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Voice Training For Performing & Pro Vocalists
Our professional singing program was created to help working semi-pro and pro singers with their singing using the latest methods from specialized vocal coaches.
Help For Touring Singers
In the highly demanding world of the music industry, your reputation and career depend largely on your ability to be uniquely and powerfully expressive with your voice everytime you hit the stage. But your voice is an instrument the length of your fingernail! With such an exquisitely small and fragile instrument, wouldn’t you like to be sure it is functioning efficiently? Making sure it’s always working it’s best for the studio, rehearsal, and the stage requires the right training, balance, and especially the development of vocal endurance.
We Get It. We understand how hard it is to be on the road and in the recording studio singing at your absolute best everytime. Empowering working singers with vocal health and longevity is one of the major reasons why we started Singer’s Edge. So fear not. With the right tools, a healthy technique, understanding, and practice, you can get through your gigs night after night and your tour easily without compromising the health of your vocal cords.
The Singer's Problem
Most singers on tour experience issues at some point on the road. Live singing proposes a number of very different challenges than working in the studio, or even semi-pro singers have to deal with. Your tiny vocal cords (remember they’re only ½”-1” long) are easily overpowered by blasts of air from your abdomen if your voice is not carefully balanced.
Unfortunately, more often than not, most singers have to deal with lousy sound monitoring onstage which means they often can’t hear themselves singing onstage over the loud thrusts of the guitar, bass and drums behind them. When a singer can’t hear themselves, the problem can be vocal death. It can cause a singer to not trust their usual, healthy use of their upper range, causing them to yell instead for higher notes.
Industry people. knowledgeable, encouraging and fun!
“People in the industry…they are living it. All 3 instructors I dealt with were knowledgeable, encouraging and fun to work with. Front desk staff are outstanding!! So helpful and friendly…i felt like a regular from day one!”
- Barbara Smith
What makes Us Different?
At Toronto Arts Academy, everyone from the front desk to your chosen teacher cares about you and your music journey to ensure you reach your goals.
Benefits Of Voice Lessons
Voice lessons develop confidence, poise, expression, and language skills that drive success.
Starting Voice Lessons
You don't need anything to get started as the instrument you need is inside of you! Mics are optional.
Your First Voice Lesson
At your first lesson, we build a relationship exploring your interests and goals while starting exercises.
Various Teaching Styles
Our teachers are flexible in their style and experience for a wide variety of learning styles and goals.
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!
Your voice will be assessed and we will help you discover and balance the low and high parts of your voice together to reveal one powerfully strong, modern sounding singing voice with no breaks. By applying these voice training techniques, you will discover vocal range you never knew you had, and you will learn how to sing correctly to support and build your distinctive singing style.
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.
Singers on the radio make singing look and sound easy right? Your voice is no guitar! Consider this: Vocal surgery is on an alarming rise in new performing singers. Your vocal folds which produce your unique tone are but a fascinatingly tiny network of muscles, tissue and mucousal layers, ranging between only 1/2 to 1 inch long – roughly the length of your fingernail! With such an exquisitely small and fragile instrument, wouldn’t you like to be sure it is functioning efficiently? For more info on the value voice lessons, click here.
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.
Absolutely not! That is, not if you study with an Instructor trained in register balancing. In fact voice lessons can provide you with unprecedented control over your own instrument so that you can focus on what your trying to convey. So few singers in contemporary music have this kind of access to their voices – and you’ll be able to outlast all of them!With correct, efficient and simplified vocal training, your ability to stylize your songs will intensify immensely, along with your confidence… Our training will help you:
- develop a voice that is free, even, clear and uncluttered of technique
- develop a voice that is rich and strong
- understand your voice as an instrument
- learn to use vocal technique to empower your artistic process
- develop your own sense of uniqueness and style
- eliminate ALL vocal breaks and inconsistencies
- develop confidence in yourself and your artistry
Importance Of Balance
It takes a vocal expert trained in balancing your entire range together as one voice with no strain to further recognize how to help you maintain that balance in extreme situations such as this. Your vocal coach needs to have an understanding of and then be able to teach how to correctly adjust the relationship between vowel formation and vocal cord adduction in order to maintain balance when singing live with bad sound monitoring.
The best solution to this kind of problem is to get custom in-ear monitoring for your performances. But this can be costly and therefore isn’t an option for many performing singers. The second best option is to look around the stage for monitoring “sweet spots” where you can have space from the background noise of the other instruments, and/or be able to hear your own voice through a sweet spot in the stage monitors.
Excellent Vocal Technique
If neither of those options are possible, and many times they won’t be, then this is truly where good technique is essential. In these cases, the secret is being so familiar with good, contemporary singing technique that you can trust your singing correctly when you can’t even hear yourself onstage. Through the right training, you will have developed an intimate sense of the finer sensations of your voice when producing powerful tones in your upper registers. You might not be able to hear yourself, but you will know that your audience can hear you crystal clear.
At Singer’s Edge, we understand how much touring can affect your ability to connect with the music live onstage and enjoy the moment. We have a long track record of helping singers completely free themselves of vocal strain and create free, full, strong sounding voices. The most important tool available to you are our private lessons, which can optionally be taken over skype while you’re on the road in between in-person visits at the studio.
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“At Singer’s Edge I can most definitely say I saw improvement in my singing ability. I got very constructive feedback every session. Very interactive and up to date industry practices. Very professional and friendly staff!”