Who do you teach?

I specialize in teaching teens and adults private voice lessons, including beginner, intermediate and advanced singers.

Ages 11 and up.

What genres of singing do you teach?

All styles of music: Pop, R&B, Rock, Musical Theatre, 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.

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 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 almost a decade.  I have a degree in music from UBC as well 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 styling.

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.

Beginner/Intermediate singers:

Some past music experience will be helpful such as any of the following:  choir, piano, guitar, band, any instrumental training.

If you haven’t had any music training, please email me through the contact page so we can establish whether you would need some music training prior to voice lessons.

Advanced singers:

Singers  with auditions, or performances coming up.  (Recording artists, actors, singers etc).

Singer/songwriters, Singing Actors

Singers who have taken a hiatus and are wanting to get back into singing.

Singers with previous voice lessons wanting to develop their mix voice and strengthen their upper range.

Singers with vocal health concerns.

What can voice lessons with Alida do?

  • get your voice to function better
  • build vocal strength
  • 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

Online Voice Lessons

I have been teaching voice lessons online for several years now and I can guarantee professional top quality lessons in the comfort of your own home or office.  Zoom is a reliable and convenient program which allows you to join the appointment using a web browser.  Please see the online booking page for details.

 

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).  For best results, it is really important to come for voice lessons on a regular basis either weekly or bi-weekly in the first few months of training.  In addition you have to make a commitment as frequently as possibly in between lessons.

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 have just started voice lessons
  • you want to get a head start in your vocal development

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
  • teens

Rates:

First Voice Lesson is: $100.00

After your first lesson you can select:

Drop-in lessons: $95 for 60 minutes or $47.50 for 30 minutes

Package of 4 half hours: $180.00 ($45.00 per lesson)

Package of 4 one hours: $360.00 ($90.00 per lesson)

Package of 6 one hours: $540.00 ($90.00 per lesson)

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

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.

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.