Kathleen Connell

June 29, 2018

Are you stuck in a repertoire rut?

Expand your song choice and hone your technical skills with these classics from The Great American Songbook When it comes to song choice, the simplest option is to return to your go-to song list; those familiar, well-worn songs you know like the back of your hand. But as they say, […]
April 11, 2018

The dos and don’ts of voice health

Have you ever tried getting through a day, or even an hour, without saying a word? It’s no mean feat, especially if one of your first tasks is to order a life-restoring coffee at your local café! Despite how much we rely on our voices to navigate our days, many […]
December 13, 2017

Three weddings and a singing teacher

As singers, we sometimes have the privilege to share our talent with friends and family at special occasions. That’s been the case for several of my students this year, with two of them serenading their new spouse! Read their stories.
December 13, 2017

How to sing at an emotional event (without getting weepy)

Singing at a wedding or other special occasion is one of the most memorable ‘gifts’ you can bestow on a friend or family member. Or even better, it can be an unforgettable surprise for your newly-betrothed. Yet this type of performance comes with an added complication. Emotion. Here are five […]
December 13, 2017

Summer Concert 2017

Another fantastic studio concert was held in Sydney on November 18 2017. As always, it was a wonderful opportunity to reflect on how much each of my singing students have improved during the year.
October 23, 2017

The top five blunders made by singers before (and during) a performance

Here are five ways to guarantee a lacklustre and unpolished performance (the last thing any performer wants!) Leave memorisation to the last minute Forget to practice in front of a mirror Compare yourself negatively with other performers Insist on perfection Let nerves get the better of you and rush through […]
July 21, 2017

Is your day job spoiling your singing voice?

There are many occupations that demand extensive use of our voices. Teachers, salespeople and lawyers, just to name a few. But what if you also happen to sing in your spare time? Then it’s important to know that poor speaking habits can affect the quality of your singing voice.
July 21, 2017

3 things not to do when your voice fails

Many of us don’t think twice about our voice until it’s impaired or lost. And then we panic! Here are three things to avoid doing if you want your voice to return to normal as quickly as possible.
July 19, 2017

Winter Concert 2017

At this year’s mid-year concert, twelve of my students performed with piano accompanist Alison Cameron in front of an audience of family and friends.
May 9, 2017

Breathing: The secret of all successful singers

For many of us, breathing is an unconscious act; it’s the very thing that sustains us and yet we rarely give it much thought. When it comes to singing, it pays to give your breathing technique the attention it deserves.
March 14, 2017

Student Profile: How Owen achieved aim to sing opera

Owen Alexander is a Sydney-based singer-songwriter, who works in the furniture industry by day. He started singing lessons with Kathleen Connell in 2016 and set a goal to perform with a local opera group. Here’s how Owen went about making it happen. When it comes to setting singing goals, why […]
March 8, 2017

12 places to practise your performance skills (and reach your ultimate goal)

Do you dream about singing at an iconic venue or performing at an Open Mic Night? Having a performance goal is great, but often there’s a gap between your dream and your current capabilities. So here are 12 ways to earn your performance stripes and move closer to achieving your […]
March 6, 2017

What all singers ought to know about setting a performance goal

So you’re toying with the idea of taking your singing talents to the world…or at least your local choir, church or pub! Sydney singing teacher and former professional singer Kathleen Connell reveals 5 things you need to know to make your performance goal a reality.
December 22, 2016

It’s a wrap: 2016 in my singing studio

Well, that’s a wrap! Another year at Kathleen Connell Singing Studio and another year which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed working with a range of singers, from beginners with a very healthy attitude to practice to advanced singers with strong technique. Together we’ve covered a wide variety of music styles and worked […]
December 1, 2016

Do you make this fatal mistake when performing a song?

If there’s one thing that kills an audience’s enjoyment, it’s not clearly hearing the words in a song. Luckily for all the singers (and listeners) out there, the key to clarity is consonants.
September 20, 2016

Mid-year Concert 2016: Singing students test performance skills

Performing can be a daunting prospect, especially for the first time, yet most singers find the sense of achievement and learning outcomes outweigh the nerves.
September 8, 2016

Learn how to hit the sweet spot with vowel sounds

Singing vowels correctly can be the difference between nailing a performance and losing an audience’s attention completely.
July 7, 2016

Attention singers: Here’s how to connect with your audience (even if you’re shy or nervous)

Have you ever wished your performance skills matched your top-notch singing technique? It’s not uncommon for even advanced singers to feel clueless on stage, but there is help at hand. At a recent performance workshop run by Kathleen Connell Singing Tuition, experienced singer, director and mentor Christine Douglas shared these […]
May 10, 2016

Turn your hard-won vocal skills into a powerful performance

Singers preparing for a high-pressure performance must stop torturing themselves about technical details according to performance workshop presenter Christine Douglas.
March 10, 2016

Student insight: Lisa Rodrigues

Singing student Lisa Rodrigues talks about the inspiration behind her decision to rebuild her singing voice and the surprising techniques she’s learning along the way.   Back to basics Ten years ago I sang in a soul cover band, but more recently started noticing that I wasn’t able to comfortably […]
March 8, 2016

When things go bump in your voice: How to smooth out your register shifts

Hey ladies: ever noticed a bump, crack or click in your middle voice as you shift between registers? Getting the right mix of head and chest voice to create a strong and flavoursome middle voice will ensure a smoother road ahead. When it comes to your middle voice, the first […]
January 22, 2016

Start your eisteddfod search here

Eisteddfods are a great way to fine tune your performance skills and have a lot of fun. Here is a brief list to kick start your search for an eisteddfod to suit you: The biggest and most varied eisteddfod is the Sydney Eisteddfod. These three are significant eisteddfods in the […]
December 9, 2015

End-of-year Studio Concert 2015

The end-of-year concert is always a great celebration of my students’ singing success and fills me with pride and excitement for their singing futures. Here are some of the performers from our concert in November. Clare London Charmaine Kwok Lisa Rodrigues Jemima Lorenz Sophie Torrens    
December 9, 2015

2015 Student Success

It has been one of the busiest years in the Kathleen Connell Singing Tuition studio, with a huge range of singers, songs and vocal needs. One of my absolute pleasures is seeing all of my students work towards individual goals and so many have made wonderful progress in 2015.
October 26, 2015

Too macho for falsetto? Think again. It’s about strength and agility.

They say nothing worthwhile ever comes easily and that’s certainly the case with singing falsetto. “I can’t get the high notes,” or “my voice sounds croaky up there,” are common complaints with many male singers either taking the key down or abandoning their upper register all together. My advice: don’t […]
July 23, 2015

How to perfect your singing practice

We all know that practice makes perfect, but is there a perfect way to practise? Here are my top tips for making the most of every minute you invest in your voice, as well as how to find time in the first place!
July 23, 2015

Studio Concert 2015: Winter Garden of Songs

On Sunday, June 28, we were treated to a wonderful show, with seven of my students taking to the stage for our mid-year studio concert. Congratulations to Joanna Coleman, Charmaine Kwok, Stephanie Ziolkowski, Floren Lana, Vanessa Gray, Daniel Yeung and Jemima Lorenz, who each performed two songs.
May 13, 2015

How to safely add belt singing to your repertoire

Belt singing is no stranger to controversy, yet there is a way to safely add this bold style to your bag of singing tricks.
February 22, 2015

For the love of singing

I love the fact that singing is a simple pleasure; a pastime where your voice is the only requirement. Yet singing can be so much more and I’m thrilled to share two stories where singing has inspired connection, stirred creative juices and moved people beyond their comfort zone.
December 10, 2014

Studio Concert 2014

On Sunday, November 23, seven of my students performed at our studio concert, held at Flute Tree & The Woodwind Group in Leichhardt. Here are the beautiful action photos taken by Mark on the day. Click on each photo to view a larger version.