I believe that students learn best when singing what they love and I encourage all my students to bring me songs they are interested in singing and performing. I use scales and exercises as well as chosen songs to build technique as we work through them, ensuring that you are singing in a way that is not only sounds beautiful, but in a way that is efficient and not damaging to the voice.
I myself sing and perform in a range of vocal styles and genres, and am confident in assisting my students in emulating their favoured styles, as well as encouraging them to branch out and experience other styles too. I believe that diversity is a singers greatest strength, and being able to sing in many styles strengthens a singer's voice, their understanding of music and their understanding of their own voice.
My students always work towards a goal, whether it be a performance, learning a particular song, or achieving a specific sound or technique. I find this creates motivation and gives students the drive to practice, and helps students see clearly that they are making progress, to provide a sense of achievement. Through these lessons, students also build a comprehensive knowledge of general musical terminology, techniques, and understanding of the concepts of music.
I understand that singing can be nerve-racking, and do my best to provide not only a safe space for my students to learn and experiment in, and build a mutual respect and rapport that allows students to achieve their best sound with ease.
I find the AMEB Flute syllabus to be a superb teaching resource that is easy for students to follow and incorporates a diverse selection of pieces in multiple styles and genres and takes students through from absolute beginner to advanced player with each book. I encourage students to branch out from these books too, selecting repertoire to advance and challenge them both technically and expressively from a range of different composers, styles and time periods.
My students always work towards a goal, whether it be a performance, learning a particular song, or achieving a specific sound or technique. I find this creates motivation and gives students the drive to practice, and helps students see clearly that they are making progress, to provide a sense of achievement.
Through these lessons, students also build a comprehensive knowledge of general musical terminology, techniques, and understanding of the concepts of music. Students must have their own flute.
Theory Lessons / HSC Tutoring
Theory lessons go into further depth than instrumental lessons to help students build a greater understanding of music that enhances their performance skills, compositional skills and listening skills.
In these classes students learn about bare foundations of music, reading rhythms, writing melodies, and aurally recognising different features of pieces. They will learn about the concepts of music and how to recognise and write about them, through analysing case studies and set works. Students will also be guided in studying different composers, compositional devices, how musical concepts are used in pieces to create contrast, unity, balance and variety and will study music history to build a comprehensive knowledge of pieces, their composes, and where they came from.
These classes will be particularly useful to students studying music as part of their HSC and draw from the NSW stage 6 syllabus.
Kinder Music classes are group classes aim at children aged 8 and younger designed to introduce your child to music and stimulate their minds and bodies in a social environment. In this class children will sing, play instruments, learn about basic foundations of music (rhythm, melody) and listen to music from many different times and places.
These classes run on weekends and are run in age groups with parents present. These age groups allow me to cater to the specific needs of students, and also provide a sense of progress as they graduate through the classes and onto more sophisticated and challenging exercises.
Playing together is so important when learning music - not only is it a joyous and exciting way to learn, it teaches skills that are otherwise difficult to learn. Listening and responding to other players, working as a team to create beautiful sounds, and changing your own sound to blend and match those of the other players, creating a more unified ensemble sound.