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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Patience is a virtue!

Hi folks,

Remember when I said I was going to have the studio fixed up and ready to go by April? Yeah, that. Um. Ok, so the wall is still up and I STILL haven’t advertised the bed we foolishly bought for my step daughter which is taking up precious precious space in our little little house, but we ARE getting closer.

As you may have noticed, my sad old piano keyboard is fast reaching its use-by date, and I need to buy a new computer (why do these things always come in threes?!). But on the plus side, I’ve just called Hire-a-Hubby who will be coming to give me a quote this Friday on renovating the old studio (again).

Should that go ahead, we’ll definitely be able to move into the studio in Term 3. I’m frankly sick to death of dashing out to the printer and having to move my equipment in and out of the lounge room each teaching day. Not to mention the permanent state of my kitchen table as a study-and-office space at the moment!

Also in the news: Wednesdays are now up again as a weekly teaching day. If you wish to change your lesson day, check the timetable for your preferred day and get back to me!

Finally, a note on the progress of my dad, who has entirely curable stomach cancer. His operation is expected to take place in August some time. If that is the case, I’ve called my mum to see if she needs help during his convalescence, and I might head to Melbourne during that time, hence, I’m going to teach through the June/July school holidays for anyone who wants it.

Well, that’s all for now. I hope your year has been a good one thus far!

Jessica

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Date changes

Hi folks,

We’re nearly at the end of Term 1 already! Time flies when you’re having fun. Just to have fun for a little longer, please note that end-of-term dates have changed slightly to allow for some Melbourne Wedding Time.

Term 1 will now finish Thursday 6 April.

Term 2 will commence Wednesday 26 April.

Do let me know if you can’t attend lessons in that first week of April and I’ll see what I can do.

Best wishes to all,

Jessica

 

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