Carrie Simone Birmingham

Director/Advanced Vocal Teacher

Qualifications:

 

PGCert - The Applied Practice of Vocal Pedagogy - 2017

 

Level 4 Certification - Teaching Young Adults and Children - 2017

 

Level 6 Certification Advanced Vocal Anatomy for the Voice Professional - 2017

 

BA(Hons) Popular Music & Drama and Theatre Studies - 2009

Dip(LCM)TD Popular Vocals Specialist - 2010

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AVCE Performing Arts Double Award

A/S Music Technology - 2004-2006

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ABRSM Grade 5 Flute

ABRSM Grade 4 Alto Saxohpone

RAD/BBO Grade 6 Ballet

ISTD Grade 4 Modern Dance

TRINITY Musical Theatre Group Award

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Special Recognition Awards in Music and Drama from Fulwood High School and Arts College - 2003

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Exposure Award - OpenMicUK 2013

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Member of BVA (British Voice Association) and AOTOS (Association of Teachers of Singing).

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WIBA 2015 - Pro Vox 'Best New Comer' to female business nominee March 2015.

WIBA 2015 - Carrie Birmingham 'Young Entrepreneur' of female business March 2015.

 

 

CURRENTLY STUDYING...

 

MA - Applied Practice of Vocal Pedagogy.

 

LLCM T.D - Popular Vocals Specialist (London College of Music - TVU)

 

 

Regular participation in Vocal Anatomy/Voice Research/Vocal Health Issue workshops every year to keep up to date with the newest research.

 

Pro Vox is run by Carrie Simone Birmingham who provides all training for private vocal lessons and the Pro Vox Academy.

 

 

Carrie is a singer/songwriter and vocal teacher from Preston (Lancashire), who moved to Liverpool in 2005. Whilst growing up in Preston she started to train in performing arts from a very young age.

 

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The Early Years:

 

Performing Arts training began firstly through dance studying Ballet and Modern from the age of 3-17. Carrie gained dance qualifications and awards with (BBO), (ISTD) and (RAD) as well as valuable performance experience across the North West. From the age of 7 Carrie was given her first keyboard and flute. This is where Carrie’s dedication and love for music first developed.

 

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Secondary School/College:

 

Carrie studied at Fulwood High School & Arts College in Preston from 1998-2003. Here she began professional training in both Flute and Alto Saxophone taking graded exams with ABRSM. During secondary school Carrie was also part of the Lancashire Music Centre Woodwind Orchestra and Jazz Band.

 

At secondary school she developed a strong interest in acting and took part in a variety of school musical productions where she first encountered her natural ability to sing. During the 5 years of developing her vocal skills in the school choir and musical productions, Carrie also began jamming with friends in rock band scenarios. It is here where Carrie first learnt some basic guitar skills and began writing many lyrics from the age of 13 upwards.

 

After secondary school Carrie joined Imagine Productions and took roles in musicals such as Annie at the Charter Theatre in Preston. At this time she was studying AVCE double award Performing Arts and A-Level Music Technology at Cardinal Newman College. Carrie was further developing her skills on piano and guitar by teaching herself for fun, whilst continuing songwriting during A-Level study. It is during the college years that Carrie’s passion for singing really developed.

 

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Higher Education:

 

In 2005 Carrie moved to Liverpool spending the first year working whilst songwriting/recording through a youth project. In 2006 she began studying Popular Music & Drama and Theatre Studies at Liverpool Hope University.

Whilst studying in Liverpool Carrie was an active singer/song-writer who spent a lot of time working on new song ideas and recording. She was also involved in a variety of performances as part of her University course involving singing and acting.

 

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Teaching Years:

 

After graduating from University Carrie’s passion for singing had grown ever stronger. During university she received some basic vocal training and decided her life post-university had to be focused around singing. In July 2009 Carrie decided she wanted to train as a vocal teacher and gain qualifications to help make this possible.

 

After seeking work experience, Carrie came across a Liverpool based company called VoiceAbility run by LIPA graduate and vocal expert, Andrew Stephenson. After undergoing an intense training course in Vocal Biology and Vocal Technique, Carrie was awarded Graduate Singing Teacher status and began teaching part-time for VoiceAbility in September 2009.

 

In April 2010 Carrie was ready to take her official teaching diploma with the London College of Music. She received an ‘Upper-Approved’ teaching qualification as a specialist in Popular Vocals.

 

Since April 2010 Carrie has entered around 80 students into Popular Vocals, Leisure Play and Musical Theatre examinations with the London College of Music and has a 100% pass rate.

 

As well as expanding her teaching experience, she also took on general office roles within the company assisting with the day-to-day running of the studio along with organising events, exam sessions and opportunities for the students.

In April 2011 Director Andrew Stephenson awarded Carrie with Intermediate Singing Teacher status due to her full time teaching position in the company, and on-going research/training into the voice. The further training and experience has enabled Carrie to provide the highest possible training to her students covering a variety of vocal issues .

 

 

In September 2013 VoiceAbility announced downgrading which enabled Carrie to take over the running of the business whilst officially changing the name and premisis to offer a fresh new teaching approach to past VoiceAbility students and new students.

 

 

As well as teaching and songwriting, Carrie is also an active performer. She was the lead singer of acoustic rock trio Tres who formed in February 2012 and had been gigging across the North West at a variety of events and venues. In January 2014 Tres made it into the Grand Finals of OpenMicUK2013 performing at the NEC Birmingham as one of the final 26 Acts from across the UK out of around 10,000. They did not win the competition but were awarded an Exposure Award and have since been approached by A&R Scouts, Artists Development Agencies and Producers to help further their music .

 

 

Since 2015 Carrie has been focused largely on songwriting for her new alternative rock band Figures, who recently recorded and released their first singles 'Taking Back My Life'. 'Hate Me' and 'Trapped' (available on Spotify/Itunes). FIGURES have been broadcast several times on BBC Introducing in 2015/2016 and recently filmed with Liverpool Live TV and Bay TV Liverpool.

 

Although Carrie's primary career focus will always be as a teacher first, she does hope to push further opportunities for her Figures in the future..

 

 

Since September 2015 Carrie has been significantly advancing her voice science knowledge and teaching skills by working with experts across the country such as; Dr Jenevora Williams, Dr Gillyanne Kayes and Dr Ron Morris who are specialists in the world of vocal technique. Carrie is presenlty studying to complete her Masters in Vocal Pedagogy with the hope of continuing onto a PhD. in the near future. She has recently completed certifications in Teaching Young and Adults and Chidlern alongside Advanced Vocal Anatomy for the Voice Professional.

 

As a member of the Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS), in July 2017 Carrie has been elected onto the council as the North Area Presprentative and looks forward to a minimum 2year position bringing together singing/voice teachers and specialists across the North of England and Scotland, strengthening the community and training opportunities.

 

 

The Future:

 

Pro Vox was founded in September 2013 by Carrie and is aimed at providing a professional level of vocal training for students of all ages and abilities within CCM genres (Contemporary Commercial Music). Carrie strives to continue to provide her students with as many opportunities as possible including: exam sessions, performances, recording opportunities, competitions and auditions.

In March 2015 Pro Vox and Carrie attended the Women in Business Awards 2015 at the Marriot Hotel, Liverpool. We were nominated as 'Best New Comer' and 'Young Entrepreneur' of the year to female business. Her on-going training and education in voice science means all staff working at Pro Vox are working with up to date and relative practices of vocal training suitable to gender/age. We promotoe 'haealthy' singing and have a passion to assist our singers in anyway we possibly can.

 

 

Aside from Pro Vox Carrie also teaches in schools through MAPAS (Music and Performing Arts Service) across Knowsley and is presently a Vocal Animateur providing peripatetic vocal training in secondary schools/sixth forms for Saint Helens Council Music Service providing 1-2-1 training and specialist workshops to GCSE/BTEC/A-Level vocal students, as well as leading 'Young Singers' choirs. Carrie is also presently the lead Music Instructor at a Wirral based PRU, the Emslie Morgan Academy. Along with this she has held workshops in Public Speaking with the SparkUp business project at the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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