Ayshe Topal is a Sydney based singer and vocal teacher, and one of the co-founders of Epic School of Music. Ayshe was born and raised in South West Sydney, and has been performing as a vocalist in the music scene and teaching for over 10 years. She has been working with numerous well established Sydneybased bands and musicians, where she has had the privilege to perform at some of the most iconic venues in and around Sydney.
Ayshe’s love for music and singing grew rapidly from a young age, where she was heavily influenced by a large variety of musical styles. As a child, Ayshe’s musical taste was influenced by her family’s love for Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Roll, Pop, Soul and Funk music. Artists such as Roy Orbison, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Carole King, Elvis Presley, Earth Wind & Fire, Donny Hathaway, Michael Jackson and many more artists set the groundwork for Ayshe’s love for music and singing. This all nurtured Ayshe’s love toward vast musical influencers and vocal powerhouses such as Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Boyz II Men, Mariah Carey, Prince, Queen, Elton John and many, many more.
After completing high school, Ayshe went on to study a music degree at the Australian School of Music in Surry Hills. In 2011, Ayshe completed and graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Contemporary Performance, majoring in Voice. She went on to further develop her vocal knowledge and technique by attending vocal workshops and voice mentoring sessions with some of Australia’s most successfully established session singers and musicians in the music industry.
Ayshe’s extensive teaching portfolio and involvement in one on one and group lessons helped to enhance Ayshe’s love for people, their experiences and their behaviours. Her passion for music and people led her towards embarking on an additional journey into psychotherapy and counselling. Ayshe pursued further study and now also holds a Diploma in Counselling, where she graduated from Jansen Newman School, inSydney in 2016. Ayshe is sensitive to her students’ personal history and current goals and uses a person-centered approach in her teachings, where she facilitates her lessons with careful mindfulness, empathy, encouragement and positivity. Ayshe believes she has the skills and confidence to help empower her students to be the best versions of themselves through the art of singing and music.
“I am conscious and sensitive to all students’ life experiences and what has led them to who and where they are today. So, that is why I simply regard each student as human beings with beautiful, complex vulnerabilities first, and then as vocal students second.”