"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.”
"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.”
"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!
"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!"
-Michael Jeffries (Singer/Songwriter)
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. - Alexys Paris”
"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
"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.”
"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!"
"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. Esetia Mataele/Sophie Mataele, Mother”
I’m honored to present members who have benefited from Alexys Paris’ SLS Voice Lessons Oakland San Francisco Bay Area, Sing Like The Pros Studios, where the proven Speech Level Singing Technique & Creatively Artistic Styles are taught!
The videos you will see and hear represents member’s live or recording studio performances. I hope you enjoy the performances.
Alexys Paris’ Sing Like The Pros Studio offers Singing & Voice Lessons To Increase Vocal Range, Enhance Vocal Ease, Power, Agility, Dynamics, Vocal Control, and Yes, Beauty! Individual classes are taught to Children (age 8 above) Teenagers, Adults, Aspiring-Professionals, and Professionals.
For almost 2 decades, Alexys Paris has taught the Speech Level Singing Technique & Styles to many. It is the most popular and successful vocal technique on the planet and forms the basis of all vocal training, setting the foundation for vocal styling, beautiful voice, and vocal freedom.