Welcome, To SiNG iT -- Our Philosophy Is Very Simple -- Every Person Is Important ... Every Person Is A Star!!!
Our SiNG iT vocal music students range from ages 5-adult. We specialize in Pop and Musical Theatre but certainly welcome all musical genres. We also strongly encourage songwriting and learning percussion instruments.
Our classes are in a very laid-back fun and brightly coloured music room in our family home.
We can promise you when you enter our music studio adorned with music notes and Elvis memorabilia; you will SMILE. It is our greatest hope that smile will be broader, every time you leave. We cannot guarantee that Joan can help you sound like a superstar ... but Joan can assuredly promise you a better-sounding voice with total interactive personal coaching.
About Your Teacher - Joan
I've always sung. I grew up on Elvis and the Beatles and a whole lotta Country. I've sung everywhere and have enjoyed a very lucrative professional career touring across Canada, the U.S., and the Caribbean.
I've been teaching voice lessons since 2001 when I began working at the Ontario Conservatory of Music and branched off into my private lessons in 2004 when I launched Starr Sensations Vocal Music School. We rebranded in 2020. We simplified and went back into a more laid-back fun mode -- and now we proudly boast SiNG iT.
In 2022, I completed and graduated with honours with my Master of Arts in Community Music at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. My time at WLU also led me to being a Graduate Teaching Assistant to 46 Golden Hawks in the Community Music 2nd year BA program. I am also a recurring guest lecturer.
My undergraduate degree is in Early Childhood Education from Mohawk College where I specialized in Leading Young Children Towards Music. I am very proud that I have a music scholarship named after me at Mohawk College in their Music Program.
I am a teacher. It is who I am. I have always taught SOMEthing; drama, dance, fitness, theatre, guitar, various workshop courses -- being a guest lecturer at Universities and Colleges, being a Teacher's Aid at the W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind -- and my most rewarding and long-lasting career of teaching music. I also have extensive training working with Individuals with Special Needs.
SiNG iT students learn how to correctly use their voices for the stage, while also building skills in breathing, intonation, pitch, harmonization and tone. We will spend time on drama, costuming, characterization, role-playing, facial expression, props and stage projection. We also learn how to move on stage and the interpretation of tunes and lyrics. We do a LOT of shows. We aim to allow students to learn the essential elements of performing.
We believe that students who study music are fortunate to have feelings of self-worth that come through perseverance and a job well done. We are committed to fostering the musical growth in each student and helping them reach their individual goals, enjoying the journey along the way and performing in a live group environment. Our students will learn to deliver their performances with far more power, passion and emotion that will enable them to connect with an audience.
They will come away with the concept of learning to sing and move at the same time while learning the art of stage presence and interpretation. Above all, they will make new friends while having FUN!!! We welcome students of various levels of experience and all backgrounds and abilities. Our goal is to teach in a fun laid-back way that benefits each student as an individual and attain their own personal next-best level of achievement in the performing arts.
We strive to put the emphasis on FUN TEAMWORK!!!
SiNG iT LOUD ... SiNG iT Proud ... WHATEVER IT TAKES!!!
Take a minute to hear a very personal welcome from Joan
• S.I.N.G. – President of Singing Instructors National Group
• NATS – National Association of Teachers of Singing
• International Singer Songwriters Association
• Ontario Music Theatre Instructors
• National Association for the Teachers of Voice
• Music Teachers Association of North America
• Ontario Theatre Guild
• 2001 – Present: Over 300 Student Championships & Scholarships - Kiwanis Music Festival
• 2001 – Present: Numerous Student Championships in the Following Events: Norfolk County Music Festival, Simcoe Fair, Paris Fair, Western Fair, National Star, Scarborough Rib Fest, Ontario Open Singing Contest, Burford Fair, Canadian Music League, Ancaster Fair, Ontario Talent Search, St. George Idol, Brantford Idol, Rockton Fair, Brantford Has Talent.
• 2009 & 2010: 1st place in the Blue Jays Skydome National Anthem Singing Contest.
The Brantford Cabaret is the brainchild of the wacky imagination of Joan Minnery, its founding director. Since 2004, Joan has welcomed hundreds of performers into her very non-traditional acting workshops.
The premise of the Brantford Cabaret has always been about our actors having a laid-back, silly theatrical experience. Theatre can be very strict and very by-the-book and Joan wanted to create an atmosphere of play and merriment. Where anything goes and the only rule is to have fun, while still learning about acting and being on stage. Our workshops are often fused with several storylines from multiple musicals and while there is a plot, there's never really a cohesive storyline, just a whole lotta semi-recognisable story fragments and a good-humoured frivolity. Many of the cast write their lines or contribute to their moment on stage. We encourage originality and we often change things according to a funny line or something that has happened unexpectedly. We laugh a lot, and you will find yourself laughing throughout.
Our Mission Statement ... Brantford Cabaret — Community Music … We Strive To Put The Emphasis On FUN TEAM WORK.
Every Person Is Important. Every Person Is A Star!!!
What will they learn? Gain skills and confidence in Public Speaking & Communication Learn ... Flexibility & Teamwork Experience ... Friendship & Follow Through Outcomes Working on the 4 main areas of Acting: VOICE: pitch, pace, pause, projection, tone, and volume BODY: posture, gesture, facial expressions, and eye-contact MOVEMENT: pace, weight, energy, direction, and pathways SPACE: use of space, stage direction. The performance and audience area. Space involves the way the performance area is used to communicate meaning, define settings, represent status and create actor and audience relationships.
Musical Theatre encompasses the triple threat; Acting, Singing & Dance; as all three culminate in the theatrical production on stage. Our aim is to allow students to learn the essential elements of the performing arts through the context of Musical Theatre. We believe that students who study musical theatre, are fortunate to have the feeling of self worth that comes with perseverance and a job well done. We are committed to fostering the musical growth in each student and helping them reach their individual goals, enjoying the journey along the way and performing in a live group environment. Our students will learn to deliver their performances with far more power, passion and emotion that will enable them to connect with an audience. They will come away with the concept of learning to sing and dance at the same time while learning the art of interpretation and above all making friends & having FUN!!!
Our classes are 90 minutes long. We will spend time on each of the 3 elements; Acting, Singing & Dance. Students will learn about drama, costuming, characterization, role playing, facial expression, props, and stage projection — how to correctly use their singing voice for the stage, while also building skills in intonation, breathing, pitch, harmonization and tone. Students will learn how to move on stage, with emphasis on dancing as a group, with energy & commitment to the choreography. All of this will be done through team work while enjoying theatrical games and exercises. There will be a small production for family and friends at the end of the course, which will be chosen by the students and the teacher. We welcome students of various levels of experience, and all backgrounds and abilities. Our goal is to teach in a fun laid back way that benefits each student as an individual and attain their own personal next best level of achievement in the performing arts.
Your instructor is Joan Minnery; an award winning vocal and drama coach and a well known entertainment persona in Brantford and Brant County. Joan teaches musical theatre privately at the Starr Sensations School of Vocal Music. Joan’s students have won over 300 Performing Arts awards.
“My idea is to teach as an orchestra leader. Teach...Rehearse...Produce. I teach, we practice, then I stand back and THEY produce, as I go around to correct and offer feedback and guidance, as a group and individually. This is done within a hands on environment with a then and there approach; which is very important for performing arts and chorus line work. Through practice, they will learn.”
SiNG iT Brantford proudly presents the release of our very first all original student album --- released on Saturday December 12th, 2020 on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, YouTube, Google all music platforms!!!
Celebrate with Bryanna, Ruby, Grace, Ella, Zoe, Jordan, Maura, Steve, Elizabeth, Emilia, Delilah, Tessa, Trinity, Kezia, Emma and Joan.
All Original Songs, All Local Artists.
16 local singer-songwriters, ages 6-50+, all original, all local and all natural.
SiNG iT Loud...SiNG iT Proud...Whatever It Takes!!!