We’re open for business!

Hi folks,

Yes, I’m back and raring to go. Please write to me at jessica.obryan@gmail.com to book lessons and to check your lesson time and day. Also continue to check the Timetable page for live updates to lesson time slots and other information.

Just a reminder that this term is a short one because I’m heading overseas in March, but that your 10-lesson invoice just rolls over to the next time you have a lesson. You don’t pay if I’m not around!

I hope this year is a great one for you.

Cheers

Jessica

 

 

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Welcome to 2018!

It’s a new day, it’s a new dawn, it’s a new life for me, and I’m feeling good! I hope you’re feeling good too.

Welcome everyone to 2018. We’re starting off the year feeling all the feels. I’ve had a brilliant break and I’m raring to go as of Wednesday 16 January next week, when the studio reopens its doors.

Excitingly, the door is now at the front of the newly-painted house, not at the side as it used to be, and it’s a simple knocker arrangement. When entering for the first time, please knock, push the yellow door open (if you’re not the first student for the afternoon), and take a seat in the vestibule. I’ll greet you shortly. You may also be greeted by Poppy the moody growler (she’ll bark horribly, so don’t touch her – let her come to you), or better yet, Dougal the darling groodle puppy, who loves everyone. If you have allergies, I hope you’ll cope with these two non-shedding dogs. If you are fearful of dogs, just let me know and I’ll ensure they don’t disturb you. We also have a very old cat, Lucy, and 3 crazy chickens, who may or may not be visible.

Make sure you always close the gate and the front door behind you.

We have a little problem with the toilets: we are about to renovate the back of our house and will not have any toilet available while renovating. Please don’t ask to use the loo!

In other news, Scott and I have been contracted to write a new book on musical theatre training – it should be a great experience, and will no doubt teach me lots of new stuff to pass on to you. Don’t wait for the publication date, though: it’s miles off.

Let me know, too, what YOU want from Plainsong Studios. Would you like performance opportunities, or audition technique classes? Would you like the occasional VERY GOOD pianist to accompany you during your lesson for a small fee? Would you like to perform in a mid-year concert, or are you just happy with one-to-one singing lessons? Would you like some more sight singing sessions, or some acting/singing workshops? Let me know. I know just the people to join me for your benefit.

Happy New Year Everyone!

 

 

 

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Europe was amazing! PLUS: the studio is now open to students aged 13+!!

Hi folks,

I’m back from Europe, which was a combination conference trip and whirlwind get-to-know-you city visit to Oslo, Prague, Vienna and Zagreb. There were a number of highlights from the trip: Oslo is quietly beautiful, Prague is full of old wonders, Vienna is – well – amazing, and Zagreb in Croatia is a lovely old town, easy to navigate in a couple of days. It was so much fun to get to know these cities, and guess what? All of them had trams. Trams are the bomb.

Of all the places we visited, I think Vienna spoke the most to me, with my background in classical music. I’ve hardly scratched the surface of that city, and can’t wait to get back. I could EASILY live there for a few months on a study trip, and see all the sights, and hear all the music. But Oslo. I could live in Oslo. What a beautiful city, great humans, and a real sense of hygge. Even though it’s cold. There. I said it. I love the cold.

Onto the studio. Well, it’s all finished bar the plantation shutters, some picture hanging and desk organising. The air-conditioning is in, and we’re all set! Here’s a taster:

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In other news: I’m opening the studio to students aged 13+!!

I’ve opened my studio to include students aged 13 and over, because I want to ensure that keen wanna-be musical theatre performers have the right vocal education from an early age. It’s no good me being a finishing-off teacher if the vocal technique of the student needs fixing after they get to me! We have several places opening up since I added Monday lessons to the mix, so please let any young potential musical theatre performers know that I am available for lessons, particularly from 2018, when the studio will open from mid-January.

Best wishes to all for a very productive end-of-year, and I look forward to seeing you all in 2018, in my brand new studio.

Jessica

 

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Did I hear “next week for the studio”?

Why yes, yes I did. You heard it here first, folks. The studio is going to be refurbished and set up and will be ready to go by October this year (pretty sure it’s only 3 years since I wrote this for the first time). WOWOWOWOWEEEE!!!

There may some some bangs and crashes while the room is being gutted and re-lined, but it should not interfere too badly with our lessons in the lounge room. The main issue will be me getting my butt into gear and painting the re-lined section so we’re ready to go by the time I come back in November. Gah.

I hope you’re all going well for auditions and the like! Best wishes and chookas to all my students this week.

Jessica

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Term 4 news

Hi folks,

Well, nothing much has happened yet on the studio front, but we are getting there with builders’ quotes and the like. Term 4 begins next Monday October 2, and I’ll be taking a short break between October 30 and November 12. I’m heading to an overseas conference in OSLO, so don’t call me: I won’t answer the phone; but I can be contacted via Facebook if necessary.

Students are auditioning this week for various schools at QUT, Qld Con and the like. I wish them all well, and chookas! See you all next week.

Jessica

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September already?

Hi folks,

Welcome to Spring! Just a quick note to let you know that students have settled well into the Monday time slot, and that Thursday 14 September is the last time I’ll be lecturing on the Gold Coast, so that time opens up weekly from the 21st.

As of now, I’m welcoming students to Mondays from 3pm, Tuesdays from 3pm, Wednesdays from 12pm and Thursdays from 3pm.

Please let me know if you’re interested in changing times, or if you want an earlier slot in the day, because I’m sure we can work something out!

Have a great Spring, and remember, holidays begin in 2 weeks. I’m hoping we can start the renovations to the teaching studio by then so that when I reopen in October the room will be complete. (Yes, you heard me. Finally.)

Cheers!

Jessica

 

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MONDAYS IS GO!

Hi Folks,

Just a note to let you know Mondays are now available for lessons from 3.00pm. Contact me to learn more!

Cheers

Jessica

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Timetable updates

Hi folks,

Just a note to let you know about the next few weeks.

I leave for Melbourne as of Thursday evening July 20 as my father’s surgery has led to unexpected complications. I will be away until August 1.

Therefore the next 2 weeks looks like this:

Tuesday 18 July: Kristie, Bailee, Liz

Wednesday 19 July: Brittany, Grace, Charlie, Eloise, Ash

Thursday 20 July: NO teaching

Tuesday 22 – Thursday 24 July: NO teaching

Tuesday 1 August: Kristie, Bailee, Liz

Wednesday 2 August: Courtney, Brittany, Grace, Charlie, Eloise, Ash

Thursday 3 August: NO teaching

For my flexible Thursday students, I have a spot available on Wednesday 19 July at 12pm, and can make it earlier if need be. The same goes for Wednesday 2 August when I can be available before 12pm for my flex students. Please text to arrange a time if you don’t want to wait a month for a lesson!

Best wishes,

Jessica

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Term 3 update

Hi folks,

There are a few timetable changes this term to consider. I’m tutoring at Griffith Uni on alternate Thursdays, beginning this week, and will need to swap students where possible for Wednesdays.

I’m also planning a couple of short trips to Melbourne (leaving this Friday), to care for my dad during his surgery and afterwards. Therefore I won’t be available next week. I am also heading to Melbourne on July 23 and staying until August 3, which is when I plan to take my “school holidays”.

Please check emails for relevant information, and have a look at the timetable page for the potential day changes, and contact me ASAP if you need to change your time.

Cheers

Jessica

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Studio is coming!

Hi folks,

2 great things to tell you about:

1/ I bought a brand new keyboard last week. It’s a Yamaha DGX-660 and it came with its very own sustain pedals. I’m in keyboard heaven. I haven’t worked out how to use it yet, so there’ll be a humorous learning curve as I work out where the transpose key sits.

2/ We’re fixing up the studio!!!!!! It shouldn’t take too long to do, and may be ready as early as July. I’m SO excited!

That’s all for now, folks. Keep an eye out for the new timetable and there are still a few time slots open, so let people know about my awesome singing teaching!

Cheers

Jessica

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