Why Elite?

Elite Vocal Academy was shaped out of 22 years of research into the most systematic, efficient, and nurturing way to teach talented young singers how to become master wielders of vocal art. When I (Julie Reed) started teaching voice 22 years ago, I knew I wanted to create something different than I had experienced in my own journey through college classes and years of private voice lessons. The trend for the last 100 years or more has been to focus on teaching students about the vocal mechanism and how to apply technique to songs – and that’s it.

There is so much more to being a musician that traditional vocal study barely scratches the surface. It was like being told that I could become an athlete just by lifting weights! Lifting weights builds muscle, but by itself does not shape an athlete. I knew from my own experience that key elements were missing – physical body reactions to singing, emotional reactions to performance, beliefs in the mind about success and failure, the benefits of focused and sustained practice – all of these and knowledge (or lack thereof) of ‘music’ principles & how music fits together all affected my ability to sing and perform proficiently. Voice lessons didn’t cover any of these other pieces of the puzzle.

I started my own studio 22 years ago incorporating these other pieces. I focused on the “whole” person with my students, and I gave them a well-rounded vocal experience. Each semester we focused on different styles of music as well as the classical foundation. I incorporated theory, sight reading, and foundational breathing into lessons. I started small by giving each lesson 5 minutes of the 30 minutes during the respective semester. My students had great success with the “holistic” approach and when they left the studio had a great foundation of vocal technique & performance along with a basic knowledge of music. Still, I felt like I was falling short of the impact that I truly wanted to have on these students.

Through the years I grew frustrated with this model of teaching – everything crammed into mini-lessons without the ability to focus, practice, perform and excel. We moved during this time, and I stopped teaching for a year and spent many hours thinking and pondering about how I could create a new way of teaching that would give students everything I wanted to give them and make it accessible to a wide range of students. That’s when Elite Vocal Academy was born.

What’s the Difference?

In traditional voice lessons a student meets with a teacher once a week for 30 to 60 minutes of vocal instruction. The student is then required to practice the songs and techniques they learned on their own. A lot of the teaching is telling a student what to do and then expecting them to practice it at home on their own. The lessons are so short that there is very little time to learn music theory, sight reading, performance, styles, precise diction, effective ways of practicing, emoting through different languages, how to build a character, and on and on. Most voice teachers just focus on vocal technique through songs and leave it up to the student to find other places to learn the fundamentals of being a musician. I am transforming the traditional approach to music study through Elite Vocal Academy.

What makes Elite Vocal Academy unique is the class setting. Students learn all of the fundamentals of musicality in a class which are then reinforced and supported with individual instruction. In the class setting there is more kinesthetic learning taking place and students have time in the lesson to experience each concept fully. The Elite student receives 2 ½ to 3 hours a week of musical instruction compared to the traditional ½ or 1 hour lesson. Over the course of a year the difference is phenomenal in time and economy. Students also commit to a minimum number of practice hours a week. Compared to traditional lessons where students may or may not actually practice, the overall effect is exponential acceleration – not incremental improvement.

Musical Immersion Hours, 1 Year

Traditional Lessons

Instruction Time: 30 min Lessons

Practice Time (Total Average)

Traditional Lessons

Instruction Time: 60 min Lessons

Practice Time (Total Average)

Elite Vocal Academy

Instruction Time: 100 hrs/year

Minimum Practice Time

Musical Immersion Hours 2 Years

(Look at the difference!)

Traditional Lessons

Instruction Time: 60 min Lessons

Practice Time (Total Average)

Traditional Lessons

Instruction Time: 30 min Lessons

Practice Time (Total Average)

Elite Vocal Academy

Instruction Time: 100 hrs/year

Minimum Practice Time

Elite Vocal Academy is also more economical. Students are getting much more for their money. The per-hour cost is almost a third less the price of traditional lessons. In fact, Elite’s monthly payment is only $20 more than you would pay monthly for an hour private voice lesson. If you pay the full tuition up front you are getting your 2 1/2 – 3 hrs worth of instruction for the same price as an hour private lesson. This is why Elite is the way to go!

Traditional Lessons

$45 per Hour

Based on 3.5 lessons per month for $190

Elite Vocal Academy

$19 per Hour

Based on full tuition divided by 200 hrs

Couple this with the exponential rate of learning and you can see that Elite Vocal Academy is a more economic and effective investment.

This New Generation

This generation of students and learners is very hands on, more so than other generations. They want to experience everything now, now, now! They connect so much better with a learning experience where they learn everything by doing it now, in the moment. Unlike previous generations that believed everything was hard and out of reach, this generation dreams for the stars and demands that you support them in reaching them. Elite Vocal Academy is innovative and creative, supporting this generation’s dreams and showing them how to make those dreams a reality. With focused plans, these students soar!