Mike King is a dynamic teacher and mentor whose non-traditional style creates a learning experience that is positive, encouraging and produces amazing results.

Mike has worked with an array of artists and singers in the music industry both professional and amateur from one to one vocal coaching, tour and performance preparation, artist development and as a vocal producer assisting singers during the recording process.

Mike facilitates and runs vocal workshops and masterclasses internationally working with community based projects, professional choirs and at music institutions in the UK, Europe, USA and Caribbean.  His clients include West End performers and signed artists, most notably Lola Young - recently signed to Capital Records who he has mentored since she was 12 years old.

 

Please email coaching@mycoolking.com for further information or to book a session.

"He has enabled many people - including me - to shine far brighter and go much further than they could otherwise have done."

V O C A L  C O A C H I N G

Online and London sessions

After years of practical experience and specialist knowledge in the area of vocal coaching, Mike has created unique methods of developing individuals' voices and their performance.

His one-to-one or group singing lessons will equip singers to the highest level focussing on a healthy, strong technique whilst developing their own style and sound.

Mike works with singers to prepare them for studio recordings, auditions and live performances and has the facility to produce and record singers to a professional standard for their projects.

Sessions are tailored to the individual needs of the student, however areas most commonly covered include:

   Breathing and support
   Improving range and power
   Placement
   Vibrato
   Agility including "licks" and "adlibs'
   Tone quality and variety
   Pitching and control
   Vocal performance - phrasing, expression, dynamics
   Interpretation
   Stylistic technique

C H O I R  W O R K S H O P S

Mike King leads workshops for both professional and community choirs in the form of one day masterclasses or a series of sessions. As a visiting musical director and choir consultant, Mike will help develop the repertoire, sound and performance of your group working on:

    Technique
    Presentation
    Vocal arrangements
    Dynamics
    Expression
    Blend

 

Recent clients have included the Dartford Township Choir, Southbank Centre and London International Gospel Choir.

"Mike has run workshops and concerts for us since 2011. He is a fantastic musical director and arranger who has a wonderful ability to bring the absolute best out of the choir. He puts enormous energy and passion into everything he does and his events with us are hugely popular, fully booked within a few days leaving a big waiting list! Mike definitely creates a 'can do' feeling and our concerts are a great experience, sold out and enjoyed by both the choir and audience alike. His enthusiasm bubbles over, we love him!"

 

Dartford Township Choir, UK

V O C A L  P E R F O R M A N C E  W O R K S H O P
Mike's Vocal Performance Workshops are designed for experienced singers who want to explore and develop their individual performance in a supportive environment focusing on:

        Presentation and stage craft
        Confidence building
        Interpretation
        Delivery
        Phrasing
        Expression and conveying emotion
        Microphone technique
        Connection with the audience and lyric
        Improvisation and melody variation

The three-week workshop culminates with a showcase at a London music venue where participants perform the two songs they have worked on and put into practice what they've learnt.

B A N D  M A S T E R C L A S S

This masterclass offers vocalists the opportunity to work with some of the UK's top session musicians.

The day is split into two sessions helping singers get experience directing, communicating and performing with a band as well as learning how to transpose songs and create chord charts. 

 

The group will learn to transpose and chart a jazz standard and then perform their arrangement with the band.

 

Morning session, 10am-12.30pm:  Preparation

 

Finding the right key

Transposing music 

Creating a chord chart

 

Afternoon session, 2-5pm:  Implementation


Communicating and interacting with the musicians

Counting in and setting the groove

Directing the band

Creating a performance

 

Included in the price is lunch at the venue with a glass of wine or soft drink so the group can socialise and get to know each other and catch up.

 

Cost: £120pp

Date: Tuesday 23rd November 2021

Time: 10am-5pm

Venue: Toulouse Lautrec Jazz Club, Kennington, London

Band line-up: Piano, bass, sax, drums

Places: 10

S O N G W R I T I N G

Online and London sessions

Mike received high acclaim as a songwriter when his song "That's When I Miss You The Most" was selected as 'Pick of the Week' on BBC radio.  He continues to write and produce music for his own projects, for other artists and for use in television and film.

Mike offers consultation sessions for songwriters needing advice, feedback and guidance in developing their ideas, structuring their thoughts and understanding songwriting techniques such as:

   Chord progressions and harmonic rhythm
   Song form and structure
   Melody and lyric writing
   Harmony and arranging
   Riff building
   Creating hooks
   Stylistic awareness
   Musicianship
   Production