VOICE LESSONS IN TORONTO
Singing is a form of art. Learning how to sing is a
journey of self-discovery, and mastery of a skill that will benefit you
for years to come.
The voice lessons are focused on learning the fundamentals of a good vocal technique, specifically posture and breathing. One of my
teachers early in my own training told me: singing is 70% breathing*. The
remaining 30% is everything else, intonation, articulation, diction,
phrasing and interpretation. I completely support that, therefore I designed a progressive program
for beginner students or students with some training (up to Grade 3 RCM
or equivalent), which starts with 4 lessons of
and air control - Session 1 - followed by 4 lessons of
Fundamental voice production and scales - Session 2. After these two
sessions - weekly or bi-weekly - I will evaluate the student to determine if she/he is ready for
Session 3, Progressive scales, control and repertoire.
*By breathing she
referred through the complex physical process of inhaling, suspending,
controlled exhalation leading to correct and effortless phonation.
In my experience I found
that too little attention is dedicated to correct breathing and posture,
and often a singer progresses to more advanced levels with harmful bad
habits that interfere with mastering more demanding repertoire.
Mastery of a skill requires time, work and discipline. The success of my
lessons will depend on your dedication and eagerness to learn, on your
patience with yourself and on your ability to understand and follow
instruction. Don't get discouraged by the technical terms. Session 1 and
Session 2 are a series of interactive breathing and vocal exercises to understand
and learn the mechanism of singing. I recommend one or two 1/2 hour
session a week, along with practicing at home at least three times a
week. Sessions 3 and intermediate/advanced levels will require 45
min-1 hr sessions once a week, along with practicing 5 days a week.
SINGERS WITH SOME
intermediate or advanced singers - Grade 5 RCM and up or equivalent
experience - I offer an evaluation
session of 1 hour, where I will assess the student's current vocal
fitness and technique, student's goals and plans, I will make comments to
point out strengths and weaknesses and I will discuss how can I contribute
to the student's vocal development.
students for RCM (Royal Conservatory of Music) examinations up to Grade 8 as well as for post-secondary
I prepare singers for talent contests, auditions, gigs, festivals, and
can provide guidance for further training and planning for a
career in singing.
Learn to project and support your voice when speaking in front of a
crowd. This is a skill that goes a long way when you often speak
publicly and you want to get your message across with ease.
Auditioning for a theatre/musical production? I will help you prepare a
monologue focusing on voice projection, articulation, expressive speech
and stage presence.
Are you learning an instrument and need help with music theory or sight
reading? I incorporate solfege to help you read music better.
Do you like composing songs but don't know notation? I will teach you
how to use Musescore to compose music.
I teach from my home studio in Scarborough, just 2 minutes from 401
@Markham Rd. Please click on the links below for more
details or send me an email to