocal anatomy, production of phonation and music theory.

 

Now 12 months in Emma is studying for an RSL Grade 8 Vocals and is taking on her first small group of beginner-level students whilst continuing her tutor training.

Tura Paice

Piano Tutor

Tura is an enthusiastic contemporary piano tutor who also specialises in composition and music theory. She has a first class Degree in Commercial Music Performance as well as Level 3 BTEC extended diploma in music with the grade Distinction, Distinction, Merit. 

Outside of this, Tura composes for piano, voice and orchestra and has played numerous gigs as a singer/songwriter over the past six years. She also writes musical theatre productions and her original, contemporary ballet, ‘Cold White Marble,’ is due to open in September 2020.

Tura is incredibly passionate and excited about teaching and strongly believes that learning music should always be an enjoyable experience; tailoring lessons to suit individual goals. She can also offer guidance with composition and theory if interested. 

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