Located in the heart of Hollywood, our studio is dedicated to providing quality instruction in vocal studies to people of all ages, levels, and backgrounds.
Ingrid Schnell is authorized in Vocology in Practice (VIP). VIP is a study of the voice that when put to practice helps vocalists gain more vocal strength and fitness. Vocology in Practice is a multidisciplinary method based on the art and science of singing. We make scientifically researched techniques applicable to each specific style of singing. It is the art of technique and vocal rehabilitation combined with the individual's artistic choices and style to maximize the sound the singer is looking for while keeping the voice healthy and agile. It's important for singers to understand there are differences in how a person uses their voice for opera as opposed to commercial pop, as opposed to R&B, as opposed to Musical Theater, and so on.
She was also trained and certified in Speech Level Singing (SLS). A technique developed by Seth Riggs, which trains singers to maintain their larynx stable and close their cords throughout their entire vocal range to avoid harming their voice. Proper training ensures an extensive vocal career. An important factor of SLS is overcoming the vocal bridges known as “passagio.” Singers often experience tension throughout certain areas of their voice, which could lead to breaks in the voice. Through this technique, singers learn to mix their voice, avoiding any breaks, which will lead to a larger vocal range.
Ingrid Schnell is dedicated to guide developing singers in finding their individual sound and focuses on a technique that helps singers overcome vocal barriers. Students will learn to mix their voice appropriately according to their style and will expand their vocal range while keeping their vocal cords healthy and agile.
We are student centered and strive to relate to each individual student’s learning style. We focus on keeping the artistic choices of the singer and maximizing the use of their voice within those choices and style. We strive to honor the students’ wishes and help students take ownership of their growth so they become more focused, inspired, and assertive. Through student centered learning a student discovers their own uniqueness and connect their intrinsic motivations on the basis that each person is an expert in their own life. By being placed in the center of their own vocal and artistic journey, students are given a safe environment where they can explore and push boundaries.
Our students range from children to adults, experienced touring and recording singers to beginners who are starting their journey into learning their voice.
Private lessons ensure that each student has the teacher’s undivided attention so they progress at a level suited to their individual needs.
Through working on the voice and exploring different styles, we direct singers into finding their unique sound in their phrasing, arrangements, style, tone, and sound. We also direct artists to explore and create a narrative which explains who they are, what they represent, and who they speak to. And finally, together we create an image of what their music looks and feels like so that the artist has a clear and precise idea of what their music’s image is. This is important so that when they start branding themselves in the “do it yourself” music world the artist knows how to guide a photographer, web developer, and/or graphic designer.
We work on the delivery, vocal arrangement, phrasing, and performance of each song so that each song is unique and true to the artist. Also, we make sure we understand the voice of the artist and keep true to what they are delivering to their audience so that it is consistent and specific.
Together we build the singer’s show and start developing them as performing artists. We start building their set musically and visually so that the artist can create an atmosphere that is true to their brand and start having clarity of what their message is and the experience they are creating for their audience. We fine tune the show and make sure that every piece is well thought out and serving its greater purpose within the show and experience of their audience.
Ingrid has had vast experience helping artists and producers get the vocal performance they are looking for in the studio. Often there is miscommunication in the studio between an artist and their producer since many producers aren’t singers themselves, this can be very frustrating for both parties and can show in the end product. It is hard to direct singers and get them to deliver the performance they need for the record. Having someone who can understand the voice and how to translate to a singer is always important in the recording studio and will help get the performance both the artist and producer are looking for.
Treva Tegtmeier, Actress/ Musical Theater
“After a decade of vocal frustration I had almost given up on my voice. I no longer had joy while singing. During my first lesson with Ingrid I became emotional with relief! The major vocal problems I thought I had were just bad habits I had gotten into over the years. She not only recognizes what I am doing incorrectly but teaches me how to identify and correct myself while singing. After six weeks of lessons, I was cast as the lead in a big musical and she walked beside me through the entire rehearsal process as well as the run. She is incredibly supportive and I am so grateful that I found her!”
Sara & AJ Achinger, Actor / Singer
....Simply stated, Ingrid is an exceptional teacher with keen insights that allow her to be in tune with the unique needs of each of her students. I know this to be true because AJ is a bass who has found his unique adult voice under her expert direction. She has helped him recapture notes at the higher end of his range that began to slip away...
Tiff Jimber, Singer/Songwriter
Ingrid has changed my voice completely! She has elevated my singing to an entire new level. She’s taught me approach techniques, breath control, and strategic vocal exercises. Every week I learn something new and I’m excited to grow as a vocalist with her help.
Bahaur Sepehr, Singer
Ingrid is just amazing! As much as she is a talented singer and artist, she is also a great teacher. I had never taken singing lessons before, extremely shy, never had any confidence in my voice, and wouldn't even sing in front of my own family. I've been with Ingrid for 8 months now and there has been a huge improvement. She records all the lessons, from day one so you can hear for yourself how much you've changed. Not only has she helped me develop my voice and learn how to use it, but she also helps me with my confidence and performance...
Matt Bobb, Music Producer
“Whenever I have a vocalist who isn't quite nailing it in the studio, I call Ingrid. She always brings the best out of each artist, knows how to communicate in a language they understand, and keeps my sessions running smoothly.
Joe Keenast, Musician
“I was skeptical about taking voice lessons. I felt like singing was just something that was inherent and that you either had it or didn’t have it. Wow, in my first lesson with Ingrid, I felt like I was instantly better and over the course of several months I was able to significantly increase my range. She is great to work with and the results speak for themselves. I highly recommend working with her.”
Jolene & Ashlee Fuss, Actress / Singer
“Ingrid is the BEST voice teacher in LA! She is very professional, kind, and herself a talented singer. She has been teaching my daughter for two years. Her confidence, her voice range and vocals have improved 100%. She has been so supportive of my daughter and coaches her before her singing auditions. She brings out the best in her!! HIGHLY recommend her.”
Bobby Greiert, Singer/Songwriter
“I highly recommend studying with one of the BEST Vocal instructors in Los Angeles. Professional and fun, easy to work with. Lessons are personalized with practical application to your specific genre of music. I have improved consistently and gained confidence in my voice and ability.”
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Ingrid Schnell is currently teaching in Hollywood Monday through Saturday by appointment.
Lessons are also offered through skype if students don’t reside in Los Angeles.
Lessons may be scheduled in half hour or hour long increments.
Your lesson will be recorded and provided to you at the end of the lesson.