Our Singing Teachers
Ana Maria Rojas Leal
Ana Maria began her voice education as a classical opera singer at the University of Andes. She has furthered her education at the University of Cuba, where she has continued studying classical voice as well as contemporary voice styles.
Ana Maria participated in the National Chorus in the Havana Cuba.
She began to teach voice at a Catholic Church where she was a singer and later she was teaching voice at different schools in the Capital City of Colombia.
Ana Maria participated in the foundation of a musical Group called "Tuna de Pacho" where they perform Colombian, Spanish music and other.
Ana Maria enjoying teaching children as well as adult students. Ana Maria is focusing on developing individual sound in every student. Patience and encouragement are her best qualities as a teacher.
If grade exams are the main goal for the individual, Ana Maria is comfortable to teach AMEB, ABRSM and the other syllabuses.
Zachary is currently studying jazz, majoring in vocal performance at Monash University.
He previously studied piano performance at The University of Melbourne at the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (2012). He also has a TAFE diploma in popular music performance (2008).
Zachary is the author of the highly rated book "How To Sing Any Song - 14 Secret Vocal Hacks" click this link to read the book: https://www.amazon.com.au/How-Sing-Any-Song-Practical-ebook/dp/B07NSYPMFT
Zachary is the singer-pianist at Christ Church St Kilda. He previously performed regularly as singer-pianist on the Bourke Street Mall, where only the most experienced and professional buskers may perform.
He is also the founder and head vocal coach of the meetup group "Learn to Sing Melbourne" which has over 1600 members. Check out Learn to Sing Melbourne on Meetup: https://meetu.ps/c/2KYt1/gK1yd/a
Zachary's vocal lesson videos on "How to Sing Like James Arthur" https://youtu.be/LIUMMSO3FhM and https://youtu.be/hHU__NIzEto on his YouTube channel "Learn Music Like Language" have been viewed over 10,000 times. These videos have dozens of great reviews such as "your voice is gorgeous," "It's really helpful and useful!" "How many years have you been singing? Your voice is awesome!" "you really helped me, thanks," and "best teacher."
Zachary is also a highly experienced teacher of jazz and pop piano, songwriting, ear training and improvisation.
He can teach you all the skills you need to be a professional singer-songwriter who can also play piano and guitar.
Zachary teaches for pleasure as well as preparing students for the AMEB classical, contemporary and Rockschool exams.
Mitchell Geddes teaches voice to a beginner and intermediate level, with a focus on pop styles while he studies for his BMus in Music Performance at Monash University.
His voice teaching is influenced through modern contemporary voice technique, and he likes to work on the technical fundamentals of singing and music reading.
Mitchell aiming to make classes fun, engaging and creative for his students.
Mitchell has been teaching for over 5 years and has been playing music in a variety of different settings.
Mitchel teaches voice for leisure as well as for AMEB classical and Rockschool exams
Nina is a classical piano teacher who teaches from beginner to advanced level. She graduated from The University of Melbourne (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music) with a Bachelor of Music degree (Music Performance and Film Music) in 2021 and is currently doing Master of Secondary Teaching in the same institution.
Her teaching method is heavily influenced by Suzuki Music, John Thompson, Hanon piano and Alfred Music. She deeply focuses on rhythm and finger techniques (positions and articulations) for beginners and strong techniques for the advanced piano learners. With competition, orchestral, big band and choir experience, she understands learners psychological behaviours.
Nina would love to explore students' interests and the learning pathway they want to take in order to help them better. She has been teaching students piano, voice and music theory since 2018.
She teaches AMEB exam as well as leisure. She is well familiar with the ABRSM curriculum too as she grew up doing piano exams from ABRSM in both piano performance and music theory. (Grade 6 theory and Diploma in Piano).
Lucinda Edwards moved from South Australia to Melbourne to study a Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Performance) at JMC Academy in 2018. Lucinda has also obtained her Certificate of Singing with the AMEB (Australian Music Examinations Board), finishing with an A+ result in 2017.
During her degree, Lucinda completed courses on music theory, music business and music production as well as Ear Training and Songwriting. Lucinda started Voice and Piano lessons at the age of 9 years old. She has been involved in many choirs, bands, ensembles, A Capella groups and Musicals with her biggest role being 'Elle Woods' in Legally Blonde the Musical.
She is knowledgeable in many contemporary styles of singing with a passion for Musical Theatre and Acting/Drama as well. She can assist any students interested in Acting and Musical Theatre style singing, including preparing for theatre auditions. She is also a songwriter and can assist with lyrics and structure for students interested in writing songs or breaking down a song to understand the writer's intentions.
Lucinda works with students to perform pieces and songs that progress learning but most importantly pieces that the student enjoys. She believes that everyone should have access to music education as music is a universal language that brings people together.
Lucinda is passionate about working with the student to determine how they learn best and what they hope to achieve from the lessons. For voice, she focuses on ensuring the student has good vocal technique in order to ensure vocal health, as well as analyzing the song to portray the themes of the writer and express this using tone and different voice qualities. She believes it is important for students to learn music theory as they progress at their individual pace.
Lucinda is a friendly and encouraging teacher, who enjoys teaching and seeing students develop a love for music.
- Better posture
- Improved breath capacity and lung volume
- Decreased stress and increased mental alertness
- Better connection with your audience (i.e. empathy)
- Improved confidence
- Increased capacity to handle communicating to large audiences
- Developed ability to express oneself creatively