expert vocal Teachers in Melbourne
Introducing Monica Shkolnik – Vocals, Songwriting, Performance
With a focus on technical training, understanding breath control and connection to emotion through lyric, Monica has great capacity to support your song writing, free writing, vocal improvisation and assist with progression building exercises.
Having an International Baccalaureate at Wesley College, Monica went on to complete a Bachelor of Arts (Music) at The Australian College of the Arts, majoring in Composition and Performance. With a focus on the development of song writing practice, Monica was under the tutelage of artists such as Ainslee Wills, Jesse Hooper, Ella Hooper and Annie Neil. Upon graduating this degree in the top percent of her class, Monica was awarded a Scholarship to work with Melbourne based Producer Ryan Ritchie. This consisted of song development from writing through to final production.
Having learnt under past Director of Opera Victoria Julie Edwardson, Monica’s own lessons were focused on Classical Techniques and Training, while completing levels 1-6 of AMEB and performing periodically throughout the years in both classical and contemporary forums.
Having a deep love for music and expression Monica looks forward to the opportunity to share these skills with a new generation of evolving musicians in Melbourne.
With sometimes confronting lyricism woven into stories of sweeping melodies, soulful soundscapes and songs of heart ache, growth and observation collect for her new EP, Escapism. Surrounded by art and philosophy since childhood, Shkolnik wants to make you think.
Monica Shkolnik performs “If Only” for Collarts; Student Sessions
Introducing Gemma Ameera – Vocals / Songwriting / Performance Teacher
Gemma Ameera is one of our Singing teachers – suited to Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced. She is available for lessons on Wednesdays by appointment, subject to availability.
Gem has been singing, writing and composing since she was 7 years old. At 15 Gem began traveling to London to collaborate with leading producer’s, A&R and management representatives at Universal Studios Publishing London.
Gem attained many accolades as a teenager and was named by MTV’s summer dance festival as “AUSTRALIA’S FINEST VOCALIST”. Gem achieved a Top20 ARIA chart placement with her original song “Shine” before forming chamber/rock duo “Gypsys Gift”.
In 2013 Gypsys Gift were nominated for several awards at the annual “Australian Independent Music Awards”, their song “The Fight” took the #1 spot winning Best Folk Artist. Their first single “Flowing” was picked up for airplay by ABC’s “Triple J”, and became the seventh most downloaded song for community radio Australia-wide. Their third single Lullaby reached number nine on the iTunes singer/songwriter charts, and was picked up for regular rotational play by ‘Country Music Channel’ on Australian cable TV group Foxtel.
Whilst working on her own projects Gem pursues a passion writing, teaching and developing other artists. Gem has composed and produced music for TV shows such as “Bondi Ink” as well as writing and featuring for artists like “MaRLo”, “The Potbelleez” “Jo Breezer” and “The Kooks”. Gem’s versatility sees her writing and performing music across pop, rock, R&B, Musical and even Cinematic genres.
Gemma is a very passionate teacher. With an extremely diverse background, Gem is very capable of teaching students across varying genres including Pop, Musical Theatre, Rap, R&B, Soul, Rock and Electro.
Introducing Hayley Teal – Vocal Teacher
By appointment only
Hayley Teal is one of our Singing teachers – suited to Beginner / Intermediate / Advanced. She is available for lessons by appointment, subject to availability.
Hayley, Singing Teacher Melbourne
Hayley soon learnt she much preferred the noisy confines of singing on stage in clubs and bars rather than the idyllic Adelaide Hills apple orchard she grew up on. Performing in various cover bands over the past few years in Adelaide, The X Factor was Hayley’s time to shine. Her voice had everyone raving after her audition, singing Alica Keys’ “How come you don’t call me”. Hayley rates the crowd reaction as one of her most rewarding moments on her X Factor journey.
Coming from a musical family, Hayley’s singing inspirations include the soulful singers Keisha Cole, Eric Benet, Brian McKnight and, of course, Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey.
Hayley, writer and singer has both independently and in partnership with her band, written and composed over 100 songs, many featuring on her album ‘Chocolate’. ‘Chocolate’ was released in 2009, with tracks being played on radio stations around the country. Hayley is a natural born performer who feels completely at home on stage. With over seven years singing experience in the public arena, Hayley presents as a professional, talented and versatile artist with confidence, style and a unique originality.
She had a life changing experience making it to the top 6 on The X factor 2010. She now has world class training plus experience and is ready to take on the world with her music by sharing her knowledge teaching others as a Vocal teacher at The SoundLab.