Laura Bernay

About Us

“If you cannot teach me to fly teach me to sing!” (J.M. Barrie Peter Pan)

Welcome to my studio! We are a happy microcosm of the community comprising young singers to adults. We are all about discovering the joy of singing!

RTEmagicC_Green_top_teaching_page__01.jpg-2I am a qualified musician and singer. I graduated from the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts in Performance and hold a Graduate Diploma in Education from The Hawthorn Institute of Education (Melbourne University). Following this I did post-graduate studies back in my home state of Massachusetts, U.S.A. at The New England Conservatory of Music and the Berklee College of Jazz in Boston. I also studied a special technique for teaching young singers using the Suzuki philosophy with the renowned Päivi Kukkamäki in Finland. Later I studied French and Philosophy at UWA as part of a B.A. I studied other languages, including German while I was living and performing in Germany. I also studied Italian. These are the three important languages for the study of classical voice. Learning other languages is beneficial for all types of good vocal training. French is my second language. I am currently studying at UWA again adding a second foreign language Spanish, to my repertoire of languages. I love the Spanish vocal repertoire and want to delve more deeply into this wonderful genre. I believe in updating my skills constantly and in doing so I can better help my students to be broad singers and musicians. In 2018 and 2019 I sang at the Barcelona Festival of Song taking part in masterclasses as a student myself so I can further my knowledge of the Spanish repertoire.

It is important when choosing a singing teacher to choose a teacher with extensive performance experience and qualifications from reputable institutions. You would not go to a musician to learn to be a lawyer or a doctor so make sure your choice of teacher is based upon investigation of their background. My extensive experience in performing in all genres of singing informs my teaching and enables me to help my students achieve their goals. I have over 25 years of teaching experience and have travelled the world in pursuit of voice study and performance. I am also a musician playing flute and piano. I am committed to developing singers to be good musicians and not just ‘mimics’.
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The type of song repertoire covered in my studio ranges from folk songs, classical art songs, musical theatre, contemporary and jazz depending on the voice and age of the singer. My background as a professional singer and musician is very eclectic and I have many years experience performing in varied styles. (Read More)
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I am a Sessional Lecturer in Voice at the WA Academy of Performing Arts, teaching music theatre students in the Bachelor of Music Theatre Course. In my private studio I offer private one on one instruction for juniors, (Read More) adolescents and adults. I also offer online lessons in times when required either through sickness or virus lockdown. Whether your goals are preparation for a possible career in music, auditions to major institutions, (read about my students’ auditions successes) (WAAPA, UWA, VCA, Elder Conservatorium, Griffith University or other major institutions for performance both nationally and internationally) preparing for high school exams (ATAR), music scholarships, AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board) , eisteddfods etc. or simply personal enrichment, learning to sing with ease and agility is a multi-faceted activity that develops not only your instrument, but also helps develop your self-esteem. It is good for the whole being and encourages self-expression, discipline, and personal awareness. It is of vital importance that one finds and appreciates his or her own style and uniqueness, for every talent is as precious. (Testimonials)

In my studio you will gain experience in performing when you are ready. You will benefit from my love of and expert skills in languages. Lessons are conducted in a beautiful peaceful environment in the centrally located suburb of Shenton Park.

We really are all about discovering the joy of singing!

What You Can Look Forward To Developing

– a love for your own voice
– love for the repertoire (songs)
– controlled relaxation, good posture (i.e. knowing how to relax the jaw, arms, neck and shoulders etc.)
– awareness of support and breath intake
– vowel formation and consonant articulation
– the correct onset of sound
– range extension and resonance
– sound knowledge of singing in all major languages (if required for the repertoire)
– stagecraft, how to perform, act and interpret the songs
– correct technique to suit the style of song

These factors are of prime importance in the contribution to good phrasing, diction and musicality in all styles producing…

*I  am a registered member of ANATS (Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing) which means she has tertiary qualifications to teach music. To be a member of ANATS one has to apply with proof of these qualifications and experience as a teacher in music.
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