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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 designed and 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, Alida’s teaching will help you grow as a singer and performer. Alida is an Advanced Certified voice instructor with Institute for Vocal Advancement (IVA), and she is also a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). 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. To read more about Alida’s background, click here. Check out some of our FAQ’s below incase you have any questions about lessons.
Voice lessons can help you:
- sing high notes with ease
- sing in a “mix” voice
- eliminate breaks in your voice
- 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
60 minutes is recommended when:
- it’s your first voice lesson ever
- you are over the age of 17
- 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 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
- children and teens from age 10 to 17
What are your lesson rates?
$45 for 30 minutes or $90 for 60 minutes (for ongoing clients)**
First voice lesson at Alida Vocal Studio is: $105.00 – This includes a vocal assessment, a customized vocal exercise plan, lesson recording, handouts, sheet music pdf’s, homework assignments etc.
Lesson packages are available for ongoing clients.
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.
If you are a client coming for a regular lesson time (same time each week or every two weeks) you will pay for your lessons in advance at the start of the month by credit card or e-transfer.
How many lessons should I book?
If it’s your first lesson I recommend booking one lesson to start, 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, schedule etc)
If you are a regular client of mine, or have already had your first voice lesson with me, I accept 1-4 lesson bookings at a time and you can book and schedule those right on the online booking site. You can select a lesson package of 4 under “Packages”, or you can just book one lesson at a time. Please ensure there is at least 5 days in between your lessons so you have adequate time to practice. The online schedule will show up to 8 weeks in advance of available time slots.
Regular lesson slots: If you would like a regular lesson time slot, you can let me know after your first lesson. Then I would reserve that specific day and time for you weekly or bi-weekly for that month so no one else can book that spot. The payment for the month would be due at the last lesson of the previous month to secure that slot for the following month. Payment can be made directly to me in person by credit card, e-transfer, cheque or cash. Receipts are always give for each transaction.
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. If you would like a regular time slot (the same day and time each week or every two weeks – for the entire month) you can arrange that directly with me after your first lesson.
Do I need to have any singing experience to take 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.
Do you teach children?
Yes I teach ages 11 and up.
For ages 14 and under, please select “30 minute voice lesson in person” upon booking.
For ages 15 and up, please select “first voice lesson ever” upon booking.
One parent must accompany the child to the first lesson so that I can meet them. Also, I do require the parent email me through the contact page giving me a bit more details on the child, prior to the lesson and after booking the lesson.
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?
I teach singers from 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 Old 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.
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.
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.
How long are the lessons?
I offer 30 minute lessons or 60 minute lessons. Depending on availability and time of day.
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!