Mentoring for Singing Teachers

I can help new teachers, and more experienced tutors looking to re-focus their skills and techniques.

One-to-one mentoring schemes are available on an annual or six-monthly basis. 

I also offer a three-month online mentoring programme called Teachers Toolkit, which runs three times a year. 

For more details contact me.

I specialise in troubleshooting the problems singing teachers and their pupils may have. I can help build technique and helping teachers to meet the challenges of running their own business and reach their full potential. My VocAL Intuition studio is in Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, within easy reach of all major Midlands towns and cities, for teachers looking for one-to-one help in person. Teaching under the VocAL Intuition brand, following my training and mentoring, are Rachel Shaw and Heather Gallagher.

Rachel Shaw


Rachel has taught in schools for over twenty years. She has experience of singing and music from an early age and played clarinet to an advanced level. Initially Rachel studied Biology at Warwick and PGCE at Loughborough. During her time as a Biology teacher she continued to hone her singing skills and became experienced in singing at concerts and weddings, studying with Anne to diploma level. Now, as well as continuing her mentoring with VocAL intuition, Rachel has received training from Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher of Vocal Process on their singing retreats.
Rachel has experience of singing in both classical and contemporary styles, including pop and musical theatre. She has a particular interest in teaching younger students to sing healthily, whilst making lessons accessible and fun. Her Biology background has been useful to her understanding of vocal physiology and function, especially with regard to developing voices. As a musician she has a good knowledge base and teaches musical theory as well as practical singing, aural and sight -reading.
Rachel runs a successful private practice at her home studio in Church Gresley. She takes on students of all ages and abilities who have an interest in Classical singing, Musical Theatre or Popular Music vocals. She is also a singing teacher in Staffordshire and Derbyshire schools and has an accreditation with the South Derbyshire Music Partnership.

Heather Gallagher


Heather is an experienced singer, actor and dancer and has performed both locally and nationally. Heather trained in dance from the age of four. She has studied acting at Birmingham School of Acting, KTV Actors Studio London and as a member of The Actors TV Workshop Nottingham. She has extensive performance experience in local theatre, and played Prince Charming in a UK Tour of Sleeping Beauty with Fame Factory Spotlight. As a singer Heather earned her stripes in Musical Theatre and for several years as a solo cabaret artiste.
Heather studied singing with Anne Leatherland to diploma level (Musical Theatre) and continues to be mentored through VocAL intuition. She has also received training from Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Jeremy Fisher of Vocal Process.
Heather now teaches students of all ages and experience, in studios in Burton on Trent and Ashby de la Zouch. Her specialism is in Musical Theatre and students are given many performance opportunities, including singing examinations and competitive vocal festivals. Heather’s focus is on integrating acting with song for a complete performance.
In 2016, Heather completed a BSc with the Open University, majoring in Psychological Studies and Mental Health. Alongside teaching private lessons Heather is also looking forward to working with and studying the effects of singing and mental health in various settings.
Heather is the Principal of Stage Screen, a successful Saturday school in Burton for the training of young people in singing, acting and film work. It is the first of its kind in the area.

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Teachers’ Toolkit online mentoring programme for new singing teachers starts again in May. Get in touch for a free call to chat to Anne and find out more.