Welcome back, folks! I hope your holiday season was a restful one and that you are all raring to go for 2013.

Well, we HAVE been busy! If you have a look at the timetable, you will see that all our afternoon and evening timeslots are now completely booked up, with a waiting list for those wanting casual lessons. This means no changes are possible for lessons unless another student wants to swap. We’ve added 6 new students this year: Sophia, Matt (returning for more musical fun), Simone, Eloise, Eden and Connor. I’m thrilled that our studio is already busy and that we have filled our slots, but it means anyone wishing to join our studio will now have to be placed on a waiting list. Wow.

If there is enough demand, I may open the studio for 3 hours on Thursdays. Stay tuned for information about this as I wait to determine my university teaching schedule.

Updated terms and conditions: please check the Fees, terms and conditions page regarding updated rules of the studio, particularly absences and illness – everyone gets one grace absence per invoice, as long as I have 30 hours notice, after that you will be charged as having attended your lesson, FOR ANY REASON. This is to ensure that even when you have camps or parent-teacher interviews or other reasons, your timeslot is assured. Anyone who repeatedly misses lessons or can’t regularly attend their timeslot will be placed onto the waiting list.

Check out the new FAQs page for updated information about our studio.

New Fees: Our fees have risen slightly this year, only the second fee rise in 5 years. We charge $80 per 55 minute lesson, $40 for a 25 minute lesson (these are in multi-blocked lesson invoices) and $90 per hour/$45 per 30 minutes per casual pay-as-you-go lesson.

My Conservatorium teaching has exploded this year and I will be busier than ever, with up to 20 hours teaching per week during semester, including tutoring and lectures. This means a very tight schedule, and some careful negotiation of make-up lessons. As I often remark to those who request make-up lessons – I don’t have time! Your grace lesson will be rolled over on your invoice to the following week. Think of it as a half-holiday.

In other news, Josh was awarded a scholarship to attend the Sound Thinking Australia 2-week musical theatre workshop. Well done Josh and I hope you are loving the course. Other students, including Sophie, are attending the NIDA short course next week, which promises to be amazing. And for my adult students, those who wish to expand their musical education horizons can attend The Broadway Voice, run by Tim Smith, who is an experienced Musical Theatre practitioner based in Melbourne, but doing a 2 day course here in sunny Brisbane on the 16th and 17th January. See the flyer below for more information.

In other plans, I have been asked to set up a July audition program for those wishing to audition for the Queensland Conservatorium Bachelor of Musical Theatre program in September. More information will be forthcoming as the year progresses.

For those of you still on Summer break, do enjoy your remaining weeks and I look forward to seeing all my lovely students in the week beginning January 28. I AM teaching on the Monday, so all those students who think the Australia Day holiday is an excuse not to come, don’t believe it!


About Jessica

Dr Jessica O'Bryan PhD is an educator, researcher, singer and author. Her next book on Musical Theatre Education and Training will be published in 2020 through Routledge. Her last book was Teaching Singing in the 21st Century (2014, Springer). She lives in Brisbane in a semi-renovated 20s Queenslander home with her husband, Dougal the Groodle, and all the single ladies (Poppy the Groodle, Lucy the Cat, and the chooks).
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