The top 10 singing lessons in Toronto
Singing lessons in Toronto will help you tap into that instrument you carry around with you every day. No, not the spoons, you tramp, you - your voice. Whether you want to make it big, front a band, try out for a musical, or just get the confidence you need to rock that karaoke night proper by hitting every note of Whitney Houston's I Will Always Love You, you have a lot of choices for vocal coaches in Toronto.
Here are my picks for where to take singing lessons in Toronto.
Want to hone your vocal skills with Toronto's finest? Voted "Best Male Vocalist" in 2013 by Now, Ori Dagan, often blends his unique jazz vocals to well known pop tunes and can scat (that boop, deep, da, sounds your hear in classic jazz tunes) like no other. Beyond singing, Ori also teaches improvisational skills for those more theatrically inclined. Contact him through his website.
Canada Music Academy
Practice singing in your own living room or, if you're feeling confident enough to sing outside the comfort of your own home, meet for studio lessons. Rates are totally affordable, starting at around $25 per hour. It's also super easy to register, go online, choose a teacher and location and like that, you can take your first steps towards singing stardom. Don't hesitate, visit their website to sign up.
Is a one-on-one lesson not exciting enough for you? Take lessons with Singer's Edge and you can have a choice of settings like group lessons and even rocking out with a band. When you feel like you're ready, they can set up a live performance for you to show off your favourite new skill. Prices range from $80 monthly and there are over 10 membership plans to choose from.
Susan Dunstan invites all; beginners to professionals, to join her in her Beaches studio for one-on-one sessions where you can finally belt those high notes you long for - belting is her specialty. Get a bang for your buck buy paying $60 for an hour, but if an hour of belting seems like too much for you to handle at first, you can get a 30 minute class for $35 dollars.
Better known as a music store, Allegro Music also offers a wide variety of music lessons, including singing. They pride themselves in hiring only teachers who can share their passion for music and have a degree in music. Vocal teachers have a variety of backgrounds in singing, including classical and jazz. Lessons are $27 for 30 minutes, there is no registration fee and no contract, allowing you to make this experience as long or as short as you would like.
Award-winning soprano, Jennifer Taverner has lent her voice to top classical works like Bizet's Carmen and Fauré's Requiem, and now she can teach you the techniques that allow her to grace the stage with confidence and style. Visit her website to contact her.
Rita di Ghent
Did anyone say jazz? Rita di Ghent's portfolio consists of jazz tunes, both her own and the classics, and she is eager to pass on her expertise. Contact her via email, firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on private tutoring and visit her website to explore the wonderful world of Rita.
Elite Music Academy
The possibilities are endless with the Elite Music Academy. They teach all the genres in the book from pop, hip-hop to R&B and the best part is, you can get a trial lesson for only $20. If you want to get ready to show off, they'll help you reach your goal of actually singing in front of an audience. Fall semester starts in just over two weeks on September 1st, but new students are welcome at any time.
Elaine Overholt and Big Voice Studios
If you have a star-like quality, you might want to choose a teacher who is used to working with shining bright supernovas. Elaine Overholt has worked with Richard Gere and Hairspray's (2007) Nikki Blonsky. She even started her own reality TV series "Big Voice" which aired on The Oprah Winfrey Network. Her studio, located in the east end, offers private lessons as well as workshops, rates start at $85 per hour.
Voice Yourself Singing Lessons
Let Valerie Bastien at Voice Yourself Singing Lessons help guide you through the murky waters of vocal techniques. You can get a free vocal assessment on her website and, for all those perfectionist types, study techniques on her YouTube channel to get tips before stepping into her studio. Valerie accepts beginners and intermediates alike.
Writing by Naomi Grosman. Photo by Marc Hodges in the blogTO Flickr pool.