"I was raised by an opera singer who taught voice out of the house I grew up in. Needless to say I’ve been pretty particular about who I study voice with, and when I was lucky enough to connect with Alexys Paris I knew I’d found someone who could build upon what I knew to explore a whole new direction for me. I felt good about my baritone voice, but with Alexys I’ve been able to expand my repertoire beyond that range and learn better habits at the mic and in front of a room. It’s amazing to me to work in a way that draws on principles of singing that go back to the earliest days of classical singing but allows me to expand to contemporary idioms and strip away the limits of what I had learned. His passion and commitment to singing are really remarkable."
"I have taken classes from Alexys for the past two months. He has been a wonderful teacher. He’s been supportive, encouraging, and knowledgeable. He approaches every lesson as though it were his first of the day. Regardless of the fact that he may have been working on the very same thing with a previous client, he approaches my lesson with enthusiasm and fervor. I have noticed in my upper register that I have developed the much sought after “ping” that Alexys and I have worked on. The same ping I never knew was missing.
Despite the fact that I may feel foolish in our endeavors for tonal quality; he never makes me feel foolish or silly. He’s quite personable, has a ready smile, and a sense of humor. I encourage anyone that seeks to learn or improve one’s voice to sign up and see for themselves."
"I have been taking lessons from Alexys for about 6 months, and I can definitely feel and hear an improvement in my singing. The exercises he gives are very useful for addressing my particular weaknesses and building on my strengths as a singer. He is very encouraging and also challenges me to go beyond my comfort zone to refine my vocal technique. I appreciate that he has a sense of humor about things, while at the same time he is very serious and dedicated to teaching proper and healthy singing."
"Throughout my musical life, I’ve struggled to sing better and improve. I wanted to improve so that I could show people that I can sing properly. I not only wanted to impress others, I wanted to make an impact on myself. Alexys has helped me in this way. He not only simply taught me the proper technique to sing, he taught me how I should value my gift, my voice and not abuse it.
Through him, I was able to overcome the wall that was holding me back, and I’m still taking lessons til one day perfect it. A good teacher as he is, he is also a teacher who cares for the student’s voice."
"I have always wanted to sing and have never been able to. Studying voice with Alexys has been transformational for me. He has provided a nonjudgemental supportive environment where I am able to learn and explore vocal techniques. The focal techniques are effective and if something doesn’t work, he has an endless supply of ideas. I am ecstatic that I have actually found my voice and am excited about continuing to learn to sing.".
"Before coming to the Alexys Paris Voice Studio, I was a notorious shower singer. I was shy & not confident enough to share my voice with others. It was at the urging of a close friend that I decided to take lessons & try to develop my voice. I was nervous going into the first day, singing in front of others was very intimidating. However when I met Alexys all of my fears went out of the window. He was patient, kind and very reassuring. I could hear my progress week after week with every new note I was able to hit. I not only learned great technique but also how to care for & maintain my voice.
The talent showcase was a huge step out of my comfort zone but Alexys thoroughly prepared me & made extra time in his schedule for additional practices. The show turned out great & I am anxious to keep learning. Now I have the confidence to share my talent with those around me. Thank you Alexys for that gift."
"Coming into my first lesson with Alexys I was nervous and unsure about how to go about singing. I had no prior voice instruction, not even a choir! He was able to ease me into singing using the SLS technique.
It has been a couple of months of lessons once a week, and I now feel confident strumming my guitar and singing for others. If you are like me and always wanted to sing but have no idea where to begin, Alexys is a great start!"
"I highly recommend Alexys and the SLS approach. I have worked with him for almost a year and have noticed a drastic change in my voice. He has helped me expand my overall range and improved my self confidence as a performer. As a singer/songwriter, I find my new vocal range opens up exciting possibilities in my songwriting. My voice is stronger and fuller, with much more presence than before. Alexys is also a strong advocate for self care and its impact on the voice, which has helped me beyond just singing. He is committed to pushing me to my full potential while adding his own unique blend of compassion and humor."
"This testimony is so very easy to write because there are so many reasons why I owe Alexys Paris, my newly thriving career in show business. – JJ
I began acting and singing a little over a year ago and after getting my first lead role as a new actor, it was recommended that I find a vocal coach if I wanted to strengthen my opportunity to grow in this industry.
I searched over and over, testing voice coach after voice coach until I came across Alexys’ website. I had no idea that the moment I stepped into his studio, for my first lesson, that it would start a chain of events and milestone growth that would give me the skills in such a short time to obtain lead roles in my next 4 auditions. In one or two lessons I learned more about the voice, about MY VOICE, than I had in all my lessons with my other failed teachers. Alexys helped me to identify and isolate my technical issues immediately, and we began the process of ‘undoing’ so that I could achieve what I always knew I could vocally, but what I could not consistently reproduce.
Although it was difficult work at first, what I have gained in ease and beauty of overall vocal production, ‘power’ without ‘push’ in my belt and high belt and increase in legit range as well, is something I feel I now “own”, thanks to Alexys’ teachings and passion about his work. His knowledge and resources with regard to alternative health choices and vocal health have also been tremendously helpful. I can’t say enough about how Alexys has helped me claim my power, as well as my voice. This has been a dream come true for someone like myself and I am so very grateful that Alexys can share and continue to be part of this amazing future that I am heading for.
Thank you Alexys I am proud to call you my friend and teacher".
"I highly recommend Alexys Paris as a vocal instructor. My daughter loves him and is always excited to go to vocal lessons. His specialties, techniques and experience help my daughter to enjoy singing and learning the voice unconditionally. As a mother, bringing my daughter to vocal lessons every week, I known deep inside my heart that this is a great investment for my daughter. Katherina Havea is not only helped through the art and technique of Speech Level Singing, but it helps her in different ways, such as being more confident and have strong faith in herself. As long as I can afford it, I will continue bringing her to Alexys because I have witness her progress in singing. We love you Alexys. Keep up the good work and continue on shinning.”
"I highly recommend Alexys for voice lessons. I’ve been taking lessons with him a little over 3 months and I have learned so much in such a short time. He makes you feel extremely comfortable and the exercises he gives are very easy and fun to do. Every time I leave my lessons, I’m so happy and excited to take what I’ve learned and apply it to my singing. Alexys is very good at what he does; you’ll love it."
"If you are looking for a voice instructor in the San Francisco Bay Area, I highly recommend Alexys. I also recommend a group performance class because of the transformational process.
Alexys works with all range levels from beginners to professional singers and performers, and he helps us all reach our goals. When I first started with Alexys in December 2014, I had no experience or training in singing. I remember telling Alexys at my first session that it took thirty years for me to arrive at a voice studio to fulfill my dream of learning to sing well.
Since working with Alexys, I have gained confidence, increased my range, and improved my tone. Furthermore, I listen to songs differently -- paying attention to the connection between chest and head voice.
During individual lessons, I do exercises that strengthen my vocal cords and help me bridge from chest to head voice. In mixed-level group performance classes, I work on songs that I pick and perform. With Alexys's support, I have figured out my tendencies, and he instructs me through them. I enjoy modifying consonant and vowel sounds in songs and practicing parts of songs until they become familiar in the body. I am struck by how performers sound at the beginning and at end of a voice class. The process is truly transformational.
Without a doubt, I followed Alexys to his new studio in Emeryville where students come to from all over the Bay Area: San Francisco, Oakland, Mountain View, and San Jose. Students I've met express a common motivation for voice lessons and class. Singing is healing, calming, and joyful."
"I had never had vocal lessons before I began taking them with Alexys. I was uncomfortable with my voice and unsure about how to use it. He proved to be patient and knew exactly how to address the weaknesses and how to capitalize on the strengths in it. His ability to relate to me and put things in a way I could understand helped me advance faster than I ever imagined I would, and because of that I have been able to do things with my voice I have only heard singers on the radio do! I would recommend anyone interested in vocal lessons to work with Alexys!"
"Alexys Paris, I can’t thank you enough for providing me with all the tools needed to help me with my voice. Since the day I’ve been working with you I have noticed a huge improvement in the way I can sing. Your business and your wisdom have given me insight into the music industry.”
"When I walked into Alexys’ studio, I came not just with me. I came with my demons: fear, anxiety, and my moms voice “you can’t sing”. Alexys graciously allowed all of us to be there and with grace and humor began my first lesson. We have never mentioned it, but our goal together is to tame my demons with my (to be!) melodic voice and in the end, they will be my most loyal audience. In other words: Alexys is fearless, graceful, and deeply committed to go as far as you, the student, wants to go.
"I have done both private lessons and a group performance class with Alexys and I’m very happy about my choice. I’ve performed with bands as a guitarist for over a decade, but always lacked confidence in my vocal performance–to be honest, I didn’t feel that I had the ability to sing at a level where I’d want to get on stage with it. After taking a group performance class, several private lessons and a great deal of practice on my own, that’s changed.
Alexys is a professional and attentive teacher whose guidance allowed me to quickly make progress towards my singing goals. His sense of humor and laid back personality also helped me to feel comfortable when i’d totally crash, crash and burn on a song. I’m still taking private lessons with him and would recommend him highly to anyone looking for a singing coach!"
"I’ve joined Alexys’ class because one of my good friends had also taken his class, and all I can say is “two thumbs up”! Alexys is unique because he has been able to also help me grow in Pop/R&B — which is hard to find because most voice instructors are typically classical or musical focused only — and yet he is so on point in his instruction. In just 2 months he was able to help me unlock a whole toolset I never knew I had!
The group class is also an environment that will nurture the best qualities of everyone’s unique styles. There are live open mic and karaoke opportunities as part of the class which you can invite your friends to join, and at the end of every quarter everyone gets to perform in a showcase with a live band and videography. Anyone who wants to get better at singing or take it to the next level — this is as close to professional as you can get!"
"When I first started taking vocal lessons with Alexys in 2011, I didn’t know what to expect. The techniques he taught me were foreign to what I had been exposed to before. As the lessons and classes progressed, I began to notice a more pronounced sound and quality to my voice and all of the techniques were falling into place.
In the private lessons, Alexys works extensively with me on areas that he feels could use some improvement and allows me the freedom ask plenty of questions when I need clarification.
The group classes allow for freedom of expression both in song choice and vocal ability. Going to “open mic” also gives me the chance to work on stage presence and also stage jitters……..I have also made some life long friends.”
"First and foremost I would like to take a second to express my gratitude to the Almighty for bringing us Alexys Paris. As a mother like most parents out there, one can be a bit paranoid when it comes to finding someone that you would hope to trust from online. And when my sister-in-law chose Alexys Paris over many Vocalists online and told me how an EXCELLENT TEACHER he was, I immediately put my daughter in, and although we’ve only been with Alexys since last year, it feels like we’ve known each other, well, like forever. He’s a very trust-worthy individual, which is one of the most important things I look for in a person. He’s reliable, kind, caring, loving, and funny with a great sense of humor that my daughter, Esetia just loves and adores… I would highly recommend Alexys out there to any of the parents who would want the best VOCALISTS for their children. My daughter has learned so much more since she’s been with Alexys Paris, and she will continue to stay with Alexys, until she meets his term.
Here is my daughter Esetia, in her own words of what she wants to share with you all about her vocal teacher Alexys: Thank you Alexys for teaching Me and You are a WONDERFUL PERSON.
We Love You Alexys.
Thank You & Much Love.”
"Alexys, Thank you for an amazing journey. Your teaching skills and talent as a voice instructor are only surpassed by your kindness and integrity as a person. I cannot believe that there is a better vocal teacher anywhere. I can’t believe how much improvement I have expressed and how your mastery of technique has put me on such a firm and comfortable place as a singer. I am proud to be your student and I count you as one of my greatest friends.
Peace and Love”
"Leilani is passionate about singing and has been performing before she began classes with Alexys Paris last Summer 2013. Alexys is her first professional vocal coach. His in-depth knowledge of vocal techniques, clear instructions, patience, and encouraging words are helping Leilani know and understand her voice, protect her vocal cords, expand her range, and reach her fullest potential. The recording of each session on a CD is a huge plus! — she uses them to remind her of what they’ve gone over and to practice with where ever she is. Leilani aspires to be on Broadway and TV/Film — Alexys is one of the people helping her get there.”
"Working with Alexys, I always felt the immense dedication he brings to teaching SLS. With that dedication, he was able to open the door for me!"
Note: Michael Jeffries is a professional vocalist who experienced vocal complications then learned to sing via the SLS Technique. His story has been documented in an article split between Part I and Part II. I hope you'll find it worth your while in examining both parts.
"I began working with Alexys in January 2013 after having taken a long hiatus from vocal performance. I participated in choir throughout high school and performed in numerous talent shows during that time, but had received no formal training. When I began college, I auditioned for a campus a cappella group and was not accepted, which dampened my confidence enough to take me out of the world of singing for years. I treasure Alexys for a multitude of reasons but most because of the way in which he has heavily invested in my artistic development over the last three years and never allowed me to slip back into a place where I doubted my talent. I've told him many times that often, what he sees as my future in music is bigger and better than anything that I might allow myself to imagine. His unshakeable belief in me has been one of the biggest drivers of my achievement and steady progress.
During my first lesson with Alexys, he asked me whether I sang soprano or alto to which I confidently replied that I was an alto; alto was the part I had sung in choral groups for years and years. As the lesson progressed, he stopped me and shared with me that he was certain that I was actually a solid soprano. From that point forward, he focused a part of my lesson on unlocking my upper register, which I had spent no time engaged with as I assumed I did not have the ability to sing higher notes. Now, three years later, I have a vocal range that I would never have imagined possible when I first began. In addition, my voice was quite light and had little strength to it. Each time we met for a lesson - even to this day - Alexys focused his coaching with me on establishing and enhancing chest voice foundation.
I also appreciate Alexys' ability to explain why a technique is important and how strengthening particular parts of the voice will improve other parts. For example, as mentioned, when I first began working with Alexys, my voice was not particularly strong. Alexys worked with me to demonstrate how strengthened and supported singing is helpful to employ for both the higher and lower register of my vocal range. He is exceptionally skilled at being able to diagnose the root causes of a spectrum of singing challenges. I have asthma and bronchitis which often can make sustained singing difficult for me often because my breathing is normally quite shallow. Alexys was able to identify that challenge early on and support me to practice the type of breathing necessary to sing powerfully. Alexys is also a proponent of natural medicines to support the full-body which enhances vocal health and shares these with his students.
I have participated in both individual vocal lessons with Alexys and also, in a number of the Advanced Vocal Performance workshops that he offers. The workshop setting was integral to my transition from "vocalist" to "vocal performer". Alexys structured the class to allow for a designated number of preparatory sessions which culminated in a performance, always at established venues in San Francisco. Because of the industry relationships that Alexys has established, I can say that I have performed in historic spaces such as San Francisco's Hotel Utah and The Brick and Mortar Music Hall. In addition, again due to Alexys' relationships, I have had the opportunity to work with some of the Bay Area's top and most in-demand musicians. As we prepared for each performance, Alexys expanded his coaching not only to include advanced vocal technique work but also incorporated key performance strategies. When anyone watches footage from my performances in chronological order, they always comment on the steady improvement of my vocal technique but more so, my stage presence. When I first begin Alexys' workshop classes, I was the person who would run off the stage the second that I was finished, who wouldn't make eye contact with the audience, and whose voice would shake during the song. During my second workshop class that I took with Alexys, he asked me to take on three songs and to both open and close the show. Up to that point, I had not demonstrated an ability to present confidently onstage but once again, Alexys saw something in me that I did not see myself and created an opportunity for me to grow into the vision he had for me. That was a turning point. I knew that I needed to show up differently and Alexys supported me each step of the way to do so. Following that performance, my family and friends could not believe the progress I had made. That performance marked the point at which I began to love the stage rather than fear it.
As noted in the examples above, Alexys equipped me with the vocal technique and performance exposure to approach singing with confidence and ambition. He has taught me that singing is a true lifestyle and encouraged me to commit the necessary time and effort to produce the desired results. This year, I was accepted to participate as an artist-in-residence two highly selective residencies for songwriting and music - one in France and one in Italy. Three years ago, I would have laughed out loud were someone to prophecy that I would have been extended these opportunities. When I first started working with Alexys, my only goal was to be able to successfully sing a song live and in front of an audience without backing out at the last minute. Alexys has played such a significant role in cultivating my authentic voice and I am forever grateful to him for being the person to unlock my potential.”
"I came to Alexys wanting to step out of my comfortable karaoke repertoire but was a little skeptical of the process. I am now a true believer in his teaching style and would recommend private lessons and group class to anyone who is looking to improve their vocal skills. It has been especially nice to meet so many others like myself—people who want to share their love of music and singing. It’s been a very rewarding experience. Thanks, Alexys!