Paul Mason holds the Singing Teacher’s A.R.C.T. from the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, and brings to his teaching practice thirty-five years of experience as a professional vocalist and guitarist. He has played in innumerable folk, country and rock projects, and sung everything from hard rock to opera, including appearances with the Toronto Operetta Theatre and the Juno Award-winning group Tafelmusik. Until 1998 he was a professional soloist and Tenor section lead at St. George’s United Church in Toronto. He has been teaching music for twenty-five years.
Trained originally in Classical Guitar at the Royal Conservatory, Paul continued to the Jazz program at Humber College, where he majored in Voice, Composition and Guitar, and returned to the Royal Conservatory to complete his Teacher’s A.R.C.T. in Singing. He has studied Voice with David Dunbar (the ‘Bel Canto’ method of Cornelius Reid), Bill Vincent (‘Speech-level Singing’ as taught by Seth Riggs), Lenard Whiting, Albert Greer, Royal Conservatory Examiner Paul Coates and International Lyric Tenor Mark Dubois. As a guitarist he has studied with Richard Summers, Eli Kassner and at Humber College.
Paul is constantly upgrading and adding to his skills as a teacher. He has attended a NATS workshop on Music Theatre and the Belt Voice, and an EVTS workshop on the teaching methods of Jo Estill, a seminal voice science researcher in non-classical singing styles. He is an alumnus of Richard Miller’s Institute of Vocal Performance Pedagogy, and has added to his facility with French and German by completing a second-year Italian language course at York University. Most recently he took part in the Royal Conservatory of Music’s Summer Summit on Inspired Teaching with Technology.
Paul has also done stage voice work with Teresa Sears and David Switzer, David Smukler, and David Warrack, and work on Alexander Technique with Ron Tomarelli.