Teaching Method

I teach the Bel Canto method of singing, developed by the great Italian singing teachers of the 19th Century. I was taught by Florence Taylor, Valerie Collins-Varga, Glen Winslade, and Horst Hoffman, and am now passing on all that I have learned over a 35 year career of singing professionally.

The main things I cover in singing lessons, depending on the needs and interests of individual students, are:

  • Breath control and breathing exercises
  • Support for your voice
  • How to look after your instrument
  • Placement of the voice
  • Developing the range
  • Flexibility and ability to sing fast
  • Voice types
  • Repertoire choices
  • Music theory
  • Intonation and rhythm
  • Pronunciation of German, French, Italian and Latin (for classical singers)

I use a range of exercises to address different technical issues, and also vocalises to master different aspects of singing, depending on what you want to get out of the lessons.

I teach all ages, from beginners to professionals. Whether you are aspiring to have a career as a singer, or just want to have fun and improve your singing, I am happy to teach you (classical and music theatre genres). I also run group classes if requested.

In addition to teaching singing, I also teach guitar and bass for contemporary genres.

Please visit www.moderedstudio.com.au for more information.

I have a current working with vulnerable people registration.

Ensemble Class at the School of Music, ANU.

Ensemble Class at the School of Music, ANU.

Teaching Career

2016 - Current Singing (classical and music theatre), guitar and bass teacher at Mode Red Studio.

2015 - Current Visiting voice teacher, Burgmann Anglican School, Canberra.

Choir Director, Marist College - Junior and Senior choirs.

2014 - Current Visiting voice teacher, Marist College, Canberra.

2004 – 2016: Private teaching practice, Flynn, ACT.

2005 – 2013: Lecturer in Voice, Australian National University - School of Music.

  • Undergraduate and postgraduate students – individual tuition
  • Vocal Ensemble Class
  • Performance Class
  • Master classes
  • Assessment panel member for voice students and exam panels (vocal and instrumental, undergraduate and postgraduate)
  • Syllabus development for the vocal department

Master classes at the Elder Conservatorium, Adelaide.

2003: Artist in Residence at the Armidale Conservatorium of Music

  • Individual tuition and group master classes.

2002 - 2004: Private teaching practice, Armidale NSW.

  • Choral coach at The Armidale School.

1994 - 2002: Private teaching practice, Blackheath NSW.