STRIVE studios

Professional Music Education

Music Lessons & Performance Coaching in the Niagara Region.

Private Voice Lessons

Are you ready to sing your heart out? Have you always wanted to learn how to sing properly? Or are you perhaps a current musician who would like to enhance your vocal potential? You may also simply want to strengthen your voice to eliminate vocal fatigue and hoarseness after a performance or a day of lecturing. Whatever the reason, young or old, whether you are a corporate speaker, singing beginner, advanced vocalist, or active vocal performer; STRIVE can help you. STRIVE is affiliated with owner and voice specialist Vicky Vlassis-Radulovich (VVR Voice Studios ) Due to the extreme sensitivity of the vocal instrument,we have dedicated a separate web page to provide you with thorough details.

The most frequent question I get asked is 'Can someone be taught to sing?' and the answer is yes! One must understand that the vocal cords require specific and consistent training just like all other athletic and artistic fields. When experiencing vocal difficulties it is essential the student or client understand that it is not their voice that is the problem, it is their method. The voice is an extremely sensitive instrument that requires a solid technique for it to function in a consistent manner. Since each person is very different and at a different level, it is therefore best to contact us for a free trial lesson and consultation to discuss and determine what we can do to help you sound the best you can possibly sound!

For me and my staff, nothing is more fulfilling than hearing the positive changes one can attain with their voice when applying the proper technique. We teach beginners, students preparing for university, professional performers and even lecturers, and everyone is able to improve their sound and or performance if they commit to applying the various elements needed for the voice to function at its full potential.

Singing lessons however not only improve your sound but can relieve stress and provide immense self-confidence no matter what the age. Singing lessons have also shown to improve focus and concentration amongst children and more importantly once again promote self-confidence. Through vocal lessons students and adult clients can all see a dramatic improvement in general speaking, presentation skills and of course singing!

The greater majority of lessons are private and cater to various ages and levels. All lessons are taught by an extremely educated teacher ensuring you will receive quality instruction. At STRIVE you can be certain you will find what you are looking for with respect to vocal coaching and lessons. Whether it is for your child or for yourself, each client is given the utmost attention and energy in ensuring quality lessons that will provide key vocal skills that will last a lifetime. A free trial lesson and consultation is provided at all times.

At STRIVE you can receive lessons for various ages and levels;

Singing and Music Education for Young Children (age 4-7) - Lessons for young children are a combination of singing, rhythmical skills, movement skills, and drama. A wonderful start in promoting music in a child's life.

Vocal Foundations for the Young Beginner (age 8-12) - Lessons for young beginners includes fundamental vocal technique such as relaxation, projection, breathing, vowel formation, clear diction, and foreign language articulation. Proper posture, elimination of tension, and self-confidence are all strongly promoted as well. Students are also exposed to performing, acting and staging skills. Theory and piano instruction is available upon request.

Vocal and Performance Skills (age 13+) - Lessons for older children and adults are individually tailored to suit the needs of the client. In addition to fundamental technique, all aspects of vocal technique will be addressed when appropriate. With respect to foreign language articulation, students will also be familiarized with the International Phonetic Alphabet to ensure the most accurate pronunciation possible. Selection of repertoire will depend on the level and desires of each client. Performance and acting skills are strongly enforced.

Vocal Skills for the Advanced or Professional Artist - Lessons for advanced classical vocalists will thoroughly prepare the student for university or any other form of audition or performance. Professional artists whether they perform jazz, mainstream, or classical repertoire will receive lessons targeted on eliminating any technical weaknesses and enhancing their performance ability in their genre of music.

Vocal Strengthening for the Everyday Speaker- Lessons for the everyday speaker will promote a healthy speaking voice using various technical elements similar to singing. General proper voice technique will promote a healthier voice that will not fatigue after a day of speaking. Projection, clarity, personal confidence, and the elimination of hoarseness can all be attained with correct speaking/voice technique. Lecturers, entrepreneurs, corporate speakers and teachers can all benefit greatly.

STRIVE-studios will prepare any students who wish to partake in RCM Examinations ( Performance opportunities are provided in competition and recital settings. Though classical and musical theater repertoire are typically promoted for vocal development; we are more than happy to coach all genres of music providing it is technically appropriate (i.e.proper range). Motivation is the key in excelling and singing something you do not like is simply not possible! We will work with each student/client individually to ensure that they are not only technically progressing but having FUN!!!

We welcome the opportunity to earn your trust and deliver you the best service in the industry.