Our daughter Jasmine first showed an interest in singing when she was about 10 years old. We noticed she could hold a tune quite well and she was always singing around the house.
It was not until she was in year 6 at primary school that she joined the school choir and we were told that she had a lovely voice with lots of potential. She started private singing lessons once a week at school with the singing teacher. We noticed her voice slowly improving and she was placed in different contemporary bands and vocal ensembles at school. Whilst she enjoys being part of these bands she does not always enjoy the type of music she has to sing. Jasmine loves songs from musical theatre and we noticed her singing more and more of this type of song around the house. We felt it was time to find someone who had extensive knowledge and training in this type of singing to help Jasmine further her vocal training.
I contacted the David Academy of Performing Arts. I had not heard of them before and did some research online and was a little unsure at first as there were no local testimonials or reviews about the company at the time. Well, I decided to phone them and have a chat. I spoke to the very lovely Dinali who told me more about DAPA, its Director Andre and his teaching talents. After a 10 minute conversation I was sure that this would be the right place for Jasmine. I arranged for Jasmine to have a private trial lesson with Andre and now almost 18 months later I am so glad I did!
Andre has a way of making Jasmine feel so at ease and relaxed. He has improved her vocal range so much in such a short time that I wish we had found him earlier! He is able to make her lessons fun and enjoyable – there is always laughter. Andre’s knowledge of vocal training, musical theatre and his teaching techniques have helped Jasmine to not only improve as a singer but to understand more about her voice and just how much potential it has and the range to which it can reach. It is not enough to sing the notes but Andre also explains and teaches how important correct posture, breathing, exercise, rest, food – basically things you would not think of that would be important to be able to sing, he has shown are necessary to achieve greatness. Andre’s skill in picking out parts of songs listening to every little sound and nuance and his ability to “correct” and “adjust” just amazes me. Once Jasmine is shown the correct technique it is amazing how different the notes sound.
Andre is very generous with his time and he will make sure Jasmine is happy with everything and understands what is expected of her for the next lesson. He is very focused on Jasmine when he teaches, and is very calm in his methods. Andre is an extremely likable person who is easy to be around and Jasmine is very comfortable and looks forward to attending his lessons. I know Andre and DAPA are very proud of Jasmine and how far she has come.
In August Jasmine entered a local singing competition which was scheduled for a date whilst Andre and his family were holidaying overseas. The morning of the competition we received an email from Andre wishing Jasmine all the best and that he and Dinali send their love. This was very much appreciated by both Jasmine and us as her parents to know that no matter how well she did that he/DAPA were there supporting her and wishing her well.
Then in September, at 15 years old, Jasmine entered her first WA Regional vocal competition in which she came first and qualified for the National Finals in Melbourne in January. We have no doubt that without the specialised training she has received from Andre she would not have achieved such a fantastic result.
Jasmine’s dream is to get into Musical Theatre at WAPA and further on to a career in Musical Theatre. We know that Andre will be there every step of the way to help her fulfil her dreams. We are excited for the future of Jasmine and for the future of DAPA.