Bay Of Plenty Times November 2006
Reporter: Rebecca Cawston

JAN Beets has been offered one of two positions as trainee tutor at New Zealand’s prestigious residential singing school.
And it’s twice the accomplishment for the musical theatre buff. Although Jan has helped many singers, she is not an established singing teacher and the New Zealand National Singing School usually selects teachers as trainee tutors.
The scholarship at the Napier school is much sought after. Many apply for the privilege of doing music morning to night (10 days straight) with national and international tutors.
The full spectrum is covered at the school in January – opera, oratorio, lieder, musical theatre, art and popular song and stage craft.
Jan was willing to pay $300 just to be an observer before she learnt her application was successful.
Jan will train directly under one of her idols, Irene Bartlett from Australia, a leading specialist trainer for singers of contemporary music styles.
Irene specialises in voice styles “broadway belt” and “legit”.
Jan is well known in local music theatre circles.

She’s been involved in 42 shows throughout her career. Her last stint as music director was Tauranga Musical Theatre’s Oklahoma and she’s been with the local theatre since 2000.
Her next project is production Just the Boyz later this month as musical director.
Jan applied for trainee tutor in September.

Listed in her CV, she hopes to learn a structure to base lessons on, find out what to look for in a student, how students can imprQve, experience and confidence.
“I want to look at musical theatre – the acting, the presentation, movement when you sing and how to put a song across.”
Jan says she’s “nervously excited” about the opportunity.
She’s also looking forward to returning to Tauranga and addressing a lack of musical theatre syllabus in the area.