NYC:520 8th Ave Fl 16 between 36th and 37th Streets       SD &SFLocations also avail


The only majour studio in NYC to offer a Money Back Guarantee if you’re not happy with your first lesson

  • Our 3 promises to our clients:

    1. Leave each session singing better
    2. Leave each session feeling better emotionally and physically
    3. Learn techniques you won’t learn at other studios.    
  • Both Lothair and Ellie have a perfect 5 star rating across review sites.


    Because they both care deeply about the work and their students.

  • Lothair Eaton,teacher

    “Probably the best teacher you can get! He has incredible experience and loves what he is doing.”

    -Victor reviewing Lothair

  • “I learned more in that one hour than I learned the whole time I was with my other instructor.”

    -Randy R reviewing Ellie

  • “Emanates professional positive friendly energy.  Great teacher!”

    -Alexis R reviewing Lothair

  • ”You’ve done more for me in one lesson than all three of my previous teachers the whole time I was studying with them.”

    - Martin L reviewing Ellie


    “Not only is he a great teacher,he is a wonderful person and brings so much joy to every class.

    “As a naturally shy person,it typically takes me a while to feel comfortable around someone,so I was pleasantly surprised at how effortlessly he made me feel at ease.”

    -Audre reviewing Lothair

  • “Eleonor is the best vocal coach I have had…She teaches you techniques that no one has ever taught me and no one probably even knows about.”

    - Brittany reviewing Ellie


    Singer-songwriters will feel at home at Singing Lessons NYC.  Bring your guitar or just yourself and learn techniques for singer-singwriter pop and rocks styles!

  • Eleonor improved my skills like no other. I was shocked that she was able to help me improve skills enough to perform live with a choir. Everything from my tone,vocal range,sense of rhythm,and pitch have improved in such a short period of time.  Her techniques are fun,funny,and yet incredibly effective!  I highly recommend.”

    - JP reviewing Ellie


    Having a hard time delivering songs in a soulful way? Lothair holds an MFA in acting from Carnegie Mellon,the #1 school for drama in the US and brings all that to bear on coaching clients to deliver impactful performances in rock,pop,jazz,blues,classical,and theatre singing.

  • “After just one lesson with Ellie,I had a stronger,more beautiful voice…I learned more about my voice than most of my other teachers taught [me] combined.”

    - Matt D reviewing Ellie


    “Practicing while following the advice he pointed out during the lesson,I suddenly found myself near 3-octave range within the first couple of lessons...On top of it,he’s also very funny and approachable.”

    - Sak,reviewing Lothair

  • Most coaches just weren’t that effective for me. That is,until I went to Eleonor England.  From the first time I met Ellie,I could tell she was a different kind of coach…about 3-5 minutes into following her instructions,she told me to sing. Whoa. There was a noticeable improvement in my tone and an ease in performance.”

    - Charlie I reviewing Ellie

  • Learn from experienced professionals! Lothair has over 20 years experience as a professional singer,fronting bands,being a primary in a touring company,singing at church services.  He’s also one of the most approachable and supportive teachers you will find.  Even if this is your first excursion singing - and whether you have amateur or professional goals - he will gently guide you.

Singing Lessons NYC

with teachers Lothair Eaton &Eleonor England

::Est 1999 ::

Ellie’s Next San Diego Dates 2/10-2/17,5/13-5/18

Ellie’s Next San Francisco Dates 2/16,5/11,5/19


Singing Lesons NYC testimonial with Kate Kim

Video Review:The brilliant Singing Lessons NYC K-Pop star and Superstar K contestant Kate Kim.  Ellie was her first (and only) singing teacher in SF before she was signed by a K-Pop label and moved to South Korea

Welcome back to lessons in Jan 2019!  For those who may be new to the studio,welcome!!

I am so proud to announce that Lothair Eaton is joining our studio!  Lothair is AMAAAAAZE BALLS!  Honestly,check him out here!

We’ve had some great results with former clients going on to nominations/wins/etc at:

  • the GRAMMYs
  • Los Angeles Music Awards
  • Chinese Music Award
  • The Voice,Superstar K
  • #1 album &song charting

We’ve also had amazing results and a lot of fun with beginners developing their voice for recreation or to move into being professional.  Beginners with non-pro goals have:

  • Sang at their own wedding
  • Sang at a proposal
  • Become office karaoke stars
  • Gotten into audition-only choirs and community theatre
  • Gotten the band back together!  :D
  • More

People have also:

  • Made the transition from classical to jazz,pop,or rock without sounding lame AF
  • Learned not to fear singing or speaking
  • Learned singing breathing for general well-being and stress relief
  • Overcome stage fright using mental training techniques

...You get the idea and can read all our reviews,as well.

We love the variety of working with people of all different backgrounds,skill levels,and types of goals.  Working with just pros or just beginners isn’t as fun as getting to work with lots of different people.

Our 3 commitments to you as a person and artist or amateur singer:

  1. You will leave each lesson a better singer or speaker
  2. You will leave each lesson feeling better emotionally and physically than when you walked in
  3. You will learn techniques that you won’t learn at other studios

Our teachers choose to teach because it is actually really thrilling to get to hear the results right away,get to meet people and hear about their hopes and dreams and get to do concrete work toward getting them there - whether it is just to sing better or to cut a cd or make an audition.  We love people and we love dreams and having the chance to work on them with people is a real privilege.

About Studio Owner Ellie

Eleonor England is a NYC jazz vocalist and the owner of Singing Lessons NYC.  She also works as a vocal coach (NYC) for R&B,pop,K-pop,C-pop,I-pop,rock,jazz,blues,soul,and more. All lessons at Singing Lessons NYC are with Elllie so we can control quality and we have voice lessons in NYC 42 weeks a year,as well as a few times a year out of town in San Francisco and San Diego,as well.  Year-round,she takes her California clients via Skype or another online video chat.  Voice lessons in NYC and online voice lessons are available for you public speakers out there to learn how to make your voice sound better.


We Offer Something Unique in NYC

This is what makes us unique among NYC voice teachers:

  • We are priced very competitively.  A lot of the studios offering singing lessons in NYC who,like us,have clients nominated for GRAMMYs,winning American Idol and Superstar Kauditions,hosting majour shows like The Voice,and selling felony quantities of records cost between $150+/session.  But that sucks cause at those rates most peope can’t come in that often.  We want you to come in and learn some stuff.  Your skills and success are our resume.
  • We are cost-effective. Many of our clients and past students have left reviews to the effect of one lesson here is more informative and useful than however many lessons/years/months of study at both cheaper and more expensive studios. Check out our reviews for more deets!
  • Just because you’re not a pro vocalist and regardless of whether you want to go pro or just for personal reasons,you’ll get treated the same.  We love our star and pro clients but we also love our amateur clients and just really enjoy meeting diverse people from all over with different relationships to singing.  We have clients who are devoted shower singers through international pop superstars.  It’s the diversity that makes it fun!
  • Ellie &Lothair know what jazz is! Ellie sings it and Lothair grew up around it cause his dad is a famous jazz trumpet player in the Chicago jazz scene. This is especially helpful if you are looking for a jazz vocal coach or are in town for jazz vocal workshops.
  • Almost all clients notice that they learned how to make thier voice sound better in the first lesson.  The first lessons is where you learn how to sing from your diaphragm correctly.  Other ways to sing better and tips to sing better are given at each lesson along the way.  We offer solid technique for all musical styles,which is how to improve your singing voice.
  • Clients who started with us as their first voice lessons went on to do some cool stuff!



Clients Who Started As Beginners w Us Went on to:

  • Signing with majour labels in the US,China,Europe,and South Korea (in conjunction with Ellie’s work as a vocal coach in NYC ofr R&B,K-Pop,C-Pop,US Pop,Rock,and as a jazz vocal coach)
  • Getting on American Idol (client worked with Ellie as a vocal coach in NYC for R&B)
  • Hosting The Voice (client worked with Ellie on Canto-pop training)
  • GRAMMY nomination (indie/folk/rock/pop)
  • Wins and nominations at the Chinese Music Awards (Canto-Pop and Mando-Pop)
  • Wins and nominations in local music awards stateside too numerous to list including Los Angeles Music Awards,San Diego Music Award,and Bay Area Music Awards in the San Francisco Bay Area (Blues,Jazz,Adult Contemporary,Pop,Rock,Indie,Alternative,and more)
  • Multi-platinum album sales – certified by record sales (client worked with Ellie on vocal training for C-Pop)
  • Cutting cds too numerous to list in Blues,R&B,Pop,Jazz,Rock,Folk,Indie and more.
  • Regional winners for International Blues Challenge (um,Blues!) 


Vocal coaching is different than singing lessons but we do both voice lessons and vocal coaching in NYC in R&B,jazz,blues,rock,pop,K-pop,C-pop,I-pop,indie and other genres.  Vocal coaching is more about interpretation whereas singing lessons are more about technique.

Some services we offer:

  • Work as a vocal coach in NYC for R&B
  • Jazz Vocal Coaching &New York jazz workshops for visiting groups
  • NYC Singing Lessons for Pop
  • Vocal training in KPop and CPop (Mando-Pop and Canto-Pop)
  • Audition Preparation (SLNYC clients have gotten in to majour universities and conservatories including Berklee,Manhattan School of Music(graduate jazz program),New England Conservatory (graduate jazz program),Indiana University music school,and more
  • Singing lessons for kids
  • Singing Lessons for beginners
  • Singing lessons online via Skype,Oovoo,Facetime,or other video chat programs and apps.

A Note About Keys In Jazz

(Get it? NOTE??? I’m here till Thursday)

Cliff’s Notes:  Do not use sharp keys beyond maybe 2 sharps (if that), use flat keys instead.

Generally, jazz instrumentalists do not like playing in “sharp keys” (key with key signatures that include sharps).  This is because, although we put a freaken man on the moon, we cannot invent a tenor saxophone that plays in the same key as everyone else.  (Sorry, we ALLEGEDLY put a man on the moon.  My Aunt Graciela is still not convinced).

Saxophone, trombones, trumpets, flugelhorns, etc all need charts in different keys than the rest of the band – more on that in another probable post.  But because some keys are very hard to play on these horns, bands tend to avoid them.  To the point where many jazz instrumentalists are bad at playing them and it will result in: 1) hate your guts for making them, 2) refuse to play them, or 3) make erros that make you sound bad.  #2 is probably the best option, so most people avoid suggesting these keys.

The concert keys that horn players hate (and therefore so does everyone else) are the keys with lots of sharps in them.  So it’s always a compromise between what sounds good on your voice and what you can get the band to play (while not messing up and still enjoying working with you).  If you sound amaze balls in B, you call either Bb or C.  DO NOT CALL B (or show up with a chart (jazz sheet music) in B). If you are killing it in E, you call Eb or F.  If you are tearing the shit up in G, you call (and this is a trick question) Ab or F (because Gb has 6 flats and people will hate your guts if you call it, even though they claim to love flats – I call BS!)  Run the tunes in these keys once or twice so you are used to them and make sure you don’t bring charts in any forbidden keys without running it by the instrumentalists first to see if they’ll do it for you.  Insisting on these keys would make you somewhat high maintenance, BTW.  There’s a lot of sexism in this industry and not to victim blame here but they’re gonna not take you seriously in a sexist kinda way and imply you’re not intelligent if you are female and pull this.  Men, they tend to write off as dickheads.


NOTE: If your band uses a guitarist who doesn’t work with a lot of horns, you may find yourself in a position where A/F#- or E/C#- would be acceptable.  It’s a Guitar Thing.  Ask your guitar and bass.

* a minus after a chord or scale letter mean “minour” in jazzish.  So A- = A minour


Desireable Keys

  • C/A-
  • F/D-
  • Bb/G-
  • Eb/C-
  • Ab/F-
  • Db/Bb- (to be safe, don’t call this key with no chart for players who aren’t First Call*

* First Call refers to your call list for gigs and concerts.  Who your first call is is the best player you know who isn’t a dickhead or drug addict and who owns clothes that are appropriate.  In other words, the top players in your city.  First Call is a real thing.


Less Desireable Keys

(in order of the amount they will piss your band off – from hardly at all to hating your guts):

  • G/E-
  • D/B-
  • A/F#-
  • E/C#-
  • B/G#-
  • Never call F#/D#-, C#/A#-.  If you wanna do songs in these keys use either the enharmonic key (sounds exactly the same but uses flat key signatures) or the nearest acceptable flat key (see section below)

Flat keys also sometime piss people off.  The flat keys that piss people off are Db (SOMETIMES, hardly ever though unless the instrumentalist is maybe not super experienced, Gb, Cb, Fb, etc).  It’s okay to call Db generally, but not those other keys.  I call a lot of Db cause it’s a beautiful key.  Sometimes with newer players or in smaller towns I don’t because it might be a dumpster fire during the bridge.


Enharmonic Flat Keys To Some EXTREEEEEMELY Problematic Sharp Keys

F#/D#- = Gb/Eb- (Call this key only if it’s just you and piano and you’re sleeping w the pianist :D)

C#/A#- = Db/Bb-

G#E#- = Ab/F-

D#/B#- = Eb/C-

A#/Fx ** = Bb/G-

Okay, writing this literally broke my brain.  Most people wouldn’t consider most of these last 5 keys anyway, but some classical crossover people or people with no experience in real world playing might, so I’m putting them in order to err on the side of caution.

**this symbol is short for “double sharp” meaning you move the pitch up TWO half steps.  If your key has a double sharp in the signature, you are far off the jazz path, Grasshopper.  Classical musicians can sometimes handle these keys if they KILL at it, but as a beginner, just understand that these keys are considered too intellectual to be useful and don’t see a lot of miles.