Not at all - singing lessons are used as an opportunity to learn how to sing. With the direction of IVA you can discover the full extent of your vocal range as well as richness, quality and tone of voice. You may not have the natural vocal gifts of your favourite singers but we will do our best to support you in discovering your full vocal potential. You may even find that you actually are a good singer, but through using your instrument in the wrong way, you've been led to believe otherwise!
You don't need any previous experience to come for a lesson! A vocal coach is there to support you in your vocal development and expose you to new material so that you can build a repertoire of songs you like to sing! Casby Studios can help make old songs that you struggle with easier to sing and assist you in attempting to sing new styles of Music, should you wish to do so.
This all depends on what your objective is. Singing is very much like fitness and whilst some students are looking to solve a problem area in their voice, others want to continually work on their overall vocal balance i.e., the mix.
Some students with vocal problem areas have been known to fix their issues within just a few lessons while most students tend to have lessons on a more regular basis.
The voice is an ever-changing instrument so the scales that you require one week to obtain vocal balance will be different to the next. If you imagine, the voice is like a puzzle and the scales that we use to vocalise are the pieces which put this puzzle together. Therefore we use certain scales/words to address the vocal issues that we are hearing on that day. Once that vocal issue has been eliminated through repetition of these scales, the vocal condition has changed. Therefore by repeating these exercises in the long term we are no longer doing anything for the voice's progression. This is why it is important to work with a vocal coach who can spot where your vocal imbalance lies and who can regularly assign scales and consonant/vowel combinations which will help you to obtain a healthy balanced voice.
Unfortunately, yes. A bad coach can direct a singer into physically harming his/her vocal chords. Very often IVA comes across experienced singers with nodules - masses of tissue which grow on the vocal chords due to abuse of the voice through vocal practise. The good news is that IVA can be used for vocal rehabilitation and, more often than not, the damage can be reversed. In some cases, if the damage is irreversible, then we can help you to manage what you've got to work with.
Bad vocal coaches often encourage bad habits and this way the singer is unable to discover the true potential of their voice.
Casby Studios often works with experienced singers who say that they have trouble singing low or high notes. These singers in particular often see dramatic improvements in their voices within only a few lessons.
It is very common for singing teachers to teach the style of Music that they are most familiar with. For example classically trained teachers teach Classical Music. Because Casby Studios is an IVA studio however, we focus on the function of the voice which can then be applied to any style of Music.
In other words no matter what style of Music you wish to work on, we have the tools to assist you in doing so.
Yes you can! Casby Studios sell gift vouchers at very reasonable prices for 30, 45 and 60 minute time slots! For more information, please visit our GIFT VOUCHERS page!
From a very early age I have had an interest and involvement in music. But in my 70-odd years have never been able to find the time to try my hand (or should I say voice) at singing until June 2012, when I decided it was time to take a few lessons. That's when I met Jennifer Casby. I had only intended to have half a dozen lessons at the very most, just to see whether I had a good enough singing voice to join a choir. Well, the lessons were so helpful and interesting and I was both surprised and delighted with the progress I made in a very short time. So I've continued with regular lessons to-date. I have no hesitation in recommending Jennifer as a really fantastic tutor - she is highly skilled, very understanding and full of enthusiasm and encouragement. Thank you Jennifer!!!. I've learned so much.
Tony Maccormack - Retired Management
Jenny Casby had a profound effect on my confidence and singing ability in an incredibly short time. I'm a professional musician myself and rarely have I found a teacher who is able to break down such a seemingly complex and baffling task into such simple and manageable steps. Without any technical jargon, Jenny broke down the stages for me quickly and concisely helping me to understand and feel what it was I needed to change to get the results I required. It was like she showed me all the magicians tricks so I could help myself to build my voice. This is a rare talent and I couldn't recommend her more highly. Jenny was a shining star of ability, integrity and enthusiasm. She changed the way I thought about music and gave me incredible belief in myself. Jenny is the right teacher for you. Call her!
Joseph Alexander - Professional Musician
I had not sung in public or had a lesson for 10 years when I went to Jenny. I was very apprehensive and nervous about singing again, but Jenny immediately put me at ease and made me feel comfortable. I have been working with her now for just under a year and not only has my range improved, but also my confidence in singing. Since working with her I have not only been confident enough to go to auditions for parts where singing is involved, which she has also helped my prep for, I've also got the roles! Jenny is an amazing teacher and caters lessons to your needs at the time e.g. if you have anything to prepare for she will focus on this or help you choose pieces that suit your voice and capability. I can't believe the difference in my voice in less than 12 months and can't wait to see what the next 12 bring!!!!
Stacey Coleman - Professional Actor
I would like to tell you how much my singing lessons with Jennifer has done for my confidence in both my singing and performance abilities within my choir and as a soloist. I attended TheFunkyChoir.Com for many months, and later was offered the chance to have singing lessons with Jenny, our choir leader. I looked at Jenny's website and saw her excellent qualifications and felt confident to try out training with her. Whilst I enjoyed the lessons with my old teacher, I felt with the IVA technique that I advanced better with my breathing and voice control. The fact that Jenny records each lesson and then transfers it to my computer is an added bonus and I continue to practise weekly. I would like to thank Jennifer wholeheartedly for these wonderful lessons!
Julia Armitage - Choir Singer
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Want to learn to sing?
If so, this is the place for you. From beginners to professionals, we adapt each lesson to meet the needs of the individual.
Jennifer knows what it takes to prepare for a professional audition, whether it's for the West End, commercials, or to get into a prestigious performing arts school.
We will explain the audition process and what steps you need to take to be audition ready.
There really is no substitute for one-on-one lessons with a professional vocal coach.
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