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Valerio

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  • Hourly rate £40
  • Response Time 1h
  • Number of students 14
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ONLINE - Singing Lessons and Vocal Coaching with Professional Performer and Singer/Songwriter with International Experience

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About the lesson

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 as we keep our voice healthy and we are conscious of the options we have with 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.

The usual structure of the lesson includes a warm up and some vocal exercises for the first 15 minutes, followed by the study of a song of your choice or suggested by me, analysing what you need to improve in it and choosing what kind of stylistic choices to apply on it.

My lessons include:

Breathing technique
Good posture and core support
Expansion of range
Technique
Use of head, mixed and chest voice
Vocal style
Songwriting skills
Music theory

subjects

  • Singing
  • Piano
  • Music Theory
  • +1

    Vocal Coaching

languages

  • French
  • English
  • Portuguese
  • +2

    Spanish

    Italian

levels

  • All Levels

About Valerio

I am a professional singer/songwriter and performer and I have been using my voice professionally for more than 15 years.
I started studying in Italy with opera singer Angela Bucci and jazz/soul singer Silvia Gollini in Rome and then continued in London where I have lived for the last 8 years, taking lessons with Charlotte Xerri and musical theatre singers Adam Pettigrew and Claire Greenway.
I have completed the Estill Voice Model Training level 1 and 2 with Charlotte Xerri and I have a diploma in Music Theory, Harmony and Sight Reading from A. Casella Conservatory of L’Aquila, Italy.
I have also studied classical, jazz and pop piano with Francesca Aloisi for 10 years.

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 own voice, working on range, support, style and vocal colours.

Rates

packages

  • 5h: £185
  • 10h: £370

Travel

  • + ££10

webcam

  • £40/h

Details

The first 30 min lesson is free.

£35 for 40 min lesson
£40 for 50 min lesson
£45 for 90 min lesson

Free cancellation if 24 hour notice given

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Find out more about Valerio

  • 01

    When did you first develop a passion for music and your favourite instrument?

    Well, my parents were both singers and played in the marching band of my hometown, while also singing in a small choir in which they sang traditional Italian folk songs. So I was basically born with it! My favourite instrument is the voice, but I also love the piano a lot!

  • 02

    Is there a particular type music or artist that you listen to on a loop without it driving you crazy?

    Definitely! I love chamber pop, baroque pop and folk. At the top of the list I have Sufjan Stevens and Regina Spektor, but I do love a Christina Aguilera every now and then!

  • 03

    Explain to us the most difficult or riveting course you could personally give to a student of music.

    I think the hardest thing to learn is that it's allowed to make mistakes. There is so much pressure about sounding "beautiful", so we tend to withdraw, stopping us from trying. The best lesson is to learn that we may sound "ugly" from time to time and that if only we let ourselves see our flaws, we can then correct them. It sounds simple, but it's really not when dealing with insecurities and with a society that puts so much aesthetical value to the voice!

  • 04

    What do you think is the most complicated instrument to master and why?

    Probably the voice. The fact that we can't see it's keys makes it really hard to visualise and master every little part of it. Science doesn't even explain all of it, so most of the methods are based on metaphors and sensations, rather than "play C with finger 3". It can take days or weeks to understand one little movement, and it's all a matter of being mindful and finding the right way to hear and reproduce a sound, and finding the right feeling inside the throat.
    But also, I've held a violin in my hands a few times and I really can't see myself learning any soon!!

  • 05

    What are your keys to success?

    Determination and passion. We have to want success. Getting there can be quite frustrating, and it's only if we really love what we do that we can fight the frustration and achieve what we need to!

  • 06

    Name three musicians you dream of meeting in your favourite bar in the early hours of the morning. Explain why.

    I wouldn't probably be in a bar in the early hours of the morning! But I would definitely love to meet Regina Spektor for a little songwriting session, Alanis Morissette to have a chat about psychology and self-development (and to braid each other's hair) and Sara Bareilles to get a singing lesson from her!

  • 07

    Provide a valuable anecdote related to music or your days at music school.

    .
    I'm not sure about a particular moment, but definitely one of the most important lessons I've learned is that to progress in music and to love this job, we have to surround ourselves with likeminded people. We need constant inspiration and stimulation from the people around us to keep going. Having musician friends can help creativity and motivation. In the moment of struggle, they understand what you're going through. When you achieve something, they completely understand what it means for you and will rejoice with you.

  • 08

    What are the little touches that make you a Superprof in music?

    I have a holistic approach to music. We can't separate it from our soul and emotion. This is valid for any instrument, but it is especially true for the voice. Most vocal issues come from internal blocks, and learning to use the voice correctly can help unlock them, and viceversa, finding those blocks in our life can help developing our voice in ways we didn't think were possible. Having an understanding of this helps me deal with different vocal issues in a mindful way, sometimes including little mindfulness exercises in my lessons to help grounding and centering, always considering the whole of the person and not the instrument they are playing (or singing).

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