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  • Scroll down the page for more information about TRAINING YOUR VOICE, WHAT TO EXPECT and some handy VOCAL TIPS.
  • Click the hyperlinks to check out the most up-to-date TERMS & CONDITIONS and FEES AND PAYMENT OPTIONS.
  • If you're looking for irregular, ad hoc lessons, a vocal assessment or a Skype session, you can view Rachael's upcoming availability and book online HERE

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VOCAL WARRIOR - BOOTCAMP FOR YOUR VOICE (2018 - FIRST EDITION)

You've finally made the decision to commit to serious vocal training, checked out my site and decided I'm the right teacher for you... but, oh no, I'm fully booked! 

You have three options:

  1. Join the WAITING LIST by completing the form on this page
  2. Book an AD HOC lesson 
  3. Purchase VOCAL WARRIOR - BOOTCAMP FOR YOUR VOICE and get started today!!! 

TRAIN YOUR VOICE

Rachael is a passionate teacher delivering a considered mix of vocal pedagogy, performance techniques, music theory, improvisation techniques and music business fundamentals.  Her voice training philosophy is closely aligned with the teachings of Janice Chapman, Accent Method Breathing and Estill Voice Training Method.  

Students are guided through (as required) -  
  • vocal anatomy and function
  • breathe management and flow
  • correct postural alignment
  • functional freedom 
  • music theory
  • functional piano
  • aural training
  • sight-reading
  • stagecraft and artistry
  • microphone technique, live sound fundamentals and equipment advice
Rachael is a curious and motivated educator, determined to remain informed and well-versed in current scholarly and scientific research related to the voice. Rachael currently refers students with a perceived issue or deficit to consult with the appropriate specialist.

Specialist consultants commonly required for vocalists include;
  • GP - medical doctor
  • Ear Nose & Throat Specialist
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Psychologist 
As a Performance Teaching Fellow at the Australian National University School of Music Rachael teaches undergraduate and graduate voice students across several genres including jazz, classical, contemporary and music theatre. She remains instrumental in the creation of assessment criteria for vocalists enrolled in the Bachelor of Music Performance stream, and regularly consults with the Performance Convenor (Dr Paul McMahon) to review and develop appropriate assessment guidelines.

In the private studio and in schools and colleges around Canberra Rachael's students range from young, developing singers to professional adult singers, wishing to refine their technique or address specific concerns preventing them from reaching their full vocal potential, in a healthy and sustainable manner. 

Rachael is available to conduct workshops, masterclasses, Skype sessions for professional singers and guest teaching residencies.

VOCAL COACHING - Rachael offers one-off or short-term coaching (subject to availability) for serious/professional singers who are;
  • preparing for an audition
  • preparing for a competition
  • preparing for exams
  • overcoming a technical issue
  • seeking a voice appraisal
  • recording artists seeking in-studio coaching/support 


WHAT TO EXPECT

Do you want to spend your hard-earned dollars on a 60 minute note-bashing session?

Do you want to learn 40 new songs a term?

Are you looking for compliments rather than constructive feedback and solutions?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, Rachael is probably not the teacher for you...

In your first lesson Rachael will assess your voice, breathing, posture, range and any perceived deficits or vocal problems and explain what's going wrong, why and the recommended approach and plan to get you on track. Rachael will listen to your concerns and goals and work out a plan to get you to where you want to be. How quickly you get there largely depends on you. If you follow the plan, keep Rachael in the loop with any concerns or breakthroughs you may experience in your practice or performance, and maintain a regular and consistent practice routine you will see results!

For clients attending lessons on a weekly basis your sessions will follow a weekly rotating focus. Week A will be devoted to pure technique and Week B will be more repertoire focussed, coaching you through assimilating your technique with songs and introducing expression, interpretation, improvisation, phrasing and other aspects of performance and artistry. A more flexible approach can be applied to fortnightly and ad hoc clients.

So, if you are ready to understand how your voice actually works, develop a strong technical foundation and a safe place to land that will allow you better access to all your creative ideas. If you want to have more control, more strength, a more flexibile and agile voice that will go the distance, Rachael is the teacher for you.

Joining Rachael's studio means that you also join an ever-expanding supportive community of singers (through Rachael's private Facebook group and other exciting virtual tools and masterclasses/workshops currently in development) from all walks of life, ages, and levels of experience that love singing as much as you do.  

TIPS

  • Keep your voice box well hydrated - frequent sips of water throughout the day.
  • Eliminate excessive throat clearing or coughing. Swallow instead.
  • Avoid prolonged periods of loud talking, screaming, shouting and strange noises.
  • Do not use a forced whisper and regularly monitor the quality of your speaking voice.
  • Avoid using your voice continuously for long periods of time. Program "voice naps" into your day.
  • Do not smoke. Avoid other people's smoke. Avoid recreational drugs.
  • Establish a routine of warming up and cooling down your voice.
  • Limit talking in noisy places like discos, cars, crowded restaurants.
  • Limit the amount of talking/singing during colds or laryngitis.
  • Try breathing through your nose during normal 'passive' breathing, especially if you work in dry/dusty areas.
  • When performing with amplified musicians use a good PA and monitor speakers or 'in-ear' monitors for foldback.
  • Maintain overall good health. Eat a balanced diet, get plenty of sleep and ensure regular exercise.
  • Try to reduce stress. Be happy and laugh a lot!
  • Seek help from a specialist voice clinic such as Voice Connection if experiencing problems such as hoarseness, vocal fatigue or strain, breathiness, throat pain, the need for a prolonged warm-up or reflux.

STUDIO SERVICES

RACHAEL IS A MEMBER OF THE JAZZ & CONTEMPORARY PERFORMANCE FACULTY AT THE ANU SCHOOL OF MUSIC, AND AS SUCH, HAS LIMITED AVAILABILITY TO TAKE ON PRIVATE CLIENTS. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT REGULAR TERM PLACES AND AD HOC LESSONS ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED. AD HOC AVAILABILITY MAY INCREASE OUTSIDE OF THE UNIVERSITY TEACHING PERIODS. ANNOUNCEMENTS ABOUT ENROLMENTS AND NEW PERMANENT OR AD HOC AVAILABILITY WILL BE POSTED ON RACHAEL'S SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS - FOLLOW FOR REGULAR UPDATES.   

SERVICES

Individual Vocal Tuition - ANU School of Music Peter Karmel Building & SKYPE

  • Weekly lessons: 60 mins
  • Fortnightly lessons: 60 mins
  • Ad-Hoc lessons: 60 and 90 mins
  • Skype lessons: 60 and 90 mins 
  • Recording Studio Vocal Coaching

VOCAL WARRIOR - BOOTCAMP FOR YOUR VOICE (FIRST EDITION OUT NOW)

  • A collection of vocal warm-ups and technical exercises with accompanying handbook and MP3 backing tracks
  • Male and Female voice versions available
  • Visit the STORE to download

BLOG

  • Follow Rachael's Blog (subscribe by visiting the BLOG page on this website) for regular vocal tips and voice-related articles.


Group Seminars & Masterclasses

  • Full day or half day sessions
  • Vocal Anatomy & Physiology
  • Breathing, Support, & Alignment 
  • Performance Practice Masterclass


Song Transposition and Chart Writing for Vocalists

  • Sibelius and PDF files 

Recommended Reading

  • If In Doubt, Breathe Out! Breathing and Support for Singing based on the Accent Method (Ron Morris and Linda Hutchinson)
  • Singing and Teaching Singing - A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice (Janice L Chapman)
  • Voice Work: Art and Science in Changing Voices (Christina Shewell)
  • What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body (Malde, Allen, Zeller)
  • The Science of Singing (Johan Sundberg) 
  • Practical Vocal Acoustics: Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers (Kenneth W Bozeman)
  • The Vocal Athlete: Application and Technique for the Hybrid Singer (Rosenberg & Leborgne)