Laura Bernay


RTEmagicC_felicity_diva_good_03.jpgMaybe we don’t all want to be an opera
diva or divo, but one thing is sure:
when we sing we feel good!

Anyone can learn to use their natural raw materials better. If you are taking up singing later in life, or you are coming back to it after a break, or if you are seriously starting your career, with consistent practice your voice will develop. Think of it like going to the gym for your vocal cords, only it’s much more enjoyable and fun! With the help of a patient and encouraging teacher you can enjoy the process.

I teach private lessons for the more serious amateur and professional who may want to prepare for auditions and other performances and also, for those who simply enjoy more attention, the lesson focuses only on you!

I love to share with students the skills I have acquired in all genres of vocal music over 30 years of professional singing performing experience, and teaching. I especially love introducing a wide variety of the vast vocal repertoire and taking advantage of the richness that songs from all over the world in different languages can bring. Step by step singing in other languages is rewarding and adds a whole new dimension to the art of singing.

If your requirements are specific in a certain style of music I can help you to achieve your goal of a better performance and interpretation through solid technique and study of the song. I was a Sessional Lecturer in Voice for WAAPA for 12 years and taught the required repertoire for both the Diploma and Bachelor Classical Voice and Music Theatre.

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Every voice can improve with regular practice!

In lessons you will cover all aspects of vocal training:

  • care and preservation of the voice
  • foundations and development of correct technique
  • breath support and body alignment
  • how to warm up
  • range extension and building power and strength
  • exercises for correcting vocal problems
  • interesting repertoire to suit the individual voice
  • advice on selecting and finding appropriate repertoire for auditions, recitals, exams and other performances from classical to jazz, music theatre and contemporary
  • coaching in stage craft for audition and other types of performance repertoire
  • preparation for WAAPA, UWA, auditions and all other major institutions
  • preparation for all other music theatre productions auditions, classical recitals, eisteddfods, AMEB exams, and most other performance requirements

FEES 2021:

Initial Lesson: 60 minutes $120

60-minute lesson: $115 

60-minute lesson full-time university student: $100

45-minute lesson$87
45-minute lesson full-time university student
: $85

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RTEmagicC_people_singing_02.jpgSmall group classes in 2021
Types of themed classes:

What is ‘Art Song’?
Singing songs the professionals sing, there are so many thousands of beautiful poems set to music that the serious amature can sing. Come on a journey with me and discover this beautiful art form. We will cover songs in different languages but in particular, Italian, German, French and Spanish by great composers. It’s not hard if you have the curiosity! Languages are my passion!
Music Theatre
Classes covering the different periods and styles of music theatre, acting through song, working with your character and learning to express the text.

Group lessons cover the same technique outlined above. The difference being you are not put on the spot for the entire time and you have the company and support of others like you! Be prepared to have some movement in the classes so wear comfortable clothing. The emphasis is on fun while learning and singing together.

There will be some well-known vocalises (studies for the execution of certain vocal techniques) to learn and you will be given practice tracks to help you with practice.

We will study styles of repertoire from different countries and periods comprising folk, art songs, music theatre and some choral music for part-singing. There will be opportunity to expand your knowledge of the vocal repertoire in this interesting and practical way.

At the end of each course students are encouraged (but not obliged) to perform for the group a song which they have worked on during the 6-8 week term.

Whether you choose to have private lessons or group lessons you need to bring the following to the lesson:

  • a folder with sleeves to store notes
  • a small recorder to record instructions and demonstrations of material and any other relevant things which will help you with practising at home
  • the required materials which you are asked to purchase at the start of the course (vocalise method book-you will receive notice on enrollment)
  • any sheet music you have purchased and wish to work on
  • backing tracks you may have purchased

Schedule and Class Times