Laura Bernay

What is offered

I offer private singing lessons (and some group for adults) for all voice types. Located in Shenton Park, my studio has been operating since 1989 and I have trained hundreds of voice students. Many of my students have studied continuously with me for over ten years. My lessons are about much more than learning songs. I teach a wide variety of styles and techniques. I myself have many years of performance experience in these styles. I am passionate about helping young singers become competent musicians as well as singers and not just miming what they hear on Youtube. Singers in my studio are expected to learn the background of the repertoire, be musicians as well as singers and (where applicable) with my guidance study the original languages of songs. We work a lot with acting through song to create a total experience for the listener. It’s fun and enriching to ’embody’ the songs whatever style they are in, each is unique and allows us to express ourselves in a different way. My knowledge is broad and I like to share this with my students and to help create in them the same love for the repertoire as I have.


What is offered:

  • all styles of repertoire from folk songs, music theatre, art song, lieder, opera, French mélodie, arts songs in Spanish from Spain, Latin America and Brazil, jazz and contemporary, includes stagecraft and performance skills
  • audition preparation for musicals and major tertiary institutions such as WAAPA, UWA, VCA, NIDA, Elder Conservatorium, Griffith University and other interstate and overseas courses.
  • audition preparation for the prestigious Gondwana Voices,
  • ATAR vocal programme, classical, contemporary/jazz and musical theatre
  • preparation for AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board), eisteddfods, talent quests, special music programmes and scholarships
  • specialist in young voice
  • adult one on one lessons (and group (More)
  • excellent in-studio facilities including PA system, lesson recording, microphones, computer
  • piano accompaniments, backing tracks
  • website
  • music library for use in lessons (CD, print music, reference books)
  • multi-lingual coaching vocal repertoire
  • sight-singing instruction and practice
  • theory and preparation for AMEB theory exams if desired

    My studio is professional, inspiring, peaceful and pleasant. It’s my and YOUR sanctuary for making music!

Types of Singing Lessons:

Consult: The Consult Lesson is for school-age students between the ages of 7-17 wishing to enrol for the year and have a lesson at the same time on a weekly basis by school term. [fee]
All students under 18 and seeking a regular weekly spot require a consult lesson before enrolling in the studio. The consult lesson is a chance for child/student and parent to meet me and for me to assess the child’s/student’s readiness and discuss what is involved. It is also a chance for me to advise on other required types of tuition before starting singing lessons if necessary (sometimes aural training is recommended). After this lesson, a place may be made available. If there are no vacancies for a scheduled time, then you will be placed on a waiting list and contacted when one becomes available. [fees]

Private Weekly Scheduled Lessons: One on one lessons for ages 7-17 are private lessons are either 30 minutes or 3/4 hour. A minimum of 1-year commitment is expected. A consult lesson must be made prior to commencing. [fees]

 Adult Lessons: Age 18 and over. Lesson appointments are scheduled as and when required and when there are vacancies. These may be weekly lessons also. Booking in advance is highly recommended. Whether your need is to prepare for a performance or an audition or simply for the sheer enjoyment of singing choose between 30, 45 and 60 minute lessons.


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

If you wish to enrol in 2021 please contact me via email through the Contact page. Consult lessons and assessments for a place in 2021 towards the end of January 2021. (see Consults). Or, alternatively you may request a Consult Lesson appointment anytime during the year.

For more information about adult lessons and classes [fees]

Junior Programme: More Info