I have been a musician from my early years, starting piano and violin lesson in young childhood. In my teens I listened to Classical, Heavy Rock, Folk and Progressive music before discovering Soul, Blues, Funk and Jazz. I was guitarist and songwriter in the funk band Vogue and when the singer left the band I thought I'd try my hand at singing. This led to two years of voice classes at Goldsmiths College. I subsequently enrolled on a post-grad Jazz & Rock course at The Guildhall School of Music and Drama and on completing the course, continued performing live - now gaining experience singing as well as playing guitar and piano. Later (having studied with speech therapist Dina Harris and Voice Teacher Mark Meylan) I began to teach singing - first privately and then for various institutions including Jenako Arts, Lewisham College, Bermondsey College & Croydon College.
When The BRIT School opened in 1991, I accepted the position of singing teacher and went on to devise and write the BTEC singing module for the school. Other teaching positions have included degree courses at Trinity College of Music, Roehampton University, Goldsmiths College and The Academy of Contemporary Music (Guildford). I re-wrote the BTEC singing module and gave master classes for The Academy of Music and Sound and master classes for The Royal Academy of Music.
In 2002 I was approached by the London College of Music (Thames Valley University) to collaborate in writing the innovative Popular Music Vocals singing grades - and students at The BRIT School have been taking them ever since. In 2011, I was invited by the producers of BBC TV’s ‘The Voice UK’ to tour the UK as a vocal coach for the Series 1 show.
In addition to teaching vocal technique and Soul, RnB, Blues, Rock, Pop and Jazz vocal styles (I do not teach Musical Theatre, Classical/Opera etc.) I continue to be a busy live performer (some 200 gigs a year) and this is important as my experience is current – I’m not teaching an historical experience. I am competent on piano and this also is important as I can accompany students and a lot of teaching and musical exchange takes place in this way. I’m up to date with, and enjoy the latest vocal technology and have a selection of top class microphones and vocal processors that I bring in as part of the learning experience. I have bought an electric guitar and it is always present so singer/guitarists/songwriters can do their thing.
Lots of stuff to explore and download - you might not even need me as a teacher after this.
More stuff about yours truly.
www.youtube.com – Anton Browne
The Good, The Bad and The Ugly! - Live clips (un-edited/un-processed, what you see is what you get), an ‘apprenticeship’ series, song writing examples - just plain evidence of my abilities really - along with fountain pens, equipment repairs, reviews of gear and other stuff you’ll want to skip over.