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Singing Lessons at Allegra Music

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.

With teenage students it’s important to recognise that they have well formed tastes in music, and their musical education needs to be relevant. We encourage students to recommend music they actually listen to, and our teachers teach them the songs they know and love. By combining theory, technique, composition and aural skills, before long our teens our transcribing their favourite songs, playing for friends and even writing their own songs. We also expose our students to various other genres, in and around their preferred style, greatly increasing their wider enjoyment of music in general. We can also prepare students for any exams, auditions or recitals.

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.

Teaching Qualifications

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.

Our teachers can help students prepare for AMEB, ANZCA and VCE exams. Our students currently have a 100% success rate.

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.

 

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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 $74.00. You have three options for fee payments: per annum, per term or in monthly installments. 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 rates listed below do not include GST.

 30 Minute Lesson45 Minute Lesson60 Minute Lesson
Annual$1480$2220$2960
Per Term$370$555$740
Monthly (Feb-Dec)$134.54$201.81$269.09

* Due to school holidays, some months/terms have more lessons than others. Please click here to view our term dates

Family Discounts

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).

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.

How To Pay

Preferred payment method is via direct deposit; however, we do accept cash if required. Invoices are issued either on the 1st of the month, or the 1st day of term. Payment is due within 7 days.

2017

Term 1

29th January to 1st April
(9 weeks)

Term 2

18th April to 26th June
(10 weeks)

Term 3

16th July to 23rd September
(10 weeks)

Term 4

7th October to 22nd December
(11 weeks)

The studio operates as normal on public holidays that fall within the term.

We ask that you to adhere to the following studio policies:

Cancellations

If you can’t attend a lesson, we require a minimum of 24 hours notice. If the required notice has been given, we are happy to schedule a make-up lesson.


Illness

We understand that kids (and adults!) get sick sometimes. 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.


Students are entitled to one make-up lesson per term. Make-up lessons must be used within the term and cannot be rescheduled.

Attendance

Your lesson time is reserved for you each week, so please arrive on time. Lessons always start and end at the scheduled times.


Practice

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.

Yes. We teach from beginner right through to Grade 8 level and beyond.
Yes. Learning and appreciating the piano is about playing the music you like. Whether it’s Dr John, Disney or Katy Perry, if you like the music, we’ll teach you how to play it.
No, we teach all ages. In fact, around a third of our students are adults, and many of them are beginners! It sounds cliché, but it is never too late – we continue to learn our whole lives, music is no different.
We expect all of our students to practise for obvious reasons: the more you practise, the more you will enjoy the music. For very young children (4-8), 10 minutes of supervised practice per day is recommended, for older children (9-15) and adults, 30 mins per day. We recommend you don’t practise more than 5 days per week. Lessons should not be included in the practice regime, as their purpose is to direct and guide you in your learning, not to practise scales!
We generally don’t teach children below 4 years of age, as some basics are required (left/right, numbers, letters, attention span), however, we have a Music For Kids preschool program.
Yes. We have two music parties per year (‘recitals’), and wine & cheese evenings for our adult students once per term. They are optional, but a lot of fun and highly recommended. Playing in front of others encourages you to play the best that you can, is a great motivator, and nothing beats the feeling of playing a live show!

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:

  • Better academic achievement, particularly with maths
  • An increase in ability to focus
  • Better memory
  • Aware of discipline and the importance of practice
  • Learn fine motor skills
  • Develop teamwork and shared goals
  • Better at interacting socially
  • Learn to listen more actively
  • Learn to embrace other cultures through music

The benefits of playing a musical instrument are outlined in the below short (4:44) TED video, for people in general, not just children.


Only if you want to. Some people prefer to follow the structure of exams, others like to learn outside of the curriculum. We can prepare students for exams right through to Grade 8, and assist with VCE preparation.
No, we only teach from our studio in Coburg North. Our singing, piano and guitar teachers hail from Thornbury, Carlton and Moonee Ponds, but all converge on the studio to teach. While we do have students from just around the corner, as well as coming from Pascoe Vale, Brunswick, Mill Park, Preston and other local suburbs, we can offer better lessons from the studio, using studio resources, acoustically treated rooms and well-maintained instruments.
Yes of course, however we’ve noticed that generally children are more open and relaxed if their parents aren’t in the room.
Yes, although we operate roughly in line with the school terms, students can start at any time throughout the year. We simply charge a pro-rata amount, based on which week of the school year the lessons start.
No, although due to the varying start and end dates of the school terms, sometimes your lesson will overlap with the start or end of the holidays. You can view our studio calendar here. If you really would like to take lessons during the holidays, please contact us.
If you can’t make a lesson we can reschedule a make-up lesson at a later date, provided we’ve been given enough notice. As per our policy, we require 24 hours notice before the lesson time to cancel, or if you or your child are sick, before 9am on the day of the lesson. If the required notice is given, we offer one make-up lesson per term. Make-up lessons do not ‘roll-over’ to the next term, and if the notice hasn’t been given, we are unable to offer a make-up lesson. Your teaching slot has been reserved each week and the teacher paid, so if given the notice we may be able to offer your slot to another student.
We provide each student with a folder to take home, often print music for the student to keep, and provide access to a number of online learning platforms; these are all included in our annual studio fee of $30. In addition to this, we often recommend music books to students, which we offer for sale, or which can be purchased by the student themselves.
You certainly can, and we encourage it! We can advise you how you can help your child, and there are even textbooks for students with duets with a partner who can’t play at all! Any involvement from the parents/guardians is helpful – from monitoring that they are practising, to how they are practising, we truly encourage you to be active in your child’s learning. Check out our blog for tips.
A very hard question to answer, as everybody is different. Like anything, the one thing that remains constant is the more you practise, the better you’ll play and the quicker you’ll achieve your goals. Some children appear not to progress initially, as they are ‘sorting it all out’, but all of sudden their abilities increase. Others steadily get better and better, it really is down to the individual.
Our prices are listed here, and are set according to the VMTA recommended fees for 2015.
We accept bank-to-bank transfer (details here), and cash.
We don’t accept casual students for two reasons. Firstly, from an ideological point of view, we know that learning an instrument, as with all worthy pursuits, requires commitment, perseverance and dedication. Weekly lessons combined with regular practice yield great results – the more that is done, the greater the enjoyment in both listening to and playing music. Secondly, from a logistical point of view, if a casual student just wants occasional lessons, it isn’t always possible to accommodate them in the timetable. On the other hand, if a weekly time slot is allocated for the casual student, but they don’t always come, it isn’t fair on the teacher who is only paid for the hours they teach (this time slot could have been allocated to a regular student).

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23 Tilley St
Coburg North
VIC 3058

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