Our Students Say

Skye Isabella

"Meeting and working with you has had a profound affect on me and a journey I hold dear to my heart. Thank you for your ongoing support, encouragement, fantastic knowledge and humor as I pursue my singing passion". January 2016

Nerida Hannah

"My lessons with Annika were absolutely fantastic!  The environment she creates is very comfortable, perfect when wanting to learn. Her way of teaching is positive, encouraging and ever entertaining as well as tonnes of fun. She impresses as a knowledgeable and creative teacher. I have loved being able to advance in my technique and learn from her."  August 2014

Stephanie Kuczer

"I have been learning with Annika for over 12 months now, and every lesson has been a complete delight.
Annika is a wonderfully supportive teacher, and she enjoys your success just as much as you do!
I would recommend the Academy of Singing for anyone who is interested in learning to sing. Whether you're new to singing, you're seeking a singing career, or you're looking for a place to indulge your passion - the Academy of Singing is the perfect place to learn."  August 2014

Rafaela Cleeve Gerkens

"I have loved my experience having lessons with Annika at the Academy of Singing. She is a wonderful teacher who is extremely knowledgeable, skilled and encouraging. She has helped me so much with my placement and breathing and is always kind and patient. I have also had lessons with Jennifer who is another fantastic teacher at the Academy. I would highly recommend the Academy to those hoping to improve their singing in a positive and enjoyable environment."  August 2014

Gillian Nikakis OAM

"I didn’t know I could sing until I met Monique. For the first time in my life, I opened up my throat and sang as directed from my heart and my belly.  A voice came out that I had never heard before. When I had finished I looked at my husband who had tears in his eyes and Monique was looking  at me with a huge smile on her face. I was astounded.!
I am a counsellor and I was so impressed with Monique’s gentle, patient, encouraging teaching method, that I referred several of my clients to her for singing lessons hoping this would assist in building their confidence. The sessions they had with her became an important part of their healing. She is a most wonderful teacher.August 2014

Cheryl Naik

Hi Annika, just wanted to say its been so great working with you this past year, you've been an amazing teacher!"

Emily Browne

"Thank you Annika, I really feel like I'm getting somewhere with my voice. I know I've got a lot to go but someone is extracting it out of me finally!!...so thank you!"

Dominique Godfrey

"Annika, I can't begin to tell you what a gift you've given me in teaching me to sing.  Thank you so much for your patience and your generosity."

Barbara Zavros

Winner of the Sun Aria 2011

Barbara Zavros

"Monique Brynnel and Jon Weaving were my first singing teachers.  From the first day I found them both to be such an inspiration, and I always looked forward to my lesson every week. In a fun and encouraging learning environment they taught me how to use my voice safely, and helped me build my confidence as well. All elements of singing were covered in lessons; breathing technique, posture, vocal placement, performance and musicianship. They also introduced me to the magical world of opera, and I am now working professionally as an opera singer. The foundation they gave me as a singer was wonderful, I couldn't ask for more! I can never thank them enough for inspiring me to take the path of music! I highly recommend the studio to anyone interested in singing."

Alejandra Nicoluzzo (for Monique)

"I don't know how I can thank you enough for everything you have done for me.  I enjoyed every lesson and I think you are an outstanding teacher. I hope you will continue to be my teacher next year, because not only are you a great teacher; you are a great person; you are a real role model for me.  Getting into the VCA was like a dream come true, and I wouldn't have been able to do it without you.
Thanks a million"

Michelle

"How can I ever thank you!?
You have shared your knowledge, expertise and experience with me which continues to encourage and inspire me.
So, THANK YOU!"

Peter

"Dear Monique,
Thank you so much for the opportunities to work with you again! I really did listen to every word you said, and hope that you had as much fun as I did.
Your laughter and enthusiasm are positively infectious, and I promise to do my best to make you and my family, who have showed so much faith in me, proud."

Rachel

"Dearest Monique,

I want to thank you for your unfailing commitment to my vocal training over the years that I have known you.
Thank you for investing so much of your time in me and for instilling so much confidence in me.
You have been my teacher, friend and mentor.
Thank you for your patience with me.
Thank you for your faith in my ultimate success as a singer.
I feel like you have taught me how to walk. You have given me foundation to build upon.
Thank you for responding to my enthusiasm with so much encouragement.
Thank you for your complete sensitivity and patience with me.
Always"

Jenny

"Dear Monique,
I want to thank you for everything you have done for me over the past year and a half.
You gave me the confidence to keep going.
You believed in me when I didn't believe in my self.
I think of you always.
All my love,
Your student Jenny"

Pru

"Dear Monique,
Thank you for all your guidance and support this year and for finding my "classical" voice.
I have looked forward to my lessons each week and always finished them feeling more comfortable with my voice than when I started.
Thank you for giving me the confidence to perform classically.
Lots of Love"

Niall

"Dear Monique,
Thank you so much for your expert tuition, support and most importantly, your patience.
You have given me the confidence and inspiration to continue my voice lessons when I arrive home to Ireland.
Wishing you every future happiness and success."

 

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