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Our Teachers

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KARA BACKHOUS

Singing Teacher & Owner

About Kara

Kara is a graduate of Melbourne University’s Victorian College of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (Music Theatre). In her time at VCA Kara trained in singing, dancing and acting. As part of her training Kara has worked with some of Australia’s and America’s finest singing teachers, choreographers, musical directors and directors. Kara teaches a range of styles including musical theatre, pop/contemporary and legit. Having trained in Musical Theatre Kara is trained in safe singing techniques that allow performers to sing safely and efficiently. Dancing since the age of four, Kara has acquired skills in a range of styles including Jazz, Tap, Ballet, Contemporary and Hip Hop and has also completed Grade 6 AMEB Piano. Kara’s wide range of skills in the Performing Arts allows her to help her students become well-rounded performers. Kara loves teaching, having taught dance for seven years as well as teaching singing for the last five years. Kara has her Working with Children Check and is a proud member of Actors’ Equity. 

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Lily Williams

Singing Teacher

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janet Backhous

Drama Teacher

About Lily

Having just completed her Advanced Diploma in Music at Oxygen College in Geelong, Lily is set to release her debut EP towards the end of 2022 with her band Lady Valentine. Lily first found her love for teaching during her time with Austswim, teaching little ones safety and skills in the water and can't wait to start her journey with us, helping people find their voice, build their skills and confidence in singing and most importantly, to have fun doing it. Lily is a brilliant singer/songwriter and performer and makes use of these skills gigging around regional Vic as an acoustic soloist and with her band mates. We are very excited to welcome her to the team!

About Janet

Janet runs our Musical Theatre Summer Schools with Kara. Janet has a Bachelor in Education majoring in Music and Drama, her AMusA in Piano, and over 35 years experience teaching the performing arts to young people. A number of Janet’s students have gone on to study performing arts at a tertiary level at institutes such as, Federation University, The National Institute of Dramatic Art and The Victorian College of the Arts. She has taught both Drama and Theatre Studies at VCE level and has directed many successful high school variety performances and plays. She has also provided opportunities for regional students to work with theatre companies from Geelong and Melbourne to create new theatre. These companies went on to tour the works they had co-written with Janet and her students. Janet is currently teaching Music, Drama and English at Mercy Regional College and has been the head of performing arts for most of her teaching career. Janet loves teaching and it gives her great joy to see her students reach their fullest potential. Janet is thrilled to be working with Willow Studios for their Musical Theatre Summer School and she also happens to be an awesome Mum to Kara.