Rob Cates – Vocal Coach
About Rob Cates
Rob is a vocal coach, worship leader and trainer in the UK and Europe. Rob’s work as a technical vocal coach includes: MA in Musical Theatre course at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts; first study voice tutor for the BA in Theology, Music & Worship at London School of Theology; a thriving private vocal coaching practice; advisor and consultant to professional and amateur choirs, professional recording artists, worship teams, and public speakers.
Rob holds degrees in music from City University and the Guildhall School of Music and Drama (BMus Hons, piano), University of York (MA) and Institute of Education (PGCE, QTS). In 2010 he was made a Fellow of the College of Teachers and awarded Chartered London Teacher Status. In 2015 Rob completed Advanced training in the Estill Voice System and in May 2017 was awarded Estill Voice International’s Certificate in Figure Proficiency (CFP). Rob continues his research drawing on the latest developments in voice science and performance craft to ensure that his coaching is tailored to the needs of each individual and applies the most up-to-date knowledge. To this end, in 2017 Rob became a VoiceWorkshop UK Certificated Teacher, holding a distinction in the Certificate in Advanced Anatomy for Voice Professionals (supervisor Dr. Jenevora Williams) and in 2018 was admitted to the Vocology in Practice network of elite voice professionals as an authorised instructor.
Rob specialises in coaching singers of contemporary commercial music genres: rock, pop, musical theatre, gospel, RnB, etc. and contemporary Christian music. He is passionate about efficient and healthy vocalising. Furthermore, Rob uses coaching to help people set goals, boost motivation, and break free from limiting mindsets in order to achieve abundance in every area of their lives, not just their vocal technique. After all, vocal coaching begins and ends with a person not just a voice!
Rob is the leader of the Prophetic Department and leads worship at his home church, Catch the Fire London, and travels around the UK and Europe as an itinerant worship leader, speaker, and worship team trainer and equipper.
Rob is listed on the Vocology in Practice, Estill Voice International, VoiceWorkshop UK, MusicTeachers.co.uk, and North London Music Academy websites, and a member of Association of Teachers of Singing, The British Voice Association, Musicians Union, and Association of Teachers and Lecturers.
Robert M. Cates – Credentials
Vocology in Practice Authorised Instructor
Certificate in Advanced Anatomy for the Voice Professional – Distinction (Voice Workshop UK)
CFP (Certificate of Figure Proficiency, Estill Voice International)
BMus Hons (City & Guildhall School of Music & Drama – Piano)
FCoT (Fellow of the College of Teachers)
FCollT (Fellowship of the College of Teachers)
CLT (Chartered London Teacher, College of Teachers)
PGCE with QTS (Institute of Education, University College London)
Estill Level 1 & 2
Grade 8 Piano (ABRSM)
Grade 8 Trombone (Trinity)
Grade 8 Voice (Trinity Rock & Pop)
Grade 8 Theory (RSL)