Vocal Academy

Vocal Groups and Private Lessons Starting at age 5! 

Welcome To
Visions Academy of Voice 

One of the most commonly asked questions among our voice teachers is “Can you teach anyone to sing?”. Our response is simple: We believe that if you have faith in a student and teach them to believe in themselves that every child can and will progress. Our vocal program is tailored to meet you right where you are and enable you with the tools needed to push you to your next level. Whether you are walking into your first voice lessons or have mastered the art and simply need to maintain your craft:  Our vocal coaches are here to encourage you, foster you, and help advance you.

All of us at Vision Academy feel privileged to provide our students with a great vocal education.

Unfortunately, there are many who claim that they cannot sing. At Visions Academy of Performing Arts, we want to show you that everyone has the potential to become a great singer with formal training by one of our talented private singing teachers. 

Memphis is well-known in the music industry for influencing talents such as Elvis Presley, Isaac Hayes, and Johnny Cash. When you take private or group voice lessons from the professional singers at Visions Academy, this could be the start of your journey to following in their footsteps! Find out more about our approach to teaching voice lessons and more information below.

Erika Cobb

Vocal Director & Instructor

Group Lessons

This 30-45 minute weekly lesson was designed to nurture the voice of young singers carefully by using songs to teach pitch, rhythm, blending, and intonation in a fun musical setting.  Students will learn a variety of musical styles and lots of fun practice songs to keep their interest.  This group setting promotes confidence and gives a good performing foundation for later solo instruction.  Each age groups will sing song games, practice performing by themselves, prepare a song for all of our Visions performances, and learn additional techniques based on their specific age.

 Groups for Ages 5 and up

Private Vocal Lessons

Our vocal training program is designed for the recreational singer, the singer who is serious about advancing to our competitive level, as well as the singer who wants to pursue music as a lifetime career. Our program offers a strong foundation in all styles of singing such as Classical, Musical Theatre, Commercial Music, and our newest addition, Artist Development.

Mandi Thomas on the Voice

Congrats to our vocal teacher Mandi Thomas for getting to the top 17 on the Voice! 


Our Vocal Staff

Erika Cobb

Vocal Director and Instructor

Mandi Thomas

Vocal Teacher

Megan McNeely

Vocal Teacher

JT Shaheen

Artistic Development Director

Gina Vandegrift

Vocal teacher

Alexis Grace

Alexis Grace

Vocal teacher

Caitie Montague

Vocal teacher

Cyrena Wages

Vocal Teacher

What Age to Begin Vocal Lessons

While any age group that can speak can sing, the ideal age to start lessons ranges widely, according to the Omaha School of Music and Dance. The question to address is less the age of the child and more the goal of the lessons. Less formal training can be given within a child’s first year, with the goal of immersing a child in a music environment. At the age of three years old, a child can add in such skills as identifying beats in music, picking out various instruments, and identifying melody. 

How Old Is Too Old for Voice Lessons?

Your voice changes as you age. This is obviously well-known for those in the years of puberty, but maturing voices continue to adjust as time passes. The easy answer is that there is no age that is too late to take vocal lessons. Everyone can find a private singing teacher that can bestow their knowledge and techniques upon them. A vocal instructor can offer advice on details ranging from doing proper warm-ups to prevent vocal damage, how to heal from vocal damage, singing from the diaphragm, and more.

How Many Vocal Lessons Do I Need?

The number of vocal lessons necessary depends entirely on your goal in seeking the advice of a professional singer. You may wish to learn technical aspects, vocal functions, classical approaches to singing, or a better understanding of modern musical techniques. For some people, a few lessons will give the polish and foundation necessary to continue growing independently. For others, continued lessons are needed to encourage a healthy, sustainable voice and an ever-evolving array of vocal exercises.

Reasons for Taking Vocal Lessons

Vocal lessons do more than make you a better singer or sound pleasing to the ear. According to the Mainstage Center for the Arts, one of the biggest advantages to professional lessons is gaining the ability to better connect with the audience. This involves presenting your unique personality on stage while offering an exquisite technical performance.

Voice lessons also build your confidence on-stage while performing. You will gain the ability to breathe properly, project your voice clearly, increase your range with both low and high notes, and articulate clearly. Local instruction for vocal ability comes with a wide range of benefits. Contact Visions Academy of Performing Arts in Memphis, TN, to learn more. 


Frequently Asked Questions

You can choose another Dance class to come to! However we do not refund any missed dance or vocal group classes! 

We recommended participating in our showcase but you are not required to. 

No but there are some special instances where a dress code will apply. Ballet – Black leotard, tights, and ballet shoes. Twinkle Star Dance- Twinkle Tutu and bear.

Yes! You can try any group class for free. Just give us a call and we will save a pot for you to try.

Are costume fees nonrefundable?

To withdrawal from our studio you must fill out a withdrawal form found at the front desk. A 30 day notice is required before automatic payments will cease. 

Dancers- Check out the online schedule and look for your age range. If you are more advanced or don’t feel comfortable in that class we will change levels until it works best! 

We do all registration online. Just Click the “Enroll Now” button and that is it! 

Call us and we can set you up! The Groupon is good for 4 classes, after your 4th class contact us about continuing.

Now you can go to our next program, Show Stars! Our Show Stars program encompases the same styles of dance that Twinkle Star gave but now we add more!



If you have any questions about our program, please don’t hesitate to call or email one of our team members:

Deonna Shaheen – Owner/Dance Director 

Katie Kallenberger – Manager 

Erika Cobb- Vocal Director 

Lindsey Houston- Twinkle Star Director 

McCheyne Post- Music Director