Piano, Guitar and Singing lessons in Coburg North
So you’re thinking about singing lessons? Maybe you want to sing your favourite pop songs, join the local choir or even start singing your own songs, our teachers can get you singing the way you want. We teach all ages and levels, and yes, there is such a thing as an adult beginner! We can help intermediate students develop and shape their voice, and for more experienced singers our tertiary educated teachers can bring your singing to the next level with technical know-how and real-world experience. We believe in structuring our singing lessons on strong theoretical foundations so that students of all levels can confidently learn and explore the music they love..
Our curriculum: although all students have different goals and aspirations, we have various studio-wide term challenges and activities that we encourage all of our students to participate in. Some examples include composition (writing, scoring and recording a piece), music of the world, duets, ten-piece challenge and many more. All students experience elements of theory, improvisation, performance and composition.
You’re might be reading this as your child has shown an interest in singing - maybe singing along in the car, singing in the bath tub, or repeating the chorus of their favourite pop songs round and round and round.. Or perhaps you’ve heard them singing and would like to help them ‘find’ and develop their voice.
We believe in making music enjoyable for kids, keeping it fun and exciting by including lots of different activities in each lesson. Theory and note reading are included and through stories, games, rhymes, tongue twisters, clapping and creative movement (to name a few) children learn everything they need to sing and enjoy the songs they love – something that will stay with them no matter what their future holds!
Our school also holds regular performances (see here) and term challenges (see here) so students have plenty of opportunities to perform for friends and family as well as discover new skills like composition/songwriting or playing with other students.
Beginners: Some people will tell themselves that they just ‘don’t have it’, and so never pursue music further, and this is particularly the case with singing, however it is simply not true. Singing involves the use of various muscles, which can be trained and strengthened to do certain things. While not everyone will turn into Pavarotti or Mariah Carey, with good technique, conscious application of skills and aural training, everyone can be taught how to sing in tune. From then on your voice will only develop, increasing the quality of tone, vocal range and expressive capabilities.
We use and control our voices everyday, and singing is an extension of that control. With practice we can learn to incorporate more areas of the body, from control of the diaphragm and breath, to the shape of the mouth and position of the tongue.
By combining the physical aspects of singing with general musicality and aural skills, you’ll see that you really don’t have to have been ‘born with it’.
Experienced singers: For those with some experience and looking to expand their musical horizons, our teachers can help you along your chosen path. It might be moving into different genres, help with improvising, phrasing, rhythm or just a general amelioration of your voice in general. Our tertiary educated teachers can help you move forward.
Our teachers have a wealth of teaching experience, specialising in composition and improvisation with both jazz and classical backgrounds. All of our teachers are formally educated, have industry experience and teach multiple styles.
We screen our teachers to ensure not just flawless theoretical knowledge, but a real understanding and appreciation of music; they have the ability to really listen and hear music – enabling them to transcribe and teach anything you’d like to learn.
They are all talented and practising musicians, and above all, have the ability to transmit those abilities to others.
Bachelor of Music Performance
University of Melbourne
Current Victorian Working With Children Check
Alana first began learning piano at a young age before starting singing lessons at 10 years old. She began classical singing training throughout high school in Bendigo and travelling to Melbourne once a week for lessons at the Melba Conservatorium.
Alana studied voice at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music gaining her Bachelor of Music Performance degree. Currently signed to ABC Music/Universal, Alana has performed extensively throughout Australia and the UK, travelling with her Celtic harp.
Alana teaches classical, folk, contemporary and musical theatre for all ages.
We understand the value and importance of live performance, and encourage our students to perform at every available opportunity. Not only does it provide a great motivation both before and after the ‘gig’, it builds confidence, consolidates practice and above all is a great experience. Ask any musician – nothing beats the feeling after a live performance!
We hold two recitals per year: a mid-year winter recital, an end-of-year Summer Duets recital (they’re more like a parties) where all of our younger students perform for fellow students, family and friends, showcasing their talents with songs they’ve learnt and/or composed throughout the year. You can see pictures of our latest recital here. For our more mature students, we hold ‘wine and cheese’ nights at the studio every term, where our adult students can meet others in a friendly atmosphere, all the while getting an interesting and varied concert. Always a relaxing, constructive and fun evening!
While we don’t force or pressure our students to take exams, we certainly encourage them. Exams cover most aspects of musical education, and provide both structure and deadlines. Whether the student wants to take exams or not, we teach all of the aspects examined, such as sight-reading, performing, aural skills and theory. The decision to take exams or not is down to the student – on one hand they can be rewarding and beneficial for those who work well with the exam structure, for others they are overly stressful and can end up turning students off music altogether. We find that the majority of students lie somewhere in the middle.
Exams are scheduled throughout the year; it is necessary to book in advance, before the closing dates. If you’d like to organise exams please talk to your teacher and we’ll arrange the booking for you.
Enrolment at Allegra Music is based on an 11-month school year (Feb-Dec), with 40 weekly lessons per year, divided into 4 terms.
The annual fee is based upon the VMTA recommended hourly rate of $78.00. You have three options for fee payments: per annum, per term or in monthly instalments. Whichever you choose, the total cost is the same, as outlined below.
Please note:All lessons are paid in advance, and are non-refundable
The 2019 rates listed below all include GST.
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* Due to school holidays, some months/terms have more lessons than others. Please click here to view our term dates
A 5% discount applies when 2 members of a family are enrolled. For 3 or more family members, a 10% discount applies (does not apply to annual studio fee).
There is an annual non-refundable studio fee of $30 per student to cover enrolment in online theory and practice courses, teaching materials and printing costs.
Preferred payment method is via direct deposit; however, we do accept cash if required. Invoices are issued either two weeks before the 1st of the month, or two weeks before the 1st day of term. Payment is due within 14 days.
29th January to 1st April
23rd April to 1st July
15th July to 22nd September
5th October to 20th December
The studio operates as normal on public holidays that fall within the term.
We ask that you adhere to the following studio policies:
If you can’t make your lesson you have three choices:
We understand that kids (and adults!) get sick sometimes and have to stay home from school. If this happens, please text, call or email before 9am (8am on weekends) on the day of the lesson and we will schedule a make-up lesson. Alternatively if you’re not that sick, we can do a Skype lesson. It goes without saying that if you’re too sick for school/work, you’re too sick for a lesson (don’t share those germs around!).
Your lesson time is reserved for you each week, so please arrive on time. Lessons always start and end at the scheduled times.
Students are expected to fulfill all homework and practice requirements. A goal of 5 days per week is optimal. As a rough guide, for very young students 5-10 minutes of supervised practice per day. For older children and adults, at least 20-30 minutes per day is recommended. Please see the FAQ section for more details.
For younger students, the parent/guardian needs to ensure students are keeping up with their piano practice.
Apart from the benefits of learning and appreciating music so that it feels ‘natural’, children also benefit in a number of other areas. A quick web search will show numerous studies, but as a quick sum up taken from the Dept. of Education NSW:
The benefits of playing a musical instrument are outlined in the below short (4:44) TED video, for people in general, not just children.