Frequently Asked Questions

We understand that you may have questions, and we’re here to help answer them. If you don’t find the information you’re looking for in our FAQ section, please feel free to reach out to us directly. Your inquiries are important to us, and we’re committed to providing the information you need.

No. We operate on a semester system with a two-week break in June-July.

Lessons are held as usual on all public holidays that fall within these semesters. Semester dates for 2023 are as follows:

  • Semester 1: 9th January – 24th June (24 weeks)
  • Semester 2: 10th July – 25th November (20 weeks)

We have a dedicated studio at 22 Qualtrough Street, Woolloongabba, with a spacious studio, teaching resources, musical instruments, a comfortable waiting room, and a great atmosphere. The studio opens onto the car park at the rear of the building, just down the side driveway.

No. Our schedule is so full that it is impossible for us to get away from the studio.

Just contact your regular teacher by SMS or email and we can move your lesson to another spot with the same teacher or a substitute. If such a change is organised at least 24 hours before the scheduled time, there is no extra charge, but changes organised without 24 hours’ notice may be charged for.

Yes! Most new students are beginners when we start working with them. Our lessons are tailored to each student’s individual needs and skill levels. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced singer, we can work together to improve your vocal technique, expand your repertoire, and build your confidence as a performer.

Yes. Most students at GH Singing Studio are adults but we love students of any age. Two of our team are qualified classroom teachers and have current teacher registration. We all have Blue Cards or Blue Card exemptions, so we are qualified and happy to teach children.

There isn’t really a simple answer to this question. Singing students need to be able to think about what sound they are creating and make physical adjustments to improve that sound, which can be pretty challenging if students are too young.

Usually, we recommend that students don’t start singing lessons before they’re at least seven or eight years old and are able to read lyrics comfortably. However, children can begin to develop musical skills at a very young age (aural, vocal, rhythm) so we recommend an early childhood music program for younger children.

Put simply, we have the runs on the board. We have been in business for nearly twenty years and have taught literally hundreds of students during that time; students of all ages and levels of development.

We only employ well-qualified and experienced teachers who will understand that your voice is a very personal thing and provide support and encouragement accordingly. At our studio, you can expect well-developed, personalised singing lessons that are designed to help you achieve your goals.

Some reasons people choose us are:

  • Our focus is on teaching vocal technique within your own personalised program. We also share the benefits of our performing experience to achieve the very best vocal outcome.
  • We provide performance opportunities for vocalists at our performance showcase events, at open mic nights and at real-life “gigs”.
  • We hold regular vocal workshops to provide added enhancement to your private singing lesson programs. Check our event calendar for upcoming masterclasses and workshops.
  • Our singing teachers are collectively experienced in teaching a wide range of styles – Pop, Rock, Musical Theatre, Jazz and Classical. We all teach multiple genres, but you may select a teacher with a specialisation in your particular area of interest.
  • Our lessons are delivered in a fun and supportive learning environment.
  • Our singing teachers constantly refresh and upgrade their skills, so they remain up to date with global teaching practices.
  • We charge flexible and affordable lesson fees, with options for weekly, fortnightly, or monthly lessons of 30, 45 or 60-minute duration.
  • Many students express the desire to sing harmonies or to perform in an ensemble. We now offer two options to cater to that need. Ask about our small Group Lessons (4 – 6 students together) or become a member of the GH Singing Studio Vocal Ensemble/Choir

We recommend that every new student should start with weekly 30-minute lessons. But after a time, you might choose to increase the duration of each lesson to a 45-minute mode or even 60 minutes.

Some students whose work commitments compromise their availability, or who seek an option to better fit their financial budget, take fortnightly lessons. On the other hand, some students even come multiple times a week.

While 30-minute sessions are the industry norm for many music lessons, progress is more rapid with regular lessons of longer duration.  For children, 30 minutes is sufficient to avoid vocal fatigue.

It is highly recommended that vocalists develop fundamental keyboard or guitar skills to assist them with their musicianship and vocal training. We have a teacher with the skills to teach beginner piano, guitar, or ukulele lessons. Discuss these options at your FREE Introductory Singing Lesson or contact the studio at any time.

After a FREE Introductory Singing Lesson, students will be invoiced on a continuing 4-week cycle. Full payment must be made on or before the due date. All students are requested to pay via automatic direct debit, preferably through GoCardless. A mandate is required to enable GoCardless to access the funds from your nominated bank account. Our fees will always be discussed fully at the FREE Introductory Vocal Consultation.

Absolutely! As long as at least 24 hours’ notice is given of an absence then we would be delighted to organise a makeup lesson. Only one make-up lesson is permitted during each 4-week cycle. every 4 weeks allowed). Students who do not give 24 hours’ notice are required to pay for the missed lesson.

In the case of students who are ill on the day of the lesson, it is asked that the teacher be advised as soon as possible, so that alternative arrangements may be made.

Absolutely! People who cannot sing or match pitch more than likely have never had the opportunity, either at school or later in life. Many males stop trying during the trials of voice change during puberty.

Most people who cannot match pitch make amazing progress once they are taught the correct breathing technique. Many apparent non-singers are merely shy or reluctant and quickly improve once they develop confidence.

The bottom line is that anyone can learn to sing. Regular lessons, serious commitment and regular home practice will always bring results previously considered impossible.

Gordon offers a free, no-obligation half-hour lesson to assess your voice and discuss how we can help you to improve or develop your singing voice. He will discuss your vocal goals and how we can help you to achieve them. Finally, he determines which of our teachers would be the best fit for you.

Absolutely not! Singing is for everyone, and each person has their own passions and goals. Learning to read sheet music is not necessary for everyone but if that’s something you’re interested in, our coaches will happily include that into your learning.

Of course! Singing is so personal and unique to every person. Our coaches can help you find out what repertoire you enjoy and help you learn to use your voice to align with your goals. Whether you’re looking to find a soft gentle voice, a hard rock voice, a powerful musical theatre voice, or a smooth jazz voice, our teachers will ensure that you have the technique to make that happen! We strongly believe in helping people find their own sound.

Our studio’s singing curriculum covers 12 modules. These aren’t necessarily taught in order but will focus on the most important first and work our way through as the lessons progress. We also provide paying students with personalised online training resources with videos of vocal exercises conducted by our teachers for you to try out at your leisure outside of lesson times.

The elements of our curriculum are as follows:

  1. Introductory Voice Assessment
  2. Aligning the Body for Singing
  3. Fundamentals of Breathing Technique
  4. Creating Vocal Tone
  5. Exploring Vocal Resonance
  6. Vocal Registers
  7. Shaping Vowels for Singing
  8. Articulation in Singing
  9. Extending Vocal Range
  10. Vocal Dynamics
  11. Flexibility and Agility
  12. Vibrato