Ryan is the deputy principal singing teacher at Vox Singing Academy behind Peter Vox. He is also the head teacher trainer and quality control manager for the Vox Teaching team. As a full time singing teacher Ryan has a wealth of experience teaching all ages and levels of singing for nearly close to a decade for Vox Singing Academy. Ryan teaches beginner to professional singers. Ryan loves to work on original compositions and is an accomplished songwriter himself. He teaches all styles of singing but specialises in Pop, Blues, Rock, RnB, Gospel, Soul, Hard Rock, Indie, Alternative, Screaming, and Musical Theatre. Ryan also teaches beginner guitar, cajon, public speaking, monologues, acting and voice over techniques.
“After I finished my teaching degree (honours in drama and music) I worked a few years in the industry I decided that my passion was really with teaching the science of singing itself. What really drives me is seeing the look of satisfaction on the students faces as they walk out of each class knowing how to sing a song. I pride myself on putting the students needs first at all times and to discover the most efficient way for the student to learn new techniques whether its developing a higher range or learning how to sing complicated songs or whatever they need.”
“I play gigs almost every week as either a percussionist /singer in a Blues Rock Band or as a soloist as a guitar/singer using cajon, stomp pedal, tambourine, etc. At the moment I’m experimenting with looping pedals for live gigs so that I can re-enact the feeling of a full band with just me playing solo. Personally as a teacher I feel it’s really important to still be out there on the front lines learning new styles, songs, techniques and performing them as it keeps me fresh and honest playing in the live music scene in Melbourne. I also play and collaborate with various other solo artists”.
Ryan is a very warm, welcoming, enthusiastic, energetic and entertaining teacher and brings a lot of electricity to classes making them fun to learn from. He has an extremely low bass tone in his voice and has a freakishly high falsetto range making him very versatile.
From from an early age, Ryan was always singing and playing music, whether its in the local church or to singing his brothers and sisters records in his room. Ryan became the lead singer in his 3 piece Accoustic 90’s Rock band ‘The Dregs’ in 1999 and played local gigs for a few years. He also quickly picked up guitar, keyboard and drums at the age of 16 and started writing and performing punk/grunge rock songs every week for years at the prince of wales Open Mic in Prahran. The years after he finished high school, excelling in music and theatre, Ryan decided to get serious and got some singing lessons with Peter Vox throughout his teens you through to he’s early 30s until he started teaching at Vox Singing Academy!
Ryan’s Biggest Musical Influences
Composers: John Williams, Hans Zimmer, and James Horner.
Classic Singers: Frank Sinatra, Etta James, Frankie Valli, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters, Elvis, Johnny Cash, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Screamin Jay Hawkins, Wilson Pickett, Dion, Chuck Berry, James Brown.
Modern Singers: John Lennon, Janis Joplin, Mike Patton, Chris Cornell, Michael Jackson, Freddy Mercury, Beyonce, Tracey Chapman, Adelle, Ed Sheeran, Annie Lennox, Tom Waits, Steve Perry, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Jeff Buckley, Bono, David Bowie, Amy Winehouse.
Bands: Queen, Dire Straits, The Police, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, U2, Foo Fighters, Silverchair, The Doors, ACDC, Silverchair, Faith No More, Nirvana, Oasis, Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, London Grammar, The XX, Fleetwood Mac, Soundgarden, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Snow Patrol.
Singer Songwriters: Curt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, The Bee Gees, ABBA, Billy Joel, Buddy Holly, Dolly Parton, Mick Jagger, Johnny Cash, Robert Johnson, Michael Jackson, Ed Sheeran, Gordon Lightfoot, Adelle, Elton John, Buddy Holly, Robert Johnson, Stevie Nicks Queen, Bob Dylan, Davie Bowie, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, George Harrison, Bono, Sia.
• Diploma of Mass Communication at Holmesglen College (Media Studies)
• Certificate in Music Performance and Production at MWT
• Bachelor of Arts with Honours at La Trobe University (Theatre Major)
• Bachelor of Teaching at Deakin University (Primary and Secondary School)
• Proficiently studied Voice, Singing, Acting, Guitar, Clarinet, Piano, Percussion and Drums, Composition, Producing and a little bit of Music Engineering.
• Ryan is constantly undergoing professional development for vocals, guitar, percusssion and music composition and production to get to the next level!
Bands, Actors and Solo Artists of note that Ryan has taught and worked with:
• Joyce Prescher (solo artist)
• Mark Coles Smith (Critical acclaimed Actor from Last Cab to Darwin and Porno)
• Charles Terrier (Actor and voice over artist)
• Rick Knight (MC host, Comedian, Voice over artist, Drummer, Jazz Crooner and Former Radio breakfast host for Mix 104.9 in Darwin).
• Marc DiGiambattista (The Upstanding Members)
• Black Aces (Jarred Morrice)
• Hey Charger (Caihlah Ashlee)
• And many many more live and local artists from Melbourne.
Private singing lessons with Ryan are $45 for 30 minutes. Ryan teaches Mondays at the Highett Studio, Tuesday, Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays at St Kilda Studio and Wednesday at Dandenong Studio. In addition to his one-on-one classes, Ryan also offers adult group classes every month, intensive one-on-one sessions (to kick start your voice with all the skills in one hit!), and he also runs masterclasses and workshop courses covering all aspects of singing, performing, songwriting, recording and playing with musical instruments.
Ryan has a fun, energetic, encouraging and bubbly personality and with his huge vocal range, experience and ability can teach both Male and female's, adults and children.
Ryan is the most experienced teacher at Vox Singing Academy next Director and Principal teacher Peter Vox. Due to this he is in very high demand and availabilities with Ryan are very limited!
- Highett on Monday between 12 noon – 10pm
- St Kilda on Tuesday and Thursday between 12 noon – 10pm, Friday between 10 am – 12 noon & Saturday 10 AM – 5 PM
- Dandenong on Wednesdays between 12 noon – 10pm
"When I started singing lessons with Ryan two years ago, I had very little control over my voice and very little confidence. Ryan provided me with the tools and training to unlock capabilities in my voice that I was not able to do before or never even attempted. But apart from improving my vocal technique, Ryan’s passion for music is infectious. He creates a supportive environment that helps you to relax and have fun!"
– Miriam Rose
"Ryan has helped my voice improve exponentially with the technical advice, vocal exercises and encouragement he has given through his singing lessons. I achieved my goal of entry to a Bachelor of Music at Melbourne Polytechnic with just 8 weeks under his helpful teaching. Ryan has a super friendly personality and, if you utilise what he gives you to work on, I would guarantee that your singing goals will be achieved too."
– Mitchell Wynne, Student at Melbourne Polytechnic (Vocal Major)
"Having singing lessons with Ryan has been life changing as he has been able to help me express my inner creativity through singing which, in turn, makes my soul sing."
– Amira Relva
"I’ve had a few intensive sessions with Ryan – who is, possibly, the warmest human being I have ever trained with! He is instantly likeable, good-natured guy, who manages to sneak enormous amount of serious vocal training into what feels like hanging out with a friend. Stays entirely focused on a student at all times. During each session with him I received so much useful feedback! I cannot recommend Ryan highly enough. The studio itself is cosy and well-appointed, accommodates both individual and group vocal lessons. Comfy waiting space with couches and inspirational posters of past students, too :)"
– Emily Saaen
"My name is Michelyn and I am one of Ryan’s students.
I felt compelled to write to you as I think you should be made aware of what a passionate and dedicated teacher Ryan is.
From the beginning Ryan really went out of his way to encourage me to develop myself and has always been willing to go the extra mile to ensure that I am really getting the best out of every session.
It is evident that Ryan sets very high standards for himself and portrays those work ethics throughout our sessions. He is very understanding and has been very accommodating overall. Ryan is also hilarious and there is never a dull moment in class.
Most importantly I have seen significant changes in my voice in a short span of time and I am pleased with the results so far.
I would not hesitate to recommend Ryan and I think he is by far the best trainer I have had. :)"
– Michelyn Barakat