Take a minute to hear a very personal welcome from Joan
Welcome To SiNG iT -- Our Philosophy Is Very Simple -- Every Person Is Important ... Every Person Is A Star!!!
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 2002, I completed my Master of Arts in Community Music at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. My time there also led me to be employed as a Graduate Teaching Assistant, as well as a 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.
I can promise you when you enter our music studio adorned with music notes and Elvis memorabilia; you will SMILE. It is my greatest hope that smile will be broader, every time you leave. I cannot guarantee that I can help you sound like a superstar ... but I can assuredly promise you a better-sounding voice with total interactive personal coaching.
Our SiNG iT vocal music students range in ages 5-adult. I specialize in Pop and Musical Theatre but certainly welcome all musical genres. I also strongly encourage songwriting and learning percussion instruments.
Our classes are in a very laid-back fun and brightly coloured room.
Classes are $25/half-hour sessions.
SiNG iT classes are 30 minutes long -- generally at the same time/day once per week.
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 TEAM WORK!!!
SiNG iT LOUD ... SiNG iT Proud ... WHATEVER IT TAKES!!!
• 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.
• 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
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!!!