"Ania is an incredible teacher who is kind, observant and patient. She has a genuine passion for bringing out the best potential in her students and has helped me immensely in removing psychological blocks that have held me back from fully expressing myself through singing." - Shanna Rogan, Interior Designer
About The Song Within
The Song Within was created by Ania Hardy in 2013. It arose from her passion and desire to help others express themselves through singing. Due to an experience that left her blocked for nearly two decades, Ania knows and understands the fears that come from expressing ourselves, often vulnerably, when we sing. It is from this personal experience that she has developed her skills as a compassionate, warm and
engaging teacher and voice workshop leader.
Here at The Song Within you will find the support you need to explore your individual singing desires
through one to one bespoke singing lessons.
About Ania: Singer-Songwriter / Artist / Teacher
Ania has been teaching a variety of the creative arts for 13 years. She initially trained as a sculptor and subsequently became a Secondary School Art & Design Teacher trained at the Institue of Edcuation. This inspired a love of teaching that extended into singing and the performing arts. She has taught at festivals accross the country and run soldout singing workshops for adults in East London. She uses all of her artistic sensibilities to influence her unique and charismatic teaching style to inspire her students of all ages and abilities.
Ania has been working for Hackney Music Service as a peripatetic singing teacher for the last three years, where she continues to have regular CPD (Continued Professional Development), lesson observations for peer assessment
and is fully DBS checked.
She recently recorded her debut EP and lives and works in East London.
Ania's teaching philosophy is to give her students the tools they need in order to sing in a safe and healthy way to express themselves freely and with joy. Her aim is for her role as a singing teacher to be made redundant as quickly as possible.
Here is why...
Singing is the most natural thing in the world and once upon a time there were no 'singing teachers'. In many cultures around the world people have always sung together; at home, in school, in church and with their families as it was a part of life and as natural as breathing. Tragically, a lot of people in the UK no longer sing as part of their daily lives. We no longer sing as we work the lands and many of us have become disconnected from our own voices – which has powerful ramifications beyond just singing. Our voices are how we communicate and connect with the world and singing is a beautiful way to express this and to connect with each other and our friends and communities. Therefore, the role of the 'singing teacher' is ultimately a corrective put in place to help people come back to that which they've always known.
It is Ania’s hope and goal to help you achieve a sense of joy and self empowerment through singing.
Qualifications & Training
Ania’s teaching practice comes from combining the work of the Estill Model and the Natural Voice Network.
Drawing her inspiration from their respective principles:
‘Everyone has a Beautiful Voice’ and ‘Singing is a Birthright’
She has developed a teaching practice that marries the physiological understanding of the voice (for technical proficiency) with holistic awareness (for it’s benefits to health and wellbeing).
- Estill Levels 1 + 2 (for second time) with Anne-Marie Speed, Bristol
- Natural Voice Leader with Frankie Armstrong, Founder of the
Natural Voice Network, Oxford
- Estill Levels 1 + 2 with Anne-Marie Speed, one of the most experienced
teachers and trainers of the Estill model who was trained and interned
by Jo Estill, Hannover, Germany
- Estill Training Days:
Belting / Advanced Belting / Breathing & Support
Children and Adolescent Voices, London
- Teacher training with Susie Ro Prater, Musical Director of Shakti Sings, Ireland
- Voice Higher Diploma, Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP), London
- PGCE Secondary School Teacher Training, Institute of Education (IoE, UCL), London
- Foundation - Camberwell College of Art, London
- BA - Brighton University
- MA - University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC)