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Singing Options & Pricing

Vocal Coaching
($25 per 30 minute or $50 per 1 hour lesson)
Casual booked appointments. Learn to sing at your own pace/schedule (short or long term) or work on specific
goals, like songwork for a show, technique touch-ups etc.
All singing levels welcome.

Specialised Vocal Coaching
($25 per 30 minute or $50 per 1 hour lesson)
Intensive sessions working on overcoming a variety of
vocal problems such as pitch control, anxiety,
breathing, articulation, register breaks, balancing &
tone weakness, no power, etc. All singing levels welcome.

Monthly Singing Lessons
($80 per month - 30 minute lessons taken once per week)
ALL INCLUSIVE - Reduced rates exclusively for students committed to regular practice studying singing to a high standard. Can be taken to advanced/professional level.
Set program. Ages 9 & up. (Pre-assessment required).

Absolute Beginner Singing Course
($200 - 4x1 hour sessions taken over 4 weeks)
Designed to show that if you can talk you can learn to sing!
An introduction to learning to sing contemporary vocals.
Great if you're shy! No singing required on the course.
Lots of valuable info!!

Vocal Assessment
($50 - 1 hour session - song preparation required)
Full vocal assessment, including analysing voice type
(fach), range (tessitura), estimated vocal level, vocal strengths/weaknesses or problems and advice or recommendations on how to correct them.

Skype Lessons
(From $25 per lesson)
If you are unable to attend lessons, then this is the next
best option! Both short or long term options available,
vocal or specialised coaching.

Group Lessons
By arrangement.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Misconceptions About Singing

One of the reasons why I teach singing is to encourage people who have been negatively influenced by others, sometimes even hurt or embarrassed into not singing.

There is a misconception that you have to be "born a natural singer" or be "born singing in tune" or be "born with a perfect voice", to be able to sing or to take singing lessons.

That is not true. Although a natural talent does help, it does not make you a perfect singer. Every human being is born with a voice and if you have a DESIRE to sing, then you should, even if you can't yet, you CAN learn.

Singing is a skill, just like painting or dancing or athletics. You can have a talent for it, but you still need to learn how to use it to perfect that skill.

The prerequisites for learning to sing are that your physical instrument should be in good working order and the number one prerequisite is that you should have a DESIRE or PASSION to want to sing.

Whatever your vocal problem is, whether its an overly nasal tone, or singing out of tune or just sounding "bad", it can be overcome. That is the point of taking singing lessons, to enable you to "acquire" the necessary knowledge and skill to learn "how to use" your voice (instrument) correctly and to "fix" any vocal issues along with strengthening and building up your instrument so that you can sing, well.

I have never come across a student who has not improved vocally with practice. If you persist with your practice, you WILL improve your voice.

That said, there is also the other side of the coin. You will not become a professional singer by taking a few lessons. If you're an advanced singer needing just a few touch ups, that is what a few lessons are for. You need to be committed to consistent practice to improve vocally. That is why the desire to want to sing is necessary, if its not there, you will not keep up with lessons. Beginners should think in terms of years, not months to achieve an advanced level.

Anybody can sing, if they WANT to, but not everyone wants to. We all have different desires and areas of interest, but to tell someone they "can't" sing before they have been given the opportunity to learn "how to sing", in my opinion, is wrong.

Follow your dreams xxx

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Why I Teach Singing

I have been singing since I can remember. I am mostly a self-taught natural singer. I took piano lessons in high school and completed music theory and practical to grade 4. During these two years I was choir leader of my high school choir and performed in school productions.

I did not pursue a full time singing career as this was not the path my life took, but I performed throughout my life at various venues such as hotels, restaurants, wedding functions, markets etc. I performed songs by vocalists ranging from Tina Turner to Sarah Brightman. I've collaborated with other artists, wrote lyrics and melody for their songs, done backing vocals etc. I have also done advertisements for radio, have composed a number of songs and recently recorded my first album.

Being a soprano, my "chest" voice wasn't developed but I had a very strong "head voice". This didn't help me as I wanted to sound like the powerful pop diva's of the time (Celine Dion, Roxette, Jennifer Rush, Whitney Houston). I wasn't experienced enough to know how to sing like them and with no formal training, I taught myself to shout and push for volume and power and to speak in a low voice to try and strengthen my lower range. This caused lot of vocal problems.

Register breaks began to appear in my voice and I avoided all songs that I would have to sing in full voice over my "break area". Some parts of my voice were now stronger than others with a marked difference in tone between my head and chest "voice" and I had a very small usable "full toned" range. Singing started feeling very uncomfortable and laboured in certain areas of my voice, but I thought it was normal, that my voice just wasn't made to sing certain songs. It wasn't until much later on in my life that I found out the truth.

When I met my husband in 2005 he inspired me to take the talent God gave me and to nurture it further. I decided I wanted to record an album of my own songs and I began accumulating recording equipment and started my own home recording studio. I still had the vocal issues I previously had, so I decided to take voice lessons.

Unfortunately I didn't have very good experiences with the teachers I chose. I saw at least 6 different singing teachers and voice coaches in a two year period. Each one had their own opinion, their own exercises and their own techniques. Each one classified my voice differently (contralto, mezzo soprano and soprano). Some of them were not open to being asked questions and did not explain what they were teaching. Some taught dangerous techniques that caused vocal damage, but the last teacher I found taught a style of singing called Bel Canto - which means beautiful singing. She was kind enough to educate me in how the voice works. She was patient, answered all my questions and inspired me to learn. 

The voice needs to be studied if you are going to understand it. I was taught natural techniques that took the labour out of singing. I discovered parts of my voice I didn't know I had and I felt a breakthrough was finally on the horizon. I studied books she had on the voice and singing and learnt a lot of good techniques from her. I started understanding what my vocal problems were and this led to more in depth study and eventually I found my own vocal freedom.

What I teach, is a combination of what I have learnt about the voice in my own experience of over 30 years. Students have seen and heard a marked difference in vocal tone, power and freedom within a matter of months and are able to access areas of their voices previously unknown to them - without any damaging or unnatural techniques. In discovering your voice, you also discover yourself and it builds a great deal of confidence.

Because of my own vocal difficulties I specialise in helping others who have a desire to sing, but have been discouraged from singing because of vocal problems or other reasons. I would especially like to encourage those who have been told that they are not "natural" singers and those told "not to quit their day jobs" - not to give up on your dream of singing.

I want people to understand that the voice is part of the person - they are not separate and the one cannot function without the other - the whole person is the instrument.

Singing CAN be taught. It is not only for a select few. I believe that if you have a desire and passion to sing, then God put it there and you should pursue it - no matter how long it takes. The "voice" (person) takes time nurturing and care to grow and blossom and each person blossoms in their own way!

If you have a desire to sing, then you have a special message inside of you that someone is waiting to hear!

Follow your heart XXX