Mae Collard School of Music

Welcome to the Mae Collard School of Music in beautiful Ferntree Gully. Our music tuition programs nurture a love and enjoyment of music and are tailored to suit all ages and levels of experience, from beginner through to advanced.
  • Teacher and student at piano - Lessons tailored to each child
  • Girl singing into microphone with big smile - Engaging and fun
  • Woman singing into microphone - Voice training and technique
  • Teacher and student performing with a sign - Voice and piano lessons
  • Boy sings into microphone - Building new skills
  • Small boy sings into microphone and looks towards teacher - A supportive environment
  • Girl and teacher performing, audience watches - Creating confidence
  • Girl with long curly hair sings confidently into microphone

Our school offers high quality joy-filled lessons with experienced and encouraging staff. We teach with passion and genuine care for the progress of our students, their vocal health and musical appreciation. If you or your child are seeking tailored one-on-one music lessons that offer variety, enjoyment and individualisation, we’d love to meet you. Whatever your music goals - performing to an audience, music exams, or simply having fun - the staff at the Mae Collard School of Music look forward to nurturing you on your musical learning journey.

The Mae Collard School of Music uses teaching methods influenced by Estill Voice Training, AMEB singing and piano exam training and uses Bastien piano and theory books. The Mae Collard School of Music also offers quality guitar lessons.

AMEB: Australian Music Examinations Board. AMEB is Australia's leading provider of examinations for music, speech and drama.

Estill Voice Training is a system that promotes good vocal health and ensures clarity, singing ease and removes vocal strain.

Our Programs

For young children:

  • Individual and engaging piano, music theory and vocal lessons for children (4 years and over) 

For older children and young adults:

  • AMEB or Bastien piano lessons
  • AMEB vocal lessons
  • Guitar Lessons
  • Vocal lessons specialising in jazz, music theatre and pop voice with influence from the voice training method Estill
  • Vocal lessons focusing on performance, audition or exam preparation
  • Vocal lessons for VCE voice students

For adults:

  • Vocal lessons (beginner to advanced, specialising in jazz, music theatre and pop voice, with influence from the voice training method Estill) with performance and exam options or lessons simply for the fun of learning!
  • Piano lessons (including music theory)
  • Guitar lessons (including music theory)
  • TLC Women's Choir - choral sessions combining vocal training, socialising, relaxation and meditation

‘I consider myself so lucky to have found Mae Collard. She is a highly qualified teacher...and has brought my children along so far in such a short time. It’s great to see children grasp important fundamentals, such as Estill voice training and vocal health, and grow rapidly in competence and confidence. She is also personally delightful – kind, encouraging, and infectiously enthusiastic. She has an incredible knack for tapping into individual children’s passions and supports them whatever their approach or challenges. Lessons are tailored to each child...and thoughtful suggestions are made that really help children overcome any nerves to learn to love music and performance. Mae is a gem, and my young son and daughter adore their lessons with her.’
Judith Heywood, parent

The Mae Collard School of Music

All lessons at the Mae Collard School of Music are taught by qualified, caring, professional and enthusiastic staff. Lessons are available in voice, piano, guitar and music theory, with performance opportunities provided for all students, helping them to work towards their performance skill goals. We also assist students to prepare for AMEB music exams, VCE Music exams and auditions. Of course, there is no pressure to perform. If you are looking to learn music for sheer enjoyment, we absolutely cater for this too, providing engaging lessons focusing on the fun of learning music.

We provide high quality vocal lessons, and our students have the unique advantage of working with influence from the voice training method Estill. This helps them gain insight on how the voice works and teaches them to sing with ease and maintain good vocal health. Microphone technique is also included, to further enhance performance technique.

Our children’s piano and singing lessons are dynamic, educational and provide variety. Lessons are tailored to suit each student’s learning style and individual needs and goals. Young students benefit significantly from these nurturing and engaging lessons, with a focus on musicianship and learning to appreciate the joy of music.