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Nadine Finney 

singing lessons newquay
singing lessons newquay

Nadine has trained in AMEB Singing (Australian Music Exams) for contemporary pop and Jazz. Then went on to complete a diploma of Musical Theatre at the National Institute of Dramatic Arts. NIDA is Australia's very accomplished and world renowned Theatre Education Centre.


With AMEB and NIDA qualifications, her specialties lie in contemporary vocals, musical theatre, stagecraft, technique, pitching, control, mix, repertoire selection and song interpretation. Nadine is truly passionate about the industry and in love with singing. This obsession for the performing arts shows in her lessons and in her students. “I can’t go a day without music, and I hope to impart this passion onto my students. Music speaks what sometimes words can not be expressed and it’s a beautiful thing to be able to communicate through song.” 


Nadine has been in various groups performing mainly for big corporate events. dancing and singing in the 2000 Olympic Games opening ceremony,  performing the Australian national anthem at the ARL, and touring as one of the Australian Pussycat Dolls.  


“It’s not just about teaching someone about music, saying goodbye and doing the same thing next week. It’s about giving them the tools and motivation to be the best they can be and to have the vocal knowledge to be able to critique themselves; for them to be able to leave each lesson and say “I learned something new today”;


Nadine Finney had her first singing and dancing lessons In Australia over 20 years ago and was instantly hooked.  She fell in love with the art of singing and has never looked back since! Professionally, Nadine has been teaching singing and dance for 10 years, starting at Dynamix Performing Arts. Click the link below and find more about nadine and her professional singing.


Role: Voice & Piano Tutor
Available: Mon, Tues, Wed & Sat

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Kerry is an experienced piano and vocal tutor with 24 years’ experience teaching all ages, both 1 to 1 and in groups. She holds a degree in Jazz and Light Music from Leeds College of Music and has been through further graded exams. 


Her varied music career includes touring as a gig musician, as Christine McVie in a Fleetwood Mac tribute group and the National Choir company’s Cornish branch Rock Choir leader. Kerry holds a fulfilling, long-term role as Senior Vocal Teacher and Piano Tutor at Truro and Penwith College. She’s nurtured students and seen some progress to the West End, and as band performers and solo artists.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I’m an adaptable teacher as all our students have individual needs: different levels of musical experience, music genres, and styles they want to sing/play in.

What's your favourite thing to teach?

I’m excited about discovering and learning new music, so it’s teaching something quite new so we’re learning together. I get ideas on how to make new melodies familiar to students through vocal games or warm ups or playing it in sections. I consider how to enhance the song by adding harmonies and counterparts.


What’s your speciality?

I want to create a calm, relaxing and safe environment for students to learn and perform. Budding musicians often suffer with nerves and confidence issues, which needs careful handling. I strive to create a space where they can feel comfortable and free to talk, sing, play and learn in the best possible atmosphere.


Role: Musical theatre voice/acting
Available: Tues evening

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Clare’s love for performing arts started at a very young age when she played Moses in a  school assembly aged seven. From there, she’s performed in many different areas of performing arts, including plays, musical theatre, Shakespeare and contemporary dance performances.


Clare obtained her degree in Creative and Performing Arts in Liverpool before moving to Cornwall to become an Early Years teacher. During her teaching years, she would enjoy storytelling with the children using yoga, movement and song. This encouraged the children to explore the story in a different way, building on their emotional intelligence and understanding of the story.


Most recently, Clare has joined Newquay Stage Company and Lane Theatre to tread the boards once more.


How would you describe your teaching style?

I use storytelling as a way to encourage confidence, self-awareness and imagination. I apply this style of teaching in the Musical theatre group warm ups. I also like to include movement and sign language to help children remember song lyrics is something .


What’s your favorite musical theatre shows and characters?

I adore Wicked - I listen to some of the songs from Wicked, daily. Les Miserables is an incredible live show. A fun fact about me is that I can quote the film Grease  word for word. My dream roles would be to play Elphaba (of course), Fanny Brice (Funny Girl), Sandy (Grease) and Maria in the Sound of Music!

What’s your speciality?

I combine my teaching qualification with love of singing and performance to tailor each class to the age of the children. I work with their interests and abilities to create a fun and inclusive environment for them to grow their self-expression and harness teamwork.

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