Lesson types:

Private Singing Lessons – beginner, intermediate and advanced singing lessons, vocal technique, repertoire, performance technique

Voice for Speakers –  day to day vocal use, public speakers  voice over artists and specific speaking engagements or presentations

Voice Teacher Mentoring – business consulting – for voice and singing instructors, mentoring in business as well as pedagogy, consulting for your own clients

IVA Certification Lessons (for IVA Teachers only)  – for certified IVA teachers completing their annual education requirements

With a degree in music from the University of British Columbia and a strong performing arts background, and over 25 years of vocal experience your lessons will be top quality.  Many of Alida Vocal Studio client’s have landed lead roles in television and film, school or community productions and have gained vocal confidence not only auditions but day to day life. Some have participated in singing competitions both locally and internationally or have gone on to record albums and tour. Some have gained enough vocal confidence to be able to give public talks at significant events. Please read our FAQ’s below for more info on voice lessons

Lesson Rates:

The lesson rates can be found on our lesson booking page

Packages of 4 or  2 lessons at a time are available for ongoing lessons at a reduced rate per lesson.  If you are a new student, you would be “first singing lesson”.

For more information on packages and rates, please visit our scheduling page here.

Lesson Location:

I offer singing lessons in Vancouver, BC at two locations or via Skype, depending on what day your lesson is. I teach in central Vancouver area, very close to transit stops.  The exact lesson address is given upon booking. If you would like to know the cross streets please email me through the contact page and I will reply with the location details.

What can voice lessons with Alida Vocal Studio do?

  • get your voice to function better
  • sing with less tension or strain
  • sing high notes with ease
  • eliminate breaks in your voice
  • learn to sing in a “mix” voice at your bridge
  • have an even voice from bottom to top
  • improve your tone
  • increase your vocal range
  • sing any style of music: pop, rock, R&B, Broadway, classical, jazz
  • learn to sing challenging songs
  • learn performance techniques
  • prepare for auditions
  • prepare for choir or group singing
  • build musicality and musicianship
  • become more aware your voice and overall presence

Alida Vocal Studio provides beginner to advanced training, taking private voice lessons can help you rediscover your voice and improve your overall voice function. Each private lesson is customized to help you improve your voice through specific practical exercises according to what your own vocal tendencies are.

What age range do you teach?

Ages 10 and up.

What is your background as a private voice instructor?

I have been a singer and musician all my life and I have been teaching voice for over 9 years.  I have obtained my Advanced Instructor Certificate with the Institute for Vocal Advancement, an international vocal education organization.  I was also certified to teach Speech Level Singing technique in 2008 and studied singing in the SLS technique for over 10 years.  I am also a member in good standing with the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS).  I am passionate in the areas of vocal technique, vocal health, performance and vocal style.

Because of my constant investment into professional development, I feel confident in saying that I am a highly skilled at pinpointing the problematic areas of the voice and offering tools to fix them.  I approach each lesson with enthusiasm and I am always studying and learning about the voice to add to my teaching curriculum.   I have studied voice for over 22 years myself and I am a graduate of the University of British Columbia with a major in music.  I have studied singing with several vocal master instructors worldwide, including Seth Riggs, Diane Loeb, Wendy Parr, Greg Enriquez, Kathy Kennedy, Guy Babusek, Linda Tomkinson, and Spencer Welch.  Please read my bio here.

What genres of music do you teach?

All styles of music: Pop, Rock, Broadway, Classical, Jazz, etc…

What method do you teach?

I teach the IVA technique. The IVA technique is based on 17th and 18th Century principles of singing developed by the Italian School of Singing. Our goal is to train voices to sing in a free and natural manner, smoothly, from the bottom of the range to the top with no breaks or sudden changes in quality. Training in this technique gives the singer access to all dynamics, with tonal clarity and flexibility. Also, training in this technique helps improve a singer’s range, endurance, stamina, breath control, resonance, vocal strength and vocal quality across all styles of music without fatigue or damage to the voice. We accomplish these results by training the singer to find a balance between airflow and intrinsic muscular resistance, all within a resting laryngeal posture.  (IVA technique was also known as Speech Level Singing.)  Alida was also a certified Speech Level Singing instructor and received training in this method.

Skype lessons:

I have taught on Skype for several years now and the convenience and reliability of Skype is an excellent way of way of keeping up with your regular voice lessons without having to worry about travel time, commute etc.

What are the payment options?

Upon booking you will be asked to secure your booking by using Paypal. Paypal gives you the option of using a credit card for payment or bank transfer. You don’t have to have a paypal account to pay for your voice lesson through the online system.

How many lessons should I book?

If it’s your first lesson you would select “First Voice Lesson Ever at Alida Vocal Studio” the first choice on the list of appointment types. After your first lesson, you can discuss with me how many lessons you will need and how often you will need a voice lesson. (this depends on your vocal goals, vocal condition, schedule etc)

60 minutes is recommended when:

  • it’s your first voice lesson ever
  • it’s your first voice lesson with me (Alida)
  • you are working on performances or recordings of songs
  • you are a performer or actor
  • you are a beginner with little or no experience singing
  • you have just started voice lessons
  • you want to get a head start in your vocal development
  • ages 17 and up

30 minutes is recommended when:

  • you come for lessons on a more regular basis
  • you aren’t focusing on any specific performances
  • you have already had some vocal training with me (Alida)
  • you have had some vocal health issues in the past so your voice may not last for a full hour
  • follow-up lessons
  • public speaking clients
  • children ages 10-16

What if I need to cancel my lesson? What is your policy?

48 hours notice is required for any changes to the lesson booking. If you need to reschedule your lesson you can do so via the booking site if you saved a login and password, or click on the link at the bottom of your confirmation email that says “view appointment details.” Then you will have the option to reschedule to a different date. If you are feeling sick as your lesson day approaches, it’s best to early reschedule the appointment prior to the 48 hour window. If you get sick suddenly, it is best to not attend the lesson so as to ensure others won’t be exposed to germs.

Alida Vocal Studio does not give refunds if you cancel the lesson using the cancel feature. However you can reschedule the lesson time and day up until 48 hours in advance, using the reschedule feature.

Should I bring anything to my first lesson?

Please make sure you are well hydrated and have rested your voice a couple of hours before your lesson. Please bring along something you can record the lesson on, a phone app is fine. You can also bring along a binder with your music if you have specific songs you want to work on, but that isn’t entirely necessary for the first lesson.

What to expect from your voice lesson?

As your singing teacher, the priority is to get you singing comfortably from the bottom to the top of your range without gripping extra muscles or flipping into a disconnected breathy tone. Through the practice of the vocal exercises, you will feel a big difference as your voice becomes free of unhealthy vocal habits. You will be able to discover all three areas of the voice, chest voice, middle voice and head voice.

In a typical singing lesson, I will first ask you about your singing history and and musical influences. I will then give you a simple scale to sing in order to provide you with a vocal assessment. I will ‘diagnose’ your vocal tendencies and prescribe the correct exercises tailored to your specific vocal needs. You will be taken through a series of fun vocal ‘song-like’ exercises and different scale patterns that are designed to develop your voice. The focus of the lesson will be on making sure your voice is functioning properly before the aesthetics or beauty of the sound is addressed.

In the second part of the lesson, we will apply what you’ve learned from the exercises to a song of your choice. You can expect to feel vocally stronger, well warmed-up and ready to take on challenging phrases in a song. No matter what genre of music you choose to sing, we will apply the technique to the songs and in no time you will start to see a huge difference in your vocals. Please bring along a recording device to your lesson so that you can practice the exercises in between your lessons. Of course it is recommended that you frequently practice along with your lesson recording in order to see results in your voice.

Do you have gift cards available for purchase for friends or family?

Yes you can select Gift Card at the bottom of the client booking page.