Video thrills the radio star, thanks to online Music degree

Published:06 November 2019

Caitlyn Goodes pictured on stage in a recent performance.

There's been a lot of 'good vibrations' in the seven months since Townsville singer Caitlyn Goodes started online studies for CQUniversity's Bachelor of Music degree.

Caitlyn says her audiences have certainly noticed the difference and so did the radio competition judges who recently selected her as the opening act for internationally-renowned Aussie performer Conrad Sewell, who performed in Townsville on 1 November.

"It was an awesome experience to open for Conrad in front of hundreds of people at the Quayside Terminal, as part of the World Famous Rooftop concert," she says.

If you wonder how it's possible to study vocal performance in an online environment, Caitlyn has the answer.

"I do online vocal lessons with my Melbourne-based CQUni lecturer Katrina Wellins once a week, and these have helped me so much with my performances," she says.

"I've been coming along with leaps and bounds with a greater vocal range. Extra knowledge about my 'instrument' and how my muscles are involved has helped me create much more variety in my voice.

"We've been working on theory and increasing my repertoire of songs to challenge me and then putting it all into practice on stage."

It’s been a surreal experience for CQUni voice lecturer Katrina Wellins, who started working with the Bachelor of Music online students, 19 years after graduating from the Central Queensland Conservatorium of Music herself. Katrina is an in-demand contemporary vocal teacher, having previously taught at Monash University and Box Hill Institute.

“I jumped at the opportunity to be involved in the online delivery of the course, working with the contemporary vocal students. The video technology enables us to work closely to develop the individual performer, no matter where they are in the country. It’s really a case of quality meets convenience," Katrina says.

In 2020, Caitlyn is looking to relocate to the Sunshine Coast where she will continue her study in the Bachelor of Music, thanks to the flexibility of the online delivery of this course.