Can Anybody Learn to Sing Well?
I think so.
If you look at singing from a physical standpoint, it is a neuromuscular action that you can produce like any other. No different, say, from throwing a baseball to your friend in the front yard.
While you cannot necessarily see the muscles involved in singing, they are the same ones that are involved in speaking.
As we improve your neuromuscular coordination (or muscle memory, if you prefer) you will start to associate the feeling of vocal balance with “sounding good”. In this
What Does a Lesson Entail?
In our first lesson, we will discuss your past, present and future training, performances and goals.
I will assess the quality of your range from the bottom to the top of your voice.
Then we will work on exercises tailored specifically to improve your voice and you should immediately feel an improvement in range and quality.
If time permits, we will work on a song of your choosing to demonstrate how these exercises can be applied to improve your performance.
How Long Will It Take To Sound Good?
This is a great
A general rule of thumb is 8-10 years for the absolute beginner. While you can expect to see dramatic results in the very first lesson, mastering singing requires a commitment of time and energy. The journey should be lots of fun though!
With regular practice every week to the complimentary practice CD you should see
Another factor is desire. Studies have shown that the longer a student commits to an instrument on the front end, the quicker they progress—even in the short term. In other words, if sounding good is your desire from the get-go, I think you will see dramatic improvements quickly.
Are You Going To Teach Me To Sing From The Diaphragm and Get Out of My Throat?
This is a great question. The Institute for Vocal Advancement technique is designed to bring vocal balance to the vocal folds in the larynx. With these functioning correctly, there should be no reason to “sing from the diaphragm” or “sing from the mask”.
Can You Teach Me to Scream Sing?
My first priority as a voice teacher is to bring balance to the voice. The mechanics of
For the longevity of your vocal career, vocal balance is the only way to ensure a healthy voice for a long period of time.
There are several singing techniques that illustrate how to “
If a scream singing sound is your goal, I would encourage you to find another technique that addresses this directly, but ALWAYS listen to your body. Do not ignore pain for the promise of future progress.
Can You Teach Me to Sing Like Sia/Selena Gomez/Taylor Swift/Ed Sheeran/Adele?
This is an excellent question. The IVA technique allows you to know your own unique voice as it is.
Without all the frills of imitation, you will get to know the beauty of your own individual voice.
It’s natural for us to imitate those who inspire us, but with the foundation of the IVA technique, you will have a beautiful voice that sounds like you!
If I Take Lessons, Am I Going to Sound Like an Opera Singer?
This is a very common question.
Have you ever worked out at a gym once and walked out totally ripped and built like Arnold Schwarzenegger? Of course not! Then I would say not to expect to sound like an opera singer after your first lesson.
During our time together, we will get to know your individual voice and musical interests and use exercises to match your own voice with your goals as a performer. We will keep an emphasis on working with you own individual voice rather than creating a contrived or manipulated sound.
What Do I Need to Bring For Our First Lesson?
Excellent question. The only thing that you should bring to our first lesson together is an idea of a song you might like to work on. We will normally try to have you sing a song during your first lesson to apply the exercises we cover.
How Do I Book A Lesson?
What Is The Age Range of The Students You Teach?
Vocal students ages 5 and up are welcome to attend Octave Higher East for voice lessons from an IVA certified instructor.
Do I Have to Book One Lesson at a Time Or Can I Book a Weekly Appointment?
Booking weekly lessons is a snap with the "Recurring" lesson feature on the Book Singing Lessons page.
Simply select the class type, set time zone, select the date and time. Under "Continue" you will see a "Recurring" tab also.
Click it and select the weekly time for your lesson.