~Nicola Jay Crooks~

Mum to Fletcher

PG Cert Professional Practice Voice Pedagogy - DISTINCTION

PG Cert Teaching - OUTSTANDING

BA (Hons) Drama and Theatre Arts - 2:1

Level 2 Vocal Health First Aid (NCFE)

Grade 6 (Bronze) LAMDA Musical Theatre - DISTINCTION

Grade 8 ABRSM Flute

Grade 5 ABRSM Musical Theory

Nicola attended Staffordshire University from 2003-2006 and graduated with a 2:1 in Drama and Theatre Arts. Here, she studied many aspects of theatre including performance, directing, history, playwrights, lighting, sound, stage management and got a 1st for her play, White Feather, in her final year.

In 2010/2011, Nicola worked towards gaining Qualified Teacher Status via the Graduate Teacher Programme (GTP); allowing her to work full-time in a school whilst studying. Nicola was awarded an Outstanding grade in her Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and went on to teach in primary schools in Staffordshire and Cheshire for 6 years.

In January 2021, Nicola completed the final assignment for her PG Cert Professional Practice Voice Pedagogy which was completed through Voice Workshop (accredited by University of Wales Trinity Saint David). Nicola chose to specialise in female adolescent voices and was graded a Distinction for her studies.

In March 2021, Nicola completed her Vocal Health First Aider qualification via Vocal Health Education. With her interest in keeping young voices safe, this qualification allows her to care for her students' voices more effectively. The course was run by Dr Jenevora Williams and Stephen King (Voice Care Centre).


The Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS)

The Association of Teachers of Singing (AOTOS) is the UK’s only singing teachers’ association.

AOTOS was founded in 1975 to promote a wider understanding of all aspects of the teaching of singing. They create opportunities which bring together teachers from all over the world by promoting relevant courses, workshops or events, competitions for singers, and job opportunities to their members.

AOTOS is a member of the European Voice Teachers Association and International Congress of Voice Teachers.


Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the UK's professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music.

The ISM is dedicated to promoting the importance of music, protecting the rights of those working in the music profession and supporting them with legal advice and representation, comprehensive insurance and specialist services.

In addition to this, the ISM campaign tirelessly in support of musicians' rights, music education and the profession as a whole.