Even in this era of COVID-19, teaching vocal technique, musicianship and repertoire can take place effectively online. Although Alberta has entered stage 2 of its relaunch strategy on June 12th, 2020, in-person lessons for singers are still discouraged. All the same, students of all ages and abilities are welcome to begin online, with children beginning in grade 2. Lessons can take place in English or in French. All students will learn how the body produces sound and how to do it in a healthy way. I believe students should be independent musicians: I therefore work with students on music literacy and ear training. As well, students will learn to determine what they like about their voices and what requires improvement, learn and perform repertoire.

Mireille Rijavec

The point of the consultation is to see if the prospective student and I are a good fit. It's important that we be able to work well together, and that the student agrees with my pedagogy. During the consultation, I will review my studio guidelines and my teaching philosophy. I will evaluate the student's music reading and we'll have a trial lesson.


If the student feels comfortable with my approach and I feel I can work with the student, we will schedule regular weekly lessons. Some students schedule two lessons a week or bi-weekly lessons, whatever works best. For most students, the goal is to perform in my two studio recitals during the year. Progress is mostly dependent on the student's practice outside of the lessons. Regular, mindful practice is most effective. The length of practice depends on the student's level and focus.


Lessons are usually comprised of technical exercises, sight-reading and repertoire work. Although that is the overall structure of the lessons, each student will be given the exercises and repertoire that is best suited for their ability. I will make sure that student's music reading is at least at the level of the repertoire they are singing. As lessons get closer to the recitals, more time is spent on repertoire preparation.