Teacher Quick Stats
– Bachelor of Music & Diploma of Music Performance (majoring in contemporary voice) from the University of Tasmania’s Conservatorium of Music
– Certificate of Figure Proficiency in Estill Voice Training
– Peppermint tea, funky music, and motorcycling.
Bec is a voice coach who has a love for pretty much every genre of music, which has led her to develop a versatile voice and flexible command of different styles. She studied at the UTAS Conservatorium of Music, learning voice from the incomparable Maria Lurighi. Since graduating, she has continued her ongoing and passionate study of the mechanisms of singing, which has included studying in the Estill Voice Training Model, progressing to pass the Estill “Certificate of Figure Proficiency” test, and is currently undergoing the training to become a qualified Estill Certified Master Teacher.
Teachers must always be students; Bec has been fortunate to study with many different teachers in different styles and vocal “methods” and techniques, and continues to be fascinated by researching the physiology & anatomy of the voice, to inform both her own practice and her teaching. This includes learning from and working in close contact with ENT (Ear, Nose & Throat) surgeons and speech pathologists to provide excellent holistic services to those wanting to improve the health & strength of their voice.
Bec has been teaching private voice lessons since 2011, working with a range of students from ages 10 to 70, all with a wide variety of different styles, levels of experience, goals and desires. She has taught at Hobart College of Music and ExitLeft Productions as well as privately.
Through her study of and work in vocal anatomy, Bec has connected with many excellent voice professionals including otolaryngologists and speech pathologists. If ever in doubt about your vocal health and the state of your vocal cords, Bec can refer you to a qualified medical professional who can assess your voice and provide any necessary treatment & therapy plans, which Bec can then help you follow through with.
Doing away completely with the “those who cannot do, teach” falsehood, Bec is a passionate and accomplished performer. Always loving the position of supporting others, Bec enjoys working as a backing vocalist for other musicians; notably for Damon Albarn (of Blur and Gorillaz fame) on his Australian tour in 2014, at the Palais Theatre in Melbourne and Sydney Opera House. She has been a member of the ARIA-nominated Southern Gospel Choir since 2006 and has been a featured soloist, most notably at their Motown themed concert at MONA, and in 2014 toured with them to the USA (Dallas TX, Tuskegee AL, and Los Angeles CA).
She has performed under the stage name Tilley, as a folky soloist with her guitar and ukulele, and is now moving towards her groove-based passions in funk and soul music. She ran a successful crowdfunding campaign to produce her first album, “Songs From A Cold Island”, in December 2012.
She is also a lover of both traditional & modern jazz, and has performed in the past with her own band Blue In Green, and renowned pianist Tom Vincent. She has also worked with various local musicians and producers including Mac40 Music, Ben Lawless, Ivan Johnston, and others including film soundtracks, club music, electronic music, and other odds & ends. Her true passions lie with funk, soul, hip-hop, and the various creative and innovative styles that surround and evolve from those styles.
Bec also maintains an active personal interest in various areas of music and holistic health (nutrition, fitness & strength, yoga, meditation & mindfulness, psychology, neurology, etc) as they relate to and affect singing; and how singing affects these areas in return.