"The great underground talent of her time" - Curtain Call

Rachel Collis…

…is a singer/songwriter with folk, rock and cabaret influences. Her trademarks are finely-crafted heartfelt lyrics, whirlwind virtuosic piano playing, and an unusual capacity for shifting between earnest storytelling and outrageous humour.

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“The great underground talent of her time.”

Curtain Call

"Did you do that by yourself?!!"

We say it to children all the time. First they’re riding in Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development. Then the training wheels of scaffolding are gone and they’re on their own. “Did you do that all by yourself?!!”, we exclaim. No doubt it was said to us all as children...

To thine own self

The other day I was catching up with an ex-colleague of mine. We hadn’t seen each other in quite some time and after covering the usual candidates (babies, work) the conversation steered itself towards the content of my masters thesis. It’s been a year since I...

Why I never became a music teacher

I have never desired to be a music teacher. During the 6 years I worked as a high school German teacher it was not uncommon for friends and acquaintances to assume I taught music. Since leaving teaching I have dabbled in the music education world, assuming roles of...

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