Rachael is a member of the Australian Voice Association - Australia’s leading multidisciplinary association for Voice.

The AVA began in 1991. It is an umbrella organisation for all involved in the care of the human voice including speech pathologists, singing teachers and voice teachers, ENT surgeons, voice scientists and other professionals and amateur voice users.

Rachael is a member of the Australian Voice Association - Australia’s leading multidisciplinary association for Voice.

The AVA began in 1991. It is an umbrella organisation for all involved in the care of the human voice including speech pathologists, singing teachers and voice teachers, ENT surgeons, voice scientists and other professionals and amateur voice users.

Rachael is a member of ANATS - the peak body for teachers of singing in Australia. Our membership encompasses classical and contemporary teachers, classical and contemporary singers, voice practitioners (such as Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists and Speech Pathologists) and interested members of the community.

Rachael is a member of ANATS - the peak body for teachers of singing in Australia. Our membership encompasses classical and contemporary teachers, classical and contemporary singers, voice practitioners (such as Ear, Nose and Throat Specialists and Speech Pathologists) and interested members of the community.

LESSONS


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, W. Stephen Smith and Estill Voice Training Method.  

Students are guided through (as required) -  
  • vocal anatomy and function
  • music theory
  • functional piano
  • aural training
  • sight-reading
  • stagecraft and artistry
  • microphone technique and 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 
CONTACT Rachael to enquire about availability.
Rachael maintains a current Working with Vulnerable People permit.

Rachael maintains a current Working with Vulnerable People permit.

Rachael maintains specialised Legal Liability Insurance for Musicians and Music Teachers with AON Insurance.

Rachael maintains specialised Legal Liability Insurance for Musicians and Music Teachers with AON Insurance.

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 breathe 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.

RESOURCES

Estill Voice Training Level 1 & 2 
https://www.estillvoice.com/

Better Music - Independent Music Store
http://www.bettermusic.com.au/
  • Musical Instruments
  • Print Music, Sheet Music and Music Education Resources
  • Professional live performance and recording equipment
Singing and Teaching Singing - A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice
Janice L. Chapman
Plural Publishing

What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body
Melissa Malde, MaryJean Allen & Kurt-Alexander Zeller
Plural Publishing

The Jazz Singer's Guidebook - A Course in Jazz Harmony for the Serious Jazz Vocalist
David Berkman
Sher Music Co.

Hear It and Sing It! - Exploring Modal Jazz
Judy Niemack
Second Floor Music/Hal Leonard Corporation

Blues Scatitudes - Vocal Improvisation on the Blues
Bob Stoloff
Gerard & Sarzin Publishing Co.

Scat! Vocal Improvisation Techniques
Bob Stoloff
Gerard & Sarzin Publishing Co.

Vocal Improvisation - Techniques in Jazz R&B and Gospel Improvisation
Gabrielle Goodman
Goodness Music

12 Warm-Ups & Exercises for Singers
Sharny Russell
Treasure House Music
http://sharnyrussell.com/

Six Exercises for Jazz Singers
Sharny Russell
Treasure House Music 
http://sharnyrussell.com/