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Accredited IVA Instructor Course
(3-Year Curriculum)

Join a worldwide community of teachers who help each other grow and learn by sharing their collective knowledge and experience.

The World’s Most Renowned Vocal Teacher Certification

Be Part of the World’s Most Powerful Certification Program for Voice Teachers

IVA Certification Program

IVA is a worldwide leader in the training of singing teachers with over 120 years of experience and thousands of hours of voice lessons and teacher training delivered over the last 30 years.

Our program will help you understand how the voice works and how you can continually improve your teaching to quickly diagnose and fix problems in any voice, helping your students succeed.

This program lets us show you how to teach singers to achieve any sound they want without breaking the function of their voice or restricting them. What we do works for every level of singer, from beginners to professionals in the music and showbiz industry.

Our Philosophy

We believe that vocal balance is the key to ensuring success in a singer’s voice. Vocal balance allows singers to control their voices while singing any style of music. It will enable them to sound free and natural.

A singer should be able to access all dynamic levels in their voice without straining, cracking, or breaking. We want to show you how to train singers to use their voices in the healthiest and most efficient way so that singers can realize their full potential, expressing themselves as they choose through song.

IVA Certification Program Information

At IVA, we offer the opportunity to study Vocal Pedagogy. Vocal Pedagogy is more than learning to sing; it is the study of the teaching of singing.

Who is IVA Accreditation for?

An important aspect of IVA is that we believe no one individual in IVA knows it all; we are all learning and growing individually and together as a community of teachers. We all want to be in the company of teachers who have constant motivation to be educated, challenged, tested, and evaluated. This accredited program is for, but not limited to, the following:

  • Beginning voice instructors looking for high-quality teacher training and education
  • Experienced voice instructors seeking professional education to refine their skills and teaching
  • Voice teachers who are committed to their ongoing vocal and pedagogical development

What are the entry requirements?

There are some basic entry requirements you must meet to be accepted into the program. If you do not meet the criteria, please contact IVA so we can help you. To apply for admission to the program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be at least 18 years old
  • have basic vocal musicianship skills (at the very least, the ability to sing a song in tune and in time)
  • Have a basic understanding of English

What do I get from being accredited?

IVA has developed teacher training programs that make rigorous educational demands on its teachers. Teachers must complete the educational requirements and pass proficiency testing to graduate from our three-year program.

  • You hold a certificate that represents the highest-quality vocal education and pedagogy.
  • You get access to additional online training and support from our organization that strives to serve you and meet your specific needs as a teacher of singing.
  • You become a part of a private network of highly trained and talented vocal instructors, which provides a platform for your continued growth and education.
  • You can market and promote your teaching with the IVA name and logo.

How do I get enrolled into the Program?

The journey to becoming an Accredited IVA Instructor is simple and easy.

  1. 1

    Guide to IVA Training Programs

    If you need more information about what's involved, you can read our "Guide to IVA Training Programs" for the full details of our courses. Complete the form below to get a copy.

  2. 2

    Submit your Online Application

    Start by completing our short application form, including a username and password. When you're ready, you can submit your application here.

  3. 3

    Pay your Course Membership Fee

    Once you have submitted your application, you'll be invited to pay your course membership fee. We have a range of payment options and payment plans. Once paid, you will receive a confirmation message.

  4. 4

    Start Your Education!

    You will receive your "Welcome Email" after IVA receives your course membership fee. You'll get access to IVA's Teachers Dashboard and all the information you need to get started. You are then ready to begin your teacher education with IVA.

Real education produces real results

Unlike most other voice teacher training programs, we provide you with a practical, hands-on education experience.

Personal Vocal Development

We at IVA believe it’s essential to develop your vocal skills continually. IVA instructors need to be able to demonstrate the vocal techniques they teach in their voices.

Annual Conference

Every year we host IVACON, our international teachers conference, which includes many opportunities for learning and networking with your fellow IVA teachers.

Worldwide Community Access

Rather than going it alone and hopefully picking up enough information to keep us afloat as vocal teachers, we provide you with education and access to a community of experts in their own specialities in vocal pedagogy.

Seamless Online Education

IVA provides access to Online Teacher Training materials and a back library of event recordings. You will have access to a wide range of materials and resources to get started as soon as you join the program.

Teaching Evaluation

To ensure our teachers deliver the highest standard of singing lessons, we regularly test your skills as part of the requirements.

Mentoring & IVA Support

Our Education and Support Team is here for you through every step of your journey. Throughout your training, if there's anything you need assistance with, our fantastic team can help you!

IVA is a worldwide leader in the training of teachers of singing

The IVA team is as globally diverse as they are talented. Each of us plays one or more roles in the organization and is determined to provide you with the best experience possible. Our Core Education and Pedagogy are delivered by the IVA Master Teachers and IVA Ambassadors.

IVA Teacher Training FAQs

Can I do the education online?

Yes! You can take all our education online, live during its scheduled run, or you can access a recording later. Training is offered live (either in person or online where appropriate), and you can choose how to attend.

How long does the whole program take?

You have three years from the date of application to complete the requirements. Your time is split into three 12-month periods. IVA will provide an example timetable to show you how to structure your time to get the most from your education.

Can I finish the course faster?

The courses are designed to be completed in the above timescales. They cannot be completed faster. A certain amount of time is required to develop and hone the skills of teaching voice that cannot be rushed.

Do I have to pay when I apply?

Your course membership fee is due at the time of application. We have various payment options and plans to make paying simple and easy. You will pay the course membership fee every year for the duration of the program. The rest of your education is paid for when you register/schedule it.

Will I get a certificate?

Yes! You will receive a Certificate of Accreditation when you graduate from this course.

Do I need to have taught voice before?

No! Our courses are designed to help you whether you have taught voice lessons for 15 years or have never taught a voice lesson before.

What happens after I finish the course?

When you graduate from the IVA Accredited Instructor Course, you can take one of our 12-month further study courses when they launch, or you can engage in our Advanced Pedagogy studies.

If you wish to keep your Authorized Instructor status, you will pay an annual license fee and refresh your education every third year by attending our IVACON conference.

Can I join from any country?

Our training is open to applications from all countries except Russia.

Can I talk to someone before I join?

Absolutely! Please contact us at hello@vocaladvancement.com to arrange a time to chat.

What about recognition of previous learning?

If you have already completed the "Introduction to Teaching Voice course," we will recognize this toward the teacher training webinars requirement on both the Foundations and Accredited Courses.

If you completed the "Foundation of Teaching Singing" course, we would recognize this as the first year of the three-year Accredited Instructor Course.

If you have other learning you have previously taken, don't hesitate to get in touch with us to discuss this.

Is payment required at the time of sign-up?

We require a payment of your course membership fee at the time of application. You can pay this in full or opt for a 12-month payment plan with the first installment due at the time of applying.

All other education is paid for when you register for or schedule it.

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