PhD Candidate in Performance, B Mus Hons (therapy), Estill Certificate of (voice) Figure Proficiency, Registered Music Therapist
SPECIAL TERM THREE OFFER (2015)
9 lessons between 23rd July and 7th October – $580, $550 if paid by 9th July, $530 if paid by 29th June. Contact me for additional details/to book.
FINDING YOUR VOICE – Singing Lessons tailored to your needs
Whether you are a professional or semi-professional needing to address a pesky vocal health problem, or a beginner not sure if you can sing in tune, work with experienced and passionate singer, teacher, therapist (music), performer Raelene Bruinsma to find a vocally healthy sound and style that fits you. Sing for joy, fun, to develop and expand your vocal palette and/or range, to address technical vocal issues, to address vocal health issues, to develop the capacity to sing in tune, and/or as a means of self-exploration. I will draw from a large tool box of exercises and activities to help you develop a mastery of your instrument you may not have realised was possible. One hour lessons individually tailored for your goals.
SING YOUR OWN SONG – Songwriting
Singing is such a wonderful way of expressing yourself: imagine how it feels to sing your own song! This is a short course to unlock creativity you may not not have known you had, develop it in new directions, and craft it into a song whether or not you have any musical, singing, or songwriting experience.
VOCAL NOSH WA – Singing and Soup with others – for fun!
While this is technically not part of the “Finding Your Voice” business (it is it’s own community venture), Finding Your Voice has been instrumental in the conception and retains close ties. Raelene is currently the main singing leader.
My name is Raelene and I am passionate about voice: I get excited about the intricacies of how it works; its expressive and therapeutic potential; and the ins and outs of what makes good singing and performance. I get really excited when I see my students begin to master their voices, learn a new vocal skill, and grow in confidence across other areas of their lives. I think music is both a potentially virtuosic art form, and a community virtue and should be practiced at all sorts of levels by anyone who feels drawn to do so.
I am a singer songwriter in a folk/blues/roots vein, and have toured and recorded my original songs, which have received airplay on both ABC and community radio in various parts of the country. I am also a registered music therapist and have recently passed my PhD in performance (I have just a few admin details to complete before I can call myself “Dr Bruinsma”, but I think I’d prefer “Dr R&B” :) in which I wrote some songs and stories based on 5000 year old Ancient Sumerian literature about the goddess Inanna).
I was originally trained as a classical singer, and later retrained in contemporary styles. In the process I learned much about how the voice works, as well as about how different people teach and learn.
While singing is my first and greatest love, I also play guitar and flute.
“Raelene is a positive and enthusiastic person. I enjoy her classes as she is understanding and versatile. I love the passion she puts into her job. She always finds the right way to deliver her knowledge, coaching with endless ideas from her basket of experience. When I went looking for singing lessons I was looking for the best. I know I can loudly say that she is the best.”
Gessica Monni, Tuesday Marmalade (Band name).
“I’m so grateful to Raelene – I had always loved the idea of singing but had that voice from childhood in my head – “you can’t sing, you sound terrible!” After years of miming rather than singing, I finally faced my fears and took lessons with Raelene. After only a few sessions, I was feeling confident enough to stop miming and actually sing! Raelene’s approach is so accessible and fun. She told me before we started that everyone can learn to sing – at first I didn’t really believe her, but I went from not being able to sing in tune to leading yoga chanting for groups…”
Chitra Stern, Yoga Teacher, Mother, Former Psychologist
These details were last updated on June 21, 2015