Livia is fascinated by music and sound. On qualifying as a speech therapist in1995, she became a practitioner. She also studied the development of her own speaking and singing voice, which brought her in contact with the Lichtenberger method. The effects and changes that she experienced convinced her to study this method in depth. In 2005 she became an experienced certified Lichtenberg voice didactician.
In addition she finished several intensive courses in “Complete Vocal Technique” (CVT), a Danish method that gave her a deep understanding of vocal use in different singing styles. She also applies many of these techniques to the speaking voice. Moreover, she uses elements of the American method “Estill Voice Training” (EVT).
Although the Lichtenberg method is still her principal approach, Livia very consciously studies from that perspective the wealth of different methods to explore and nurture the versatility and subtlety of the voice. This strong basis is further informed by her own insights gained through 20 years as a practitioner.
Livia likes to explore several singing techniques required in classical singing, singing songwriting, as well as pop and rock with a view to fully understanding the needs and expectations of a broad range of singers. Livia gives individual voice coaching sessions twice a year in the Music Centre at Het Depot, Leuven. In addition since more then 10 years she has a joint projects with the Incantanti ensemble led by Christian Klucker in Switzerland.
Livia serves as external assessor for Bachelor thesis students specializing in voice at the Arteveldehogeschool Gent and the Thomas More Hogeschool in Antwerpen, in the Speech Therapy department. This service reinforces the link between her practice and academic research and further informs her efficient application of voice technique in voice therapy.
Livia is currently a guest teacher for post graduate students studying voice at the Thomas More Hogeschool in Antwerpen, within the Speech Therapy and Audiology department. She is also secretary of the EVTA (European Voice Teachers Association België) .