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Eleonor England

Eleonor England

Studio Head, Vocal Coach

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$150/50 min


  • Classically-trained jazz vocalist
  • Adults & Kids 11+
  • All contemporary styles
  • Students wins/nominations include Grammys, Chinese Music Awards, LA Music Awards
  • 21+ years teaching

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  • Dr Felix Graham

    Dr Felix Graham

    Senior Voice Teacher

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    $125/50 min


  • 4 Music Degrees including a Doctorate from Columbia in vocal pedagogy
  • Amazing voice technician but also good with people who have anxiety about singing
  • Adults & Kids 16+
  • All styles
  • 11+ years teaching

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  • Taylor Masamitsu

    Taylor Masamitsu

    Voice Teacher

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    $100/50 min


  • MA in vocal pedagogy (Columbia), in process of second pedagogy Masters
  • Adults & Kids 7+
  • All styles
  • Multiple students on Broadway
  • 8+ years teaching

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  • Songwriting/Music Production

     

    David Lin

    David Lin

    Songwriting & Music Production

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    $110/50 min


  • Degree in Music Production from Berklee College of Music
  • Kids & Adults
  • DAWs include: Logic Pro, GarageBand, Ableton Live, more
  • Songwriting coaching

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    Yes!  Even if you currently think you suck! That includes if people told you you are tone deaf - if you like music you’re not tone deaf. Really tone deaf people don’t find music interesting except maybe drums.  So if you feel you suck, come on in!!! That’s why you take singing lessons...to get better!

    All of them.  Okay, not the demon-voice heavy metal thing; I have no idea how that works.  But basically there are two main schools of singing: classical and popular style (called CCM which stands for Contemporary Commercial Music).  CCM includes all non-classical styles and there are very specific ways that you teach those styles, you can’t just go to anyone who teaches classical and expect to learn to sound like a pop diva cause there are some additional things you have to do to make it sound right.

    Some people teach both - and some classical techniques are super useful for singing CCM - but you just have to make sure your teacher knows what’s what.  Same goes for learning classical. You don’t wanna go to someone who only teaches, like, R&B or something if you wanna learn classical.  

    All our teachers have a strong background in classical but are also skilled with CCM.  Dr Felix has like 4 degrees and his training in his PhD in vocal pedagogy included how to teach CCM.  Ellie sings jazz but was trained in classical - jazz being a CCM style.

      Here’s a non-exhaustive list of styles we teach:
    • Classical
    • Pop
    • Rock
    • Indie
    • Disco, baby! Disco!
    • Jazz
    • Blues
    • R&B
    • Musical Theatre
    • Soul
    • Trip Hop
    • Hip Hop
    • Chill Out
    • Folk
    • Country
    • Bluegrass
    • Cantorial
    • more
    You should make progress at every single lesson.  However, coming in regularly is super important to make the most of your investment.  For most people, that’s every week.  Some people like to come in twice weekly (but you have to make sure you have time to practice between lessons) and some people come every other week (but you have to make sure you stay on track with your practicing and don’t just practice once every 2 weeks the night before your lesson).

    Professional singers often come in just “once in a while” but for beginners and it’s better to have consistency for building your skills over time.

    How many lessons you need is going to kinda depend on your goals.  You should notice a change in the first lesson, though.  You should notice pretty significant improvements by the 10th lesson.  However, other things to watch for are improvements of how easy it is to sing. Often clients will come in having a hard time getting their voice to leave their throat and come out into the room. In addition to how you sound, improvements in that are one of the hallmarks of vocal lessons.  
    Yep!  You’ll wanna hit Dr Felix up with that, but we do do one-time coaching for auditions.  We know what’s up and can help you with where to cut the music, coaching you, and giving you the odd technique suggestion.  However, just coming in for audition coaching when you have the occasional audition won’t move your skill level forward as much as doing technique-oriented lessons on the regular.

    We do not do one-time coachings for American Idol or The Voice auditions (we will for our regular clients though).

    Keep in mind that we don’t have video equipment but we’re happy to help with your self-tape if you bring the camera/phone!

    We’ve been giving online lessons since 2009 and love them but we feel it too; it’d be great to go back to in-person lessons for our local clients.

    We do see students irl right now in very specific situations such as when there’s a vocal injury that needs to be assessed in person.  However, if there is not a pressing health reason to have in-person sessions, we are choosing to follow industry standards and not have lessons in person for the time being.

    We’re monitoring the Covid situation closely and have a few concerns:
    1. Singing is a super-spreading activity, according to studies.
    2. There is an uptick in cases and nothing has really changed that has made it safer.  What’s changed is we’re frikkin sick of being locked in our 160 sq ft apartments and it makes us try to push it.  Which I only know cause I catch myself pushing it.  I wanna go back to in person really badly, but it’s just not the right choice.
    3. What anti-body levels are associated with a reduced risk of reinfection are not known.  I don’t know how we do not know that by now, but we don’t.
    4. A pretty decent percentage of Covid infections result in long-term lung issues including lung scarring which would be awful for a singer.  Lung scarring never goes away, and it’s not known if these other long-term issues will remain with a singer forever or not.

    We fully intend to go back to irl lessons when it can be safe for both the teachers and our fabulous clients and we are hopeful that a combination of a vaccine, quick tests, temperature checks, anti-body tests (and an understanding of what level confer protection), and studio hygiene will allow us to return to brick-and-mortar voice lessons - hopefully in 2021.

    Vocal training in the US uses a lot of different languages so most good voice teachers can accommodate singing in French, German, Italian, Spanish, Latin, etc.  The training of teachers in the US unfortunately does not include Asian languages which is kinda racist.  However, vowels are pretty much the same in most languages so Ellie does do work with people singing in Asian languages as well and has a lot of students in the Hong Kong music industry.  It’s good to start on a slow song so she can hear the vowels you’ll need to work with.  European and other languages are all a—okay, too.

    If you are singing in Mandarin, after learning technique you’ll want to do a few sessions with Mandarin speaker David Lin on our faculty who can help you with putting feelings into the song.  This is called “vocal coaching”

    Do you want group lessons?  We could totally do those if you all want em - hit us up.  We do right now have group piano and songwriting classes, but if there was a demand, we’d totally do singing.

    Yeah, no.  We’d love to!  But we can’t do that because we have too much demand from paying clients.  However, I know it’s scary to take a risk on something you haven’t tried before.  But to help you feel more comfortable and know what to expect, check out our reviews.