The IVA technique is based on 17th and 18th Century principles of singing developed by the Old Italian School of Singing. Our goal is to train voices to sing in a free and natural manner, smoothly, from the bottom of the range to the top with no breaks or sudden changes in quality. Training in this technique gives you access to all dynamics, with tonal clarity and flexibility. It also helps improve your range, endurance, stamina, breath control, resonance, vocal strength and vocal quality across all styles of music without fatigue or damage to the voice. We accomplish these results by training the singer to find a balance between airflow and intrinsic muscular resistance, all within a resting laryngeal posture.
How It works?
IVA is a technique based on the recognition and use of the “bridges” or “passaggi” in the voice. The bridges are the area of the voice where vocal cord adjustment must take place in order to sing both high and low in our range. The IVA technique frees the vocalist to sing with a connected tone from the bottom of the range to the top by keeping the larynx down and the vocal cords together appropriately. Traditional vocal methods often only address using the bottom of the range (chest voice) for pop/theater styles or just using the top of the range (head voice) for classical styles which limits a singer in their capacity to sing throughout their range with a connected, uniform voice. The key to IVA is in understanding the bridges and learning to mix. Not using the voice properly throughout the whole range can lead to strain, incorrect pitch, vocal fatigue, and vocal damage.
Simona is a professional vocal coach, with more than 15 years experience as a singer and performer of advanced level.
She is currently a Level III Certified Instructor with the Institute for Vocal Advancement and has been teaching voice lessons in London since five years. She works with a wide range of artists of all ages and abilities, from West-End professionals to complete beginners.
Before joining the IVA, Simona has been a Speech Level Singing instructor for over 2 years and has trained with world class voice teachers including legendary vocal coach of the stars Seth Riggs (Michael Jackson, Barbra Streisand, Stevie Wonder and over 120 Grammy Winners), Greg Enriquez (Courtney Love, Celine Dion) Spencer Welch (Netflix actors vocal coach “A Series of Unfortunate Events” and CTV’s “Whistler”) Fiona Grace McDougal (The Voice UK, Cats Broadway with Leona Lewis, Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close)
As an IVA Instructor, Simona is committed to on-going training, regularly attending seminars, master classes and teacher training events worldwide to develop her own skills both as a teacher and vocalist.
Simona is a very supportive teacher and she is really committed with her job of vocal coach.
Her approach is very innovative and efficient as she spends a lot of time attending regular training and music workshops to boost her teaching skills further and to provide her students with the best possible tools for their singing.
She is also extremely good at helping students boost their confidence by helping them discover their true talent. She creates plenty of performance opportunities to suit the student needs and encourage them to make their stage debut in order to loose stage fright.
I've been taking lessons from Simona for 2-ish years now, and she's helped me gain a lot of confidence as well as strengthen my voice. She's amazing and always caters her teaching specifically to your own voice!
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