Alida Vocal Studio provides beginner to advanced training for teens and adults. Taking private singing lessons can help you discover 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. Get started today in making your vocal goals a reality.
Private Singing Lessons in person or online – beginner, intermediate and advanced singing lessons, vocal technique, repertoire, performance technique
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) – for certified IVA teachers completing their annual education requirements
Alida is a Level 4 Advanced Certified Instructor
Rates with ongoing packages work out to be: $85 for 60 minute lessons or $45.00 for 30 minute lessons.
First Voice Lesson rate: $100.00
Once you have had your first lesson, packages of 4 or 2 lessons at a time are available for ongoing lessons at a reduced rate per lesson.
Drop-in lesson times are also available for occasional lessons.
For more information on packages and rates, please visit our scheduling page here.
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. For a limited time, I am offering online voice lessons at a discounted rate! Please see the online booking page for details.
I specialize in teaching adults and teens private voice lessons. Ages 12 and up.
I have been a singer and musician all my life and I have been teaching voice for over 9 years. 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 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.
All styles of music: Pop, Rock, Broadway, Classical, Jazz, etc…
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.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.