Renee’s mission as a vocal instructor is to empower the singer to perform with ease, versatility, and control, while maintaining a healthy voice. In her role as mentor to student instructors, Renee works hand-in-hand with mentees to build teachers who are proficient, confident, and inspired. She brings her years of experience as a singer and songwriter to every lesson, connecting with students at every stage of their development as vocalists and artists.
Renee’s experience as a singing instructor began in 2001 as a self-employed vocal coach and also a part-time instructor at local music schools in Vancouver, BC (Canada). Realizing the need for a more effective teaching method, she sought further training to improve her skills as a singer and instructor. In 2007, Renee began the certification process through the Speech Level Singing organization under the tutelage of Spencer Welch. During this period, she also received training from SLS Master Teachers Dean Kaelin, Dave Stroud, Wendy Parr, and Greg Enriquez. Renee joined the Institute for Vocal Advancement upon its inception in 2013, continuing her training with Spencer Welch as well as other IVA Master Teachers, including Jeffrey Skouson, Guy Babusek, and Linda Tomkinson. In recent years, Renee has taken a special interest in peak performance psychology, reviewing a growing list of resources on the topic and sharing her knowledge to help students cope with stage fright and performance anxiety.
Students can expect their lesson time to be focused, productive and empowering. Renee’s positive nature and sense of humor help to create a very comfortable and open learning environment. She combines her gift for teaching and her passion for music to bring out the best in every student, at every level.
Renee is a Level 5 (Mentor) Certified Instructor through the Institute of Vocal Advancement. She is also a full member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS). In her spare time, Renee likes to read classic novels, write, and spend time with close friends and family.