I’ve been teaching singing since 2014 in Sydney (at Live to Sing Studios, Simone Dee, Director). I trained (part time) as a teacher under Simone for 2 years prior to running classes on my own. Prior to that, I studied piano and music theory for 5 years from 2009 to 2014, and studied singing from 2011. I also danced jazz for 20 years in classes at the Sydney Dance Company.
I teach jazz, contemporary and musical theatre vocal styles – single students and small harmony groups (of 3-6 people). I’m an enthusiastic teacher, and like to make classes fun and approachable to help learning and lift confidence. I focus on building strong vocal foundations (technique, breathe, vocal health), as well as incorporating basic music theory, vocal expression, and performance technique (movement and use of microphone).
Having grown up in a family with art/drama teachers (mother and sister), and great love of the theatre and singing (and now my own family - hubby and daughter also love the arts), I really enjoy teaching others to find joy and expression in singing and performance. Having trained as an adult, it is still fresh in my memory the self-doubt that often plagues singers when starting out. Learning to sing so often builds confidence in many other areas of life, and I particularly see this in the kids I teach. It is a special feeling as a teacher when your student gets on stage, nerves and all, delivers a song and finishes smiling.
Gail Bouletare is a music educator and performer..
She is an instrumentalist and vocalist, holding qualifications in education, music and music theory, and has represented Australia at an international level for in vocal harmony.
Classically trained for both piano and voice, Gail teachers both specialising in technique to a high performance level. Gail is an expert on “how” to sing and play.
Gail has been a classroom educator for many years and is often found teaching young children right through to year 12 in our local community.
Giving the “gift” of music is what she does best, from the novice beginner to the maestro! She is adept at drawing out the hidden talent in students and encouraging all to sing or play at their full potential.
Gail is also a professional accompanist, especially busy around HSC time, often working with small ensembles and soloists. Many of Gail’s HSC students go on to pursue music at at tertiary level..
Adaptable and flexible in approach, Gail is experienced in teaching toddlers to the aged…adult learners welcome!
She is also available as a vocalist and pianist for your special occasion, and can perform in any genre requested.
From an Italian aria for solo soprano, a Jazz song with piano, or a ballad from the 50’s with Karaoke, Gail is an experienced and polished performer.
Gail performs at Funerals, Weddings, High Teas, and other Ceremonies.
Kelesi Woodhouse has been a professional musician since her 20th year. Classically trained, with an abiding interest in jazz piano and composition, Kelesi began her career in rock bands touring Australia in the 70s and 80s.
In 1988 she moved to the Blue Mountains and set up her singing and piano tuition studio.
Kelesi was secretary of the Australia and New Zealand Association of Teachers of Singing until 1994, when her second child was born, and performed with various jazz combos in the Blue Mountains until her move to the Southern Highlands in 2003.
Her first album of original compositions was published in 1991, just before the birth of her first child. A second album was created in 2002, but was not published. Kelesi has conducted large and small choirs, has taught piano and singing at Frensham, Chevalier College, THSPA, Moss Vale Public School and Moss Vale High and SHYAC, and has continued to perform as a jazz pianist and singer, as well as a session musician, accompanist and composer..
Her passion for sharing the joy and inspiration of music is one of her primary motivations as a teacher and performer.
Louise plays piano, folk harp and percussion and is a singer, composer and arranger. Favourite styles: classical, folk, jazz, blues, sacred and world music. Favourite colour: purple.
Louise has been a piano teacher since 1995, she enhances the students’ joy of musical discovery with individually tailored programs, cultivating a balance between aural and reading experiences; structure and free and fun exploration. Beginners enjoy singing, rhythm games and a gentle introduction to reading through writing out their piano music in rainbow colours. More advanced students play a rich repertoire from the classics to popular and blues. Improvisation techniques are developed and composing is encouraged.
Louise plays at ceremonies, functions, workshops and retreats and was musician-in-residence at Craigieburn from 2003-6. She is a member of Zjalu viola & harp/piano duo and Rapunzel’s Party, a seven-piece women’s group.
Louise’s CDs of original music are Troubadour d’amour, The Soul’s Dream and, in collaboration with Ganga Ashworth, Echoes of the Goddess.