Paola Vera

 

Vocal Coach, Singer-pianist, Composer

BMus (Hons), Mmus (RAM) , Estill Master Trainer 

Professor of Jazz and Pop voice, Bordeaux Conservatoire

 

Profile

Paola is a highly-qualified and experienced musical educator and vocal coach, with over ten years of professional practice in London and more recently in France (five years). Paola currently works with a number of higher-education institutions in France and the UK as well as private musical education providers, including as Professor for Jazz and Pop Voice at the Conservatoire de Bordeaux Jacques Thibaud and Bordeaux Universite Montaigne. Recently she was selected as an Expert Practitioner to record a set of educational videos for the official Trinity Rock and Pop Grades musical syllabus.

Fluent in English (native) French (bi-lingual) and Spanish (half-Venezuelan) Paola works across languages to deliver exceptional and reasoned tuition to students, based on the foremost research in vocal theory and related anatomy.

 

In addition to her teaching work, Paola maintains a thriving live performance career for prestigious jazz venues in London and France, described as a ‘truly gifted improviser’ (Pete Churchill). For more about Paola's performance work please visit her dedicated website.

Education

Paola commenced her adult professional musical education at Trinity and Laban Conservatoire of Music & Dance (London, UK). Awarded  First-Class Honours in her Undergraduate degree, Paola specialised in Jazz Voice and also undertook extensive training in (among other disciplines) Jazz Piano, Orchestration and Composition. 

Thereafter, Paola completed her Masters Degree in Jazz Voice and Composition the esteemed Royal Academy of Music (London, UK) under a scholarship, graduating with a Distinction. Paola is also a certified Estill Master Trainer (EMT)  and is among few bilingual EMTs in France - she works as part of a team alongside her mentor EMCI-TP Julie Cimon Racine and colleague fellow EMT Julien Gendron teaching Estill in French - La Voix Déchiffrée Association. 

 

Notable awards

Yamaha Jazz Award: Outstanding Young Jazz Musician                              (London, 2007) 

Elton John Award: Royal Academy of Music                                               (London, 2013) 

International Jazz Vocalist: Second Place                                                (Lithuania, 2015)

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