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.

Jazz Voice Lessons NYC

Jazz singing lessons falls partly under technique and partly under coaching. Ellie offers a vocal jazz program that incudes both plus a lot of supplemental material for “Semester Students”.

The Semester Studies jazz singing lessons program offered by Ellie at Singing Lessons NYC,  which is upto 17 sessions starting January, June and September,  is an intense vocal training and jazz styling program. Because each singer comes in with their own starting skills and needs (some singers come in with lots of technique but need to apply it to jazz, some others are great at scatting and styling but need technique, and some others have not yet built technicalskills in singing or in jazz styling), jazz students are given technique according to their needs – even advanced singers – and stylistic techniques accordingly, as well.  These kinds of skills incude:



1) Basic Breathing through Advanced Breathing

2) Breath Support (something we all are told we are learning as we train but very often singers end up now really knowing what this means – we’ll get that going!) – beginning through advanced

3) Breath Rationing – how to hold notes out for longer

4) Texture of the voice – how to make something sound sultry versus belty, etc

5) High note techniques

6) How to pronounce words to make it easier to sing

7) Creating the richest sound possible versus creating a more ordinary sound

8) How small adjustments in your posture can change your sound

9) How to control your voice so it doesn’t wobble (this can also hekp with your breath support and holding notes out for longer.  Also there is a difference between vibrato and wobble.  Vibrato is a good sign, but wobble is not such a good sign)

10) More



1) The difference between singing classical and singing jazz (and between other genres you are coming from or used to and jazz)

2) What gives jazz that “jazz” sound as opposed to music that kinda sounds “jazzy” but not really “OMG that’s JAZZ!”

3) Scatting an improvisng (there are a lot of ways to improvise and scatting is just one of them, but it can be intimidating to people when they start with it).

4) The link between scatting syllables and jazz feel and how you can use them to train your jazz feel

5) Bossa nova and Brazillion jazz

6) Phrasing (Phrasing in jazz is really extreme sometimes and makes the difference when you are singing a standard everyne has already heard a million times.  Phrasing can help make it your own)

7) How to get up on a bandstand and tell a band (in under 10 seconds) exactly how you want the song played.

8) What kinds of stuff and skills do you need to have to be professional

9) And the ever-popular much, much more!


Semester Studies also includes some free video coursework to build musicianship so you can start toward doing things like figuring songs out on your own, writing sheet music for the songs you want to do, and putting together your professional materials.

And, of course, in the sessions, we will be working on jazz songs or making non-jazz songs into jazz songs.  And we’ll be doing our monthly forays into the city to hear great jazz singers and eventually to sit in with a live jazz band in NYC,


Here’s some general information about jazz singing to give you a feel for my teaching and mentoring program:

Jazz singing is generally, although certainly not always, a bit more “airy” and less “voicey” than, say, muscal theatre or pop belting styles tend to be. Of course pop can be breathy, for sure, it can also be big bodied and and super belty. Although jazz vocal sounds will vary with the artist in question, contemporary jazz tends to favour not quite as belty and hard core a sound. Are you the artist to change that? Maybe – and if you want we can work on that!

So aside from the technique required for such sounds, jazz also features a very stylized delivery. The accents within a measure of jazz are much different from the accents in a bar of any other type of music. I think pretty much period. Many people might know that in a swing feel, you accent the upbeat of a pair of eighth notes (dunno what an eighth note is? Don’t sweat it – we gotcha covered). And many people know you also never clap/snap/WhatHaveYou on 1 & 3 in a bar, but on 2 & 4. In swing feel, there is a micro-swing and macro-swing and co-ordinating the two will result in the start of a true jazz swing feel.

Many jazz vocalist and jazz singing students are really upset that they cannot scat. Scat singing is definitely a part of the legacy of jazz singing, but it is super intimidating for many singers, especially those who may have studied classcial music – good as it is for your technique. The first thing that is intimidating is the syllables of scatting. I have a few baseline syllables that I give people that they can stake out as their hoe turf and come back to when they get freaked out. Thes syllables are given because they accentuate and help to learn the swing feel, in addition to getting a scatting sensibility established. Once you get these syllables down and aren’t freaked out by them, we’ll progres into some exercises that get you immprovising. Scatting is almost a rite of passage with singers who enter jazz. To be honest, many jazz singer scat not at all and still sell records. But I know it’s important to people and – even though scatting is used in very small amounts, peppered throughout the sets of most jazz singers, being able to scat for a section or form of a song is something you can incorporate into your set. Some isteners report getting scat fatigue but I think nobody gets tired of hearing Ella scat, so we all find our aristic place using more or less scatting, as it forms our artistic vision for our jazz singing.


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