So, why then, would you choose to study with us when there are so many other vocal coaches out there?
We know what you want!
How do we know this? We are both singers, and chances are at some stage or another we’ve wanted something in our voices that you want, too. As singers we both know the struggles, challenges and feelings that go along with learning the craft, so we are able to connect and empathise with our students.
Through our years of looking for answers, along the way we’ve both tried out different techniques, tricks and tips to get better voices, and that natural journey lead us to where we are today.
We found a technique that worked, with immediate results for both of us, and have stayed with it ever since.
Okay, so what experience do you have?
Teachers of IVA have to spend at least 2 years at each Instructor level to progress to the next, and prove that they have enough teaching experience and knowledge to do so. Both Tom and Laura have a solid foundation in their knowledge of the technique:
Tom is an Instructor III with IVA, and has taught for around 6 years and works with singers from all ages, genres and backgrounds.
Laura is an Instructor I with IVA, and has taught for nearly 4 years. She works with beginner singers and seasoned professionals alike in a variety of genres.
We also both run Vocal Edge Choir, which is a contemporary choir in Edinburgh using the IVA technique as a base, just like in our lessons. We organise concerts and performances for the choir, and sometimes we perform too! We both have extensive performance backgrounds, although neither of us are currently performing professionally – our passion is teaching!
What about your education and training?
Our training with IVA requires that we, as teachers, must train our own voices as singers and continually develop and expand our knowledge and expertise.
Every 12 months we have to show the Master Teachers of IVA that we are capable and competent at teaching this method. This continual assessment drives us to be better teachers and to learn as much as we can.
Outside of that, we are always reading and catching up with the latest developments and findings from the field of vocal science. This is a costly process for us as teachers, but one that we choose to do; we are investing in our own education and careers as teachers, for the good of our students.
But, how does that help me?
Your Voice Studio is dedicated to helping you with your voice. We both focus on teaching singing, and don’t teach any other instrument, though we can play them!
We believe that good vocal balance is key to getting you the voice you want and are able to maintain. Through regular lessons with a Certified Instructor and practice with your lesson recordings, you will be able to achieve this. Then you can apply it to any genre and build your own individual style around the voice you have.
Along with the technique, we learn how to put across all that we learn in a way that makes sense to you, as a student.
We won’t waste your time with long-winded explanations, but teach you enough information so that you are aware of how your voice works and why it does what it does. We focus on getting you to experience the balance, rather than explain how it feels – the feeling of vocal balance you experience might be totally different to ours!
We will be able to answer any questions you have about your voice, and if we can’t do so immediately, we’ll go away and find the answer for you.
As Certified Instructors with IVA we are part of a global network of singing teachers. IVA has over 300 teachers on five continents around the world, so the wealth and breadth of the experience we have access to is staggering!
Being part of that global network of teachers means that there is no question that hasn’t already been asked, so why don’t you get in touch and get the answers you seek?