Back to lessons on 27th January

I am SO EXCITED!!! Lessons begin back on the 27th January and I can’t wait to get back in the studio!

Right now I am finalising existing student’s times, then I will be taking new students. Thanks to all those who have been emailing me. It shouldn’t be too much longer before we chat!

Also, a new development is my LAST MINUTE LESSONS page! Let’s face it. People get sick. Cancellations and reschedules happen. All the time. SO, this year I am putting a last minute lesson page on the site (check it out) where if I have a timeslot available, you can book it!

HUGE (for this teacher) development – Skype lessons are happening. Technology is awesome, my wifi is great and my sound system rocks and we are doing SKYPE lessons. So, you lovelies in Sydney and Melbourne, Gold and Sunshine Coast who have been asking (thanks!) it is finally here. This year! We are doing this! You can book these with me using my LAST MINUTE LESSONS page or by contacting me directly.

I will always believe in the personal one on one lesson in the studio, but I can’t be everywhere!! You’ve asked for it so here we go!

Lesson teaching dates are up for the first six months of 2016. I have adjusted my prices slightly (for the first time in 2 years).

I have committed to ongoing skill development by going to the CCM Institute at Shenandoah University in July 2015, and becoming certified in Somatic Voicework The LoVetri Method Levels I, II and III. I have attended lessons in New York with Jeannie LoVetri and have just committed to regular Skype lessons with Jeannie. I have just returned from New York and San Diego, seeing shows and listening to great voices, attending the MTEA conference in San Diego and meeting and learning from some of the most amazing educators in the world. I am returning to Shenandoah and New York in July. I pay for these trips to educate and inspire me and stay on the cutting edge. I have plans to attend the National Voice Symposium in Philadelphia and the Summer Vocology Institute in Utah sometime in the next few years. I have a wish list of conferences a mile long. I am committed to bringing you the best voice teaching that I can.

I look forward to a brilliant year with you all!


New York update

Dale with Jeanette Lovetri in her New York studio.

I have had an amazing time in New York. I saw Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, On the Town, Beautiful – The Carol King Story, On the Twentieth Century and An American in Paris. Each musical was absolutely stunning and each had great performers, singing, acting and dancing. More than ever Musical Theatre professionals really MUST be a triple threat. The standard of dance in the productions Mamma Mia, On The Town and An American In Paris was absolutely stunning. On Broadway they really do only have the best!

It was fascinating to listen to the different vocal styles in each production. Singers need to be able to adapt to whatever genre of musical they are performing in, in order to serve the musical style. The singing in Kinky Boots and Mamma Mia was completely different from the singing in An American in Paris and A Gentleman’s Guide to Murder. One sound does NOT fit all, and one singer may be required to produce sounds from belt to legit within a musical, within a song! Classical training just doesn’t work to cover all musical theatre genres and this was completely obvious in this sample of shows.

I was also lucky enough to go to the famous Blue Note Cafe for some wonderful jazz and to Subculture, a fantastic music venue where Jason Robert Brown, his band and two wonderful singers  performed both new and old compositions. I must admit, this night was so good, I had trouble sleeping afterwards. Actually, each performance I have attended has left my brain and ears and eyes buzzing so much that getting to sleep has been tricky! But hearing Jason Robert Brown perform his own works (lucky me – my second time) was definitely a trophy in a week full of incredible music performances.

The absolute highlight of my week, however, was my three lessons with Jeanette Lovetri in her Upper West Side home studio. Jeanette is warm and approachable and an affirming teacher and voice pedagogy expert. Her husband Jerry also made me feel welcome, even though my lessons interrupted her break and their private time. I am so grateful that Jeanette agreed to teach me.

I loved my lessons, which I recorded and have listened back to a few times, and made notes, and have been practicing in anticipation of the weekend where I begin the CCM (Contemporary Commercial Music) Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory in Winchester, Virginia. Voice teachers from around the world are coming to soak up Jeanette’s knowledge in this ten day, three level course. I am here with my colleague, Jenny Howlett, and am extremely excited about the coming week, and of course, bringing it all back to my studio!