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Vocal Coach, Teacher TRAINER, lecturer, musician and choral director

Coaching the Germany and UK Under 11s football choirs for the re-release of the single "All Together Now" to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the World War I truce

Coaching the Germany and UK Under 11s football choirs for the re-release of the single "All Together Now" to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the World War I truce

SESSIONS with Ian

The first thing to note is that it's YOUR coaching session. Ian believes passionately in the concept of Student Centred Learning, which places the agenda of the student, and not the teacher, at the heart of the lesson. 

Whether you choose to study one-to-one, or in a group, face-to-face, or over Skype or FaceTime, Ian can help you to achieve a balanced and healthy voice from the bottom of your range to the top with no perceivable flips, breaks or cracks.  

Ian's clients range from amateur to semi-professionial to professional and he is equally as passionate about teaching both ends of that spectrum. Ian is also happy to coach clients in the recording studio as well. 

 

Balance Vocal Studio in the Baltic Triangle area of Liverpool City Centre

The following services are available in one-to-one or group settings

  • One-to-one private vocal coaching (under 16s have to be accompanied by an adult)
  • ANY style or genre of singing
  • Amateur/Semi-Pro/Professional
  • Therapeutic Singing
  • Classical crossover
  • Harmony and Ear Training
  • In-house Studio Coaching
  • Music Theory Training
  • Acting Through Song
  • Audition Preparation
  • Tone Deaf Training
  • Teacher Training

Lessons are £25 for 30 mins or £45 for 60 mins

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All lessons take place face to face in Liverpool city centre or online via Skype or facetime

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Ian training Singing Teachers at Songbird Studios in San Francisco


 

Services

As well as offering singing lessons and vocal coaching. Ian routinely provides the following services for his clients. 

 
 
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Audition Preparation

The "Audition Room" can be a minefield of "do's" and "don't's", and with an impressive track record, Ian can help you to source your material, prepare your repertoire and figure out the best cuts to take with you to help you to deliver your best performance. Regardless of whether you're auditioning for University, your next big role or even to tour the world as part of the cast on a cruise ship, get in touch and let Ian help you to get the part!

 
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In Studio coaching & recording

Recording your next demo, hit single or next album is always a big deal. Getting your vocals just right takes time and effort and a tonne of patience. Studio time is expensive and having your Vocal Coach on hand can make all the difference and help you to nail the "take". Often what is rehearsed live in the lesson can go out of the window in the vocal booth of a recording studio, so don't hesitate to ask Ian to pop into the studio with you to help you get the sound that you want and need. Additionally, Ian can arrange for you to be recorded in the teaching studio if you prefer. 

 
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Vocal Health advice and rehabilitation

Accidents do happen and can happen to anybody at any stage, regardless of ability or experience. Suffering a vocal injury can be traumatic, especially if you rely on your voice for your livelihood. Ian makes a point of being well-versed in vocal health and rehabilitation. He has an extensive contact list of Ear, Nose and Throat Consultants, Speech and Language Therapists and Laryngeal Osteopaths/Physiotherapists in order to ensure that you can be quickly diagnosed and treated. Ian is also equipped to help you on the road to recovery in a post-surgery situation. 

ABOUT IAN

Ian is one of the most highly qualified and sought after vocal coaches in the UK. He is also one of 5 specialists in the world certified to train singing teachers via the BAST (Be A Singing Teacher) organisation. 

His journey as a vocal coach came shortly after he graduated with honours from the prestigious Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (LIPA) and began training in the Speech Level Singing (SLS) teaching methodology, studying under world renowned teachers such as Dave Stroud, Wendy Parr, John Henny, Dean Kaelin, Greg Enriquez, Jeffrey Skouson and Kathy Kennedy.  

After achieving Level 3 status within the SLS organisation, Ian decided that he wanted to broaden out his knowledge of vocal pedagogy and along with a number of other teachers from around the world came together under the guidance of Dave Stroud to form what is now known as Vocology in Practice or ViP.  

A regular lecturer in singing at the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts, Ian also trains voices at Rare Studios in Liverpool City Centre, and helped to establish the singing program on the BA(hons) in Musical Theatre at the Institute of the Arts Barcelona.   

Ian obtained his MA in Music from the University of Salford, where he focussed his studies on the Psychology of Performance and the condition, "Adophobia", which he wrote extensively on for his thesis. Ian is about to embark on a Post-Graduate Diploma in Professional Practice at Cardiff Metropolitan University, where he hopes to start formulating a PhD thesis.  

Ian is an accomplished pianist and accompanist, but his main passions lie in choral direction. In the past he founded and directed Sanctified Gospel Choir, who won the Best Newcomer Award at the 2015 Gospel Entertainment and Music (GEM) Awards. 

He also arranged and directed the backing choir on the 2012 UK Christmas No.1 song "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother" on behalf of the Justice Collective, for which he was awarded a Gold Disc.  

Presently, Ian directs the Liverpool Community Choir and when not lecturing at university or studying himself can be found teaching one-to-one private vocal coaching at Balance Vocal Studio in Liverpool City Centre.

Ian also coaches online using Skype or FaceTime and is regularly asked to deliver workshops all over the UK and abroad, having been invited to teach in Spain, Switzerland, Malta, Poland and the USA. Ian has just finished serving as the Education Director for Vocology in Practice, and is now excited to be one of their certified Teacher Trainers, and has recently been accepted as a voting member of PAVA (the Pan American Vocology Association).


What Ian's clients say...

Joanne Dennis - Classical Crossover Performer and Vocal Coach “Working as a classical singer for years and then being diagnosed with acid reflux had affected my voice and confidence. Ian has not only helped build the strength back in my voice but has given me the confidence to work through the problem. I have expanded my repertoire, styles and range. I would highly recommend Ian to anyone. He is fantastic!”

Joanne Dennis - Classical Crossover Performer and Vocal Coach

“Working as a classical singer for years and then being diagnosed with acid reflux had affected my voice and confidence. Ian has not only helped build the strength back in my voice but has given me the confidence to work through the problem. I have expanded my repertoire, styles and range. I would highly recommend Ian to anyone. He is fantastic!”

Ady Suleiman - Singer/Songwriter and Performer "Ian Davidson has really helped me to improve and grow as a singer, teaching me a wide variety of techniques in how to control and use my voice as well as understanding how my voice works and how to take care of it. Lessons with Ian have been invaluable and I am very grateful to him. He's a wonderful coach who I would recommend to anyone."    

Ady Suleiman - Singer/Songwriter and Performer

"Ian Davidson has really helped me to improve and grow as a singer, teaching me a wide variety of techniques in how to control and use my voice as well as understanding how my voice works and how to take care of it. Lessons with Ian have been invaluable and I am very grateful to him. He's a wonderful coach who I would recommend to anyone."

 

 

Rachael Jean Harris - Singer/Songwriter and Performer "I had the privilege of being taught by Ian for 2 years whilst studying at LIPA, and I still see him when I need a vocal tune up! His direct, encouraging and intelligent approach has been an invaluable part of my development as a vocalist and performer and I would wholeheartedly recommend him."

Rachael Jean Harris - Singer/Songwriter and Performer

"I had the privilege of being taught by Ian for 2 years whilst studying at LIPA, and I still see him when I need a vocal tune up! His direct, encouraging and intelligent approach has been an invaluable part of my development as a vocalist and performer and I would wholeheartedly recommend him."

Kate McHenry - Actress and Musical Theatre/Cabaret Performer "Over the years Ian really made the effort to get to know my voice and me as a person and so every lesson was specific to my needs as a singer. He has a great ear and is very quick to realise the strengths and weaknesses in your voice. He explains things in a way that is very easy to understand and apply to your singing and being an incredible singer himself he can even show you. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for Ian and I could not recommend him highly enough!"

Kate McHenry - Actress and Musical Theatre/Cabaret Performer

"Over the years Ian really made the effort to get to know my voice and me as a person and so every lesson was specific to my needs as a singer. He has a great ear and is very quick to realise the strengths and weaknesses in your voice. He explains things in a way that is very easy to understand and apply to your singing and being an incredible singer himself he can even show you. I definitely wouldn’t be where I am today if it wasn’t for Ian and I could not recommend him highly enough!"

Lewis Fieldhouse - Singer/Songwriter and Performer "Ian is a fantastic vocal coach. Not only does he give you detailed training for technique, he also gives you a holistic approach to living with and taking care of your voice which I have found to be invaluable. The texture of my voice has vastly improved since I started with Ian and we continue to make progress, making sure my voice is always at its best."

Lewis Fieldhouse - Singer/Songwriter and Performer

"Ian is a fantastic vocal coach. Not only does he give you detailed training for technique, he also gives you a holistic approach to living with and taking care of your voice which I have found to be invaluable. The texture of my voice has vastly improved since I started with Ian and we continue to make progress, making sure my voice is always at its best."

Dave Stroud - Vocal Coach and Entrepreneur "Ian recognises the importance of strong core values, persistence and intellectual integrity. He is a stella vocal technician and I continue to be blown away by his exquisite talent and his ability to inspire others through his vocal abilities. He is truly one of the best Vocal Coaches that I've worked with in the UK. He is a unique individual that will bring amazing and invigorating ideas to music education.”

Dave Stroud - Vocal Coach and Entrepreneur

"Ian recognises the importance of strong core values, persistence and intellectual integrity. He is a stella vocal technician and I continue to be blown away by his exquisite talent and his ability to inspire others through his vocal abilities. He is truly one of the best Vocal Coaches that I've worked with in the UK. He is a unique individual that will bring amazing and invigorating ideas to music education.”

Lisa Haupert - Vocal Coach and Wellness Coach "Ian is a star of a teacher as well as all around musician and singer. I had the great fortune of working with him at LIPA and observed directly the power of his teaching. He relates to his clients well and he helps them progress quickly and soundly i their vocal technique, interpretation and presentation. You would do very well to study with him."

Lisa Haupert - Vocal Coach and Wellness Coach

"Ian is a star of a teacher as well as all around musician and singer. I had the great fortune of working with him at LIPA and observed directly the power of his teaching. He relates to his clients well and he helps them progress quickly and soundly i their vocal technique, interpretation and presentation. You would do very well to study with him."

Nikki Mae - West End Performer and Vocal Coach  "Ian's training not only pieced together and solidified my previous knowledge, but also gave me a foundation of deeper understanding in the science and mechanics of the voice. This not only transformed my teaching but also made a profound improvement to my own singing technique and vocal health"  

Nikki Mae - West End Performer and Vocal Coach 

"Ian's training not only pieced together and solidified my previous knowledge, but also gave me a foundation of deeper understanding in the science and mechanics of the voice. This not only transformed my teaching but also made a profound improvement to my own singing technique and vocal health"

 

Natalie Andreou - West End Performer and Vocal Coach "I studied the BAST course with Ian on a one-to-one basis via Skype. It wasn't possible for to travel to Liverpool, but studying with Ian individually and online meant that I learnt at my own pace and very thoroughly at that! Ian was just brilliant and ensured that  every step of the way I was clued up into the science of the voice and how to teach technique. It's the been the ideal start to my teaching business and I couldn't have done it without him. I've also worked with Ian in workshop situations and can hand on heart say his passion for the voice shines through always. He's a lovely guy and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending him to anyone that wanted to further their career in performance or teaching."

Natalie Andreou - West End Performer and Vocal Coach

"I studied the BAST course with Ian on a one-to-one basis via Skype. It wasn't possible for to travel to Liverpool, but studying with Ian individually and online meant that I learnt at my own pace and very thoroughly at that! Ian was just brilliant and ensured that  every step of the way I was clued up into the science of the voice and how to teach technique. It's the been the ideal start to my teaching business and I couldn't have done it without him. I've also worked with Ian in workshop situations and can hand on heart say his passion for the voice shines through always. He's a lovely guy and I wouldn't hesitate in recommending him to anyone that wanted to further their career in performance or teaching."

Caroline England - Singer/Songwriter and Recording Artist "Ian is a trusted and true professional. His personable teaching style and expertise make him one of the best vocal coaches in the business. I recommend him highly to all the singers I meet."  

Caroline England - Singer/Songwriter and Recording Artist

"Ian is a trusted and true professional. His personable teaching style and expertise make him one of the best vocal coaches in the business. I recommend him highly to all the singers I meet."

 

Line Hilton R.N, B.Mus Ed (Jazz), MSc PAM - BAST Founder, Vocal Coach and Performing Arts Medicine Specialist I have know Ian for years as a fellow singing teacher, educator and BAST Trainer. His broad depth of education in singing and music education give him an edge that isn’t commonly found in this industry. I love his passion for harmonies, voice and developing singing teachers, so can highly recommend him to anyone wishing to develop their skills in these areas. 

Line Hilton R.N, B.Mus Ed (Jazz), MSc PAM - BAST Founder, Vocal Coach and Performing Arts Medicine Specialist

I have know Ian for years as a fellow singing teacher, educator and BAST Trainer. His broad depth of education in singing and music education give him an edge that isn’t commonly found in this industry. I love his passion for harmonies, voice and developing singing teachers, so can highly recommend him to anyone wishing to develop their skills in these areas. 

Gemma Sugrue MA, Bmus, DipRSL - Singer and Teacher. Voiceworks Studio Director  "We hosted Ian Davidson for a workshop with our students at Voiceworks and he also ran the BAST intensive week long training course with a group of our teachers. It was clear Ian has a depth of knowledge and a fluency in all things regarding contemporary vocal coaching, an admirable work ethic, a highly effective manner of communicating with both teachers and students of varying levels and he has a genuine passion for imparting knowledge."

Gemma Sugrue MA, Bmus, DipRSL - Singer and Teacher. Voiceworks Studio Director 

"We hosted Ian Davidson for a workshop with our students at Voiceworks and he also ran the BAST intensive week long training course with a group of our teachers. It was clear Ian has a depth of knowledge and a fluency in all things regarding contemporary vocal coaching, an admirable work ethic, a highly effective manner of communicating with both teachers and students of varying levels and he has a genuine passion for imparting knowledge."


The BAST Course

The BAST Course, which stands for "Be A Singing Teacher" is an outstanding course and community of teachers, designed to equip the aspiring singing teacher with everything that they need to get started in this worthwhile career.

The comprehensive 20 hour course is usually delivered in 10, 2 hour sessions over 10 weeks, to groups no larger than 8, but can be taught in a number of different formats including week-long intensives and one-to-one. 

Topics Covered include...

  • Basic singing related anatomy and physiology
  • Assessing and managing the singing voice
  • The science behind singing
  • Teaching and learning styles
  • Tools of the trade
  • Giving a lesson
  • Common vocal issues and health advice
  • Setting up your business and marketing

Upon Completion You Will Receive... 

  • A signed certificate of attendance
  • Access to the BAST Forum
  • Subscription to the BAST Newsletter
  • Updates for ongoing educational events
  • Discounts on teaching and business related products

Ian is one of only 5 specialists in the world who is licensed to teach this hugely popular and oversubscribed course. For more information, including pricing, please contact Ian via this website, or email BAST Central on info@basttraining.com


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Vocology in practice

Ian is proud to be a fully authorised Vocology in Practice Instructor and Teacher Trainer for this incredible organisation. Here is their mission statement. 

"VIP is a global network of elite voice professionals, including singing teachers, vocal coaches, songwriters, producers, music industry professionals, speech and language practitioners, ENT’s and laryngologists.

We exist as a community committed to continuous professional development, education and networking via in person training, one on one mentorship, research, educational events, seminars, webinars and articles.

Our aim is to be at the forefront of vocal health, science and pedagogy in order to provide the best vocal training and 360 degree care for today’s contemporary vocalist."

To find out more about Vocology in Practice, click here.

 

Find ME... 

Balance Vocal Studio

℅ Elevator Studios,

25 Parliament Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L8 5RN, UK

 

 
 

Contact Ian

For any enquiries, please use the form opposite and Ian will get back to you as soon as possible  

The telephone number for the studio is

0151 345 6771

Please be aware that it's not always possible to answer the phone during teaching hours, but please leave a message or use this form to get in touch. Thanks.  

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