These singing lessons are designed to start from the here and now and allow vulnerability, working on your voice as a tool to express your emotions and process them. Using mindfulness and MBCT techniques, we will work on reconnecting with your body, your mind and your needs, and at the same time use your voice to gain confidence and connect the inside with the outside, unlocking the blocks you might be experiencing at the moment. We can also add elements of Julia Cameron's "The Artist Way" and work on a more long term plan to reconnect with your inner artist and your true voice.
Regarding the "technical" singing side of the lessons:
I believe everyone has a unique and beautiful voice and that there should be no absolute standard of a “perfect” voice. We can all make choices about what we want to sound like, as long we keep our voice healthy and we are conscious of the options we have we it. My job as a vocal coach is to help you find your own voice and give you the tools to gain confidence and improve your technique, based on what your needs are.
My lessons include:
Good posture and core support
Expansion of range
Use of head, mixed and chest voice
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I am also a singer/songwriter and performer and I have been using my voice professionally for more than 15 years. I have began my studies in the voice with Angela Bucci and Silvia Gollini in Rome and progressed through lessons with many international teachers in London. I have also completed the Estill Voice Model Training level 1 and 2 with Charlotte Xerri and studied classical, jazz and pop piano with Francesca Aloisi for 10 years. I have a diploma in Music Theory, Harmony and Sight Reading from A. Casella Conservatory of L’Aquila, Italy.
I am passionate about psychology and mental health and I've been practicing mindfulness for more than 10 years. I have a Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Practitioner Certification, completed the Radical Self-Care course with Mind in London and the Invisible Lion workshop with Benjamin Fry.
I have extensive experience both as a professional teacher for kids and adults in all genres (pop, jazz, classical and musical theatre), for individuals or groups.
My lessons are fun and engaging and they’re tailored to the individuals’ needs. Using a wide range of exercises and techniques we work on a repertoire chosen by the student or myself, aiming to improve confidence, revealing and developing your voice, working on range, support, style and vocal colours, working towards your personal aims.
Cancellation: Free if 48 h notice given. If less notice is given, the fee is half of the price of the lesson
With the stage name of Valerio Lysander, he has established himself as an independent baroque pop singer/songwriter, with 2 records and gigs around the UK and Europe, including performances for various Gay Pride, including the main stage of London Pride in Trafalgar Square and of Manchester Pride in 2017. Many of his songs have been broadcast on BBC Radio and other national radios in the UK and Italy.
2018-2019: Performs for many Sofar Sounds cities in the UK (London, Nottingham, Bristol, Manchester, Paris) and has gigs in England, France, Scotland and Italy.
June-July 2018: Completes a successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter to fund the release of his full length album “We Are Like Coloured Moths Towards The Sunlight”, released in July.
May 2018: Performs for Grampian Pride in Aberdeen
Summer 2017: Performs in Trafalgar Square for Pride in London and on the main stage of Manchester Pride
July 2017: European tour that touches Paris, Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
Spring 2017: Finalist of Pride’s Got Talent and of the London Coffee Music Project
2016: Nominated among the 10 Best Male in the British Unsigned Awards
May 2015: Performs at the International Music Fair of Genova (FIM), Italy
June 2014: releases first EP, Tidal Mental Head
For a complete list of past gigs: (concealed information)
VOCAL COACH, PIANO TEACHER
2013-now: Private vocal coach and piano teacher for adults and children.
November 2018 - now: Singing teacher for Stagecoach. Classes of 10 to 20 students for children from 5 to 16 years old.
Backing vocalist for many independent artists, including Barry Locke, Laura Reznek, Max Bandicoot and Aaron Sibley.
Accompanist and recording pianist.
Open mic host in different venues of London, including the Faltering Fullback, Café 1001 and the Gladstone Arms.
Education and Training
2020 Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT) Practitioner Certification
2019/2010: Singing Lessons with Charlotte Xerri, Adam Pettigrew and Claire Greenway
2019 Attended Estill Voice Model Levels 1 & 2 course in London with Charlotte Xerri.
2019 Radical Self Care Mindulness Course
2019 The Invisible Lion Workshop with Benjamin Fry
2012 - 2013: Private Singing Lessons with Silvia Gollini.
2010: Music Diploma (Music Theory, Sight Reading) - A. Casella Conservatory of L’Aquila, Italy
2006 - 2013: Private Piano lessons with Francesca Aloisi at Associazione Musicale Eretina di Monterotondo (RM), Italy.
2006 - 2009: Private Singing Lessons with Angela Bucci at Associazione Musicale Eretina di Monterotondo (RM), Italy - Classical and modern techniques and styles, musical theatre, pop, jazz.
2006 - 2008: Private Guitar Lessons with Franco Tinto at Associazione Musicale Eretina di Monterotondo (RM), Italy.
I am a professional pianist and musical director and I met Valerio when he was a Pride's Got Talent finalist in 2017. I have since hugely admired his singer-songwriter work and more recently asked him for singing lessons to help build up confidence with performing my own singer-songwriter material. He has helped me immensely so far and has an excellent understanding of vocal technique. He's also very intuitive, good at tailoring the lessons to you specifically and knowing exactly what will help - he can point out even one small thing and I'll suddenly have a 'lightbulb' moment/singing breakthrough! Valerio also has a lovely approach and the lessons are very enjoyable - I would highly recommend him. Sarah
I met Valerio this year as he was my vocal tutor in the group singing lessons for beginners at City Academy. He made such a good impression on me that I decided to take on private singing lessons with him. Valerio has helped me improve my confidence and I have gained great understanding of my vocal style and range. Valerio is very knowledgeable, easy-going and open-minded, with a great sense of humour. Classes are fun and varied since I get to choose my own repertoire, from pop and musical theatre to more traditional music in my native language (Spanish). Due to the current pandemic, we started having online lessons and I must say that they have become one of the highlights of my week!
Valerio Is an excellent teacher, he manages to take care of your voice respecting your style and your technique explaining all the dynamics that imply the correct use of the elements of singing. I'm very pleased to take lessons with him.
I have a musical background having been classically trained on the piano (19 years) and violin (7 years), so singing wasn't completely alien to me. Yet, thanks to his deep understanding of the human voice (both musically- and biologically-speaking), Valerio cuts deep into the core of my issues and pinpoints exactly on what I need to improve. Valerio provides many extremely useful tips to developing the techniques that any good singer must possess, and does so in a very patient and soft-spoken manner. You will be in safe hands.
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