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What is the IVA?

The Institute for Vocal Advancement (IVA) is an organisation dedicated to providing world class singing training based on the latest research in vocal science.

The IVA also provides education for other essential aspects of singing and performance in order to meet the needs and interests of singers and voice instructors worldwide.

What is the IVA Technique?

The IVA technique is based on 17th and 18th Century principles of singing developed by the Schola Cantorum. The 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.

How will it help me?

Training in this technique will give you access to all dynamics, with tonal clarity and flexibility. It will also help you 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.

Who runs the IVA?

The IVA has been founded by a group of world-class teachers of singing who have over 100 years of combined experience training singers and teachers of singing.

The founding members have dedicated themselves to learning the best method for training the voice, and to pass this knowledge on to others. These Master Teachers have worked with singers of every genre: From Rock and Pop musicians going out on major tours to leads on Broadway performing Musical Theatre.

The IVA Master Teachers are responsible for providing and developing ongoing education for IVA student teachers and IVA certified teachers in private lessons, webinars, Master Classes and Teacher Trainings. They are evaluating and certifying IVA instructors of all certificates.


Why choose an IVA accredited teacher?

Every voice is different and IVA instructors are specifically trained to quickly identify what's happening whether it be a coordination issue or a vocal problem you've been experiencing for some time (including vocal damage caused by years of abuse or incorrect training).

Once diagnosed instructors design exercises tailored to move you towards better balance, range and healthier singing habits. These exercises encourage or 'trick' the nervous system and brain into believing the body is free from tension, therefore resulting in ease and effortlessness.

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