Andrew Ashwin is rapidly becoming one of the most well-known figures in singing-teaching circles, having firmly established himself as a leading teacher in the Midlands.
His diverse teaching experience encompasses everything from six-year-old beginners to young professionals and other adults, and he teaches in a range of settings, including schools, at home, workshops and choirs.
As a professional singer Andrew has first-hand experience at the highest international level. The intensive demands of the opera stage, which he experienced for more than a decade, inform his teaching hugely, and he addresses all aspects of singing in lessons, including successful technique, vocal health and communication and expression.
As well as his diplomas in singing, Andrew is a qualified teacher, having achieved Distinction at the Associated Board’s Diploma in Vocal Teaching (DipABRSM). He has also trained with the world-renowned Estill Voice Training organisation, and is one of only 19 people in the UK to hold the Certificate of Figure Proficiency. This demanding qualification involved a number of intensive courses and a rigorous testing procedure encompassing every aspect of vocal physiology. To enhance further his teaching of modern genres of vocal music, Andrew took his Grade 8 Rockschool exam, and passed with Distinction.
Andrew teaches boys and girls aged 13 to 18 at Uppingham School in Rutland, with a particular emphasis on changing voices. He is also head of singing activities at Stoneygate Prep School in Leicestershire, which involves one-to-one lessons with 6- to 13-year-olds, as well as co-leading the Pre-Prep, Junior and Senior Choirs. Previous posts include teaching singing at Downe House School in Berkshire, a girls’ boarding school with a flourishing music department.
At his home studio, he teaches children and adults of all abilities, and enjoys helping them reach their full potential across a wide range of vocal styles and genres. A number of singing teachers in the area come to him for vocal coaching. When time permits, Andrew also teaches privately in London, at Jaques Samuel Pianos on Edgware Road.
As an ABRSM examiner, Andrew knows all there is to know about success in music exams. His experience as an examiner of instrumentalists and singers up to Grade 8 level is a huge advantage in helping prepare candidates for these exams, as he knows first-hand what examiners are looking for.
Andrew was the only male singing teacher at the prestigious National Children’s Choir of Great Britain in 2015, an organisation dedicated to nurturing the best young singing talent in the UK and beyond. He taught all of the boys across the four choirs, as well as some of the senior girls. This work involved helping the singers with any ongoing technical issues, working on the interpretation of repertoire they brought to lessons, and introducing them to more detailed vocal physiology.
Andrew recently led workshops in Leicester on vocal health and group singing, with particular focus on singing harmony with confidence.
Andrew has led many singers through exams run by both the Associated Board and Trinity College London, and he has also coached more experienced singers through to diploma level.
As a talented pianist he often accompanies his singers in exams and concerts, and he is the official accompanist at Stoneygate School.
Andrew is a member of the British Voice Association, and has participated in courses on topics such as vibrato in singing and teaching singing to young people.