Welcome to Term 4!

Hi Folks,

Welcome to Term 4. This term is quite a short one, as I spent a lovely three weeks slumming it in Melbourne during the holiday break. One of the things I love about travelling to Melbourne with my dog is – weirdly – the journey. I love driving along the New England Highway to Tamworth, and exploring the regional areas of NSW on my way to Melbourne. On the way home I discovered a fantastic tourist route along a road called Thunderbolt’s Way, named after a 19th century bushranger called Captain Thunderbolt, who travelled the track between Newcastle and Inverell. I saw some of the most beautiful scenery on that drive, and am looking forward to travelling along it again in future. I am now rested, refreshed and raring to go again for the final push to the end of year.

Students have been preparing hard for auditions and exams and this term should see the fruition of some of those dreams. I’m pleased to announce 2 students have been offered places at ADPI for 2017. Three students made it through 2 rounds of the Griffith University Bachelor of Musical Theatre auditions and one of my newer students achieved a credit for her 4th grade Musical Theatre AMEB exam.

I am pleased to note my students have had a very successful year! Five students have performed as leads in their local school or pro-am musical productions, and all students are noticing the improvement as they tread the boards. There is nothing like performing experience for developing skills even further.

As I plan my teaching strategies for 2017, I’m talking to a local church about hiring some of their space for lessons, so that I am a little closer to home. There is also the potential for holding more group activities in this space. I would prefer to teach from home but plans for the home studio have been put on hold for the moment. Teaching from the Con has always been a short term solution so look out for developments on this front.

I wish everyone a healthy and happy term 4!

Jessica

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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