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Cathy Aggett M.Mus.(UNSW), Dip.Mus.Ed, ATCL(T), LTCL(T)
TEACHER of SINGING, PIANO & MUSICIANSHIP
Cathy Aggett holds a Diploma of Music Education from the NSW Conservatorium of Music, a Master of Music Degree from the University of NSW, and ATCL and LTCL (Teacher's) Diplomas in Singing from the Trinity College of London. She will submit her Doctorate in Music in this year with the University of Western Sydney, titled Australian art song: Pedagogical strategies for singers and singing teachers.
Cathy's career has been one that has involved many facets of the Music profession, including Private Teaching in the studio, Music Education in the classroom, Performance as a Soloist, Chorister and Conductor and work in professional associations. 1998 saw the establishment of Northern Beaches Music Studio, which in 2013 was re-launched as Cathy Aggett Music Studio, offering a safe environment where students can sing, play and create, learning to release their full musical potential by exploring a variety of musical styles and genres. Lessons are offered in Singing, Piano, Music Craft & Theory as well as coaching for school, HSC and university music students.
Cathys approach to teaching involves assessing existing musical skills students as well as their interests. Goals can then be set to allow a clear focus for lessons. Repertoire is chosen from a variety of musical styles and suited to each student's musical interests and current stage of development. Support is given in different ways including giving written details about the important points covered in each lesson, definitions and explanations of musical terms as necessary, what needs to be practised between lessons, and how students can reach their goals. Beginners of all ages are catered for as well as those students wishing to build on existing musical skills. Preparation for school performance requirements, AMEB and Trinity College examinations, eisteddfods and all performance scenarios are catered for. Regular studio recitals are held throughout the year.
The studio is located in Sydneys Northern Beaches at Beacon Hill on a main road close to public transport.
Contact details: 9452 2049 or 0413 857950
Judith Barber Dip.Mus (Performer's Endorsement)
TEACHER of SINGING
Experienced , accredited singing teacher, Conservatorium Graduate plus two years university training in music - adjudicator and former professional singer of all areas of the Classical repertoire.
Teaching is based on the " Italian Bel Canto Method of Singing " and the student's voice is developed to it's full potential. Tuition is given in all periods, areas and levels of the Classical repertoire. Lessons include the development of -
* Voice Production * Vocal Technique * Breathing * Musicianship * Musicality / Interpretation * Presentation
Preparation for all auditions, examinations (HSC, AMEB, Trinity College etc.) , competitions, eisteddfods, performances in Operas, Oratorios, Cantatas, Musicals, Recitals & Concerts. Students are trained individually and are encouraged to foster their craft as a singer and singing in all languages is encouraged. Beginners to advanced professionals all ages and nationalities welcome.
Studio is located in the main shopping precinct of Gladesville in Sydney close to public transport links. For more information please contact -
Phone : (02) 9868 3323
Christine Beasley Dip. Teach. (Melb. Uni.)
Teacher of Singing
Christine Beasley is one of Australias leading Operatic Artists and outstanding all round performer who loves to share her knowledge as a teacher and work with anyone who wants to sing. (From teenage to mature) Technique is a no.1 Priority!! Come sing away the stresses of life.
Christine studied at Melbourne University Faculty of Music and in 1981 at the Manhattan School of Music New York.
In 1983 Christine Beasley won the Sydney Sun Aria.
Christine made her debut with the Welsh National Opera then in Weisbaden,Germany. A distinguished career continued with Opera Australia in Puccinis Manon Lescaut, Madama Butterfly, Tosca and La Boheme, Verdis La Forza del Destino ,Mozarts Don Giovanni, Cosi Fan Tutte, Beethovens Fidelio and Wagners Parsifal and Die Fliegende Hollander.
In 2001 Miss Beasley performed the role of Turandot for the first time to great acclaim in Christchurch, New Zealand.
I believe in bringing out the BEST in people and work with all kinds of repertoire from music theatre, contemporary, classical and whatever YOU personally enjoy singing. Christine Beasley.
Christine performs regularly around Australia, enjoys adjudicating and sharing her knowledge and enthusiasm with young singers.
Mobile : 0400 446 328
Christines Singing Studio is located at Epping
Dr Prudence Dunstone B.Mus. (Perf. Hons.), PhD (Music)
Teacher of Singing
Dr Dunstone teaches singing technique and repertoire from early music to twentieth and twenty-first centuries in song, opera, oratorio and music theatre. Her studio caters for both adult and school age students.
Dr Dunstone has a PhD in music from the University of Newcastle. She is a Lecturer in Music at the Wesley Institute. Dr Dunstone has taught singing since 1984, successfully preparing students for AMEB, HSC and tertiary examinations and auditions. She has also been an adjudicator for Eisteddfods. Dr Dunstone has had work published by Cambridge Scholars Press (London) and in Australian Voice.
Dr Dunstone has performed many principal roles with companies including the State Opera of South Australia and the Australian Opera. Highlights have included the title role in Handels Ariodante, Katisha in The Mikado and Ulrica in Un Ballo in Maschera. She has also prepared the role of Penelope in Monteverdis Il Ritorno dUlisse in Patria for De Nederlandse Opera. Dr Dunstone has made recital broadcasts for the ABC, and sung as a concert and oratorio soloist with ABC orchestras, Adelaide Chamber Orchestra, Christchurch Symphony Orchestra, Adelaide Harmony Choir, and the Sydney Philharmonia Choirs.
Phone : (02) 9718 4211
(Studio located in Earlwood, Sydney)
Sarah Marshall B.Mus. , P.G.Dip.Arts.Mgt. , M.Perf.
Teacher of Singing
Hi there ! I have a Masters degree in Vocal Performance from the Conservatorium, have sung as a soloist with Opera Queensland, the Queensland Symphony and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. I have also been teaching singing for over fifteen years. The aim of my lessons is for the participants to enjoy singing, learn some vocal technique and fabulous music in a positive and non-threatening environment.
My current teaching studio is made up of enthusiastic amateurs who find regular performance opportunities, both paid and unpaid, in genres from classical and church music through to music theatre, country and western and rock. Past students have gained entrance and scholarships to Brisbane and Sydney Conservatoriums Performance Programs, NIDAs Music Theatre Program, WAAPA and the Berklee College of Music in Boston, others have gained recording contracts with BMG and Warner.
On a personal note I continue to perform regularly and enjoy developing my love affair with singing through fostering talent in others. I regular judge singing competitions and adjudicate for Eisteddfods.
Studio located at Epping in Sydney -
Mobile : 0425 308 035
Virna Sanzone Assoc.Dip. in Jazz Studies (Voice Major)
Teacher of Contemporary Voice
Virna Sanzone is an experienced teacher and performer of a wide variety of contemporary musical styles. As well as maintaining her own busy singing career and private teaching studio, she has taught Contemporary Voice and Solo Jazz Vocal at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Access Centre, lectured in vocal studies at Macquarie University and EORA Centre for Aboriginal Studies, taught privately at schools and been a guest tutor at vocal seminars.
She has performed extensively both in Australia and overseas, at a long list of festivals, venues and events, including the Sydney Festival and Darling Harbour Jazz Festival. Virna has worked with artists such as Delta Goodrem, Paul Kelly, Vika and Linda Bull, Wendy Matthews, Katie Noonan, Paul Mac, Paul Capsis, Jackie Orszaczky & Tina Harrod and Paul Grabowsky. She has a self-titled CD, commissioned by the ABC's Jazztrack program, which was released independently to high critical acclaim. Virna is also in demand as a vocal arranger / producer, backing vocalist and session singer, having sung on many recordings for radio, film and television.
Virna teaches people of all ages and abilities, from absolute beginners, to professionals fine tuning their skills or preparing for recordings. Lessons are tailored to the individual depending on the goals, experience and current ability of the student, and can cover: building a healthy technique, basic vocal anatomy, releasing tension which inhibits free vocalisation, range and tone development, tuning and ear training, interpretation, harmony and theory, chart writing and transposition, transcription and improvisation. Virna can provide coaching in almost any genre of contemporary music, including jazz, funk, R&B, pop, soul and gospel.
Studio located in East Sydney.
Phone : 0402 340 670
Sherine Prins ATCL (Singing) , LTCL (Singing) , LTCL (Piano Teaching), LRSM (Piano Teaching)
Teacher of Piano, Voice, Theory & Musicianship
I was born in Sri Lanka where I obtained Teacher Licentiate Diplomas in Piano from both Trinity College of Music, London and Royal Schools of Music, London. I also achieved the Performer Licentiate Diploma in Singing from Trinity College of Music, London. I have performed as a soloist and conducted school and church choirs. I also sing and accompany myself at Weddings, Funerals and Church services. I have taught Music at both Primary and Secondary levels in Colombo, Dubai and Sydney.
My philosophy is to teach in a manner that is enjoyable, satisfying and fulfilling for my students. I also believe that learning Music contributes to the total development of the student and can lead to happy and confident individuals. My teaching also caters to each students needs and learning style. For example I will choose and suggest suitable repertoire with this in mind. I enjoy teaching children and adults from beginner to advanced levels.
Studio located at St.Clair, Western Sydney
Phone: (02) 9834 1932
Mobile: 0411 2975 11
Tara Williams M.C.A. (Newcastle) , B.Mus.Ed (UNSW), A.Mus.A., L.Mus.A.
TEACHER of SINGING , PIANO & MUSIC THEORY
Tara Williams holds a Bachelor of Music Education from the University of New South Wales and a Master of Creative Arts in Music from the University of Newcastle Conservatorium. Whilst completing these degrees she studied Singing with Maree Ryan, Neil Easton, John Germain and Jennifer Barnes and was a finalist in the Opera and Arts Support Groups Scholarships competition in what is now the Sydney Eisteddfod.
As a performer Tara has extensive experience in opera, music theatre, cabaret and concert recitals. She has performed in concert with the Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Sydney Opera House Orchestra and has broadcast for Radio 2MBS-FM. Tara has performed with such notable singers and conductors as Joan Carden, John Germain, Antony Walker, American Isaiah Jackson and Victor Morris of the English National Opera. Tara has also participated in master classes given by Opera Australias Sharolyn Kimmorley and French soprano Marie-Therese Driscoll.
Notable performances include Nigel Butterleys opera Lawrence Hargreaves Flying Alone with the Sydney Philharmonia Motet Choir, the world premier of Katrina Prings opera Daphne (as Aphrodite), commissioned for the Newcastle Conservatoriums Fiftieth Anniversary and the Legends of Opera concerts in Sydney and Melbourne. She has toured nationally with the Sydney Latvian Theatre Companys production Kabaret de Riga and, most recently, was guest soloist at the Adelaide Lithuanian Cultural Festival.
As a conductor and music educator Tara has conducted the Australian Girls Choir, the City of Sydney Singers and the Beethoven Society of Australia. She has tutored in Voice at the University of Western Sydney as well as at a number of leading Sydney private schools. Prior to relocating to northern NSW in 2012 Tara ran a busy music studio in Sydney where she taught Singing, Piano and Music Theory. Taras students have been awarded music scholarships at various Sydney private schools as well as being accepted into such selective organisations as the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Sydney Childrens Choir, Gondwana Voices, Pacific Opera and Opera Australia Childrens Chorus. Many of her students have gone on to study Music at a tertiary level.
Tara has served on the committee of the Inner West Eisteddfod and was convenor of the Piano section from 2002 2008.
Since moving to the Tweed Coast Tara has devoted herself to raising her family and becoming active in her local community.
Phone : 0414 479 103
Studio located at Pottsville - Tweed Heads
Lisa Russell B.Mus. (Hons.) , Dip.Arts (Music)
TEACHER of SINGING / VOCAL EISTEDDFOD ADJUDICATOR
Lisa Russell has had a substantial operatic career since 1995. She is the winner of many awards and was a finalist in the Cardiff Singer Of The World Competition. A professional Opera Singer since 1995 Lisa has sung for Opera Australia, The Victorian State Opera and Opera Queensland: Roles include : Mimi La Boheme. Suor Angelica. Nedda Pagliacci. Micaela- Carmen. Donna Elvira- Don Giovanni. Leila Les Pecheurs Des Perles and Tosca. She has made numerous appearances with the Sydney Symphony, Melbourne Symphony, Tasmanian Symphony, Canberra Symphony and recently the HongKong Symphony and Macau Symphony Orchestras.
Lisa has two teaching studios in Rosebery and Arncliffe. She can work with classical, opera, modern or theatre singers. She can prepare you for AMEB, Trinity, HSC and auditions or just help you discover your voice and a love of music.
Her focus is on a robust, healthy technique, the body/breath connection and performance psychology. Beginners welcome.
Tel 0421 241 755
Leonie Butler M.Perf. (Syd Con) , Dip.Op.Art (Syd Con) , A.Mus.A. , ATCL
TEACHER of SINGING
Leonie graduated with distinction from the Opera School at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music in 1996 before going on to postgraduate study and a Master of Performance (Voice) in 1999. In 2001, she joined the 4 piece musical group, Sounds Baroque, and performed the opera "Prospero's Island" for the Musica Viva in Schools Programme with over 300 shows for primary school students throughout NSW. She has also performed with the Opera Australia chorus on several occasions in productions such as Sweeney Todd, Iolanthe, Le Nozze di Figaro, Andrea Chenier, and L'Elisir d'Amore.
The vocal teachers of most influence to Leonie include Anthea Moller, Maree Ryan and Paula Clarkestone. Though her background is in Opera and the classical genre she has worked with students for over 13 years on repertoire of varying styles including Early Italian Song, Contemporary Pop Repertoire, Jazz, Lieder and Music Theatre. She has successfully prepared students for AMEB, IB and HSC programmes as well as for eisteddfods and choral auditions. Leonie has been on the music staff at Roseville College since 2010 and previous to this taught singing at Wenona for 10 years. She is also lucky enough to be mother to three beautiful children.
Phone : 0419 425216
Studio located at Petersham.
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