Our Tutors & Founder / Director

Communicative, qualified and experienced Tutors

Perform For Life tutors are qualified and experienced within their specialist areas of Performing Arts – be it Singing / Music, Drama / Communication or Dance / Movement. They are all fully DBS checked.

Our tutors are also patient and Perform For Lie - Our Tutorsencouraging. We get to know students’ aims, preferences and strengths, and work to build a strong rapport with them.

‘Quality is found in detail’

Perform For Life tutors plan lesson in detail around students’ interests, aims, needs and strengths. We acknowledge all students as individuals, and encourage them to be expressive and
communicative within their learning.

We have a 100% pass rate when it comes to preparing students for a LAMDA, Trinity or RSL exam, with the majority gaining a High Merit or Distinction. We believe this to be down to our expertise, our knowledge of the syllabuses we offer and the time we take to get to know our students.

Katrina Simon (MMus, BMus) – Founder & Director

Katrina trained at The Arts Educational Schools, London, full-Perform For Life - Foundertime from the age of 13, before continuing her Musical Theatre studies at The BRIT School. She then gained her BMus at Goldsmiths, University of London, and MMus at the University of Southampton, with Voice as her first instrument in both degrees.

As well as her fourteen years in private / class Vocal Tuition, Youth Theatre Direction and Theatre School management, Katrina has worked as a freelance musician. She has performed as an original artist internationally and in the south of England, including at the Montreux Jazz Festival, The Jazz Cafe London and Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank. 

Alongside her own small teaching practice, Katrina has taught Singing and Speech & Drama in schools on a part-time Visiting basis for a number of years, including at Badminton School in Bristol, where she continues as a Visiting Teacher of Speech & Drama.

Through her work in schools, Katrina has become experienced in preparing pupils for Singing, Musical Theatre and Speech & Drama exams with LAMDATrinity College London and RSL. She has a 100% pass rate.

As Founder & Director of Perform For Life, Katrina considers the ongoing development and maintaining of her teaching standards and methods paramount. She frequently attends Singing, Arts and Speech & Drama teaching courses and conferences, and has completed teacher training courses with LAMDA, BAST and Estill Voice Training (with Anne-Marie Speed, Certified Course Instructor), including the Complete 5-day course in the Estill model.

Katrina is committed to guiding children and young people in the development of their creative potential, self-confidence and life skills. She draws from her passion, extensive training and performance experience to provide a comprehensive, encouraging and invigorating Performing Arts experience for her students. 

Katrina is also fully DBS-checked, First Aid qualified and has completed a number of Child Protection / Safeguarding courses for Peripatetic and Arts teachers.

Have a look at our Our Belief & Approach page for more information about our classes.

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