I am Shelly Quarmby, singing teacher, professional singer, songwriter, and also an experienced pre-school music educator. I studied classical Bel Canto technique with Diana Hodges (LRSM) from 1995-2004 in singing and also studied classical, folk and jazz choral singing whilst at University. I trained in both classical and contemporary music singing in small chamber ensembles and larger classical choirs. I simultaneously worked as part of a popular music duo from 1998-2002 and post 2004 went on to study various contemporary styles of voice coaching. Bel Canto, simply means to 'sing sweetly' and many vocal instructors have interpreted their own teaching style over the years. As a teacher and singer I have attend workshops and used various methods personally and professionally including dipping into complete vocal training, vocal process and briefly Speech Level Singing. I have also completed a course in Accent Method Breathing and bring aspects of it into my own development and coaching. I also approach coaching from personal experiences, I have substantial hearing loss in my left ear from a fracture and structural damage (nothing to do with loud music!) and some loss in the right ear. I also live with a complex connective tissue disorder, so I understand the various reasons people believe they can't sing well or to the best of their ability. I love to have the chance to prove you wrong!
I am also a trained Kindermusik Educator, a pre-school development programme for babies and young children using music. I am a member of the British Voice Association, The Association of Teachers of Singing and am DBS checked. I continue my professional development by attending courses and workshops in voice teaching and vocal techniques through the membership organisations I belong to. I have a special interest in stress, emotions, neurology and the voice, and vocal hygiene. I also recommend Alexander Technique, relaxation and exercise techniques to my students for the best overall vocal training and can recommend other practitioners upon request. I am also a Counselling Psychology student and am very interested in music for mental health and wellbeing and support Help Musicians UK by recommending their Music Minds Matter services.
Professional Qualifications: BA (Hons) in Music and Popular Music - 2003
Basic Skills course in Counselling Skills - 2018
Certificate/PGDip student - Counselling Psychology - 2019
BTEC National - Performing Arts, A Level - Theatre Studies - 2000
Professional / Personal Development:
Training in Speech Level Singing - 2009 – 2012
Teacher Training Course – Association of the Teachers of Singing (August 2011)
Kindermusik Fundamentals Training Course – Early Childhood Development - music and movement (May – July 2011)
Masterclass in Workshop Repertoire – Arts East Staffordshire (April 2008)
Training in Bel Canto Technique - Diana Hodges ARSCM (1994- 2005) - ABRSM Grade 8 Singing – Distinction (2001)
Experience also in ballet and contemporary dance training, advice where singers are also dancers available.
Experience: I work full time in the music industry. I work as a session singer, songwriter and record and perform my own popular singer-songwriter material internationally. I am also currently female lead singer in the hit UK touring Theatre show "A Country Night in Nashville". For full biographical information visit the website - www.shellyquarmby.com
I started to work as a professional session vocalist in 2002 and a singing teaching in secondary schools and privately in 2003. I also worked in pre-school music programmes in 2005 and in 2007 was recruited as a music workshop leader and trainer for Arts East Staffordshire to work on a project called 'Music for the Masses' delivering music workshops to Primary school children. I subsequently licensed in the Kindermusik programme.
As a songwriter in 2007 I have been involved in BBC New Talent for songwriters. I then took some time out of teaching for a while and recorded an original EP whilst living in in Toronto, Canada during 2008-9, which has received good reviews. My latest album ‘Beauty Survives’ was released in 2017.
I returned to the UK at the end of 2009 and I regularly perform as a singer/songwriter and can be found in the studio as a session vocalist as mentioned above.
I have a particular interest in the affect of general health on the voice and relaxation techniques for a healthy voice. I advocate strongly the importance of proper nutrition and exercise for a strong voice. Please ask for an information sheet of the dos and don'ts to maintain good vocal hygiene!