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Master of Philosophy, Australian National University, Music Graduate Diploma of Education, The University of Melbourne, Music Education Bachelor of Music, The Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne, Jazz Vocal & Improvisation Performance Bachelor of Fine Art, The Victorian College of the Arts, The University of Melbourne, Printmaking
2016 - Released fourth studio album, "Afterglow" featuring legendary guitarist Mike Stern (Miles Davis' Band). 2016 - Received prestigious grant from the Australia Council to promote, launch and tour "Afterglow" in Cuba and Mexico City. 2015 - "Premio Internacional" Cubadisco Award, Havana, Cuba (Grammy Equivalent) for "Tales To Tell" Album. 2013 - Opened for Jazz Bassist Christian McBride at the Melbourne Recital Centre, Melbourne International Jazz Festival. 2012 - First Studio album, "Moments In Time" was released and named in the Top 5 jazz releases for 2012 by ABC Jazz.
I am an award winning vocalist/composer/educator. Two of my passions in life are singing and teaching. I have over 20 years of performing experience and over 17 years of teaching experience at Universities, Colleges, private music schools and in my home studio. I have a Master of Philosophy in Music, a Graduate Diploma of Education in Music, Bachelor of Music in Jazz & Improvisation and a Bachelor of Fine Art in Printmaking. I have released four studio albums which have received critical acclaim and I have also had the opportunity to perform my music around the world. Apart from my projects, I have been the resident vocal arranger for numerous television shows such as Australia's Got Talent, X-Factor, Celebrity Singing Bee to name a few. I have also enjoyed a successful career as a session singer, lending my vocals for advertisements for TV and radio and backing vocals for Hugh Jackman, Rita Ora among many other high profile celebrities.
I began teaching voice just prior to commencing my Bachelor of Music. I contacted a local singing school and asked them if I could start teaching for them, this was in 2001. From the very first lesson, I felt an immense satisfaction from helping other people achieve their musical goals and I knew this was part of my journey as a musician- to pass on the knowledge I had acquired through my education and performance experience. Shortly after I graduated from University, I was asked to start lecturing. I began with a few principal studies students, and soon I was asked to conduct and direct the Jazz Department's Vocal Ensemble. My student list grew, as did my contribution to one of the top Universities for contemporary music in Australia. I developed curriculum for voice students, became an examiner, directed small jazz ensembles, world music ensembles, vocal masterclasses and once I had graduated with a Master of Philosophy, I began thesis supervision for Honours and Masters students. I encourage my voice students to be well rounded musicians and help them with their piano and accompanying skills, aural studies, composition and sight reading in addition to assist them their vocal technique and overcoming any vocal issues they may be experiencing. I have studied many contemporary vocal styles and techniques and assist students with reaching their full potential. I am always researching into new techniques and practices to stay on top of my instrument and also because I am passionate about voice and teaching others!
I vary my teaching methods according to the level and needs of each student. Each and every lesson is tailored toward the musical goals and dreams of the students. I believe in creating engaging lessons that students will enjoy but also learn a great deal from. For beginner students, I show them some fun ways of working on their breathing techniques, then I sing short melodies to them and ask them to sing them back to me, then I let them sing a little melody to me and I sing it back to them. Following this, we'll engage in some singing with scale degrees (numbers) i.e. 1, 1-2-1, 1-2-3-2-1 etc. It's another fun way to work on aural skills. I'll then proceed to take them through some basic foundation building technical scales and repertoire. For Intermediate students, the breathing and technical work is more advanced, I include aural studies like intervals signing and recognition and perhaps modes of major scale then we'll sing through their chosen repertoire. For Advanced students, the breathing and technical work becomes even more advanced. Depending on the goals of the student, I will include technical scales and they have the choice to work on aural skills, jazz theory, composition, improvisation techniques, transcribing exercises, sight reading and repertoire.
I truly love helping people uncover their passion for singing and developing their unique voice. During the first lesson, I ask the students about their musical goals and if there are particular techniques they feel they want or need to master. I ask the student to keep a record of this, as having a mission or musical goals is vital in keeping engaged with practice. From here, I help them isolate the various techniques they are working towards in addition to the aspects I feel need attention. I then assist them with scheduling in regular practice and show them how to breakdown their practice time into smaller time blocks for efficiency. This aspect is essential to maintaining regular practice and achieving clear and realistic objectives.
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