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Are you hesitant to sing? Do you feel like feel like you don’t have a good voice? Wonder if you’re “good enough” for voice lessons, or find them intimidating?
Getting Started with Voice Lessons
Do you like the idea of exploring your singing but have a few hesitations about it? Do you feel like you’re a million miles away from having a good voice? Do you worry about whether or not you’re good enough to have voice lessons or find the idea of high-quality vocal training intimidating? Do you feel so shy about singing that you’re not even sure if you can sing in front of a voice coach?
Don’t Worry. We Get It.
Many of the singers that come through our doors don’t have a lot of singing experience either. Afterall, there aren’t many opportunities in our modern lives for us to get these experiences, especially when we’re so busy with work and family. But if you’re anything like us, the urge to learn how to sing has probably overtaken you at some point, and you’ve maybe decided that now, it’s time!
Beginner Vocal Program
If you’re anything like us, the urge to learn how to sing has probably overtaken you at some point, and you’ve maybe decided that now, it’s time! We are proud to feature singing lessons for beginners in a friendly, supportive, but professional environment with our breakthrough system for learning singing.
Our beginners singing program was created to help beginning singers with their singing using the latest methods from specialized vocal coaches.Why not get started with weekly lessons to start to keep you on track to your goals. Whenever you’re ready, jump in and perform at one of our performance classes and gain valuable feedback and performance experience.
Feeling Safe & Supported
It’s hard to find a place where you feel both a part of a community and where you feel steady growth when working with rock, pop, or rnb with a voice coach.
That’s where we come in. We understand what its like to feel like you’re starting from the bottom. And it’s no sweat. Most of our students find as soon as they walk through our doors that they feel like they fit in right away! That’s because we make sure that we keep a positive, supportive environment in our academy. Everyone feels safe and free to explore their voice without feeling judged or feeling like they aren’t good enough to be here.
We know that everyone has something unique to bring to the world, and we’re committed to helping everyone find their own voice and have fun, no matter what level they’re at.
Friendly and supportive singing lessons
“Matt really knows his stuff and is able to break it all down for a beginner such as myself. One of the things that I was worried about as a beginner was what the coaches might be like. I thought I would find myself very intimidated by such experienced singers. With Matt that impression was shattered right from the first lesson. I am beginning to notice a difference in my singing.”
What makes Us Different?
At Singer’s Edge, everyone from the front desk to your chosen teacher cares about you and your music journey to ensure you reach your goals.
Flexible Voice Lessons
Our lessons scheduling is flexible! We reserve you a weekly time, and you can book make-ups online!
Beginner Voice Program
Our Singer's Edge™ certificate program is FREE with lessons, lesson books and online practice scales!
Free Group Classes
Drop-in on any of our free weekly group classes and meet other aspiring singers just like you!
When you have a bit of confidence under your belt, register for one of our free, super fun performances.
Frequently Asked Questions
Explore the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about our piano lessons below:
When on the search for a voice teacher, there are many things to consider such as: How much performance experience do they have? How much actual teaching experience do they have? Are they skilled at teaching in-person as well as online voice lessons? Are they friendly, and warm and do you feel comfortable in their presence? Also, do they offer you performance experiences to get on stage and sing in front of people? Do they have supportive environments where you feel safe to grow? What kind of system do they use when teaching? Is it their own, or one that is established and systemized? Do they provide recognition for your successes and achievements as you progress through your lessons?
At our academy our teachers come from a great variety of teaching backgrouns and styles. All our teachers have professional backgrounds. Some of our teachers specialize in jazz, who can teach you the phrasing, the technique and the drills necessary to perform with a jazz band or sing your favorite jazz tune for friends and family. Some specialize in classical voice, that can prepare you for a musical audition or just teach you how to create that exciting sound without amplification for your own enjoyment. Lastly, we have teachers that experienced at Pop singing, who specialize in the little nuances of singing with a microphone that can help you navigate through the challenges of the style and can make your voice ready for a performance or recording. Each one brings a wealth of professional and academic experience in just the right balance to really help you explore your potential in a safe, productive environment.
Our voice teachers are the perfect match to help you explore these time-honoured and fascinating genres of singing. We have many singing teachers (both male and female) between both locations, so we most definitely have a teacher that will be the best fit for you. Whether you're interested in auditions, festivals, or recording your own music, we have the best teacher match for you.
All of our voice teachers were hired not only because of their extensive skills, but also because of their friendly, warm, and caring personalities. You will feel that they genuinely care about your experience and development at our school. Our teachers are also selected above all the others in Toronto for their extensive educational and/or music industry performance experience. They are also familiar with the best voice development systems available today to find the right one for you. Many of our voice teachers specialize in pop, rock, R&B, soul, or classical voice styles.
Get ready to fall in love with our voice lessons from our amazingly supportive, and talented voice teachers!
Most of us learn about singing from the moment we come into the world. Singing surrounds us our parents and teachers singing us nursery rhymes, and the singing we hear on the tv, radio, and online. Singing is such a cornerstone of every culture that it’s nearly impossible to avoid it!
So it’s not surprising then that many children love to sing! We see many schools featuring choirs of young children as part of their education very early on. The readiness of children to start voice lessons will vary from child to child as to whether they demonstrate a higher than average interest for singing, and their ability to stay focussed and attentive for the length of a private lesson. We’ve had some students start voice lessons as young as 4 and 5 years, while some students feel more ready between ages 6 and 8 years. At our academies, most of our students take 30 minutes lessons, and we find that this is the perfect for them to learn new skills without getting overwhelmed.
The voice is a fascinating instrument that is still often misunderstood, even after centuries of research. While the voice may sound easy and seem simple (and in many ways it is), much like any other instrument, the voice is a system of many relatively small pieces working together at the same time. Singing starts with air pressure leaving from the lungs, setting in motion vibration of the vocal cords, then producing sound waves that resonate through the spaces inside your throat and mouth areas.
Unlike other instruments which exist outside of ourselves, the voice is contained within our own bodies. This causes some distortion to the way that we perceive our own voice. For instance, we are often surprised when we hear our own voices played back to us through voicemails and audio recordings. This is because the voice we hear as a result of vibrations inside our own heads, are different than the voice that is experienced outside of ourselves. So it’s important to remember that the voice we think we hear, isn’t necessarily the voice that others hear.
Some people tend to think that “either you have it or you don’t”. And that’s just not true. Everyone can learn to sing better, no matter how "bad" you think you sound. We are often our own worst critics, though, which is a shame because we often give up on our learning before we've even had a chance to learn anything! We tend to be very hard on ourselves, especially when first learning something new. So be easy on yourself when just starting out singing.
Remember that just like anything, learning to sing well takes time - for anyone. Give yourself time - a year of voice lessons even - and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how much more you will enjoy the sound of your own voice singing!
Classical singing tends to use rounder, darker, and more richer tones overall, with vibrato on almost any held note. Popular styles of singing on the other hand tend to be more thin in tone, and closer to patterns of regular speech, with unique and interesting ways of producing the same note. This may have become standard as many singers in popular music never had as much rigorous training as those in classical music, causing the popular singing style to value uniqueness or uniformity of sound.
We often get asked if learning singing provides the same benefits as learning other instruments. And our answer is unequivocally, absolutely, provided that you practice singing, as much as you would any other instrument. With that said, many singers who take the craft of singing more seriously do choose to learn how to play another instrument as well, usually guitar or piano. Many of the world’s most successful and popular singers are able to play at least one other instrument at a basic level. By being able to play another instrument, it enables you to become a more dynamic songwriter. Also, being a self-accompanist makes you more independent, so you don’t have to rely on other musicians to accompany you.
Although you don’t need to purchase an instrument to sing, some students love the idea of having a microphone and amplifier in their home to practice with. Although not necessary, having a microphone does help you to hear your voice better when you sing, and also gets you used to holding and singing with microphones, which you can expect to be doing if you intend to pursue singing more seriously in the recording studio or on stage. However, most singers can make significant advances in their singing without purchasing these items.
One of The Singer’s Edge Program's key ingredients is the lesson books that accompany the program and the online practice scales. The books and online scales make learning singing super easy and understandable so that you can measure your progress after each and every lesson - and your homework is already laid out for you. You don’t have to worry about what you should focus on to start learning - all you have to do is follow along, and you will make great strides!
It’s not too difficult to take good care of your voice. Even just basic hygiene such as getting enough sleep, staying optimally hydrated by drinking fluids throughout the day, and not screaming or abusing your voice, is enough to keep your vocal cords healthy and ready for singing.
Nevertheless, it's also important to remember that singing imposes many more demands on the voice than just regular speaking. In speaking, we usually only use the lowest notes of our voice, and rarely might we go into our higher notes when speaking. But in singing, you will likely engage both your low and high notes much more frequently, and for longer periods of time without rest. If your voice is not conditioned or accustomed to doing this, it can take its toll, and you could tire the voice, or possibly damage it over time. That means there is an element of risk that comes along with singing, just like playing any other instrument.
With singing, therefore, it’s important that you are diligent about doing vocal warmups before you sing songs, and make sure that you’re not using vocal strain, or excess tension, in trying to reach notes in your vocal range. With training, and in time, you will learn how to use correct breathing, along with the correct air pressure, vocal cord usage, and vowel shaping, so you can learn how to sing across your full vocal range for longer periods of time safely and easily.
We don’t want to scare you from learning singing, but yes, it’s possible you can hurt your voice singing the wrong way. This is why it is important to find a good teacher who will show you how to protect and nurture your voice gradually over time, rather than push your voice too hard too soon, causing a vocal injury. While vocal injuries are rare, they can be serious, and have lasting consequences, so you do want to make sure the vocal teacher you choose is experienced with teaching safely.
The most important thing to remember when singing is not to strain your voice to reach certain notes. If a note feels uncomfortable for you to sing, you shouldn’t force it, and push harder. This is the most common cause of vocal injuries. Instead, growing singers must be patient, as it takes time and patience to learn how to sing all the notes in your vocal range. Until you get there, you may need to change the songs your singing, or limit the ranges of the songs you do sing so you don’t hurt yourself.
To learn to sing the right way, you must gradually build your skills one thing at a time. The most important thing is to learn how to access easily your low and your high notes, without reaching too much with one or the other.
The most important thing when starting out learning singing is to learn the differences between your low voice, and your high voice, as these feel substantially different in the beginning. This causes many singers to hold on the feeling of the low, or the high voice, as they try and sing different notes in their range causing issues of vocal strain. But learning to effectively transition between your low and high notes gives you much ease, power and control as you continue to grow in your vocal development, and sound better and better.
It’s important when learning singing in the beginning that you don’t tire your voice out from trying new things your voice has never done before - especially when you’re practicing on your own with no teacher present. In the beginning of your learning, we suggest keeping your practices short - say 5 minutes of singing or so at a time every 20 minutes. This allows your voice time to recover after trying new things that you may not yet know how to do well yet easily. As you gain more experience and conditioning in your voice, you can extend your practice time to 10 minutes, and eventually longer. But remember, if and when your voice begins to feel fatigued, you should let it rest until you feel sufficiently recovered and vocally relaxed again to continue.
Contrary to popular belief, great singing is most often learned through practice, and is not something you are just born with.
No matter what your age or experience level, we suggest getting onstage ASAP. If you’ve never performed before, we encourage you to register for ALL our performances. Each one is free for our students only at our schools!
We provide wonderful, supportive experiences to perform in real, beautiful venues at no extra cost to you, and it’s worth it to start building that experience now. And if the idea of performing terrifies you, it’s ok! Everyone feels that way at first. It’s all the more reason to get started sooner than later, so you can overcome those fears.
We make performances easy! We will work with you to cut down your performance piece so it’s short in length so you don’t have to worry about forgetting words, or getting lost in the music. Our goal is to make your first experiences of performing fun, and exhilarating, so you never feel overwhelmed.
Do you relish singing, love the feeling of it, but also feel like you’ve missed your window of opportunity? Do you hear about the music industry’s preference for young talent that makes you feel there’s no place for you as an adult? Do you feel you’d never be able to develop your voice to it’s potential because you’re voice is too settled in it's ways?
It's Ok. We Understand Why You'd Think That Way
This kind of thinking that learning singing is only for teenagers, is ubiquitous. But let us enlighten you a bit to drive a wedge in this kind of thinking right now: There is no age requirement to developing singing skills. The vocal police are not going to find and charge you for exploring and exploiting your love of singing because you're no longer a teenager.
Singing has always been a part of the human experience for all ages. There are many opportunities that will open to you when you choose to explore your love of singing. You might start to connect with your own authenticity more deeply. You might become more expressive and confident than you have been before. You may feel invigorated by the challenges and mini-successes you achieve on the path of your vocal development.
Feel the need to perform? Why not? Anything is STILL possible. You might find new friends and find your niche song that you kill everytime at karaoke. Don’t you think there are older audiences who want to see someone just like them be successful on stage? Everyone needs inspiration. You may find others in your age bracket who want to be in a band performing at local venues, with you as lead singer. In fact, when you make the choice to follow that which inspires you, you inspire others to do the same.
Just remember that Tony Bennett and Ella Fitzgerald have been known to sing beyond their 80th birthdays! And while they may sing more “safe” as they age, the enjoyment and passion of singing never fades for anyone. Also, you might be interested to know that many of our students at Singer’s Edge have just as much, or more, life experience than you. So, you will always feel like you’re coming home here.
When you look at the songs playing on the radio today, it’s easy to think that the world only wants to hear teenage songs by teenage voices. But when you look deeper, you begin to realize that though young audiences might be buying up pop songs, you can feel assured that more mature audiences will always long for songs with more sophistication and class. So don’t be fooled into thinking there is no place for you. There are many songs for you - you just have to take some time to find the songs that are right for you.
Can You Improve Your Singing Tone?
Are you wondering how to improve your singing tone? Do you wish your voice sounded better when you listen back to it? Do you wish you could listen to your voice and enjoy what it sounds like? Do you sometimes feel like your voice is hopeless? Do you wonder how you can improve the colour and tone of your voice?
We understand what its like to struggle with the sound of your voice. Many singers come into our studio unhappy with the quality of their voice, and unsure of whether or not it’s something they can improve, nevermind whether they will ever be able to ever actually enjoy the sound of it. While it may seem far off, developing a nice, pleasing vocal tone is possible for everyone with the right tools, the right coach, and practice. You can develop your voice for singing and enjoy the process no matter where you are with your voice.
Don't Worry. We Get It!
There can be many, many issues at play that can cause your voice to not sound it’s best. This is part of why learning singing is much more complex that learning other musical instruments. We may want to rule out any medical issues such as hayfever, allergies, or other issues. Often, some singers experience a voice that isn’t able to work efficiently simple because of a lack of adequate sleep, or because of too much alchohol, caffeine, or foods which could be triggering acid reflux.
Other common sources of vocal tonal issues could come from foreign accents which make singing in a particular language seem unnatural. It may also be that one’s confidence, musical or vocal development isn’t sufficiently strong enough to keep the voice consistently on pitch and rhythm when singing songs.
Find Your Own Style
While it’s desirable to develop your voice to it’s maximum potential, we also want to be careful to ensure that your voice maintains it’s natural quality, without sounding forced, or over-controlled. Making sure that your coach understands you, the areas where you are weakest, and have a proven system to guide you out of your challenges is essential.
Every voice has it’s own unique character, and no two voices sound alike. That’s the thrill of singing! The most important thing is to separate what parts of your voice are able to be adjusted and improved through correct technique, musicianship, and personality, and which aspects of your voice are part of it’s inherent natural character and how you can capitalize on that. Honing in and empowering the unique timbre of your own voice is essential towards making your voice sound great!
Find best Toronto
Our voice teachers are carefully selected for their educational background, professional experience, and their warm personalities.
We Guarantee the Best Voice Teacher for you.
With over 30 carefully selected music teachers between 2 locations, we guarantee to have the best teacher match for you! We aim to provide a great experience for you and your family, or get your money back.
Why You Will Have Fun
We understand how hard it can feel to take the first step. However, we have a long track record of helping singers with busy schedules feel safe and comfortable to develop in their own time and their own way. Here’s three things you’ll love about us:
- Our positive, warm, nurturing environment that we’ve worked to create. Many singers feel as soon as they walk through our doors that we offer a space that is inviting and non-threatening.
- Our community. We have many ways to get involved in our academy and meet others.
- Our unique programs and method. When you arrive for your first lesson, you’ll get introduced to our programs available to every level of singer – yes, that includes YOU!
Go As Far As You'd Like
We might all be adults here, but we still know how to have fun. Enjoyment, and a positive environment are essential parts of our studio and our program. Many of our students come to our studio just to get away from their busy working lives and explore singing in a fun, pressure-free environment. There is lots to do in our studio, and you are invited to take part in as much or as little as feels right for you. There’s no expectations to go any further than you’d like to.
Although we feature an innovative vocal program that instills a strong, balanced voice in any singer interested in developing it, we recognize that many of our members just want to have fun. Singing has always meant to be fun. So we love that! And we have a spot in our program just for you.
Warm, Friendly Community
There’s not alot of places where you feel can go to feel welcomed, have fun, and feel a part of a community. Learning singing is great, but wouldn’t it be nice to have also have a fun environment to explore your singing in while making steady, consistent growth?
Our community, fabulous vocal techniques, and optional unique Singer’s Edge Program™ means that as soon as you are beginning to feel comfortable with the studio, our coaches and your growth (we know that you might feel nervous about coming, but trust us, feeling comfortable happens quick) you can quickly move into learning tricks and technique that will really boost your singing ability and help to feel more confident, and feel more positive about your voice than ever. All of this is meant to support your enjoyment of the studio so you can have a blast!
Comfortable first lesson as a complete beginner
“I felt so comfortable at my first lesson, even as a complete beginner!”
Reaching For Greatness
The path to becoming one is often long and hard, and requires support from the right people if you are going to survive it and be successful. We’ve worked with many singers work from the bottom up with their voices, helping them build a unique and powerful voice that has been the source of inspiration for those around them. Furthermore, all of our coaches are singers too. And we love sharing our secrets with those would like to learn and work hard.
The path to becoming an amazing singer can be challenging. If you are serious about growing you skills as a singer to your highest potential, you need a support system of coaches and mentors to guide you without wasting your time and/or money. The problem is, there is much to learn. So much, in fact, that it’s easy to get distracted, or spend months or years learning skills which may not be useful in the development of contemporary singing skills. Or worse, you discover these things too late.
Everything You Need
There are many good resources available for singers, but you want to make sure that you find the right tools that are relevant and appropriate for you. Also remember that there’s more to a great voice than just the physical voice itself. Your ability to develop as a musician, and as a creative, confident human being all play a hand in your ability to be great at singing. It’s happened to some of us where the wrong advice can set you back years, or even stunt your growth entirely.
The secret to our success in working with singers to be great is our Singer’s Edge Program. We assess you in each of the 4 areas of the path creating a clear strategy for your growth efficiently and quickly. We lay out a series of short and long term goals which will support your development as a singer and setting you up the with the right resources you will need to be successful.
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