Why Study Voice?

Voice lessons are an incredible learning tool for all types of performers; from young people who love to sing and want to build their skills, to professional singers who need help maintaining their technique.

Studying voice is an incredible gift for a young artist, and can create life-long habits that contribute to vocal health and endurance.

Voice lessons are also an incredible opportunity to explore your musicality and style in a private space with an experienced instructor.

Whether you’re planning for a career in music, or just want to have fun with singing, Bravo Academy can match you with an instructor who will take your talents to the next level!

Who Should Take Voice Lessons?

Voice lessons are for anyone at any level who wants to learn vocal technique and have fun singing!

Levels: Beginner to Advanced
Styles: Music Theatre, Classical, Opera, Contemporary, Pop, Singer-Songwriter
Certification: Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM), Preparatory – ARCT
Lesson Length: 30 – 60 minutes


Performance/Audition Coaching

In addition to regular private lessons, our instructors offer occasional coaching sessions. Coachings focus on rehearsing specific material in preparation for a performance or audition. Instructors offer feedback on technique and style, as well as overall performance. If you’re interested in booking a coaching session, please contact admin@bravoacademy.ca for rates and availability.

Meet Our Teaching Artists

Our Teaching Artists are all highly educated and experienced instructors.

All instructors are qualified educators that have excellent teaching experience and work in the industry as professional performers both in Canada and internationally.

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    Melissa Bencic
    Owner, Founder & Artistic Director
  • Dan Rutzen
    Music Director, Teen Troupe and Teen Intensives; Voice Instructor
  • Larissa_Koniuk
    Larissa Koniuk
    Voice & Piano Instructor
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    Mitchell Aldrich
    Music Director, Voice & Piano Instructor
  • Breanne Dietrich
    Voice Instructor
  • Tammy Whetwam
    Voice Instructor
  • Markus Howard
    Voice Instructor

Lesson Structure

Every student is different, so each lesson is approached with the student’s individual goals, strengths, and personality in mind. Our teachers work with individual students to craft customized lesson plans.

A typical music lesson includes some combination of the following:

  • Technical Exercises – warming up the instrument to prepare for sustained practice; just like you warm up to run or play sports, you warm up to sing or play!
  • Music Theory – an important skill for any music student, written theory review covers the building blocks of musical performance – notes, scales, and how to read music.
  • Rhythm Exercises – as a part of music fundamentals, rhythm training prepares students to follow music patterns and perform with ease.
  • Repertoire – students work toward performing a full piece, whether at our semi-annual recital or as part of a major performance!

Performance Opportunities

Every private lesson student is invited to perform in our semi-annual recitals in December and May. Students work with their instructor to select a piece that demonstrates their technique and progress, and perform for family, friends, and peers at our Bravo Academy Zlotnik Studio Theatre.

Instructors may also recommend festivals or competitions for their students to showcase their abilities, including:

Royal Conservatory of Music

Every student has their own goals for music study. We encourage many students to pursue Royal Conservatory of Music certification.

The Royal Conservatory of Music (RCM) Certificate Program is a standardized approach to music education available across the country. Students work through each grade level, practicing performance technique and music theory, gradually improving their performance skills with a thorough and challenging curriculum.

RCM certification is recognized across Canada by most major music programs and training facilities, and is recommended for students pursuing music at a secondary or post-secondary level.

Our voice instructors are qualified to teach RCM and can tell you if RCM is right for you, as well as providing exam preparation and assisting in material selection. Ask your instructor is RCM is right for you!


Please take a look at our Student Handbook to learn more about our policies.