Emma Torry (née Hall) has been teaching in one form or another for most of her life. She finally settled on teaching singing more than a decade ago and has been in love with music education ever since. She holds a Diploma in Vocal Teaching from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and is a qualified Vocal Health First Aider. She also holds an Associate Diploma in Music Literacy from Trinity College London and an undergraduate degree in Social Anthropology with Social History from the University of Edinburgh.
Coming from a background in theatre, Emma turned her performing talents to singing aged 13. She has since taken a key solo role in a touring production of Rumours of Angels, sung in the St Albans Gang Show, performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, regularly been a soloist with Edinburgh Revelation Rock-Gospel choir, and performed as a guest with the Classical Clanjamfrie. She has taken part in the Edinburgh Competition Festival and several concerts at Barclay Viewforth Church.
Emma has twenty five years of experience in church music, having sung with a number of worship bands and choirs. Emma leads worship as part of the Barclay Viewforth Church music group and enjoys exploring accapella worship using music from Taize and the Wild Goose Group.
As a teacher, Emma has an excellent examination pass rate for practical and theory examinations across all exam boards. She spent three years conducting with Edinburgh Revelation Rock-Gospel Choir and has run a vocal technique workshop for Edinburgh Napier University’s Drama Society. Emma currently teaches musicianship with the National Youth Choir of Scotland Edinburgh Regional Choir and also works in local schools.
Emma is a trained Kodály practitioner, using singing and games to teach the fundamentals of music to all ages. She has almost completed the Certificate of Professional Practice in the Kodály Concept of Music Education (Secondary) as part of the first cohort to study for this new qualification in the UK.
Over her years of teaching, Emma has developed an interest in singing as a tool for mental (and physical well-being). She is trained in leading singing for lung health and has worked on a project to use choral singing to support the mental health and well-being of parents with new babies.
Emma was born in England, but has now lived in Edinburgh more than half her life. She is married to Brian and has two curious, excitable little girls (who you may very well run into if you come to the studio for lessons!).
- DipABRSM Vocal Teaching (2012)
- AMusTCL Music Literacy (2013)
- ABRSM Grade 8 Singing (2011)
- LCM Grade 8 Music Theatre (2013)
- Vocal Health First Aider (2020)
- Singing for Lung Health (2021)