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Why Start Voice Lessons?
Voice lessons are a great way to discover the instrument you carry inside of you. There’s no need to buy anything to get started! Unlike other instruments, however, the one you have inside of you cannot be replaced if you play the instrument too hard, or neglect to take care of it properly. So learning how to take care of your instrument by using it gently at first, is the best way to improve the fastest, and to enjoy singing for a lifetime.
Voice lessons provide a wonderful outlet for self-expression, and an opportunity to build confidence. We provide a safe space for the exploration of identity through the voice for students of all ages. We are thrilled to use Canada’s leading contemporary voice program for singers of all levels, the Singer’s Edge Program. The program includes tracking cards, a wide array of online practice scales, lesson books, and achievement certificates as you complete each level! Voice lessons have never been so easy, and fun!
10 Amazing Reasons You’ll Love Our Voice Lessons!
- Our top-notch facilities create an awesome learning environment for students of all ages – from comfortable seating in our reception, to our clean, inspiring voice lesson rooms that include microphones and speakers, are a joy to learn in.
- Over 30 highly qualified, and supportive teaching staff are the pride of our schools. Our voice teachers have a blend of contemporary and classical backbrounds they have been selectively chosen for, along with their amazing personalities. Many of our teachers are so wildly popular our students never want to leave them!
- The organized and supportive office staff at our schools make your experience a great one, ensuring your voice lessons always run smoothly, and on time. They are always there to answer any questions you may have.
- Did we mention we’ve been voted Toronto’s Best Music School? Well, it’s true! In fact, we’ve won Toronto’s best music school every year since 2014 and by multiple awards companies!
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- Recitals are important to your learning experience. And we believe recitals should be professional. We do them twice a year in venues with comfortable seating and short durations so the experience is always a great one!
- Our school is licensed to use The Singer’s Edge Program – the only one one of it’s kind in the world, giving our students unprecedented training for contemporary singing styles.
- Need to miss a lesson? No problem! We’ve got you covered. With our unlimited make up classes, you can make up a missed lesson whenever you need at your convenience. No questions asked!
- Our comprehensive family safety program means you can always have your eye on your childs development without ever having to worry about a thing.
- Month to month billing – no long term contracts!
What Are Voice Lessons Like?
When we speak, we don’t have to think about how we’re speaking, and most students speak well easily. But when we sing, the voice has to come together to produce musical sounds in a particular way. Just the same as playing a guitar, violin, or wind instrument, the voice can be challenging to get pleasing musical tones when you’re just starting out.
While most other instruments are learned using your hands and building hand-eye coordination, you can’t use your hands with the voice. Singer’s must learn to sing through breathing, vocalizing, and adjusting mouth shapes, learning to make small changes that make big improvements to the way they sound. Over time, and with a good voice teacher, a singer can learn how to control their voice.
Here, at Toronto Arts Academy, our amazing singing teachers ensure you’re in great hands for your voice lessons.
How Much Are Voice Lessons?
Lessons are $43 each for 30 minutes weekly at our convenient downtown and midtown Toronto locations, and include unlimited make-up classes, performances, trophies, and so much more! There is a one-time registration fee of $35.
Lessons are available seven days a week!
Our Voice Teachers
How qualified are your voice instructors?
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 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?
All of our voice teachers were hired 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.
All of our teachers are also police checked and reference checked, and we keep video cameras in all lesson rooms as part of our comprehensive family safety program. 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. 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.
Get ready to fall in love with our voice lessons from our amazingly supportive, and talented voice teachers!
Frequently Asked Singing Questions
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.
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.
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 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.
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.