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Please contact me to set up an initial appointment where we can discuss your singing goals in more detail and choose an option that suits your needs.

Singing Options & Pricing

Absolute Beginner Singing Course
($200 - 4 week course - 1x1 hour lesson per week)
Anyone can sing! Introduction to singing and what is involved. Basic foundations. No singing necessary on this course.

Vocal Coaching/Specialised Coaching
($25 per 30 minutes or $50 per 1 hour)
Casual option - pay per lesson. Learn to sing at your own pace. Work on specific goals or problems.

Monthly Singing Lessons
($80 per month - 4 x 30 minute lessons taken once a week)
PACKAGE DEAL (all inclusive)
From ages 9 and up (pre-assessment). A set program designed to teach you how to sing WELL in the quickest possible time. Long term option, can be taken to advanced/professional level.

Vocal Assessment
($50 - 1 hour session)
Full vocal analysis and recommendations. Song preparation required.

Skype Lessons
(From $25 per lesson)
Recommended only if you are not able to attend physical lessons. Vocal coaching or singing lessons available.

Group lessons can also be arranged. Please contact me for more information on the above.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

What to expect from singing lessons?

Taking singing lessons (with me) will teach you HOW to use your voice to the best of its ability (or to the level you choose). It is a skill you will be learning and just like learning any instrument, it improves the more you use it.

It is about learning how your voice works and how to use it so that you can express yourself in the way you want to (for contemporary singing), without being limited by vocal difficulties (such as pitch control or register breaks, etc). This means you would need to spend time getting to know your voice, developing the areas of your voice you don’t normally use (as it impacts the areas you do use), learning to strengthen the entire voice, build up stamina and flexibility, breathing properly and balancing out your tone, etc. 

To do that successfully and efficiently you will need to do vocal exercises. Vocal exercises consist of various techniques from scales to lip trills to making funny sounds with your voice, etc. My lessons involve both exercises and singing, with practice for you to do at home. If you just want to learn to sing around the campfire, the intensity level, type of exercise and amount of practice you do each week may be less than if you want to be a belting superstar like Celine Dion, for example. But, that choice is yours, everyone is CAPABLE of reaching an advanced level if they put in the effort. 

Although anyone CAN learn to sing, not everyone WILL. To take your voice to a higher level you have to put in the work and be willing to practice (vocal exercises) regularly every week to see real improvement. Similar to exercise, if you go to the gym but don’t do the work, you won’t see any improvement...

Practice is necessary to learn any skill WELL. How good you want to be depends on how much time and effort you are willing to put into your craft. That is why it is usually those with passion who persevere. Without a real love for singing, you will find it difficult to “do the work”.

That said, if you do LOVE singing, you will LOVE learning about your voice, nurturing it, finding out what it can do, seeing the differences the exercises make and applying it to your singing. Every new thing you learn will be like a light that goes on, moments of eureka! If you love singing, you will WANT to learn and discover and learning for you will be fun, whereas it would be “work” to someone who doesn’t love singing.

So go out there and get your dream, it is within your reach!

Monday, January 11, 2016

Why take singing lessons?

There is a perception that singing lessons are reserved only for those who can already sing, or for those who have a natural talent for singing or for those who already have a pleasant voice, or only for certain age groups, etc.

That is like saying that going to a gym is reserved for fit people only...........?

If you want to sing but don't know how, then singing lessons are supposed to teach you and that is exactly what my lessons are about.  I teach people HOW to sing, even if you've NEVER had any singing experience.  I teach the skill of singing whether you have a good voice or not and I teach you how to overcome your vocal difficulties by showing you what your voice can do, how it works and giving you the knowledge and tools to be able to use it properly.  These are skills that you can use for life, once you've learnt how to use your voice, you will always have that knowledge.  For those who can already sing, singing lessons are there to perfect that skill and to upkeep your voice, even professional singers take singing lessons for technique touch ups or upkeep.

In the same way you would need to take dance or art lessons to improve your skills in this area, the same is true for singing lessons.  Not everyone has a passion or a desire to want to sing, but for those who do, its an indication that you should pursue it, even if you are met with vocal or other difficulties, they CAN be overcome.  Just think of the many artists out there who you would never have heard, if they decided not to pursue their dreams?  There are many!!

Don't let someone (including yourself) put you off from pursuing your dreams before you have even had a chance to pursue them!

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Belting and Singing High

If you want to learn how to sing POWERFUL belts that sound good, feel good and are without strain, or how to sing those soaring ringing HIGH notes with ease and beauty of tone, then you have to learn which areas of your voice are used in the production of those sounds. 
These are "learned techniques" that you'll be able to master with continued practice and correct techniques.
Belting is an advanced technique.  It is not "shouting" and unfortunately a lot of singers shout instead of belt, which causes vocal damage with extended use.  Belting is a technique that should only be attempted when you have discovered your entire range, have learnt to use your instrument and have built up stamina and control.
Belting isn't pushing or forcing chest up or bringing head down, it is learning to sing at high pressure with the correct balance of breath, resonance, placement, focus and other learned techniques under concentrated directed control.
It takes professional singers years to develop powerful voices able to belt and sing high notes with ease and it takes upkeep and continued practice to keep your voice in that condition. 
Be kind to your voice and learn as much as you can about it.  The more you know, the more you will be able to do.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Dealing with Vocal Problems

If you have been put off singing because of "vocal problems" the good news is that most vocal problems can be dealt with successfully!   
Here is a list of some of the vocal problems I have had the pleasure of rectifying:

1.  Tone deafness (singing flat or sharp off pitch or out of tune)
2.  Register Breaks (can't sing without "breaking")
3.  Uneven tone or wavering tone
4.  Overly nasal or "ugly" sounding tones
5.  Unbalanced tone
6.  Shyness or no confidence singing in front of others
7.  Breathy tone with no power
8.  Can't project, sing loud or belt
9.  Can't sing softly with control
10.  Can't sing high 
11.  Can't sing low
12.  Limited (very small) singing range
13.  No emotion/vocal style
14.  Voice becomes hoarse after singing 
15.  No control
16.  Can't pronounce words correctly (articulation)
17.  Lack of breath management - running out of breath
18.  Bad Posture no support
19.  Bad vocal habits
20.  Unfocussed
21.  Vocal strain
22.  No Vibrato
23.  Can't use "head voice"
24.  Can't use "chest voice"

Some of these problems are easy to correct and some can take a long time.  In some instances there are new techniques that must be learned and old ones unlearned.  Muscle memory forms a big part of learning to sing well.  If you don't practice often enough it will take you longer to overcome any problems.
Many people have said they have an "ugly" tone and they would rather not sing because they have been laughed at.  In my experience the only reason why a tone sounds "ugly" is because it has not been "balanced" correctly.
Ear training and learning to "listen" to your own voice as opposed to only "hearing" is also a fundamental part of dealing with vocal problems, as is learning to diagnose your own problems, why they exist and how to fix them.  This is part of "discovering your voice" or getting to know your instrument.
It takes time and patience to rectify vocal problems, but it CAN be done.  If you have a passion to sing, don't let vocal problems stand in your way - fix them!

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 strenghten 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 seperate 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.