A professional vocalist and certified instructor of the Institute for Vocal Advancement, Rebecca has 8+ years of experience teaching singers from Vancouver and around the world, including Nashville, NYC, LA, and Japan. Her client list includes singers of contemporary music, as well as voice teachers, actors and people with injured voices in recovery.
After my first music class in first grade, Ms. Raymond, my music teacher, called home to advise my parents to enroll me in singing lessons. From then on, I wanted to be a singer. At 12 years old, I began singing at various events and venues around the lower mainland. Small gigs grew to bigger ones over the years. I’m forever grateful to Ms. Beatrice Raymond and that phone call!
I was a certified teacher of Speech Level Singing from 2007 to 2013, where I studied with masterful teachers such as Seth Riggs (Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Kelly Clarkson), Dave Stroud (Natasha Bedingfield, Justin Timberlake, Justin Bieber), Wendy Parr (Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Regina Spektor), Jeffrey Skouson (Brandon Flowers – The Killers, Dan Reynolds – Imagine Dragons) and Greg Enriquez (Celine Dion, Britney Spears, Solange Knowles). Since 2001, I’ve studied vocal technique, performance and pedagogy with Spencer Welch, owner/founder of SWVS and the Director of Education for the Institute for Vocal Advancement.
I continue my education in my studies with the Institute of Vocal Advancement and by participating in vocal conferences, learning from experts in various areas of vocal performance and health such as Tom Jackson (Taylor Swift, The Band Perry), Dr. Scott McCoy (author of Your Voice: An Inside View), Ken Bozeman (author of Practical Vocal Acoustics: Pedagogic Applications for Teachers and Singers), speech language pathologists, and physicians who specialize in the vocal therapy.
I majored in Jazz Vocal Performance at Capilano University. I also play piano and guitar.
I’ll start by learning about your vocal history and background. After that, we will progress to an assessment scale, which will help me to get to know what is limiting your voice. Then I will prescribe exercises to improve the balance in your voice, and from there, we will work towards applying that newfound balance to a song. Every voice is different, therefore every lesson varies slightly. My goal with every student is for you to leave feeling empowered with tangible tools that improve your vocal balance and awareness. Oh, and we?ll have fun too!
I love seeing the excitement in my students’ eyes when they feel a positive change in their voice or when a new concept really hits home. Those “Aha!” moments are truly special!
The functional method I teach can treat singers of all genres. Consider this: if a piano is built and tuned correctly, the instrument can play rock, classical, jazz, pop, R&B, whatever. My goal is to tune your voice to its most balanced setting and give you the freedom to sing what you want, when you want and how you want it. With that being said, my performance background has been in R&B, jazz, soul, pop and gospel.
Before I learned to sing in the IVA method, I often strained my voice, struggling to reach high notes with power. I was used to hearing my voice loudly, whether it was comfortable or not! Even when I was sick with laryngitis or other similar illnesses, I would sing hard into my voice…typical of an R&B singer. These bad habits caused me to develop soft nodules on my vocal cords. With vocal rest and plenty of vocalizing at SWVS, I was able to recover from that injury. Now, I can sing with control and power with less effort and more longevity.
I’ve sung in a variety of groups, including local indie folk/pop band, Forest and the Sea, the Delisle Vocal Project and my own original music project, in venues such as the Queen Elizabeth Theatre, St. Andrews Wesley United Church, The Centre for Performing Arts and the Whistler Conference Centre. I’ve also recorded with Juno-Award winning artists such as Brian Doerkson and Devin Townsend. Recently, I switched my focus from performing live to performing online, on Instagram and on Youtube. This opens up time and space for me to focus on teaching.
Aside from music, I love to stay active. I love snowboarding, surfing, cycling and yoga. I am particularly interested in balancing sports because of their similarities to singing? Singing IS a balancing sport, we’re just using teeny tiny muscles!
As owner and producer at Blue Light Studio, I can assure you nothing is as great as working with such a multitalented professional as Rebecca Lam. I have worked with her as an in-studio vocal coach, session singer, and singing teacher. Not only does she put 100 percent into every project, she goes above and beyond what is required, all with a positive and excited personality that truly makes her a pleasure to work with. I guarantee that no matter whether she is coaching you through a vocal take, singing on your song, or taking your singing to the next level, your project or voice will be far better off because of her.Kaj Falch-Nielsen (Owner, Producer, Lead Engineer of Blue Light Studio)
Of all the vocal teachers in Vancouver, I chose to see Rebecca, not only because she’s a wealth of knowledge in keeping vocal chords healthy, but also because she does what I do – she performs all the time and can relate with me and my vocal issues. Rebecca has taught me many valuable techniques that have saved my voice, and in only a few lessons! I would definitely recommend her to any singer – beginners to experienced vocalists. Thanks Rebecca!Marie Hui (Vancouver Whitecaps Anthem Singer, lead singer of Groove n Tonic & LeftCoast www.mariehui.com)
Rebecca has been an extremely valuable vocal coach and mentor. My experience with Rebecca has been absolutely pleasant and helpful in developing excellent vocal technique! Her approach to coaching is very clear and direct with a high level of understanding of the voice and vocal technique. Every question and technique I have sought to improve, for example control of my vibrato and strength in my top range, she has provided me with excellent exercises and techniques that I have been using and continuing to see excellent results and improvement! In addition to excellent vocal coaching, she is extremely knowledgeable and connected in the music industry that allows myself as an artist to find opportunities through her to showcase my artistry in local events and gigs.Jerrica Santos (Variety’s Got Talent winner 2013, 1st Runner Up 2012 PNE Star Showdown, Grand Canadian Karaoke Champion 2011, 200,000+ views on Youtube www.jerricasantos.com)
My first lesson with Rebecca blew me away. With her box of tricks she made some simple tweaks to my voice that instantly increased power and reduced vocal strain. Thanks to her I can easily sing through several long gigs in a row and still be ready for more. Her easy to understand way of explaining vocal concepts and her mastery of singing have inspired me as a teacher and singer.Mike Bell (Lead singer of The Living and The Whiskeydicks www.theliving.bandcamp.com)
Rebecca’s instruction has drastically changed the way I approach my voice. The technique she teaches has helped me to expand my range of vocal possibilities, enjoy singing more and take better care of my vocal chords. As an honours graduate with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, I have had a fair amount of music instruction in my life and I can quite honestly say that Rebecca is right up there with the very best. Not only as an instructor, but as a performer as well. Her powerful voice and warm stage presence are an amazing combo on any stage – so amazing in fact that I have hired her numerous times to perform with my 9-piece Funk, Soul and R&B band, simply because I know she will rock it every time. As a bonus, she happens to be very friendly, incredibly supportive and persistently optimistic. Book her today…she is worth every penny you will pay.Reuben Avery (Band Leader of The Phonix www.thephonix.ca)Book Lessons with Rebecca