COVID-19 UPDATE - The Vocal Academy will be commencing face to face lessons from 3rd Dec. Limited spaces are available so please contact us before booking. You can see our Covid-19 guidance HERE. We are also continuing to offer online lessons too. To book or to speak to one of our team please email

About TVA

• TVA has been working with schools since 2004
• All TVA tutors are working & performing singers
• TVA tutors will work with students of all abilities


• One-to-one, lessons in schools and Skype lessons
. Grading available. 
Lady singing live on stage
Lu Bristow - Vocal Coach

The Vocal Academy was founded by myself, Lu Bristow in 2003. As the The Vocal Academy has grown, I have taken a slight step back from one to one teaching myself and now only offer online lessons. The rest of my time I oversee the running of the schools to make sure both tutors and students are happy and feel supported. If you ever have any feedback on lessons please feel free to email me on:



Bristol - Kingswood 

Lucia de Paiva- Kynch is an Oxfordshire born professional vocalist, performer and singing tutor.

After training in musical theatre, and with two tutors herself, in both classical and modern, pop, jazz, blues, RnB and soul repertoire, she has gone on to perform in a wide amount of performances in both music, dance and drama- including various musicals, with leading roles and in modern bands, as well as separately being commissioned to record songs. This has given her a wider breadth in her style.

After teaching both dance, acting and singing she was then in a number of professional tours such as Puck in ‘a midsummer nights dream’, Gretel in ‘Hansel and Gretel the musical’ and Princess’s  Ariel and Elsa in Disney princess tours. She has also been one to one tutoring with vocalists that want to have fun, and feel the progression in their vocal techniques, tone, range and style. This she started 5 years ago.

For the last two years she has completed a degree in contemporary Circus and theatre to broaden her abilities, this included the linking of singing and vocal projection to circus work.

She is well adjusted in helping a vocal student gear up for exams, or in supporting theory, in which she has completed grades, and in supporting growth of the artist and of their voice.

Lucia is confident anyone can learn to sing, and bring confidence to their performance through fun and music as food for the soul!

Lucia: "I love teaching singing because I can see the confidence and the character of the vocalist grow as they become more secure in their abilities, they improve with huge progression, and gain a skill that is priceless and carry's over to so many other areas of life!"

Bristol -  Factory Studios (Currently Online only) 

Bernii was born into a family of professional orchestral and Jazz musicians

and initially moved to Bristol to study Musical Theatre at BAPA before

moving to Brighton to attend BIMM, training under Carleen Anderson

(The Brand New Heavies). Bernii was hand picked to perform as part of a

choir with Ozzy and Kelly Osborne and PitchShifter during this time.

At both BAPA and BIMM Bernii obtained HND's in vocals and vocal teaching.

Bernii went on to form her own band, receiving 4* reviews for her music in

magazines such as Maverick and Rock n Reel before being hired as backing

vocalist for the Blues artists Will Wilde and Dani Wilde. She performed live

with Will on the Radio 2 Paul Jones Show. Moving to NYC to work freelance

for Amazing Radio Bernii was hired to sing backing vocals for Laeticia De

Valer. Whilst there she was also active in songwriting sessions with different

producers in America and Europe. 


Bernii is naturally intuitive and creates a safe space in her lessons so students 

can express themselves without fear of judgement. She works both with

students who have set aims in the music business and also those who just

want to let loose and have fun singing! Bernii welcomes students with low

confidence and those who struggle with their mental health.

Bernii: "I understand how scary it can be singing in front of someone for the

first time so I will take the lead from you whilst gently guiding you towards

your best voice".

Bernii can offer you lessons in the genres of Pop, R&B, Dance, Ballad vocals, Jazz, Blues, Country, Folk and Musical Theatre. 

**For those interested in pursing a professional career in music, Bernii can offer you guidance in other areas of the business alongside your vocals, such as performance, recording techniques, songwriting, ways to get your music heard and more.Please check out our Partner Company Bernii Mac Agency** 


Bristol - Stokes Croft

Nade is a highly motivated, personable, passionate and well established
singer-songwriter-Multi-instrumentalist and music facilitator who teaches 
singing for The Vocal Academy from a studio in the Stokes Croft area of
Nade: "I value both the importance and significance of how music has an
impact on peoples lives. I have skills in working as part of a group as well as
solo and I consider both to be of equal importance. I have collaborated
extensively and have been a session vocalist in many residences in the
Bristol/Bath area. I regularly teach privately".
Nade is happy to work with all ages and abilities. 


Bristol - Marina, Hotwells 

Sarah teaches from her houseboat in Bristol Marina. Sarah is a pro

musician with over 20 years experience from solo performance to

singing a variety of styles in bands including folk, blues, country, soul,

rock, pop, rockabilly and jazz, playing around one hundred shows a year.

Sarah loves working with singers of all abilities, whether that's working 

on perfecting that karaoke track, perfecting a song to get you that gig

with a band or working with solo singers. Sarah also has a lot of

experience working with people living with physical impairments and

mental health issues.

Sarah: "First-time singers wanting to dip their toe, I'm here for you!

I work at your pace, and nervous singers are absolutely catered for. 

Intermediate and wanting to go the extra mile - perhaps learn to riff,

or belt? I have a lesson for you. Advanced singers looking to perfect your

craft, learn mic and stage technique or learn to improvise?

I'd love to meet you".

During singing lessons in all of our Bristol settings you can cover:

• Preparing to sing  • Confidence building • Breathing • Vocal warm-ups • Technical exercises • Range • Tuning • Tone • Control • Harmony • Performance • Recording • Audition prep • Artist development and so much more!

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"Working with Bernii hasn’t only helped improve my singing technique greatly, but also boosted my confidence. Although I had some previous training, and had been performing for a long time, she helped me take my singing to a new level. I like her honest feedback, and how she manages to bring out the song’s emotions and the natural beauty of one’s voice. I highly recommend her"
"I couldn't recommend Lu highly enough! I started doing backing vocals with my band and needed help with my vocals, not only has Lu improved the quality of my voice and technique but also my confidence. She's a great teacher with good all round experience and makes each session fun and enjoyable!"

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