DEIRDRE LOBO, Soprano

          Concert Artist /  Vocal Coach & Consultant  / Choral and Stage Director             

official website

ONLINE VOICE STUDIO INT’L
Welcome to the ONLINE VOICE STUDIO!
                                                               Learning continues no matter where you are in the world!

The ONLINE VOICE STUDIO works with students interested in developing their voices, and learning the right vocal technique even from a distance! Who says you cannot learn vocal technique over the internet?  With today's technology the way it is, has made it possible for Deirdre to reach students worldwide. Current online students are in India, Hong Kong, Germany, Paris, Malaysia, Dubai, the United Kingdom, United States, etc. where they work weekly with the artistic director. 

First lesson is a FREE demo lesson where the student would meet with Deirdre online and work for half hour. This would give the student some idea as to how this works and how easy it is. Students ideally meet for a lesson once a week either for half or one hour.

All one needs in order to avail of this opportunity right out of the comfort of your home, is to have:
(1) An Open Mind;
(2) Willingness to Learn;
(3) A Good Webcam; AND
(4) A Good Internet Connection

Students are able to appear for Trinity College of Music, London examinations or for the Associate Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) examinations as well as the London College of Music examinations (LCM).  


TUITION PAYMENTS:

 - Via PAYPAL on the website

 - Bank Wire

 - Check (Only for students within the United States)

ONE-ON-ONE VOICE LESSONS
Students learn vocal technique enabling them to sing any genre of music including Pop, Jazz, Rock, Western Classical, Broadway, Pop, Indian Classical, Bollywood, etc.  Students are able to appear for Trinity College of Music, London examinations or for the Associate Board of the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM) examinations as well as the London College of Music examinations (LCM).  Classes are offered in person at the studio in Daly City, USA or ONLINE via Skype, FaceTime or Whatsapp Video.  


CLAV prepares students for major vocal competitions:

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT

X-FACTOR

THE VOICE

THE STAGE

SA-RE-GA-MA

INDIAN IDOL


ONLINE GROUP CLASSES   NEW!

Now available ONLINE are GROUP CLASSES. You are now able to enrol for a GROUP VOICE CLASS for a maximum of 3 students in one class. Each class goes for 1 hour.  Students will learn vocal technique enabling them to sing repertoire from any genre of music. Each GROUP CLASS is designed to work with a specific genre of music. Group Voice Classes are now also offered to Actors, Voice Over Artists, Call Centre Professionals, Corporate Executives, Choristers, etc. Pick a class that applies to you!


Improve the way you sing by applying this vocal technique to your current technique enabling you to not just increase your vocal range, but to sing effortlessly without hurting your voice! This technique works with diaphragmatic breathing.  Indian Classical & Bollywood Back up Singers-where instead of being told to sing from the NAABI, you will actually be shown how to do exactly that! Additionally you will be taught to sing with an open and free sound where you will soon realise that you have a vocal range of more than one octave.  Also you will no longer have to keep changing the key to suit your vocal range. This technique will even out your vocal range and you will no longer have clearly defined registerS but just one even scale. Have front projection with a complete open sound and NOT hurt yourself.  Sing for hours without getting tired! Each class is initially for a period of 6 weeks. At the end of 6 weeks, you will learn to breath diaphragmatically, project your voice and use the right diction. You will also learn to speak or sing tirelessly. The best about these Group Classes, is that you will gain the confidence you need to speak or sing in front of others or to clients. Students being to develop their personalities and build their confidence. After the 6 weeks, students would be able to chose to continue and sign up for quarterly classes which would be for a period of 12 weeks.


INTRO COURSE:   6 Weeks

ONGOING CLASSES: 12 Weeks - in Levels starting with the Beginner Level to Advanced Level


Indian Classical / Bollywood Back-up Singers Group Class - 3 Students Max 

Combining Western with Indian Classical technique to produce an effortless sound with a vocal range of more than one octave, and never ever get tired after singing for a period of more than two hours! Indian Classical & Bollywood Back up Singers -  where instead of being told to sing from the NAABI, you will actually be shown how to do exactly that. Additionally you will be taught to sing with an open and free sound where you will soon realise that you have a vocal range of more than just one octave.  You will NEVER have to keep changing the key to suit your vocal range. You will also be taught how to sing your Raags with the western technique without changing the style of the sound and music. You will develop an extensive vocal range. DO NOT FEAR! You can now improve the natural throw of your voice!


Pop / Rock / R&B / Country Group Voice Class- 3 Students Max

Improve the way you sing using diaphragmatic breathing, coupled with the relaxed open throat technique. Increase your vocal range and sing with front projection. Sing for hours without getting tired or lose your voice. Say Goodbye to changing your key and now be able to sing songs with a much larger vocal range. Sing effortlessly and Healthy!


Call Centre Professionals Group Class - 3 Students Max

You will improve the way you speak over the phone to clients - diction, accents, etc. This class is for those of you professionals who not only want to improve the way you speak but also to speak without getting tired. You will learn to use the breath and other tools to speak tirelessly and not constantly losing your voice! Learn punctuation, phrasing, and emphasis of words while you speak. Feel confident of yourself at the end of this course. 


Actors Group Voice Class​ - 3 Students Max

Learn to project your voice loud or soft modulating your voice using the correct breathing, projection, diction, phrasing, vowels and consonants, etc. Work on your upcoming audition or gig and perfect that presentation. 


Choral Singers Group Voice Class - 3 Students Max

Improve the way you sing using diaphragmatic breathing, coupled with the relaxed open throat technique. Increase your vocal range and sing with front projection. Sing for hours without getting tired or lose your voice. Say Goodbye to changing your key and now be able to sing songs with a much larger vocal range. Learn to blend with other fellow choristers. Use correct diction and phrasing.


ONLINE WORKSHOPS  NEW!

INTRO COURSE:   6 Weeks
ONGOING CLASSES: 12 Weeks - in Levels starting with the Beginner Level to Advanced Level


Corporate Presentations and Speaking Workshop - 3 Students Max

Learn to project your voice while you speaking using diaphragmatic breathing and open throat technique. You will never be tired after speaking for long hours in a presentation.  Learn to throw your voice with the correct technique, and gain clarity. Work on your Vs and Ws and correct diction. Refine your way of presenting and being absolutely confident while doing this. If a student wishes to work on his/her technique, there is an INTRO COURSE and ONGOING CLASS options.


Singers Workshop - 3 Students Max

Improve the way you sing by applying this vocal technique to your current technique enabling you to not just increase your vocal range, but to sing effortlessly without hurting your voice! This technique works with diaphragmatic breathing.  Indian Classical & Bollywood Back up Singers. Additionally you will be taught to sing with an open and free sound where you will soon realise that you have a vocal range of more than just one octave.  You will NEVER have to keep changing the key to suit your vocal range. You will develop an extensive vocal range. DO NOT FEAR! You can now improve the natural throw of your voice! If a student wishes to work on his/her technique, there is an INTRO COURSE and ONGOING CLASS options.


Actors Workshop - 3 Students Max

Learn to project your voice loud or soft modulating your voice using the correct breathing, projection, diction, phrasing, vowels and consonants, etc. Work on your upcoming audition or gig and perfect that presentation. If a student wishes to work on his/her technique, there is an INTRO COURSE and ONGOING CLASS options.


OUTREACH PROGRAM
A big part of Deirdre's work is giving back to the community by helping underprivileged students pursue their dreams as singers and teachers. Deirdre will reach out to schools which do not have a music program or have a program where students need the extra help.  Students from those schools will be able to attend classes at CLAV where Deirdre is the Artistic Director, for FREE. If a student wishes to work on his/her technique, there is an INTRO COURSE and ONGOING CLASS options.



CONSULTING WORK
The artistic director of CLAV provides consulting services to organisations regarding their music program.  Where need be, suggestions are made to either improve the existing program or for CLAV to provide a program for the organisation. Also specialising in doing Workshops and Clinics. 


Deirdre does voice workshops and master classes at schools, colleges, music schools, dance schools, theatre schools etc. teaching those students the rudiments of vocal technique and repertoire enabling them to sing any genre of music with flexibility and ease. Vocal technique, and song repertoire are taught to the students as a group and in some cases individual students are coached one-on-one. Sometimes even music theory, music sight reading, drama and stage deportment, and ensemble singing in 2 & 3 part or even 4 part are taught.  Number of participants per class could be anywhere from 15 students to 100.  A workshop is normally 1-1.5 hours at the very minimum.  Deirdre also does voice workshops and master classes for singers, choruses, and small ensembles. If a student wishes to work on his/her technique, there is an INTRO COURSE and ONGOING CLASS options.


CORPORATE PRESENTATIONS AND SPEAKING

Learn to project your voice while you speaking using diaphragmatic breathing and open throat technique. You will never be tired after speaking for long hours in a presentation.  Learn to throw your voice with the correct technique, and gain clarity. Work on your Vs and Ws and correct diction. Refine your way of presenting and being absolutely confident while doing this. If a student wishes to work on his/her technique, there is an INTRO COURSE and ONGOING CLASS options.


CHORUSES
Voice Workshops for Choruses is 2-3 hours in duration. Choruses should prepare one song or piece they are working on that they are prepared to sing for the workshop. An accompanist must be provided.  Singing technique, vocalises, vowel modification, diction, blending, tonality, expression, and presentation will be taught in the Voice Workshop.  In the first one hour the choristers are taught breathing and vocalises related to technique.  Vowel modification rules are taught in general.  In the next couple of hours choristers will sing the piece they have prepared. The piece that has been prepared will be fine tuned with the technique the choristers learned in the first hour of the workshop. If a students wish to work on their technique, there is an INTRO COURSE and ONGOING CLASS options for groups of students ONLINE.
 
SINGERS
Voice Workshops for Singers is designed in such a way where singers are able to work one-on-one with Deirdre.  Some Workshops go for more than 1 day depending what is included in the workshop.  Workshops Int'l now presents workshops for singers to include, group / ensemble singing, music theory, sight reading, movement and drama technique, in addition to the one-on-one sessions. Sometimes, at the end of the workshop, there is a recital where students will present their songs or pieces they have worked on in the days prior. Singers must bring a recording device to record their sessions, note pad, music writing paper, pencil & eraser, water to drink, and wear comfortable clothing. These workshops are sometimes specific: Pop Music, Broadway and Musical Theatre, Indian Classical, Bollywood Back Up Singing, Western Classical, Opera, Disney Music, etc. If a student wishes to work on his/her technique, there is an INTRO COURSE and ONGOING CLASS options.

TEACHERS & CHORAL CONDUCTORS
In this workshop, teachers are given the right tools in vocal technique, to work with their own students and be better teachers! The Vocal Clinic for teachers is normally a 1 Day Clinic which lasts for approximately 2-3 hours. Upon request, the Clinic could be arranged for more than 1 Day. AV slides demonstrating vocal technique will be shown.  Singing technique, vocalises, vowel modification, diction, blending, tonality, expression, and presentation will be taught in the workshop.  If desired by the organization, one-on-one classes could be arranged for participants.  Otherwise in general, participants will be taught in groups of a minimum of 20 with a maximum of 40 students per 2 hours.  Participants will be taught a group song using the technique they have learned in the class. Teachers / Conductors must bring a recording device to record their sessions, note pad, music writing paper, pencil & eraser, water to drink, and wear comfortable clothing.

THEATRE COMPANIES & DRAMA SCHOOLS
Voice Workshops for Theater Companies & Drama Schools is a 3-6 hour workshop per day, depending on how many days or weeks the organization would like the workshop to be.  AV slides demonstrating vocal technique will be shown to students.  Singing technique, vocalises, vowel modification, diction, blending, tonality, expression, and presentation will be taught in the workshop.  If desired by the organization, one-on-one classes could be arranged for students.  Otherwise in general, students will be taught in groups of a minimum of 20 with a maximum of 40 students per 2 hours.  Students will be taught a group song with movement and blocking.
 
Actors are taught to use their voice in speaking with the correct breathing technique enabling them to speak and project the voice using the breath and not taxing the vocal cords. If the organisation desires, the instructor will work on dialogues, monlogues or a scenes the class is already working on. Fees for the workshop are to be discussed ahead of time and to be paid in US dollars preferably. Singers / Actors must bring a recording device to record their sessions, note pad, music writing paper, pencil & eraser, water to drink, and wear comfortable clothing. If a student wishes to work on his/her technique, there is an INTRO COURSE and ONGOING CLASS options ONLINE.


MUSICAL PRODUCTION COMPANIES
Voice Workshops for Musical Production Companies is a 3-6 hour workshop per day, depending on how many days or weeks the organization would like the workshop to be.  Handouts demonstrating vocal technique will be given to the students.  Singing technique, vocalises, vowel modification, diction, blending, tonality, expression, and presentation will be taught in the workshop.  If desired by the organization, one-on-one classes could be arranged for students.  Otherwise in general, singers / actors will be taught in groups of a minimum of 20 with a maximum of 40 per 2 hours.  The instructor can work on repertoire the company is in preparation.

Actors are taught to use their voice in speaking with the correct breathing technique enabling them to speak and project the voice using the breath and not taxing the vocal cords. If the organization desires, the instructor will work on dialogues and monlogues or a scene the class is already working on. Fees for the workshop are to be discussed ahead of time and to be paid in the preferred currency. Singers must bring a recording device to record their sessions, note pad, music writing paper, pencil & eraser, water to drink, and wear comfortable clothing. If a student wishes to work on his/her technique, there is an INTRO COURSE and ONGOING CLASS options.

DANCE ACADEMIES
Voice Workshops for Dance Academies is a 3-6 hour workshop per day, depending on how many days or weeks the organization would like the workshop to be.  AV slides demonstrating vocal technique will be shown to students.  Singing technique, vocalises, vowel modification, diction, blending, tonality, expression, and presentation will be taught in the workshop.  If desired by the organization, one-on-one classes could be arranged for students.  Otherwise in general, students will be taught in groups of a minimum of 20 with a maximum of 40 students per 2 hours.  Students will be taught a group song with movement and blocking. Vocal technique handouts will be emailed to the organization ahead of time to be copied for the students attending the workshop. Dancers must bring a recording device to record their sessions, note pad, music writing paper, pencil & eraser, water to drink, and wear comfortable clothing. If a student wishes to work on his/her technique, there is an INTRO COURSE and ONGOING CLASS options.

PRIVATE MUSIC SCHOOLS & PERFORMING ARTS ACADEMIES
Voice Workshops for Private Music Schools & Performing Arts Academies is a 3-6 hour workshop per day, depending on how many days or weeks the organization would like the workshop to be.  AV slides demonstrating vocal technique will be shown to students.  Singing technique, vocalises, vowel modification, diction, blending, tonality, expression, and presentation will be taught in the workshop.  If desired by the organization, one-on-one classes could be arranged for students.  Otherwise in general, students will be taught in groups of a minimum of 20 with a maximum of 40 students per 2 hours. 

Students will be taught a group song with movement and blocking. Vocal technique handouts will be emailed to the organization ahead of time to be copied for the students attending the workshop. Students must bring a recording device to record their sessions, note pad, music writing paper, pencil & eraser, water to drink, and wear comfortable clothing.


GRADE SCHOOLS / HIGH SCHOOLS / COLLEGES
Voice Workshops for Schools / Colleges are 2-3 hours in duration. Students should either prepare one song that they are prepared to sing for the workshop or the instructor will teach them a popular short song, the lyrics of which will be distributed. An accompanist / karaoke track must be provided.  Singing technique, vocalises, vowel modification, diction, blending, tonality, expression, and presentation will be taught in the Voice Workshop.  In the first hour students are taught breathing and vocalises related to technique.  Vowel modification rules are taught in general.  In the next couple of hours choristers will sing the piece they have prepared. The instructor will fine tune the piece with the technique the choristers learned in the first hour of the workshop. Students will be taught in groups of a minimum of 60 with a maximum of 100 students.