Ria Keen, Guest Teacher of Voice and Singing
Ria is a voice teacher and Contemporary Vocals specialist coach. She has 30 years' experience as a performer, including appearances at The London Palladium, Lincoln Castle, Blenheim Palace and the London Hippodrome. She has taught voice for actors in a number of drama schools and is also Principal of VIDLA, (Vocalist International Distance Learning Academy). She is a session singer, sight reader, arranger with a vocal range of 4 octaves she is a performer with huge experience in rock, pop and musical theatre. As a vocal coach specialising in Contemporary Vocals she has hundreds of students working in the industry worldwide. She is Musical Director of 120-piece contemporary choir The VU Sound Worcester. She specialises in the 'rescue' of damaged or tired voices, bridging through the 'breaks', development of range and power, balancing the vocal instrument, diagnosis and correction of vocal problems. “Many beginners think that they can't sing. I have very rarely found that to be the case, in nearly 30 years of teaching. What's "wrong" with most voices is lack of confidence and training. Even professionals suffer from gaps in their knowledge, or start to experience problems in the voice (fatigue, hoarseness etc.) After a period of time, as a result of subconscious bad habits. Training can and DOES help”.