About your teacher: Anita Barlow-Burman
Anita has over twenty-five years experience teaching voice. She commenced classical voice studies with Marcel Menzel and contemporary voice with Maggie Britton in Geelong followed by ten years of training with Joan Arnold O.B.E. to complete the highest grades in classical voice from the A.M.E.B. Anita has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Performing Arts from Deakin University which included cross-enrolment studies in Vocal Music at Monash University and Musicology and Ethnomusicology at The University of New England. She is a graduate of the Singers’ Course from the National Theatre Drama School and has completed Estill Voice Training Systems. Anita has also completed Integration Aide Training at Deakin University.
Teaching experience has included successfully preparing students for AMEB and ANZCA examinations in contemporary, musical theatre, classical and singing for leisure styles. Many of Anita’s VCE students (classical and contemporary) have received a score of A+ for their final examination and have been asked to perform for “Top Acts”. Several students over the years have been the recipients of Eisteddfod Scholarships and prizes. Employment has included teaching at Primary, Secondary and Diploma Institutions in addition to private studios in Melbourne and Geelong. For several years, Anita devised and ran her own pre-school music program using Kodaly Teaching methods in Geelong and at several kindergartens on the Bellarine Peninsula.
Anita also has many years of experience preparing students for auditions with several gaining entry into tertiary institutions such as The Victorian College of the Arts, NIDA, Australian Institute of Music, Federation University, The Melba Conservatorium and various Diploma courses. Many students have gone on to professional careers in various genres of music and performance.
A highlight of Anita’s teaching career has been working as the vocal director for many shows and events for schools and local production companies including Footlight Productions, Centerstage, GSODA and Parcell Productions. Shows have included “Cats”, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Spring Awakening”, “Singing in the Rain”, “The Boy From Oz” and “Sleeping Beauty”. Anita’s experience has also included directing and devising musical arrangements for acappella groups, jazz and rock ensembles, choirs and singing groups of various ages who have performed at events in Geelong and Melbourne including Crown Casino and The Lodge, Canberra.
In 2018 Anita was the vocal director for the GSODA Theatre Collective's performance of "Godspell" and in 2019 will be the vocal director for the GSODA production of "Kinky Boots".
As a performer, Anita has worked as a classical, jazz and contemporary singer in groups, duos and as a soloist in productions and at various functions, however teaching remains her first love.