ProVocals is a singing school in Fourways, Johannesburg. Our focus is on vocal development to help our students become better singers. We accept beginners to professionals and teach vocals in both English and Afrikaans. There's remarkable talent in South Africa, and we are here to help develop it!
About The School
Singing in front of an audience, or recording in a studio can become quite a nerve-wracking experience if you are not well trained and rehearsed. Any singer knows the overwhelming anxiety of stage fright before their first live performance. Stage fright is the number one reason why some singers never develop their talent.
That is why at ProVocals Vocal Academy, we focus on practical experience. Our singing lessons are informative, and our students gain knowledge that will help them overcome stage fright. Our vocal training methods help develop students into confident singers. Our students also get to train on professional sound equipment used in the music industry. This method allows them to establish proper microphone technique and gain an overall knowledge of equipment used by professional singers.
During the lessons, our students learn how to take care of their vocal cords. We teach them how to expand their vocal range and how to develop proper singing habits such as articulation, expression and tone creation.
We offer our singing lessons in weekly 60-minute slots. Some students might even prefer to have two lessons per week to fast-track the training process. We also offer once-off lessons for singers that might want to prepare for an upcoming audition or event. For vocal groups, we can arrange extended lesson times.
We host a talent showcases every year. Our students have the option to part-take, and they can invite family and friends to come and watch them on stage. These evenings include food and drinks in a relaxed fun and informal environment.
At ProVocals, all our students receive access to a student portal. The portal allows them to check and change their lesson times, ask questions, download their exercises, earn credits for missed classes and much more.
We can also assist our students with related services once they are ready to approach the music industry as professionals. We help artists with social media campaigns, marketing design, songwriting and music production, digital distribution and studio recordings.
At ProVocals, we aim to give our students the full spectrum experience – from backstage to front stage. For any additional information, please contact us and we will gladly answer all your questions.
Vocal Coaches at ProVocals Vocal Academy
Ryno van Eeden
Founder and Vocal Coach
Ryno van Eeden is the owner and vocal coach at ProVocals. He launched the school in 2019 with one goal in mind, to help aspiring singers reach their vocal goals.
Ryno started training as a singer at a young age and attended a variety of singing schools. In 2013 he met Malie Kelly a respected producer in the South African music industry. Malie Kelly is a vocal producer for Idols South Africa and The Voice South Africa. She worked with artists such as Susan Boyle, Karen Zoid, Kurt Darren, Nianell and many others.
Ryno started intensive vocal training with Malie and soon gained momentum with his music. In 2014 Malie invited Ryno to join her exclusive ‘Follow Me’ program. She handpicked 10 students to spend the year with her on all her productions. During this program, Ryno gained first-hand experience on working for big productions such as Skouspel. He met with leading South African artists and gained practical knowledge in the field. He joined Malie Kelly in the studio while producing one of Nianell’s albums.
In 2014 he shared a stage with Connel Cruise (International artist) and Craig Urbani (South African actor and musical performer). Ryno sang backup vocals on the Idols SA stage for 2014 winner, Vincent Bones. Late 2014 Ryno recorded his first original single ‘Breathlessly’, produced by Malie Kelly and Neil Engel.
In 2015 the production house ‘Be Your Dream’ invited Ryno to join their team. They host a variety of music productions, and tv shows on DStv. Ryno appeared as a presenter on their tv episodes, and he performed at their music shows. He spent part of the year touring South Africa with the singer, Anaïs and her band. They filmed the music video for his debut single ‘Breathlessly’ which aired on KykNet and other channels. He also appeared as a guest actor on Gerhard Steyn’s music video – ‘Liefdesoorlog’.
In 2016 Ryno decided to spend time learning music production and songwriting. He joined a variety of training programs and started writing, and producing his own original music. He writes his own lyrics, arranges own instrumentation, record own backing vocals and lead vocals.
In 2017 Ryno decided to take his music to professional recording studios. In the studio, he again joined forces with Malie Kelly as his vocal producer. They recorded Ryno’s songs ‘Dans Deur Die Pyn’ and ‘Fireworks’ with well-known artists Howie Combrink and Ricky Maartens. Ryno is very critical about music quality, so he had his music mastered at Sterling Sound in New York. Sterling Sound is the mastering engineers for artists such as Adele, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and others.
In 2018 Ryno decided to shoot the music video for his original Afrikaans song ‘Dans Deur Die Pyn’. He was the executive producer of this production and Ricky Maartens directed the video. Ryno continued working on his original music throughout 2018 and performed at various venues. Later in 2018 Ryno started teaching vocals at the Malie Kelly Vocal Academy. He assisted Malie with digital media and marketing for her signed artists ‘Wolwe-Dans’ and ‘Scott Engelbrecht’. Ryno appeared as one of the lead singers in the school promotional video ‘This Is Me’. He was the appointed video director, producer and editor for this project. The video received almost 10000 Facebook views within 2 weeks.
Ryno with his experience decided to launch his own singing school and production house in 2019. He will continue working on his solo career, but he loves sharing his knowledge with other aspiring singers.
Imke van Wyk
Imke studied musical theatre and music at Oakfields College. She is a well-seasoned singer and enjoys sharing her knowledge with others. She is passionate about the performance arts and enjoys being on stage.
Imke grew up in Volksrust, a small rural town on the North-East border of Mpumalanga, where it meets Kwazulu-Natal and the Free State. This small town is known for great names that it produced like the most recent, Miss World, Rolene Strauss.
Imke is the last born of 3 daughters that literally could sing before she could speak. She was privileged to grow up in a family that gave her exposure to the fine forms of arts from a very young age.
Imke started her school career at Laerskool Pionier in Volksrust and matriculated in 2016 at Hoërksool Ermelo. During her school years, she participated in a wide range of art activities that included drama, revue, cheerleading, gumboot dance, orators, ensemble and solo singing. She was part of the Peter Dahl Vocal Acadamy, where she received “Student of the year” for 3 years.
It was clear from a young age that she would like to make a career out of singing, dancing and acting. With this dream in her heart, she started her studies in Musical Theatre and Dance, with singing as a major, at Oakfields College in Pretoria.
At College, she got the opportunity to prove herself on stage as an actress and singer.
During Imke’s first year in 2017, she was part of the professional theatre production, “Houtkruis”, directed by Renier Keyser.
She performed lead roles in College Productions of the musicals, “Evita” and “Dear Evan Hansen”
In 2019 she was chosen to perform in an ensemble at the Naledi Theatre Awards and also performed as a soloist.
Lead roles followed in College Productions of the musicals, “Hairspray”, “Be More Chill” and “Ghost the Musical”. She was also part of the ensemble of a College Production of the musical “The Pajama Game”.
She was chosen to perform in the Musical “Violet” at the Joburg Theatre in collaboration with Tuks Drama Facility. The musical was directed by international director, Harold Mortimer.
Third-year productions included: Directing projects, with the object to direct a scene from a musical. Imke chose “Dogfight the Musical” and directed a scene with 12 actors. She received a distinction for this project.
In Choreography projects, the object was to choreograph a dance scene of 10 minutes. Imke was the stage manager. She gained experience in working with professionals choreographers.
After Imke’s graduation in December 2019 the world was struck by the now well known Corona Virus; an enemy that brought the Art Industry to its knees.
This forced artists to think out of the box. Imke started the Lili-Eve Vocal Acadamy and Dance Studio. She used the opportunity to improve her needlework skills and created an online clothing store.
Imke is excited to join Ryno van Eeden at ProVocals and to share her passion for singing with her students. She relates in the words of Keke Palmer: “Singing was my first passion. Whenever I sing, I am always SO happy!”