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IVA Certification Lessons (for IVA Teachers)

From 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. With a degree in music from the University of British Columbia and a strong performing arts background, and over 25 years of singing experience, many of Alida Vocal Studio client’s have landed lead roles in television and film, school or community productions and have gained vocal confidence for auditions. 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:

What is your background as a private voice instructor?

I am a highly skilled voice instructor with over 9 years of teaching experience.  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.  In 2016 I received 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 and research as well as overcoming performance anxiety.  Please read my bio here.

Do I need to have any singing experience to take voice lessons?

You do not need to have any experience prior to taking voice lessons. You do need to be able to match pitch, for example if I play a scale, you should be able to at least find your note with a bit of help. If you sing along with a song, are you able to match the pitches of the melody with your voice? Some previous musical instrumental lessons will help such as piano or guitar. If you took choir that is also helpful. If you aren’t sure if you have enough musical experience, please email me through the contact page before booking your first voice lesson.

If you are booking a voice lesson to improve your speaking voice only, then matching pitch is not entirely necessary and I can give you vocal exercises that will help with your speaking voice and vocal confidence.

What can voice lessons do?   

  • get your voice to function better
  • sing or speak with less tension or strain
  • sing high notes with ease
  • eliminate breaks in your voice
  • learn to sing in a “mix” voice at your passage
  • have an even voice from bottom to top
  • improve your tone
  • increase your vocal range
  • develop powerful vocals without strain
  • sing any style of music: pop, rock, R&B, Broadway, classical, jazz
  • achieve vocal confidence
  • learn to sing challenging songs
  • learn to improve your speaking voice
  • learn public speaking tools
  • prepare for auditions
  • prepare for choir or group singing
  • build expressiveness in your voice
  • build musicality
  • become more aware your voice and overall presence

What age range do you teach?

Ages 12 and up.

Who do you teach?

I teach people from diverse backgrounds and all levels. Everyone is welcome! You just have to have the willingness and the enthusiasm to learn!

Here are only some of the examples of individuals I have taught:

  • singers including solo, choir singers, accappella singers, background singers, session singers (beginner, intermediate and advanced levels)
  • musicians
  • working professionals in all fields
  • business or corporate professionals
  • corporate leaders
  • entrepreaurs
  • voice over actors
  • other voice teachers
  • actors or performing artists
  • public speakers
  • college and university students
  • high school students
  • hobbyists
  • people interested in personal growth
  • people curious and open to discovering and improving their voices for life and for singing

What if I have my own style of singing?

Learning to sing without strain and still be able to keep your style is possible! The technique that I teach trains you how to sing with ease and no strain, while still producing a powerful industry standard sound.

As your singing teacher, my 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. In other words, vocal balance is a priority. Through the practice of the vocal exercises, you will feel a big difference as your voice becomes free of unhealthy vocal habits. The technique is designed to rehabilitate the voice, so it is gentle, not straining, and it is the most widely used vocal technique in the music industry to date. You can still keep your style of music, you are just adding vocal technique.

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.

Where do you teach?

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.

Skype lessons:

As long as you have a stable high-speed internet connection, and a decent camera, Skype is an excellent way of way of keeping up with your regular lessons without having to deal with a commute, traffic or transit. If you live outside the Vancouver area, or you are not able to make it in person for a lesson, but you would still like to keep up with your lessons, consider booking a Skype lesson. If you have limited knowledge of music, it may be easier for you to come in person for your first lesson to learn the scale patterns and tools and then follow-up lessons may be on Skype.

What are your rates?

The first voice lesson rate is $105.  This is a full hour lesson and includes vocal assessment, vocal goals, introduction to the technique as well as repertoire assignment. Each lesson is customized depending on the needs and tendency of the student.

(If you are between the ages of 12 and 16 rates are $50 for the first lesson and that lesson is 30 minutes)

The rates for ongoing lessons are $47.50 for 30 minutes or $95.00 for 60 minutes.  The rates decrease to $45.00/$90.00 when you purchase a package of either 4 or 8 lessons.

Once you have had your first lesson, ongoing lesson packages are offered for 4 or 8 lessons. I can help you determine how many lessons you will require to work towards your vocal goals.  You can schedule your lesson dates one at a time, using the online system once you have purchased your lesson package.

If it is your first voice lesson with Alida Vocal Studio, you would choose “FIRST VOICE LESSON” as the appointment type when booking.  

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

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
  • children ages 12-16

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)

How often should I book a lesson?

It is recommended that you book a lesson weekly or bi-weekly with at least 5 days in between your lessons to practice. If you are working towards a particular audition, performance or recording I do advise coming well in advance to prepare yourself and to have a lesson more frequently.

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.

What if I feel nervous?

It is normal for a few people to feel nervous when taking their first lesson. If you are extremely nervous about taking a voice lesson it may not be the right time for you to do that and you may have to work on yourself outside of taking voice lessons. If you feel that you are able to manage your nerves and still be able to do the lesson, then it is worth giving the lesson a try.

If you have any further questions, please contact me through the contact page. I will be happy to answer anything that isn’t covered on here!

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.