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CONTENT

  • piano tuition from beginners to advanced (including preparation for AMEB exams - which are held in the home studio)
  • theory and musicianship coaching
  • individual vocal coaching for ages 15 and above (in speech and singing)
  • group vocal tuition for ages 12 to 14
  • where required, WVMT provides integrated tuition that covers piano and voice in one lesson
  • WVMT offers a specialist training program for ballet and theatre accompaniment. Senior students with strong piano skills and an interest in accompaniment attend private lessons as well as observing ballet class and theatre rehearsals, working towards practical placement opportunities to build their skills and repertoire.
  • WVMT offers tertiary and professional level training and mentoring, tailoring work programs to suit very specific vocational needs. Recent examples have included: mentoring a tertiary music student through a music pedagogy unit; and coaching a tertiary voice student in music theatre direction. In both cases, practical experience opportunities were created to support the coaching/mentoring.
  • Dianna is an ANU School of Music performance teaching fellow and is on their register of approved accompanists.
FEES
  • For information about current tuition fees, please email
  • All lessons must be paid for, in advance, on receipt of an invoice that covers the full period of the lessons (either a school term, or a prescribed course of work.)
  • Students must give at least 24 hours notice by SMS if wanting to cancel or re-schedule a lesson. This is sufficient time to reallocate your lesson time. If 24 hours notice is not received the full lesson fee will be charged.
  • For those requiring nonongoing session/s - for example, to prepare for an audition - a casual fee will apply. Lessons will be invoiced in advance and must be paid for at the time they are booked, so as to ensure a commitment to preparing for and attending the session.

CONDITIONS

  • When taking on new students for individual training/coaching, voice students are required to firstly attend one or two sessions with Beth Atkins, speech pathologist and Estill Voice Training (TM) Certified Master Teacher, or with a similar specialist. They will reinforce an understanding of vocal health, particularly from the standpoint of a speech and voice therapist.
  • On enrolling in the studio, we look closely at what types of physical activity new voice students are participating in, to ensure a level of commitment to the bodywork required to support good speech and singing technique. Students will be encouraged to take up recommended activities, if they aren’t already participating in them. These conditions are in place so that we can focus on musical and vocal training, rather than on correcting poor physical habits, and to build up the general level of awareness around vocal and physical health for singers and actors.
  • Two studio concerts are held each year, at which all students perform. These concerts are in the form of an open class, and are very important for all students - at every level. Students are encouraged to perform with each other in duets and ensembles in the studio concerts. A large group improvisation piece (for all levels of students) is central to each studio concert.

POLICIES

  • We do not use the words 'talents' and 'gifts' in our practice. Happy to discuss in detail with anyone who cares to listen ;)
  • We have a strict no-smoking policy.
  • We do not allow mobile phones in rehearsals or workshops with young people, and have strict rules around the use of social media when working with children and young people
  • We do not use food rewards. Soft drinks, energy drinks, lollies, chips and other junk foods are prohibited from rehearsals, workshops and performances.
  • We encourage healthy food, plenty of water, plenty of sleep, and good-old-common-sense e.g. wearing warm clothes in winter, with good protection for chest, throat, ears and back.
  • All students are taught about nose breathing for general health, alongside breathing techniques for when singing/speaking on stage.
  • Realistic goals are set for each student, and feedback focusses on specifics.
  • Our work practices aim to fully support the student's emotional and psychological wellbeing, and to build resilience, self awareness and individual responsibility in the approach to their art practice.
  • Prospective students who present with vocal problems or physical issues that require specialist support will be asked to seek treatment from appropriate therapeutic practitioners (via their GP) and will need to supply written evidence of the successful completion of this treatment before being able to commence training with WVmt.
  • Staff working with young people have police clearance and have undertaken specialist training in working with young people
  • Environmental awareness and sustainability is integral to our work practices.
  • Healthy and sustainable work practices also inform our work with adult professional artists.
  • WVMT regularly reviews their policies regarding working with young and vulnerable people.

BACKGROUND

  • Wild Voices Music Theatre director, Dianna Nixon, has over 30 years of practical experience as a multi-disciplinary performer and educator. Her training has included a degree in music from the Victorian College of the Arts, as well as an A.Mus.A (piano), an A.Dip. A (drama and music), Cert IV (Workplace Assessment & Training) and short courses in early childhood music education, piano pedagogy, choral direction, drama and languages. Dianna has completed a Youth Mental Health First Aid Certificate and completed a range of training related to wellbeing. Many years of voice and dance training and ongoing research across these related areas have contributed to her methodology in teaching piano, voice and drama.
  • Dianna, along with other practitioners engaged by WVMT, is fully committed to lifelong learning, maintaining a rigorous personal training and development program.
  • Dianna has conducted intensive voice and performance workshops for professional companies and for community choirs and school groups and has been employed in the education programs of various opera companies. Dianna has extensive professional experience as an accompanist in a wide range of repertoire - covering classical and contemporary repertoire, with a special focus on vocal and choral work, and is a specialist accompanist for ballet.