Our Programs

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Our lessons are tailored to your musical goals

We have many different lesson options to suit different student needs, family schedules and budgets. In 2019 your old favourites will return, plus exciting new programs and events! All students have the opportunity to be involved in our concerts throughout the year.

If you've been learning with us for some time, the start of a new year is a great chance to make sure that your choice of program is still the best option for where you're now at on your musical journey. If you're new, check out the wide range of options we have on offer.

We understand it's a lot to get your head around, especially if you don't have a a great deal of musical experience yourself! Below are program descriptions - if you still can't decide, feel free to drop us a line to chat further.

We offer group classes, private lessons and SVA Online, which is brand new in 2019!

Group Classes

CONTEMPORARY
Singing

CONTEMPORARY
Singing

EnsembleReady

EnsembleReady is a contemporary vocal ensemble with a focus on current & classic pop hits.

You'll learn: The basics of singing technique, how to blend your voice with others, and you'll experience the magic of making harmonies with other people.

It's perfect for: Students who are new to formal singing training but don't want to sing solo at this point. EnsembleReady is a great add-on for more experienced students who also do other classes.

Concerts: We hold multiple concerts throughout the year, and EnsembleReady students have the opportunity to be involved in these.

Exams: Students wishing to take external examinations will need to do a class other than EnsembleReady.

Groups run for: Students in K-2 and Years 3-6, weekly during school terms.

Private lessons: For individual attention, you can add weekly or fortnightly private lessons (see below for details).

SingReady

SingReady is a new 60 minute group for K-2 students that incorporates both pop and musical theatre repertoire. It replaces our K-2, 30 minute ArtistReady and StageReady classes and provides an introduction to both musical theatre and pop for these students.

You'll learn: Important music skills such as basic sight-singing and vocal workouts and basic music theory. You'll even perform solo under stage lights & on a mic in front of your friendly and encouraging class!

It's perfect for: Young students who are ready to sing solos and who want to explore their own unique voice, and discover more about the wonderful world of singing.

Concerts: We hold multiple concerts throughout the year, and SingReady students have the opportunity to be involved in these.

Exams: We don't usually recommend singing exams for students below year 3, but please talk to us if that's something you believe would be beneficial for your child. Read more about exams here.

Groups run for: Students in K-2, weekly during school terms.

Private lessons: For individual attention, you can add weekly or fortnightly private lessons (see below for details).

ArtistReady

ArtistReady is for students who love singing pop/rock music and related genres. It's about discovering your own unique voice, strengthening your performance skills and developing a toolbox of skills and techniques for your voice.

You'll learn:
Important music skills such as sight-singing and vocal workouts, basic music theory and songwriting skills. You'll even perform solo under stage lights & on a mic in front of your friendly and encouraging class!

It's perfect for: Students who love pop/rock/jazz music, who want to explore different genres & eras within contemporary music and who are ready for solo performing.

Concerts: We hold multiple concerts throughout the year, and ArtistReady students have the opportunity to be involved in these.

Exams: ArtistReady students will prepare for and will have the option of sitting for a Rockschool Vocals Performance Exam (Performance exams involve singing 5 pieces only - there is no technical work). You can indicate your interest in sitting for an exam on your registration form. Please note exam fees are an additional extra - we'll let you know what the relevant costs are before you commit. Read more about exams here.

Groups run for: Years 3-4, Years 5-6, Years 7-9 and Years 9-12 (Year 9 students can choose their group), weekly during school terms.

Private lessons: For individual attention, you can add weekly or fortnightly private lessons (see below for details).

StageReady

StageReady is for our musical theatre lovers. It's about discovering the vast catalogue of musical theatre works - from early musical theatre right through to brand new Broadway shows. Not only that, you'll get to discover where your voice fits into all of this, and how to strengthen your own auditions and performances with solid technique and great stagecraft.

You'll learn: Important music skills such as sight-singing and vocal workouts, all about the musical theatre world and you'll perform musical theatre repertoire for your class.

It's perfect for: Students who know Annie, Matilda or Dear Evan Hansen inside out & back to front, and can often be found performing favourite scenes from musicals for the family pet!

Concerts: We hold multiple concerts throughout the year, and StageReady students have the opportunity to be involved in these.

Exams: StageReady students will prepare for and will have the option of sitting for an AMEB Musical Theatre Repertoire exam (Repertoire exams involve singing 4-5 pieces only - there is no technical work). You can indicate your interest in sitting for an exam on your registration form. Please note exam fees are an additional extra - we'll let you know what the relevant costs are before you commit. Read more about exams here.

Groups run for: Years 3-4, Years 5-6 and Years 7-12, weekly during school terms.

Private lessons: For individual attention, you can add weekly or fortnightly private lessons (see below for details).

Recommended pathways for singers

New to the world of singing lessons? A great place to start is with a group class!

Are you ready for some individualised guidance? Add a fortnightly (or weekly) private lesson to one of our group classes?

Do you need specific ongoing assistance with technique or repertoire, or are you an advanced student looking to move to the next level in your musical development? 
Add a private weekly lesson.

Do you want to be able to self-accompany (play an instrument while you sing)?
Add a PianoReady class (this is the best option), private piano or private guitar lessons.

For most students, the best option is a weekly group class combined with a fortnightly (or weekly) private lesson. This provides students with the opportunity to become well-rounded performers with strong technique, and the combination of a group class and private lessons allows them to gain the best of both worlds.

We recommend that all students from year 3 and above are working through an exam syllabus. You don't have to sit for the actual exam, but we believe there is enormous educational value in working through an exam syllabus. Read more about Concerts and Exams here.

CONTEMPORARY
PIANO

CONTEMPORARY
PIANO

What is contemporary piano? We're so glad you asked! Basically, it's the skills that students need to play contemporary music, which are very different from classical piano skills. We wrote a whole blog about it here. We've also written about why contemporary piano skills are important for singers.

Like our singing group programs, our PianoReady classes are carefully designed to allow students of varying abilities to be in the same class, without compromising on any child's learning experience. Our focus is on meeting students where they are at and assisting them to take the next steps on their journey of learning piano. We have different levels of PianoReady classes to cater for a wide range of school-age students:

K-2 PianoReady
Learning to read notes, rhythm, learning the notes on the keyboard and introduce students to piano technique. We'll have lots of fun and students will enjoy working a variety of repertoire. It's a great option for K-2 students who are complete or near-beginners (with under 2 years of lessons).

Years 3-6 PianoReady
Our Years 3-6 PianoReady Beginners class will teach students the foundational skills they need to play piano, working through Piano Adventures and other repertoire. Our Years 3-6 PianoReady Intermediate class is for students who have had 2+ years of lessons, and will focus on teaching contemporary piano. This means that students will learn to play from a chord chart, to improvise in pop/jazz/blues styles, how to accompany themselves or another singer and how to play in a contemporary band.

Years 7-12 PianoReady classes
Both our Years 7-12 Beginners and Intermediate classes have an emphasis on contemporary piano and focus on teaching students to play from a chord chart, improvise, accompany singers (including themselves!) and play in a band. The High School Beginners class is for students with less than 2 years of experience in playing contemporary piano (including complete beginners) and the High School Intermediate class is for students who have been learning piano for 2+ years.

Exams: Students in PianoReady classes who would like to sit for a Rockschool Piano exam should talk to us about the best way to prepare for that. Read more about exams here.

Classical piano: Do you want to play classical piano (with the opportunity to sit for AMEB Piano or AMEB Piano For Leisure exams)? We can help with that! Register for a private weekly lesson to work on classical repertoire or to prepare for AMEB Piano or PFL exams.

CONTEMPORARY
GUITAR

CONTEMPORARY
GUITAR

We offer guitar as a standalone private lesson, or it can be incorporated into singing lessons - either as both singing & guitar in the same lesson, or singing one fortnight, guitar the opposite fortnight. Students can prepare for Rockschool Guitar exams if they would like to.

Private Lessons

Private lessons are available in singing, piano and guitar, for children & adults.

They are perfect for: Students who want to focus in detail on their technique development and explore individualised repertoire options. Private lessons are also suitable for students who have many specific performances to prepare for (eg auditions, gigs, HSC) or require advanced technique development.

Plenty of options: Private lessons can be taken weekly or fortnightly, though for young students we don't encourage fortnightly lessons unless they are also taking a group class or another instrument, as a fortnight (or longer if you miss a lesson) without teacher contact is a very long time for primary-aged students and it's easy for them to lose their way.

A popular choice is to combine a weekly group class with a fortnightly private lesson - this enables students to gain the best of both worlds! Over the past few years we have seen wonderful progress in students who have taken up this option - the group class enables them to build relationships and work on their performance skills, while private lessons allow for technique correction and personalised assistance with repertoire.

Concerts: We hold multiple concerts throughout the year, and private lesson students have the opportunity to be involved in these.

Exams: Private lesson students have a plethora of exam options, including AMEB Musical Theatre, Rockschool Vocals, Rockschool Piano, Rockschool Guitar, AMEB Piano and more! Most exam syllabueses have a traditional option (ie pieces with technical work, aural tests, sight reading and general knowledge) or a performance only option (ie pieces only).

We recommend that all students work through an exam syllabus, as it's an excellent way to maintain focus and it set students up for continual improvement. Not only that, but students who reach high exam levels (generally towards the end of high school or later) can earn performance diplomas. It's possible to work through the exam syllabus without actually sitting for the exams.

You can indicate your interest in a particular exam syllabus on your registration form. Please note exam fees are an additional extra - we'll let you know what the relevant costs are before you commit. Read more about exams here.

Lessons are for: Students aged 5 - adult. We cater to students from beginners right through to active working professionals.

SVA Online

In 2019 we're delivering 21st century music training 24/7. We've got online courses and resources in theory, exam preparation, how to practice and more - we'll be rolling out a whole lot of content as the year progresses!

Here's the best part - for all our regular (fortnightly or weekly) students, access to relevant parts of SVA Online is included in your lesson fees! That's a huge amount of value that we're giving you for no additional cost.

We'll automatically enrol you in courses that are linked to the classes/lessons you're doing with us, and the particular stage you're at in your journey, so that you can continue with your learning journey outside of your lesson times.

Students who aren't regular SVA students, or SVA students who want access to additional content that's not part of their classes, will be able to purchase individual SVA Online courses.

We'll also be offering online lessons with Tim for adult students - this is a great way to access high-quality training regardless of your location and in a way that fits in with your busy schedule.

Stay tuned for further updates about SVA Online!

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