Ali Heath Cook

Singing teacher

Based in
Sheffield, United Kingdom
Also teaches in Corperate Workshops, Further Education Colleges, schools
Ali  Heath Cook | Singing teacher

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I cannot remember a time when I did not sing. I can remember sitting on my grandfather's knee, next to the fire and singing songs from the 1920's. Irving Berlin's song Alexander's Ragtime Band was one of my favourites.

I had my first singing lesson when I was 8 years old. My singing teacher seemed really old and reminded me of the bad witch in The Wizard of Oz. She scarred me. She made me sing songs with words that I could not understand. Songs that meant nothing to me. Scales and arpeggios, which had no significance to anything I wanted to sing for pleasure. I often cried in her lessons. Then in my early teens, I discovered Pink Floyd. Dark Side of the Moon was never off my record player and it was then that I realised why I had to sing scales and arpeggios. The track on that album that changed my outlook on singing was 'Great Gig In The Sky'. I thought, "This woman's singing scales! I don't have to be an opera singer after all. I can be in a rock band and sing scales. I can scream, I can sing out loud or I can sing in a whisper!" My singing teacher hated the track and told me I would never sing with a band.

In 1990, a singer in a local band was struggling to reach certain notes in one of his songs and I said, "Why don't you try doing this". All the years of having singing lessons suddenly came flooding back. The scales and arpeggios that haunted me as a kid, now made sense. That was when I decided to be a singing tutor, but with one difference. I felt that there wasn't a tutor around at that time who was teaching in the way that I would have wanted to have been taught.

My philosophy has always been "If you leave my lesson without a smile on your face, then I have failed". Singing is fun, singing can be a spiritual experience, and singing is a release. Like me, most of my pupils will cry during a lesson, but not from frustration or anger or from being shouted at because they got something wrong. But, because they felt that they had achieved something that they never dreamed could be possible, or simply because they were moved by the lyrics of a song.

You do not have to be technically good to be a great singer. I would much rather hear someone sing a song completely out of tune if they sang it from their heart, than hear someone sing a song technically correct but with no emotion or feelings for it.

Teaching and singing is my life and my passion. I also work as a session musician, singing on other people's records, and have made adverts for European T.V. and cinema. I work regularly as an actor and made my first feature length film in 2006.

Both singing and acting have always played a major part in my life. In 1987, I set up a Theatre Company with a group of graduates and toured the country with our own devised work, commissioned pieces, workshops and plays. Being a performer, not only as an actress, but as a singer too, I know what it's like to have stage fright and to be nervous when recording or playing in front of an audience.

I teach all styles of singing including: Jazz, Soul, R 'n' B, Punk, Blues, Pop, Rock, Hip Hop, Funk, Classical, etc..............

Techniques include:

Diaphragm Control
Breath Control
Sound Control
Chest & Head Registers
Performance Techniques
Microphone Techniques
Recording Studio Techniques
Creative Positive Visualisation

Services include:

Singing Tuition (One to One or Groups)
All lessons are tailored to suit the individual
Private & Corporate Workshops
Personalised Gift Voucher C.D.s
Public Speaking Techniques
Confidence Building Sessions
Session Singer
Jazz Band (Duo - Sextet) Available For Hire


Private Tuition

I have 20 years of private tuition experience.
I also teach in schools and further education up to degree level.

Jun 1990


Aimed at: Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced.


Terms & Conditions
All lessons will be paid for on the day of lesson or in advance.
Payment may be made by cash or cheque.
Please make cheques payable to : A. Heath Cook
Cancellations Policy
There will be a CANCELLATION FEE of 50% if 48 hours notice is not given or FULL FEE if notice is not given within 24 hours.

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