Shaun Porter – Universal Program for Guitar/Voice
I would like to thank you for your time on the phone earlier this week. I just wanted to drop you a line and to let you know how impressed I was to hear your solid vision and dedication to developing these young people not only musically but also arming them with the self-confidence and the development tools to take into their everyday lives.
From a personal stand point I have seen my son start guitar in a basic group situation with little confidence and quickly develop in a few short years into playing and singing, fronting a band ensemble with great proficiency and self-belief.
Through the vision you have created and the teachers as well as your backroom team all buying into the USM “way” it’s given Ayden the freedom to think for himself, expand his approach to music and also set no limits on his development both in the short and long term.
It`s encouraging to see USM not only talk the talk in regards to your core values but also walk the walk.”
Shannelle Diongson, Universal Program for Voice
“Way back then, I watched TV showing young children acting, singing and dancing. Never did it cross my mind that I will be one of those children performing in a big crowd. Mum and Dad enrolled me in music and acting schools where I started learning the rudiments of singing, dancing and acting. Things changed unexpectedly when Mum enrolled me in Universal School of Music (USM) four years ago. I was then 6 years old. I started playing piano, then USM mentors helped to develop my singing and performance skills. I participated in USM workshops, rehearsals and perform regularly at term concerts, fund raising concerts and pop up events. Universal School of Music introduced me to the Wyndham Council where I prepared a performance at a Citizenship Ceremony. From then on, the council has asked me to sing the national anthem in almost every citizenship ceremony in 2015. I feel proud singing with confidence in front of hundreds of local Australian Citizens. Regarding my singing, USM has taught me the love of music and inspired me to keep singing and learning every day. Playing piano and guitar is just awesome when USM is around. Thank you USM.”
Dianna Tiatto, Events Officer for Wyndham City
“On behalf of Wyndham City, we would like to thank Shannelle Diongson for her professionalism and commitment in performing at our Citizenship Ceremonies held throughout the year. It’s no easy task to stand up in front of up to 200 people, yet Shannelle performs the ‘National Anthem’ & ‘I am Australian’ songs with pride and enthusiasm every time. She is a remarkable young performer with a very bright future”
Michaela (Michelle) Nowak, Literacy Leader & Coach at Taylors Lakes Secondary College
Our son Nicholas has attended Universal School of Music (USM) since the school’s inception. In that time he has become not only a proficient piano player, but also an adept performer – he’s even began composing his own music! As our son entered VCE his passion for music grew and this can be attributed to the engaging methods and supportive people at USM. For Nicholas music has truly become an integral part of his life. Thank you USM!
Michael Pratt, Course Coordinator Tourism & Events School of Service Industries / Victoria University Werribee Campus
“The staff and the fabulous students at the Universal School of Music have been a delight to work with over the course of our themed dinners and shows.
If you are looking for a kind, enthusiastic and passionate supporter of your event, be it big or small, I cannot recommend more highly the USM team and students at the Universal School of Music. A great team to work with and a great pleasure to know.”