Principal and Voice/Piano Tutor
Mae is the Principal of the Mae Collard School of Music. She is a skilled teacher of voice and piano and the lead vocalist of the Mae Collard Trio. Mae has extensive experience teaching both adults and children in private tuition settings and various schools, including the teaching of VCE Music (classroom and private voice tuition). She has facilitated many choirs throughout her career, as well as taken on the role of Musical Director for a number of productions.
Highly qualified, Mae holds a Bachelor of Music (Contemporary Jazz Voice - Monash University), Bachelor of Performance Arts (Monash University), Postgraduate Diploma of Teaching (Melbourne University), Estill Voice Training Certificate for Levels 1 and 2, has a current registration with the Victorian Institute of Teaching and a current Working with Children Check.
Mae’s professional experience includes performances as lead vocalist with her Jazz Trio at venues such as Dizzy’s Jazz Club, Richmond. Mae studied voice and improvisation at the Monash Conservatory of Music under the formal tuition of Australian Jazz artists; Michelle Nichole and Emma Gilmartin. Mae has also formally trained in Classical Voice and Estill Voice to further extend her training and broaden her range of accessible genres. Mae has long been involved in musical theatre in Melbourne, including such performance highlights as playing ‘Cinderella’ in Cinderella for Slams, ‘Sarah’ in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers for MDMS, ‘Ursula’ in Bye Bye Birdie for Flashpoint Theatre and ‘Nancy’ in Monash University’s production of A New Brain.
Mae tailors lessons to suit each student’s learning styles and individual needs and goals. She teaches piano, music theory and singing with a special interest in the voice; exploring how the voice works and singing with ease, joy and vocal health. Mae believes the Estill Voice Training method provides a tangible way to access learning the voice for all students. She prides herself on delivering quality music lessons and is passionate about creating a joyful and encouraging space in which all students may develop voice skills, piano skills and musicianship.