Teaching and masterclasses

Caroline has over 10 years’ experience as a singing teacher, providing exceptional tuition for all ages and abilities. Her tailor made lessons, which can be in French, German or English, incorporate:

  • solid vocal technique

    (breathing and support, use of resonators, release of tongue and jaw tension, posture)

     

    study of student specific repertoire

    (musicianship and phrasing, harmony, text and pronunciation)

     

    preparation for performances, examinations and auditions

    (communication, presentation, stage presence)

Caroline specialises in the classical repertoire (opera, oratorio, song and chamber music) but also teaches other musical styles such as jazz and musical theatre. Her lessons can be given online as well as in person and audio recordings and videos are provided to facilitate the student’s learning journey. Caroline regularly organises concerts and masterclasses for her students throughout the academic year so that they can put in to practice the work they have done over the course of the lessons. She also leads masterclasses for aspiring new singers who wish to pursue a career in music and with her background in languages is able to offer extensive expertise in the area of Lieder, Mélodie and English Song. In addition to her private students, Caroline is a teacher of vocal technique at the Children’s Opera School at Lyon Opera. Private lessons can be booked individually or at a discount for a group of sessions. For more information please get in touch via the Contact Page.

“Caroline is such a great teacher! My vocal production has improved in all areas and I am much more secure now concerning the placement of my different registers and pitch.”
“I greatly enjoy Caroline’s lessons. The pertinence of her advice, her professionalism, enthusiasm and positivity all make for a remarkable teacher. I heartily recommend her to anyone wishing to discover or progress in the operatic repertoire.”
“Caroline is charming, brimming with energy, very professional and really helps me to progress”

Vocal coaching and workshops

Caroline works on a one-to-one basis with a variety of professionals wishing to improve their spoken voice. Her clients include actors, voice over artists, teachers, journalists and chief executives. She also leads group workshops in a corporate setting aimed at liberating the voice.

 

Her areas of expertise include:

  • breath management and support

     

    developing a pallet of tones and colours in the spoken voice

     

    projection and clarity

     

    posture, gesture and body language

     

    dealing with nerves

Lecturing

Caroline regularly gives lectures, to professionals from a wide range of industries as well as aspiring young singers. Please note that all lectures can be offered in French or English.

  • Carmen Workshop: learn to excel as a team
  • Developed together with international keynote speaker and entrepreneur Stéphane Moriou, President of Paris-based consultancy firm MoreHuman Partners, the Carmen workshop is a unique musical journey during which participants take on the specific challenge of preparing for a performance (in costume) of the famous Habanera “Love is like a defiant bird” (“L’amour est un oiseau rebelle”) from Bizet’s most celebrated opera. The excerpt has been chosen because it forces the participants to step out of their comfort zone. By experiencing in a very real way the demands of what it takes to be an opera singer, participants embark upon an unforgettable adventure: a journey in to the world of musical high performance. The workshop seamlessly alternates between insights in to management and teamwork, vocal preparation exercises and a final feedback session. The objective is that each individual attains an unimaginable performance as a result of which they leave with tangible commitments. Here are just some of the topics dealt with over the course of the two to three hour session:

     

    how can the full potential of a team be unleashed and made a reality?

     

    how can we encourage each individual to express themselves in order to succeed beyond all measure?

     

     

    how can we collectively achieve extraordinary performance?

  • Baroque and Leadership
  • In this lecture-recital, Caroline MacPhie joins Franck-Emmanuel Comte, director of the international baroque ensemble Le Concert de l’Hostel Dieu and Stéphane Moriou of MoreHuman Partners to deliver a unique experience combining baroque music with the latest advances in neuroscience. The baroque style came in to being at the start of the seventeenth century as a result of the necessity for individual expression. In order for this new sound to take full effect, the role of the singer-soloist came in to its own. This personal form of expression nevertheless adhered to a certain framework in the form of various accompanying instruments (harpsichord, viol, theorbo).  Through this delicate balancing act between the soloist and the collective ensemble an exquisite new form combining expressivity and harmony was born. More than a simple metaphor, baroque music can provide us with specific indicators as to how we can better understand the role of our emotions in the world:

     

    What is the purpose of our emotions and how can we learn to manage them more effectively?

     

    Do they always need to be shared?

     

    What is their role when confronted with the more dominant rational way of thinking?

     

    How can we articulate our aspirations and personal needs within the structure of our workplace and society as a whole?

  • Giving your yourself options: a creative approach to life after music college
  • Aimed at students about to embark upon a professional musical career, this lecture is particularly relevant to singers but can also be applicable to musicians from other disciplines. Drawing from personal experience as well as insights from a whole host of industry professionals (agents, heads of record labels, composers, casting agents) this two hour lecture aims to inspire and motivate the next generation of classical musicians. Topics covered include:

     

     

    self promotion, auditions and building a network of contacts

     

    differences between working in UK, France and Germany

     

    making an album, commissioning new works, creating and managing new projects

     

    generating and maintaining multiple income streams

If you wish to enquire about Caroline’s teaching, coaching or lecture work please do get in touch via the contact page.