Lesson 1: Meeting the IVA Method
You will learn about the basic anatomy and physiology of the singer’s instrument and how all of it works together in order to produce what you know as your voice. This will lay the foundation for you to understand what exactly the IVA Method does and why it works so well in building great singing voices.
Lesson 2: Looking through the singer’s eyes
The world of vocal pedagogy, with all its opinions and terminology, can be a confusing place for a singer. One of the most important skills you need as a voice teacher is to be able to guide your students through the experience of learning to sing, laying out a clear path in front of them that not only make sense to them, but also becomes self-explanatory. This is why you will learn about how perception can guide the singer’s way toward improving vocal skills and how perception is related to today’s singing terminology. This will allow you to understand the possible starting points for developing the voice.
Lesson 3: Vocal passages
Vocal passages can be a singer’s best friend—or worst nightmare. If applied correctly, the concept of consecutive voices and passages can form the ideal basis for developing the voice. If not handled with care, it can greatly limit the abilities of your voice. You will learn how and why this concept works and how it is related to actual vocal registers.
Lesson 4: Getting to know your tools
The best vocal knowledge doesn’t bear fruit if you don’t know how to apply it to the student’s voice. You need to know how to get your students to vocally do what you want them to do. And that is what this lesson is about. You will get to know the basic tools we use in the IVA Method and the rules for how you should use those tools, especially what the desired functional results should be.
Lesson 5: Giving things structure
It is important to have a strategy for every lesson you teach, as well as for the long-term development of your students. From meeting new students for the first time, assessing their voices and delivering the lesson, to them practicing at home and coming back for subsequent lessons, you need a plan that sets you up for success. For this reason, we will introduce you to some proven strategies to structure your teaching.
Lesson 6: Application to songs
Exercises are important to develop the voice, but what it all ultimately comes down to is applying what you have learned to songs. Nobody will come to you just to learn vocalises. Your students want to sing; that’s what drives them to take lessons. You will see how the IVA Method can serve as a basis for singing songs in any genre of music and how it allows you to give your students more stylistic choices instead of forcing them into a tight technical brace without any creative freedom. We will lift the mysteries around different sounds in your students’ voices and also walk you through how to use repertoire as a tool for building your students’ voices.
Lesson 7: Teaching professional singers and hobby singers
All of your students will either fall into the group of professional singers or hobby singers. Over time, some may even switch between the two groups. Thus you should be very aware of the different needs of these two types of singers. With professional singers, you have to know how to fix vocal problems for a gig they have “tonight!” or learn to understand what makes their voices successful. When you work with hobby singers, acquiring music skills and understanding their interplay with vocal technique might be important factors. This lesson will show you basic information on what tends to work with both groups.
Lesson 8: Beyond the typical voice lesson
As a voice teacher, you may face situations that require an adjustment of your usual teaching plan. If you have already taught your first voice lesson to an 8-year-old or if you have ever conducted a group lesson, you know what we’re talking about. In fact, finding a niche into one of these situations can actually be a huge financial benefit to your studio. That’s why you will hear about proven strategies for the most common of these situations, which are teaching children, elderly singers, group classes, and choirs.
Lesson 9: Science and health
Vocal science and vocal health are both topics that you will encounter a lot as a voice teacher, especially if you are trying to keep your education up-to-date. Most of the scientific or medical information available on the voice will lie far beyond the level of expertise that you need to have as a voice teacher. But there are some basic things you should know about in order to be able to talk with someone from the vocal science community or to enable you to recognize warning signs in the voice that prompt you to send your student to a doctor. An intro to the basics of vocal science and the most common medical issues in the voice will help you to start acquiring that knowledge.
Lesson 10: Business-related aspects
Many singing teachers make their living by running a private vocal studio. Maybe you already own one or are about to open one. In any case, you can benefit from the experience of those that have done it before you. The guidelines we will present will show you the typical mistakes you should avoid and direct you toward solutions that may work a lot better for you. That way, you can save time and money and focus your energy on becoming a better teacher.