In 2018 your old favourites will return, plus exciting new programs and events! If you've been learning with us for some time, it's 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. You might also like to read this blog, which captures our vision for the future of music and how we want to prepare our students for it.
Scroll down for 2018 programs, timetable, pricing and a guide to helping you choose the right program.
EnsembleReady (weekly during school terms) is a contemporary choir with a focus on current & classic pop hits. You'll learn the basics of singing technique, work on blending 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, as well as being a great add-on for more experienced students who also do other classes. We have EnsembleReady groups for K-2 and Years 3-6.
ArtistReady (weekly during school terms) is for students who love singing pop/rock music. 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!
In addition to this, over the course of the year, students will prepare for an appropriate grade in the Rockschool Vocals examination system. We decided to structure classes to teach Rockschool Vocals after observing how much this syllabus benefits students. By doing preparation in class we can reduce the amount of time students spend at home practising, and make the learning process easier.
Sitting for the actual exam with the AMEB is an optional (paid) extra and you won't need to decide until mid-year. Even without sitting for the exam, there is enormous benefit in following a structured syllabus that incrementally teaches skills relevant to contemporary singers. If exams sound a bit too serious, rest assured that you'll be having so much fun, you won't even realise you're learning!
Relevant concerts include our Autumn Solos Concerts (Term 1), SVA Gala Concert (Term 2) and Spring Solos Concerts (Term 4) - which will include a choice of high tea or normal concert formats. We offer ArtistReady classes for K-2, Years 3-4, Years 5-6, Years 7-9 and Years 9-12 (Year 9 students can choose their group).
StageReady is for our musical theatre lovers! You'll learn important music skills such as sight-singing and vocal workouts, you'll learn about the musical theatre world and you'll perform musical theatre repertoire for your class. Oh, and did we mention that there's a musical theatre production too?!
In addition to this, over the course of the year, students will prepare for an appropriate grade in the AMEB Musical Theatre syllabus. Many of our students have undertaken a Musical Theatre exam and we've seen how much they have developed as a result of that process. By doing preparation in class we can reduce the amount of time students spend at home practising, and make the learning process easier.
Sitting for the actual exam with the AMEB is an optional (paid) extra and you won't need to decide until mid-year. Even without sitting for the exam, there is enormous benefit in following a structured syllabus that incrementally teaches skills relevant to musical theatre singers. If exams sound a bit too serious, rest assured that you'll be having so much fun, you won't even realise you're learning!
Concert-wise, as well as StageReady being part of the SVA Gala Concert in May, we'll be doing a musical theatre production on December 20, 2018 at Sutherland Entertainment Centre! We can't wait to tell you what the production will be, but you'll have to wait a little bit longer for that!
All of our StageReady students will automatically be in the ensemble for this production. We'll also be casting our leads primarily from our StageReady classes, so during the first part of the year we'll be looking for our strong performers who also display a great attitude and make a positive contribution to the class!
We'll be learning the ensemble pieces in StageReady classes, but leads will be rehearsed separately on Saturday afternoons in the lead-up to the show (rehearsals will be less frequent than weekly - dates TBA). There will also be some additional full cast rehearsals on Saturday afternoons in the lead up to the production. If you will be away on December 20, you are still very welcome to be part of StageReady as learning the ensemble pieces is only a small component of the class; we will need to know your unavailability by the start of term 3.
We offer StageReady for K-2, Years 3-4, Years 5-6 and Years 7-12.
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.
In 2018 we will be starting PianoReady classes. This is a really exciting development, as we've been waiting until we were sure we could deliver a fantastic group piano experience for our students. We've been planning PianoReady for a long time now, and we've purchased an additional 5 high-quality digital pianos for our performance space so that we can offer this program.
We have different levels of PianoReady classes to cater for a wide range of school-age students:
K-2 PianoReady is all about 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 through the Piano Adventures books.
Years 3-6 PianoReady has two classes. Beginners will teach students the foundational skills they need to play piano, working through Piano Adventures but at a faster pace than the K-2 class. Our 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.
We also have Beginners and Intermediate Years 7-12 PianoReady classes. Both have an emphasis on contemporary piano and focus on teaching students to play from a chord chart, improvise, accompany 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 contemporary piano for 2+ years.
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.
Private lessons are available in singing, piano & guitar, for children & adults.
You'll focus in detail on your technique development and learn individualised repertoire. Private lessons have a limited focus on performance skills & practice as this is covered in our ArtistReady and StageReady programs, which are held in our performance space where we have a professional lighting & sound system so that students learn to feel comfortable on stage.
Private lessons are suitable for students who have many specific performances to prepare for (eg auditions, gigs, HSC) or require advanced technique development.
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.
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.
Private singing students have the opportunity to be in all our vocal concerts - Autumn Solos, Gala Concert & Spring Solos.
Timetable is subject to change.
$12 per 60 minute class
$7.50 per 30 minute class (K-2)
$22.50 per 60 minute class
$13.50 per 30 minute class (K-2)
Maximum 10 students per class
$22.50 per 60 minute class
$13.50 per 30 minute class (K-2)
Maximum 10 students per class
$25.00 per 60 minute class
$15.00 per 30 minute class (K-2)
Maximum 6 students per class
$44.50 per 30 minute lesson (all teachers except Tim)
$50 per 30 minutes (with Tim)
For 60 minutes, double the 30 minute price
SVA Performance Team
$5 per rehearsal hour
Where rehearsals are required leading up to an event
Musical Theatre Production Leads
$30 for your libretto (script) book
$5 per rehearsal hour
For additional lead-only Saturday rehearsals
All prices include GST. Other costs that may be incurred as part of learning at SVA include external examination fees, books, backing tracks, concert tickets, costumes and other miscellaneous fees. We endeavour to keep these costs to a minimum.
All programs are invoiced by the term (or remainder thereof for mid-term enrolments), and fees are payable regardless of attendance. Please refer to our Terms & Conditions for further details including our makeup policy (we require a minimum of 6 hours' notice when missing a private lesson in order for a makeup credit to be given).
Help! what SHOULD my child do?
We offer a variety options to cater for a wide variety of students & family situations, but 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 our general rules of thumb - if you still can't decide, feel free to drop us a line to chat further.
New to singing, doesn't want to sing solo at this point: EnsembleReady
Loves pop/rock/jazz music, explores different genres & eras within contemporary music, is ready to perform solo: ArtistReady (you could also add EnsembleReady too)
Knows 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: StageReady (you could also add EnsembleReady too)
Is ready for some individualised guidance: add a fortnightly (or even weekly) private lesson to one of the above
Requires specific ongoing assistance with technique or repertoire: private weekly lessons
Wants to be able to self-accompany (play an instrument while they sing): add PianoReady, private piano or private guitar lessons.
Infants, complete or near-beginner (under 2 years of lessons): PianoReady K-Y2 beginners
Primary, complete or near-beginner (under 2 years of lessons): PianoReady Y3-Y6 beginners
Primary, 2+ years of lessons, wants to play contemporary piano/self accompany: PianoReady Y3-Y6 intermediate
High school, complete or near-beginner (under 2 years of lessons): PianoReady Y7-Y12 beginners
High school, 2+ years of lessons, wants to play contemporary piano/self accompany: PianoReady Y7-Y12 intermediate
High school or primary, 2+ years of lessons, wants to prepare for a Rockschool exam + play contemporary piano/self accompany: PianoReady Y7-Y12 intermediate + fortnightly (or even weekly) private lesson
Any age, wants to play classical piano (and possibly sit for AMEB piano or AMEB Piano For Leisure exams): private weekly lesson
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.