Vocal trainer Colleen Bleazard is based in the suburb of Kings Langley, Sydney, Australia and teaches voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, and music theory. With over 30 years of teaching experience, she has enabled many to advance in their singing and performing arts careers. Amongst training professional singers internationally, Colleen is also experienced in vocal maintenance and rehabilitation for damaged voices, developing the adolescent voice and building confidence with good technique.
She has recorded six albums of varying styles, 2 installments in the vocal gym series (for both male and female voices), written 2 harmony development books, performed, filmed and produced numerous music videos, and has written a book for children called ‘Songs for Angus’ which comes with a DVD of the story and a party pack.
Colleen taught A-level and BTEC (HSC) performing arts in dance drama and music in England before emigrating to Australia in 2005. She founded ‘Vocal Tuition UK’ in 1997 and since, sold the business to Fran Montignani Rees who has a masters degree in Voice Pathology, written for various music publications (including Reverb), and educates readers on vocal health and top techniques.
After teaching for Hillsong International Leadership for the first three years in Australia, Colleen is now dedicated to private tuition, developing skills in voice, piano, guitar, ukulele, bass guitar, and music theory as part of ‘Vocal Tuition Australia’. Her passion for developing the artist extends into audio recording and film production – creating opportunities for students to produce their own music video.
Obtaining a degree in Performing Arts in 1991, many teachers, including Carrie Grant from Fame Academy in England, have contributed to Colleen’s training. She also attended Vocal therapy courses at Exeter RD&E Hospital as well as Voice Craft workshops from Alison Bangnall, training from London’s British Voice Association LTD and Vocal Process LTD. In 2008 she acquired her TAA and in 2014 learnt the art of videography and digital editing.
Before her big step to Australia, Colleen ran two gospels choirs that grew at a rapid rate. They were both lively in style and movement. To this day, the Sidmouth Gospel Choir continues under the leadership of Kim Pritchard. Colleen has been running choirs since 1999 drawing from decades of extensive experience in Choral work ministry.
Being a missionary’s child, she was brought up in Africa, attending local churches enriched with harmony. Sung solos in choral societies for Handel’s “Messiah” and many others. Obtaining a classical grade 8 in voice she entered A level music at Dartington College of Arts where she received amongst many other experiences, Indian vocal training.
At Middlesex University she received her B.A.Hons in Performing Arts, majoring in music where she studied performance, popular, jazz, vocal experimental, composition, fusion, & choral work. Extra curriculum included video, costume, production, lights, studio recording, dance, drama, and many more. Since then she has been a musical director, producing and performing in bands including productions on a large scale for church events.
Colleen is a member of APRA and AMCOS, and continues to produce wedding films, music videos, and professional development videos for small businesses. She has plans for writing biographies and recording more vocal training CDs.