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Line Hilton (Founder)

Line is the founder and creator of BAST Be A Singing Teacher. She has a tendency to create things that she wishes she had when she first started out, whether that was her singing career or getting into teaching. She is a perpetual student subscribing to Aristotle’s age-old adage: “The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.”

Back in 2011, Line was approached by a few graduating singers from the Academy Of Contemporary Music (ACM) where she was the head of the vocal department. These students had realised that having a degree was not a guarantee of work and decided they would like to know how to be a private singing teacher. Horrified at the thought that new graduates, with limited performing and singing experience, were intending to go out and teach Line was initially reluctant to fulfil their request to help them achieve this. But after some thought Line realised that they were going to do it anyway, so better to equip them with some sound teaching practices and an understanding of voice and vocal training. Also, who knew, after understanding what was entailed they may get put off teaching so soon. Line quickly designed a 5-hour course curriculum and her first singing teacher course got underway. By week two Line realised that five hours was not going to be enough and the first course was extended by another hour. News quickly spread, and in the first year Line delivered the course another four times. By the fourth version, the course was 10 hours and then in 2014 it evolved into a twenty-hour course delivered over ten weeks, with four licensed trainers in three countries delivering the course onsite and virtually.

Line is a trained general nurse, and clinical hypnotherapist, has a BMus Ed degree from the prestigious Western Australian Conservatorium of Music (WAAPA) and an MSc in Performing Arts Medicine from University College London (UCL), – think Sports Medicine for performers! She regularly delivers mindset, resilience and vocal health masterclasses, courses and talks for singing and music industry organisations and events.

She is the current Performing Arts Medicine Advisor for Vocology in Practice (ViP), a professional singing teacher organisation that she was instrumental in helping to form. She is also a BAPAM Educational Trainer and Vocal Health Education lecturer.

In order to stay current with voice science, performing arts medicine, vocal pedagogy and the music industry Line attends conferences, and symposiums such as PAVA, PAMA and NAMA, as well as workshops, courses and events related to teacher training and the music business.

In her private practice, Line is passionate about facilitating the performing artist in fulfilling their potential, both technically and creatively. She draws on her diverse pool of training, qualifications, experiences and skills to help those who require it, whether as performers or teachers. She sees signed artists, working singers, semi-pro singers and voice users, helping them to better understand and cope with the vocal and mental demands of the job, how to care for their voice and body in order to maintain a high standard of health required to perform and sing at optimal levels. Line has had a great deal of success with a functional approach to vocal technique that helps singers overcome vocal issues such as poor pitch control, lack of strength, limited vocal stamina, register transition difficulties and limited range. With her deep understanding of the vocal mechanism, she is able to help a singer gain ease of control over their voice without losing their vocal identity.