Andreas Grussl and Jeffrey Skouson

Andreas Grussl

Jeffrey Skouson

Workshop the IVA method, communication between voice teacher and singer

In this workshop, Jeffrey Skouson and Andreas Grussl will demonstrate proven strategies from the IVA method that help to improve communication between singing teacher and singer and, as a result, also improve the singer’s learning experience. These strategies work in all genres of singing and for singers of all levels. After a short introduction, the audience will be walked through a voice lesson with a volunteer while the teachers’ thoughts and applied strategies are explained in detail.

In every singing lesson, voice teachers and singers work together in order to create an optimal learning experience for the singer. But there are many pitfalls along the way that can make the cooperation between voice teacher and singer difficult, which
makes a successful outcome unlikely, especially when it comes to conveying complicated vocal or musical concepts such as support, vocal placement, or a certain muscular function in and around the larynx.

Jeffrey Skouson
Jeffrey is an international top vocal coach who works with singers from all around the world in his studio in Las Vegas and through the internet. He is well-known for his expertise in balancing vocal technique with the demands of a professional career as a singer. His clients include musical theatre singers on Broadway and West End, classical singers, and international pop/rock stars such as The Killers, Panic! At The Disco, and Imagine Dragons.

He has extensive experience as a performer, music director, and vocal producer. His stage credits include lead roles in West Side Story and Saturday’s Warrior, as well as numerous guest appearances throughout the United States. For two years, he was musical director for the multimillion dollar production of Utah! at Tuacahn Center for the Performing Arts. Today, Jeffrey frequently guest lectures at universities, colleges, and does vocal seminars throughout the world.

Jeffrey is also a founding member, master teacher, and manager of the Institute for Vocal Advancement (IVA), an organization based in Las Vegas, Nevada, that trains singing teachers and singers worldwide.

Andreas Grussl
Andreas is a founding member, mentor teacher, and manager of the Institute for Vocal Advancement (IVA). He runs a very successful voice studio in his hometown of Graz, the second biggest city in Austria, where he trains singers from all over Austria and Europe in-person and over the Internet. Andreas is known for high-quality vocal instruction and effective help to singers of all genres and levels.

Before Andreas decided to focus on singing and vocal pedagogy, he graduated from law school and worked at a law firm that specialized in business and corporate law. He still lectures on constitutional and governmental law at the University of Technology in Graz. His legal background includes working at the Institute for Tax Law at the Law School of the Karl-Franzens-University at Graz, where he published articles and a book on Austrian and international tax law. With Andreas’ combined legal knowledge and singing skills, singers frequently consult with him for his expertise in dealing with recording companies or for career advice.

Andreas believes that the future development of vocal pedagogy will make old singing traditions and modern science meet. Having a comprehensive knowledge about classical and modern vocal pedagogy, Andreas is currently studying physics in Graz in order to be able to understand the scientific principles that govern the vocal organ even better.