Nice to meet you! My name is Emma, and I am the head vocal coach and owner of Rockit Vocal Studios.
I am originally from London, England and have what I would like to call a fairly rich musical background. I grew up surrounded by music primarily, classic rock with close ties to bands such as Deep Purple, The Who and The Spencer Davis Group. My family home was in fact a recording studio where many of these bands and associated artists would frequently be seen recording or visiting.
I always knew music would be a big part of my life, and began pursuing as much knowledge on the subject as I could at an early age.
After taking ”regular” singing, piano and guitar lessons, I was enthusiastic to learn more about my voice so I could apply the techniques to the styles I was more passionate about. As a teenager, I struggled with trying to find the right teachers that were willing to teach me how to sing, but not be so rigid and theory focused.
Finally at The London Music School I found my voice. The teachers encouraged creativity, exploration of music and the development of so many different skills that some of the more theoretical and overly structured teachers refused to go near.
After graduation I started teaching workshops at the London Music School, and went on to teach in schools, and privately. I also went on to record several albums, as well as provide session vocals for The Rolling Stone’s “Symphonic Stones” and many other collaborations, including a live performance at Abbey Road Studios. I have also performed across the country with various bands and artists. Always on a mission to learn more about singing and the voice, as well as develop her teaching abilities, I traveled to Nashville to train with Brett Manning and worked with Ron Anderson in Los Angeles to further develop my skills. Most recently I have worked on developing more dynamic teaching skills looking more into metal and scream techniques with Melissa Cross, as well as regularly upgrading my vocal and teaching skills with my amazing mentor Tamara Beatty, the vocal coach on NBCs The Voice.
I am also experienced in vocal production and arrangement for studio and live performance and I love working on location in studio consulting and assisting clients while they record their albums.
My awesome clients include singers of all levels raging from top 20 Canadian recording artists to beginners.
I have over 20 years experience in teaching all ages and experience levels in ALL styles of singing and vocal performance.
How do I teach?
My methods are based on vocal technology & mechanics, basically, how things feel in relation to how they sound. It's not about pushing and straining your voice to hit those tricky high notes or forcing out sounds to re-create and imitate the vocal sounds of your favorite singer. It's about learning how the voice works, learning how to use yours and developing those skills. You'll be amazed how easy it is!
Why is RVS different?
I work directly with you to establish goals, and the styles you wish to develop. If you are enrolling a child, I will work closely with you to develop the perfect course outline for your child, with a strategy designed specifically to achieve targets and gain results. I work closely with students to develop plans that achieve your specific goals, saving you time and money by avoiding lessons filled with information you are not interested in, or following a curriculum or book that has absolutely no relevance!
What to expect?
Firstly, don't be nervous! Your first session will be a new experience and I want that to be fun and memorable in a positive way! Every session is based roughly 50% on warm up and technique development and 50% on song practice. Expect to try new things, make some different sounds, and learn how amazing your voice truly is! This is the foundation for most lessons. Lessons also work on elements such as performance and mic technique, stage presence, building your vocal persona and assistance with career development. More specialized courses and workshops on all of these topics also take place throughout the year, so please be sure to sign up with us for updates on all of this!
I look forward to working with you and helping you achieve your vocal goals!
Emma Harding, Owner & Vocal Coach - Rockit Vocal Studios.