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IVA is a worldwide leader in the training of teachers of singing 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 to understand how the voice works and how you can continually improve your teaching in order to quickly diagnose and fix problems in any voice, helping your students achieve success.

We also train teachers how to develop voices of a professional caliber that can meet the demands of modern careers in singing.

This program is open to all teachers of singing who are interested in training in our instructor certification program, which offers the highest quality vocal education for voice instructors worldwide.

The journey to becoming a Certified IVA Instructor starts with applying as an IVA Student Teacher.

You may also want to look up who your Area Representative (AR) is. Ars are responsible for your area, and they can answer any questions you may have about getting certified.

Who is the IVA certification for?

  • 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

Benefits of the IVA Program

There is no other organization in the world that offers a wider variety of education specifically for the teaching of vocal development than IVA does.

As an IVA teacher, you will earn a certificate that represents the highest quality vocal education and pedagogy. You will have access to the benefits of our professional organization that strives to serve you and meet your specific needs as a teacher of singing.

You become a part of a network of highly-trained and talented vocal instructors, which provides a platform for your continued growth and education.

As a Certified Instructor, you have access to:

  • our yearly teacher conference (IVACON)
  • teacher training in person and online
  • master classes and workshops right in your area
  • and additional online training

In addition, you will have access to education in many areas of singing such as performance, musicianship training, and style coaching across multiple genres of singing.

As a licensed IVA teacher, you will be able to market and promote your teaching with the IVA name and logo.

Entry Requirements

To apply as an IVA Student Teacher, there are prerequisites that you must meet to be accepted into the program. If you meet and pass the prerequisites, you will be accepted. If you do not meet the criteria, please get in touch with IVA so we can help you complete the qualifications.

In order to be admitted to the IVA Teacher Certification Program, one requirement is a reference from an IVA Master Teacher (MT). To receive this reference, you must have taken at least one 60-minute lesson with an MT. During this lesson, the MT will assess your skills and see if they meet the standards necessary to join the program.

If the Master Teacher concludes you don’t meet the necessary criteria but with some work it could be achieved, they will ask you to take a further course of up to three additional 60-minute lessons. If more instruction is necessary please contact Corey (corey@vocaladvancement.com) and you will be given detailed feedback on what to work on and then asked to apply once you and the Master Teacher decide you’re ready.

Requirements for admission to the program

To apply for admission to the program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years old
  • Basic vocal musicianship skills, at the very least the ability to sing a song in tune and time
  • Working toward a basic understanding of English
  • Reference from an IVA MT taken within three months of applying to the program. Therefore, you must have taken at least one 60-minute lesson with one of our MTs. The MT may request up to three additional 60-minute lessons before completing your IVA reference.

The Application Process

  1. Read the IVA Information Guide to see what’s involved in being an IVA Teacher.
  2. Complete the online application form. Please select the IVA Master Teacher (MT) you plan to study with or have already studied with for your initial reference. We will send you a confirmation email once we receive your application.
  3. The MT will assess your application and, if necessary, ask that further lessons be taken with them before providing your reference to join IVA.
  4. You will receive a confirmation email if you are approved, inviting you to create a login for the IVA Teachers’ Dashboard.
  5. You then pay the one-time $450.00 USD Student Teacher Program Fee (non-refundable).
  6. You will receive your “Welcome Email” after IVA receives your Student Teacher Program registration fee, a copy of the Student Teachers guide, and full access to IVA’s online system. You can then begin your IVA teacher education.