to become a world-class singer and performer with Dreamquest -
we answer all your frequently asked questions."
Melissiah. Grad Dip Music, ATCL, International vocal coach and
CEO Dreamquest, Australia
YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT OUR SCHOOL
old do you have to be to join your school? At
Dreamqest we teach people from 6 to 86! Our VoicePower training program
is tailored to meet the needs of
you teach complete beginners? Yes!
Complete beginners including adult or mature age beginners are most
do I get my free audition? After
you fill in our online enrolment form which
will help you identify your singing goals and dreams we will call you
for your free audition. This audition is actually conducted over the
phone by one of our teachers. You will be requested to sing a couple
of lines of a song - perhaps your favourite song or maybe even the National
Anthem or Happy Birthday.
is no reason to get nervous or embarrassed during your phone audition
as our teachers are very experienced and they have listened to all kinds
of voices and all styles of singing. By doing a phone audition your
teacher will get a good idea of the level of talent you have already
potential in your voice and
what to prepare for your first lesson.
you get too nervous over the phone to audition as sometimes happens,
that's ok. We'll understand that you're a beginner and take you right
from the start in your very first lesson.
I think I'm tone deaf as I can't sing in tune? Could I ever become a
in tune requires precise ear/larynx (voicebox) coordination. This is
a learnt skill that will develop during your training.
a good singer but I get really nervous in front of other people. Can
get over this? This
is actually quite a common complaint among many singers - inexperienced,
experienced and even the well known and famous.
Dreamquest we successfully treat singing phobia, performance anxiety
and even panic attack relating to getting onstage and singing in public.
During your training you will be introduced to BodySync - a somatics
training which will show you how to gain much greater awareness and
control of the voluntary muscles - some 630 of them - in the body. BodySync
has proven itself to be a powerful tool for singers in the development
of body and mind control.
In addition to this we also have an educational CD - VoicePower Relaxation
for Singers - that will show you how to reduce tension and develop even
greater confidence in yourself and your ability.
you have a list of students you have taught? Yes
we do but it's private! Client confidentiality is very important to
us and our students and we do not divulge personal details of students
to third parties. We offer real proof of the success of our teaching
method by our mp3 student testimonials on the home
it best to have private lessons or group lessons? It's
good to do both. When you initially enrol, you may be first given several
private lessons to learn the basics of good technique. After this you
will be placed in a small group class of students of similar ability.
There are many reasons for learning in a group class. Firstly, you actually
learn FASTER in the group environment as you will be able to hear and
observe the training of other individuals. Secondly you will also learn
how to improvise and sing harmonies with other students. Thirdly you
will develop your confidence and performing skills by singing in front
of others on a weekly basis. Group classes
are also a prerequisite to many of our grading levels.
and advanced singers will also find both private lessons and group lessons
sort of style will I learn? As
well as learning a healthy and safe vocal technique, you will learn
the style of singing that you wish to master. For some students this
will be pop or rock, musical theatre, rnb, jazz, gospel or one of the
many other styles that exist. Some students choose to learn classical
singing or opera, which also involes the study of languages other than
much does it cost? Here
are our fees for both our Australian
and Singapore Singing Schools.
you give any sort of discounts? We
believe our term fees are very reasonable. Our term fees have been calculated
to enable people of all walks of life to attend, and to pay our teachers
who have studied for many years. We are able to offer two discounts
I just try a one-off lesson to see if I like it?
generally discourage people from taking just one lesson to see if they
like it. Becoming a good singer takes time, dedication and discipline
- not just one lesson.
generally recommend enrolling for a term of lessons (one month) to get
an idea of our training program. Casual lessons are available however
but fees are higher than for regular term fees.
hapens after I complete a month of lessons? After
you complete a month of lessons you will be automatically enrolled in
the nex term of lessons.
sort of songs will I get to sing in lessons? At
Dreamquest we are focused on helping you develop the style of singing
that interests you along with learning songs that you like.
you choose a song to
learn please check with your teacher
that the song is suitable for both your voice and level of ability.
It is important that you bring your backing tracks - music CDs without
the singing on them - to all your lessons so your teacher can coach
you with the songs you wish to learn.
long do I need to attend lessons? This
varies from person to person, and will depend on your personal goals
as a singer. Most
students stay for between 3 and 5 years. By studying with us for this
length of time you can expect to become a highly accomplished or world-class
will I get to sing in student concerts? You
will be permitted to participate in a student concerts once you;
shown good lesson attendance
consistent improvement through home practice
your backing CDs to every lesson
able to sing reasonably well in tune
Is it better that I get singing qualifications by doing exams or performing
in Dreamquest student concerts? We
strongly believe that the qualifications you receive by completing the
various levels in our student concert gradings are much more relevant
to today's world than the qualifications obtained from singing exams.
Singing exams involve singing to an examiner in an otherwise empty room.
You will usually have to choose the songs from set song lists. There
is no applause or feedback from the examiner as they will be making
notes about your performance. Exam fees are often expensive (in the
hundreds of dollars) and you may also need to pay an accompanist.
Singing in Dreamquest student concerts gives you relevant industry experience
as you will be singing live to an audience in a venue. The
$30 concert fee is very affordable and you are encouraged to bring your
family and friends along. DVD footage is available after the concert
to review your performance. You
will also receive a written report along with a grading certificate.
Even though some of our teachers have completed singing or music exams
with AMEB, ANZCA or Trinity College, teachers recommend Dreamquest concert
gradings as a much more enjoyable and relevant option.