Testimonials

After 3 years of vocal training at a Melbourne Institute, and 6 individual singing teachers, I am finally content with Rachel Pietsch of SLS. With Rachel I have gained a solid understanding of the SLS technique. My vocal range, endurance and overall quality have improved considerably. Instead of practising generic exercises for ‘proper singing’, Rachel focuses on my particular needs for my individual voice. I’ve been taking these lessons for 18 months and look forward to the future with Rachel.

- Mike Soltys (lead singer, songwriter Holliava)

Rachel and the IVA method have enhanced my vocal ability in a way I could never have imagined. Parts of songs I would dread singing became a breeze thanks to Rachel's expert coaching. Even though I have been singing for years I feel like I have found my voice again!! I cannot recommend Rachel more highly if you want to get the best from your voice - she's awesome!

- Della Harris - Award winning Australian Country Music artist, professional vocalist)

My name is Laurie and I have been taking singing lessons with Rachel for the past four years. My voice strength has changed so dramatically over the past few years that I almost can't recognise how I once sounded, I am so much better now! I have really enjoyed and benefitted from our weekly sessions and greatly look forward to each week. Thank you so much Rachel!

- Laurie Bell

I have been having singing lessons for a few years now with Rachel. I cannot recommend her highly enough. Her professional approach to her sessions is a credit to her. Not only is she personable and engaging but Rachel "knows her stuff". I always come away from these sessions feeling so much more confident and in control of my voice. I am a professional singer by trade and also use my speaking voice to educate a large room of people on a daily basis. Rachel has been able to, not only enhance my singing technique but also vocal (voice) technique. I no longer tire from speaking and clearly have much more projection in my voice than I did before seeing Rachel. If you are looking for a teacher who can individualize, customize and create a session especially for your vocal needs in a welcoming space - you can't look past Rachel Pietsch.

- Ali MacDonald - Professional Vocalist

Having trained my whole life with various vocal coaches and institutions, my voice has never before responded or improved in the way that it has with Rachel. I have truly opened my eyes to my potential having actually "found my voice". Rachel actually listens to your voice in very fine detail and uses very specific techniques to unlock areas in which i never thought possible providing tools to make it easy to get there. I am now finding work professionally in the industry and loving what i do! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND RACHEL for all levels of singers. i wish i had met Rachel 25 years ago! Thanks Rachel!

- Mitchell Groves - Theatre Performer

I have been singing with Rachel Pietsch Vocal and Piano Studio for a number of weeks now and am loving it. I feel as if my teacher, Max, is able to focus on and improve my voice as an individual and successfully motivate and inspire me to practice in my own time, which allows me to feel a positive shift in my voice! The online lessons have been extremely beneficial given our current circumstances, I am still able to connect with my teacher and have new material and exercises to practice every week just as i would through lessons face to face.

- Beth Weinert

My daughter has been doing lessons at Rachel Pietsch Studios for 5 years now. After seeing how much fun she was having and how inspired she was, I decided to take lessons myself! Both Rachel and Max are amazing mentors and the most supportive teachers. You always leave lessons feeling positive and happy. I can not recommend them more highly and would definitely encourage anyone to come and join the Rachel Pietsch Studios "family".

- Justine Wratten

This will be our daughters 10th year singing at Rachel Pietsch studios.
In the beginning Rachel was able to identify her ability and improve her skills. Over time our daughters confidence and ability to perform has increased out of this world. Rachel is able to teach technique whilst educating her students to sing safely. Rachel has been able to support and offer opportunities expanding our daughters knowledge. The journey still continues and it's a relationship that we value and feel fortunate to have in our lives.
We highly recommend Rachel *****

- Peter & Tracey Walne

I have really enjoyed learning to sing at Rachels Studio! Max is my singing teacher and is super amazing, kind, and always super helpful in talking through ways to improve my voice. He is always there for a laugh and is always open to any questions I have.
I have also been in a small vocal group with Rachel as my teacher and she is brilliant and always there to help improve my voice and skills.
I really recommend this studio, you definitely won't find a studio with more kind and welcoming teachers!!

- Chantel Koetsier

I first worked with Rachel in my late teens before starting university and have since returned 5 years later. Rachel is the only singing teacher I've experienced that actually listens to my voice and diagnoses what it needs with real results. After my first lesson back, I immediately felt my voice respond with confidence to her training. I can't thank Rachel enough and thoroughly enjoy working with her every week!

- Elise Heuston

Ruby (10) is so engaged and making such great progress with her piano lessons- both theory & playing. Her teacher, Josephine is so warm and encouraging that there is never an issue with motivation to practise. The transition to the online platform due to COVID-19 has been surprisingly easy and Ruby looks forward to having everything set up ready to go including sharing our puppy! Highly recommend this studio - professional and caring- utilises various resources to engage children and are clearly clued into preferred learning styles. Super happy here!

- Kerryn Douglas

This year will be my 5th year singing with Rachel. Having severe anxiety has been a massive struggle especially with performing, Rachel has been a huge help with keeping me calm and getting me to stop stressing. She is also very patient with me on my off days. I don't know if I could find a better teacher!!! Shes an absolute gem with the most loving and caring personality, and I'm extremely grateful to have sung with her for the past 4 years! I highly recommend getting singing or piano lessons with Rachel!

- Tayah Weeks

What I most admire about the method of teaching here is the emphasis on student’s musical preference as opposed to a dispassionate optimization in one single genre. Personally, I have been able to explore my voice’s potential in everything from Classic Rock to Crooners within a relaxed and professional environment. Students are given the resources to facilitate their progression throughout the week but should their personal life pose some problem, whether it be involving school, work, relationships etc. then there’s no judgement in the classroom, you are free to progress at your own pace.

Recently, with the importance of social isolation in the wake of COVID-19, the implementation of online classes have ensured the safety of teachers and students. Rachel Pietsch studios' ability to adapt to the current dilemma is remarkable. When conducting lessons face-to-face, students are generally tasked with completing scales in a particular key, gradually traveling up or down in pitch. It is very easy to fall on the piano as a crutch for one’s voice but given that the video and audio delay in online classes makes singing with a scale impossible, this forces students to learn the pitch by ear, an initially daunting but ultimately beneficial experience for newcomers. After taking online classes for several weeks my skill as a singer has been greatly enhanced, now being able to recognize the scale accurately purely from hearing the key.

Sometimes the greatest improvement originates from limitation or restrictions. Online sessions boast a fantastic experience for anyone looking to learn, whether new or old to the art of singing.

- Steven Topalovic

Both my girls aged 5 & 7 love their piano lessons . The mix of age appropriate songs, dance , actions that are incorporated in the lessons complement and enhance the piano training . The girls teacher has a fantastic understanding of how children learn and how to engage with them and encourage them . With the challenges of social distancing due to covid-19 the teachers have embraced the challenge to ensure normality for the kids and embraced video conferencing . My girls have loved being able to continue their lessons and keep in contact with their teacher, Josephine.

- Annette Thomson

Rachel’s studio is just across the road from us but during the Covid-19
crisis my daughter has been having piano lessons via Skype which are not only successful but a big breakthrough with my daughter’s disability re communication via devices.
She has been having lessons for about 11 years now & continues to learn & play well. Many thanks to Josephine & Rachel, keep up the great work ☺️

- Ruth Dinnie

I’ve been a piano student at Rachel Pietsch Vocal & Piano Studios since December 2018. During this time I have learnt so much about piano playing technique, music theory and composition, through my piano teacher Josephine Couper. Not bad for a mature aged student!! Every lesson is fun, challenging and well prepared for! I always look forward to next week!

Currently our lessons are via Skype and I’m amazed at how quickly Josephine adapted to on-line teaching. It’s great having the opportunity to learn on my own piano via Skype lessons with my teacher encouraging me!

Thank you so much, Josephine and Rachel!!!

- Sandra Hayward

Rachel is an AMAZING teacher!! so supportive and encouraging, I could not recommend her highly enough.

- Cass Davies

Rachel has radically helped me transform my voice after thinking me singing well was a long lost pipe dream. She's incredibly friendly and excellent at what she does, would recommend to anyone needing vocal training.

- Joel Harris