“Laura is amazing. There is no better way of describing the wonderful vocal teacher I had since I was six years old until last year! In those past 16 years, I have gone from being an untrained little girl with a big set of lungs to being accepted for a place in the UWA Conservatorium of Music this year. I cannot thank Laura enough for the wonderful years of skilled and patient training, the extensive knowledge imparted, the passion for music and all things pertaining to the voice that she has shared with me! Of all the things I have in the world, of all the things that give me pleasure and joy, of all the things I value the most, my voice is to me the most precious. Thank you, Laura, for giving me this happiness.”
Claire Lane (UWA Conservatorium of Music 2018-2021)
“Thank you so much Laura for my singing lessons this year! I’ve loved every second of them and have learnt so much. You have been so supportive and have really inspired me this year so Thank you!”
Courteney Cooper (WAAPA Cert IV Graduate Music Theatre 2017)
2018-2020 Bachelor of Performing Arts (WAAPA)
“My time with Laura in 2017 was one of the most fruitful years of tuition I could have hoped for. The rapport between me and Laura was instant and I was able to trust her judgement and guidance wholeheartedly. I felt her interest in me as a singer was to help me become the best performer I could be and to encourage me to develop artistically in the direction where my interests and abilities were leading me. Laura’s knowledge, experience and her own skill as a musician across genres were especially inspiring. I wanted to explore myself musically and see what I was capable of and that is exactly what we did!
Laura’s technical approach to singing and musicianship was exactly what I needed to help me grow through my year in Diploma Music Industry – Classical Voice at WAAPA. My vocal training and musical education had been put on hold for two years while I trained in Classical Ballet in London, I knew I was behind my peers musically and I needed to catch up … and catch up we did!
In November/December 2017 I toured Australia to audition for University/Conservatorium Courses in Classical Voice and Musical Theatre. I was keen to see where I fit among the best Australia has to offer. To my great delight, I was successful in no less than 8 University/Conservatorium courses in Performance – Classical Voice, and also a private college diploma course in Musical Theatre. I couldn’t have done this without Laura’s support and guidance especially at the times when I doubted myself. I have decided in 2018 to take up a place in Bachelor of Music (Music Performance) at the Melbourne Conservatorium. Laura – my mentor, teacher and friend, thank you for all you have done for me this past year, I really wish I could take you with me!”
“Learning of the singing gesture with Laura was uncommonly satisfying. In my initial lesson, erroneous vocal behaviour was identified, to be gradually remedied by sapient instruction. Laura encouraged me to develop a unique musical identity. Happy was each lesson, with our friendship growing akin to the voice.”
Keaton Staszewski-Hose (age 20) WAAPA Classical Voice (2017-2020)
“I studied singing with Laura for two years in 2016&2017, and I can say with absolute certainty that I made more progress in that time than I had during the last seven years I’d been singing. My voice is in the best place it’s ever been – I feel so different when I sing now as opposed to when I started with her. Laura has taught me so many things about singing that I had no idea about before. She knows absolutely everything about the voice! Laura is such a positive and encouraging teacher. She puts so much time and effort into me as a student. I can’t recommend her highly enough! After just one year of training with Laura, I got offered places into three different courses at both WAAPA and the VCA for 2017 and 2018. I believe I owe a huge part of my successes to you, Laura – I simply could not have done it without you!”
Grace Arangio (age 20)
“Benn and I enjoyed and greatly appreciated our lessons with Laura. As we are both just beginning to explore our voice, learning from a teacher that is able to not only relay valuable information about the voice, singing and music but who also listens with no judgment truly made the experience valuable. We both walked away with ‘AHA’ moments that literally improved our singing and song choices for auditions almost immediately. We are not from Perth, but will definitely recommend Laura to those working or travelling to Perth that are looking for a knowledgeable and open-hearted approach to voice lessons that yield great results not only vocally, but in confidence! Thank you Laura!”
Anica C. Scott-Garrell (dancer) Benn Welford (actor)
The Lion King (Australian Production 2015/16)
“I thank my amazing singing teacher Laura. You are one of the reasons I fell in love with singing and I can’t thank you enough for that. I realise I was with you since 2006! Your guidance and talent throughout these years have been truly appreciated.”
2015 WAAPA Graduate Bachelor of Music Classical Voice
“Thank you to Laura who nurtured my early love for singing and was my first singing teacher and then gave me guidance again as my singing teacher at WAAPA in my later years of the course before graduating”.
Bonnie de la Hunty
2013 WAAPA Graduate
Bachelor of Music Performance Classical Voice
and the Royal Academy London
“I have worked with Laura for over 5 years and it has been amazing learning from someone with such an amazing skill set and experience in the music industry. She has been such a positive influence on my music and inspires me to strive for achievement and improvement in all my musical endeavours. I am so thrilled to have been accepted into WAAPA for 2016 and I know I wouldn’t have this opportunity without her guidance and support.”
Mira Sertorio, Peppermint Grove
WAAPA Bachelor Contemporary Music 2016-2019
“Thanks to Laura for all her guidance and capabilities throughout the years!”
2013 WAAPA Graduate
Bachelor of Music Performance Classical Voice
Royal College of Music London
“Before I started lessons with Laura I had a number of singing tutors. When I met Laura, concepts previously explained that I never quite understood seemed to just fall into place. I have noticed a massive improvement in my vocal technique, especially in establishing my classical “soprano” register.
Laura makes every class fun and relaxing but also keeps it very professional- something that I was looking for in a singing tutor.
I now not only think of Laura as a great singing coach but also as a great friend.
I can’t thank her enough for all she has taught me this year! ”
Jess Farrell (Sydney)
Graduate Certificate IV Music Theatre WAAPA 2015
“Laura was my singing teacher for six years, starting from high school and also at WAAPA. Her steady guidance along with an ongoing push is the balance every striving student needs to achieve their goals.”
“When I first came to Laura in August 2010 I knew I wanted to sing but I didn’t think I could. Now, a year later, I have improved and achieved more than I could have imagined.
After just four months of singing with Laura I auditioned for WAAPA, although I was not offered a position, I did receive a call back which was more than I expected at the time. I’ve also begun work for the AMEB Grade 5 exam which I will perform this year. I went to New Yorkin 2011 to attend the Open Jar: Broadway Actor’s Intensive Summer Course, which I successfully auditioned for earlier this year. None of this would have been possible without Laura’s help.
Being a multi-talented musician and performer herself, Laura’s knowledge of language and music is invaluable. I look forward to every lesson with Laura because I can’t wait to see what areas need work or what I’ll be working on next. Laura’s passion and enthusiasm when she teaches is infectious and her technical coaching is that of a perfectionist. I can’t learn enough in one lesson!
Laura always challenges me to do better and I know when she hands me new sheet music, which looks more difficult than the last, that with a bit of determination and hard work, I can do it.
From the beginning, Laura has believed in me, and I can’t thank her enough for giving me my own confidence in my abilities and a love of singing that will be with me forever.
At last I got into WAAPA in 2012&2013 and now my fourth year of Bachelor of Music in 2017! I can honestly say I couldn’t have asked for a better teacher.”
4th Year Bachelor of Music Performance WAAPA 2017 Voice
“I’m Gemma and I am a Western Australian girl through & through, originally from a tiny town called Mukinbudin. I was a boarder at St Hildas, involved in school shows as well as Midnite Youth Theatre Company, additionally learning singing with Laura Bernay while still working with Dr Logie and with their help I got into WAAPA’s one year course and had a ball doing that! Laura is a truly wonderful teacher, many teach but few do it so well and with such love in their heart. I’d recommend her in a heartbeat, compassion mixed with organisation, discipline, fun and a vast knowledge of singing and the voice make her teaching of the highest calibre. Laura has been a support and an inspiration through out my tuition with her and beyond, even now several years later she is still an encouraging word and support from across the continent!
“My 19 yr old son, Ben, (2016 successful candidate for WAAPA Bachelor of Music in Classical Voice) attended singing lessons with Laura Bernay for 6 years.
After attending Gondwana National Choral School in 2010, Ben was keen for formal voice training. He was initially nervous but Laura was easily able to engage him in the lessons, putting him at ease and instilling him with confidence in his singing ability.
Together they have improved his breathing technique and voice production while exploring a range of repertoire. Ben has learned to love styles of music that he would never previously have considered. Laura has helped him work with and enjoy his changing voice and taught him to use computer tools to alter accompaniments to suit his changing pitch.
Laura has provided Ben with opportunities to challenge himself musically, including performances at a master class and in Eisteddfods. She encouraged him to observe her older students, giving him a sense of direction and future possibilities. With Laura’s mentoring Ben became more focused on his desire to pursue his musical interests and his confidence has increased in all areas of life.
Most importantly, Ben loved his singing lessons. He enjoyed Laura’s company and with her, he strived for his best. Given a choice he would have given up all his extracurricular activities before he’d stop his singing lessons.”
Genevieve (mother of Ben)
Ben Jobson WAAPA Classical Voice 2015-2016
Contemporary Voice 2017
“Laura is a teacher willing to push boundaries in music. She encouraged me to make every song I sing my own and authentic. We did a lot of improvisation in class and focused on not only the vast range of songs performed but how they are performed utilising performance skills such as appropriate body language and microphone technique. Not only were lessons musically beneficial but they were also a lot of fun as Laura is bubbly and very fun to jam and swap ideas with. It is her passion and open-mindedness with music as well as her entertaining personality that made lessons with her very rewarding! In 2012 I got into WAAPA Contemporary Music course!”
“My name is Jasmine and I am 10 years old. I have been learning singing with Laura for about 3 years. I enjoy my lessons with her because they are full of fun! Not only do I learn how to sing, but also how to present myself gracefully. I learn how to produce the sound, how to carry the vowels, how to breathe, how to coordinate all the different muscles, how to sight-read music as well as how to smile with my eyes while keeping my mouth nice and round for singing! It sounds a lot doesn’t it? But don’t worry, Laura will make it as easy as playing a game. Another reason I love going to my singing lesson is that I love her voice! I hope that one day I will be able to sing like her!”
“My name is Magda, and I have been singing since the age of 9. My love for this beautiful art form blossomed and at the conclusion of 2009 I decided to study WACE (Western Australian Certificate of Education) Music. As my instrument I chose voice. I took lessons with Laura from the end of 2009. She nurtured my voice and her thorough knowledge of the curriculum council requirements in Years 11&12 was a strong factor. Laura prepared me exquisitely for all my vocal examinations. As a result I received top marks in performance. Laura’s skills in languages-French, Italian, German, Spanish, Finnish, and Latin etc, her passion and hard work as well as the friendship we have formed have encouraged me to pursue a career in this beautiful art form. In 2012 I successfully auditioned for WAAPA Classical Voice and graduated in 2016.”
“I had singing tuition with Laura Bernay from the beginning of 2009. During this time, Laura encouraged and nurtured my love for singing. My vocal abilityimproved substantially and, together, we fostered a friendship. Laura’s professional approach to her craft is a testimony to the high level of skill she displays. Laura prepared me for auditions for WAAPA, VCA and Monash University and various amateur theatre companies. I have always felt aptly prepared and confident for these auditions. The level of trust I had in Laura was one of the most important elements of our student-teacher relationship!”
“I began voice tuition with Laura at the beginning of 2009. Towards the second half of the year, my focus was on preparing for my WAAPA auditions. I’d always wanted to study Musical Theatre, however Laura also encouraged me to audition for Classical Voice. I had never performed classical repertoire before my audition. In just a few short months, Laura provided me with an extensive list of repertoire, voice recordings of the pronunciation, information on the context of the pieces as well as the translations. Laura always strived to help me be prepared and confident for all of my auditions. She taught me to believe in myself and what I was doing.
Laura has been more than just a singing teacher, she has been a mentor and a friend. Her knowledge of singing and the industry has helped me to grow as a performer and I always trust that her advice is given with my best interests at heart. I can honestly say that I would not have been accepted into the Classical and Musical Theatre certificates at WAAPA without her guidance and support. I graduated in 2013 the Bachelor programme at WAAPA.”
Catherine Rosman (2013 Graduate WAAPA)
“My daughter Jade benefited in so many ways from learning singing from Laura. She has grown in confidence by performing and learning the many disciplines in learning this art form. After 9 years of tuition Jade has an extensive repertoire, including classical, folk, musical theatre and art songs in English, Italian, Spanish, French, German, and Finnish. Its been more than just singing, Jade has benefited from a broad exposure to many cultures and people, and has enjoyed the social and fun aspects of learning in the Bernay Studio.”
Diana Jonas-Dwyer, Booragoon
“Laura’s love of teaching, patience, planning, extensive repertoire and
perfectionism has seen my three girls develop a real love of singing. They enjoy a wide repertoire of songs ranging from English and foreign language songs through to the much loved musical theatre.
Through Laura one of my girls successfully auditioned for a place in the children’s Chorus of La Boheme and Carmen with the West Australian Opera Company. Laura has a fabulous voice and an infectious love for all things vocal. She is a perfectionist who will not settle for anything second class. It has been our privilege to have Laura enrich our lives.”
Melissa Narbey, Nedlands
“For the last 8 years I have watched my child grow with vocal tuition with Laura. She has learnt so much, made new friends and grown in confidence. For me, the highlight is watching the concerts where all the voice students sing as a group, accompanied by many instrumental students.”
Bruce & Cathy Sinclair, Floreat
“Voice training with Laura has been a delight for my youngest daughter (8 years old) and me. It has been a wonderful opportunity to share singing together, and to enjoy watching her develop a skill which I know gives her such pleasure. She is always eager to go to her lessons, and is willing to practise her latest song. I am surprised that she is so keen to sing her solo each week and is uninhibited and confident doing so – a great life skill to develop. Her teacher is sensitive to the strengths of each child and is encouraging, positive and has the children under her spell as she manages to makes the lessons an enjoyable challenge.”
Jenny and Amelia
What a pleasure it is to express how fulfilling and satisfying my daughter has found her music tuition with Laura Bernay. She has been learning voice with Laura for four years and flute for two years. I can honestly say that these lessons are one of the most enjoyable parts of both or our days each week. Laura shows an obvious delight in her teaching and her approach with children is admirable to watch. She is passionate about her work and very articulate with her attention to detail, showing compassion, flexibility and a wonderful sense of humour.
My daughter has blossomed over these years and her musicality has improved tremendously with the challenges, encouragement and guidance Laura gives her, not just in her voice and instrument, but also in performing, languages and actually understanding the music she is learning. Laura extends her in all facets of music and it is clear that she is an expert in her field and a worldly individual with great knowledge of the Arts. Laura’s superb competency is second to none and I am fully aware that we are privileged to have found her.
I recall once saying to my daughter I wish I could give to you now – all the knowledge I have acquired over my lifetime. Laura achieves this lesson by lesson, with the wealth of musical knowledge and abundance of performance professionalism she transpires. I know she is the best of the best and there is no better custodian in whom to entrust my daughter’s musical future.
“What a blessing Laura is to her students! Not only do I leave every lesson with a smile on my face, but Laura has such a fantastic understanding of the voice that she has equipped me with the specific tools I need to keep getting better and better. Laura provides valuable and inspiring content, constant support to work hard and lots of laughter. I never would have been offered a place in the Certificate IV Music Theatre course without her guidance. Under the wing of this songbird, the only way is up!”
CERT IV Music Theatre WAAPA 2015
“Pure amazing! Laura is everything I wanted in teacher and I’m so glad we’ve been able to work together for so long. While working with Laura, I’ve explored many different styles, techniques and approaches. She opened my eyes to a larger view of music as a whole and whether it be classical, musical theatre or even jazz, she really challenges me to be my best. Laura also inspires me in my performances as she is a very active performer herself. She practises what she preaches! She’s so supportive and enthusiastic and she will give her all to help you reach your goals. I know she has been instrumental in helping me reach my own. Laura has given me and many other students, the skills and knowledge we need to pursue our careers into higher education and the industry. She is irreplaceable, an absolute delight and I doubt you could find a better teacher than she.”
Cameron Steens – WA Academy of Performing Arts Classical & Musical Theatre (2013-2017)
“My singing lessons with Laura Bernay started when I was twelve. At this age I knew I loved to sing but only had the confidence to allow my Mum to hear me with her eyes closed.
Throughout my five year journey with Laura she introduced me to all dimensions of music, from classical to musical theatre, from jazz to sacred song. Always encouraging me to perform, I am now a confident and ambitious performer.
With her gentle yet firm nature, contagious passion for the arts and genuine belief in me, I became the singer for both jazz bands at my school, St Hilda’s Anglican School for Girls. I won various competitions such as Star Search and the Fremantle Eisteddfods and placed over the years in North Perth Eisteddfods. After the few years of exposing me to all kinds of music I decided to do Classical voice as my major for my year 12 music. With Laura’s help not only did I receive excellent school marks for performance but also great comments from my educators.
I was always commended on my pronunciation and understanding of foreign languages, both which were courtesy of the multilingual Laura who would always make sure my voice, wording and understanding of my pieces were perfect before any performance.
Even though I have not chosen to study music at university I will continue to take lessons with the wonderful Laura Bernay, not only because I have been told on many occasions one could not find a better singing teacher in Perth and not because she has given me every opportunity she possibly could in getting me where I wanted to be. It is quite simply because she passed onto me the thrill of learning knew things and the rewards of practice.
The excitement of reaching that note you could never reach and that little trick she could always do with her voice and you couldn’t and mostly the belief that whatever she said I could do, I knew I could do it with perserverance, endurance and hard work. Laura Bernay is not just an amazing musician herself and not just a charismatic person and gifted teacher but she has also become a very important part of my life.
With her mountains of knowledge, clever wit and patience Laura Bernay truly can pass on the gift for a love of singing. I know because she did it for me and I can’t thank her enough.”
Yasmin Age 25
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Laura has been the most honest, exciting and amazing friend/teacher, helping me in every way with my voice and finding my true potential. Being able to learn from someone who has such a wide range of knowledge through jazz, classical and musical theatre is my idea of a perfect teacher and that’s what she has been. Words do not describe my huge appreciation and respect for Laura. Without her guidance, I genuinely don’t believe I would be going to Melbourne to study musical theatre at the prestigious Victorian College of the Arts.
Jake Gardner (age 23)
2015 WAAPA Music Theatre Certificate graduate
“Working with Laura was a productive and heart-warming experience. Granting excellent lessons in both singing and life, she helped me set my goals and pushed me far beyond achieving them. I will be forever grateful for what Laura has taught me and I truly hope to do her proud! I am so thrilled to be accepted into the Bachelor of Music Theatre in 2015!”
Musical Theatre BA (Class of 2017)
WA Academy of Performing Arts