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.

    Why?

    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

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    “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

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    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

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    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

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    “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!) 

 

R&B,Soul,Blues,Rock,More
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.

Technique

Student Quote: “I want to call all my previous students up and show them (what you showed me). I want to call them all and give them a free lesson so I can can check them. I hope I wasn’t passing this stuff on to my students.”– Female Singing Instructor and Vocalist Claudia B

Ellie’s Technique Page Cliff Notes Version …and tips for selecting a teacher

My original training was in the Henderson technique, originating with Larra Henderson in San Diego. The technique is designed to maintian the voice and to teach techniques useful for preventing injury to the voice which can occur with certain types of misuse. Some types of misuse can result in permanent damage that cannot even be repaired by surgery, so it is imperative that a safe technique be used at all times.

The Henderson technique is a bel canto method and relies on proper breathing and breath support and is very much inter-related with Alexander Technique (AT). AT, in case you are unfamiliar is, I think, best summed up as the study of the ergonomic use of the body originally developed to help decrease vocal strain). The Henderson technique encourages posture and use of the body that releases tension in the neck, throat, and tongue, accomplished through proper posture and sound breathing, which stop tightness and vocal strain. If you are experiencing pain during or after singing, something is wrong and you should stop immediately and figure out what it is before permanent damage is sustained.

In my own teaching studio, I try to emphasise individual growth and try not to mold the student into a carbon-copy of how I sound (God help ya…). I feel it is important to know your own voice and to appreciate the unique aspects of it. What may be viewed as a fault can oftentimes be turned around and become a true asset to differentiate you from the veritable plethora of other singers out there. I accept students of many different genres from singer-songwriters, jazz, blues & indie to classical. I accept established singers as well as those with more moderate goals and beginners. The goal is to allow the singer to refine his or her individual and unique vocal sound while teaching how to get the maximum out of the voice and maintain safe technique to allow continued use of the voice throughout the lifetime.

I emphasize posture perhaps more than many other teachers do. The reason for this is that most students think that straight posture involves a lot of work and naturally they then tense up their bodies to accomplish this. This stress in the body can cause vocal strain and in some cases is the only thing standing between the singer and being able to successfully sing through the breaks in the voice. Furthermore, every muscle has a very specific sound when it interferes with a singer’s natural sound. I hear this sound in the voice and it bothers me because it is not difficult to remedy. Beautiful tone (and being able to control the tone in the voice) comes as the entire body releases. Just based on hearing only, I can pretty much identify what muscles are tensing and by releasing those and releasing the others as they occur, the voice get incrementally better and moves toward the full and rich tone that is natural if we singers can just get out of the way. I spend a great deal of time in a typical session with a typical student working with the student to try to isolate where the student may be overriding what his or her body wants to do in a less stressed way. For instance, many people hold their jaws very tight and put a lot of energy into that. By releasing the jaw and allowing it to flow more naturally, tension in the voice is also released and this change alone can cause a surprising improvement to the sound. However, in order to do that, the fundamentals of breathing must be solid and a free and a released posture must be in place from the feet up.

Further, I believe and teach with the principle that breathing is a natural outgrowth of proper posture. If you stand easily (read: correctly) and move easily, your breathing will naturally be “diaphragmatic”. With many students, one modification in their posture causes what we singers refer to as “breathing from the diaphragm”. This modification is not difficult to do and will also help alleviate strain elsewhere in the body.

I have taken the time to continue my studies both with private instruction myself in majour music centers of the world such as Italy, New York, Los Angeles, etc. This is part of my commitment to being the best that I can be as a teacher. I have taken Classical, Musical Theatre, and Contemporary Pop Belting with David Sabella (a top NYC teacher), Alexander Technique And The Voice with NYC-based international teacher Kathryn Armour, and Vocal Improvization in Los Angeles with Michele Weir (authour of the popular book Vocal Improvization and teacher at Northern California’s JazzCamp), as well as many other musical studies including piano, jazz piano, arranging, and theory with such greats as Shep Myers (pianist to Ella Fitzgerald, Anita O’Day, and Julie London). I have extensive training in the Alexander Technique and the ergonomics of movement in your body to alleviate strain (most majour conservatories have an Alexander Department because it helps get the best sound out of the voice and lessens tension greatly).

For more advanced singers, it is important to maintain good habits and keep an open mind to growth (this is why even professional singers often take voice lessons – to maintain good habits, expand their learning, and to get a “second opinion” by way of the voice instructor). And often the more advanced students carry more stress than beginners and, although it is obvious they have had a lot of training, the voice is still lacking the freedom that pulls a listener in. Advanced students are wonderful to work with because often just applying one or two things can bring a voice from sounding trained and “pretty good” to being breath taking and having what can be described as a shimmering quality (not vibrato, something more – the energy of a voice hovering or floating in the air and THAT is what I want to hear).

What I listen for and strive for in my studio – my ultimate goal – is a natural sounding voice that is easy to use, allows full use of the 3¼ – 3¾ octaves that *most people* are capable of at minimum when they voice is well-tuned, and allows the singer to use the voice without fatigue. I am not a “voice builder” and I do not try to make a voice larger than it naturally is (it will get louder and more full as you develope as a singer but installing a bigness is not the way to get a nice sounding voice and will ultimately hold that singer back as they must then undo that contrived sound). In advanced students, I try to remove any of that that is in the voice and reveal the natural beauty of the voice (a contrived “built” voice will have an irregular vibrato oftentimes in addition to being just slightly below pitch in many cases or in some areas). In beginning and novice singers, I try to present the material in as non-intrusive way as I can so that I do not cause the singer to sound contrived. This is the mantra “I want to sing better but I don’t want to sound like I’ve had a lot of lessons” comes from that you hear so much from popular music singers. No pop singer (and should be no classical singer either) wants to sound inauthentic because it clouds their connection to the music and the audience. And that is why I can work with singers from a variety of genres – because I am not going for a sound but merely trying to reveal what is there all along in each of us – a beautiful voice.

I teach students of all genres but use a variety of materials depending upon the genre, goals of the individual student, etc. Below is a summary of some of the types of things I do in lessons as they vary between classical and musical theatre, singer-songwriter and pop/rock related genres, and jazz/blues related genres:

Student Accomplishment I have a 96% admission record for all my classical & jazz students for their school of choice. To be counted amongst these, I require 1 year of study at minimum prior to your audition date and you must take other auditions besides your #1 choice. Almost every student who has given me that has made their #1 school of choice (we missed an NYU audition in like 2007 but that is the only one we have missed. And some even made their audition with only had 12 weeks of sessions!

A note to prospective vocal students about vocal technique

Good voice technique should be primarily concerned with your voice and health. This may seem obvious, but be aware that sometimes people are not properly trained or they are more interested in making money in what they think is an easy and harmless way. Please listen to your instincts and back away if you sense things are not right, they probably aren’t. And the permanent well-being of your voice may be compromised finding out. If an instructor tells you to do something that hurts or feel abrasive, I would find another instructor immediately. Another thing to watch for is manipulative practices – sticking spoons in mouths, etc. At it’s worst it can be harmful and at best it will manipulate your voice into something it is not. And singing in a constructed voice does not take advantage of the unique qualities of your own voice. Longitudinal use like that could result in damage so watch yourselves!

A good instructor is someone you can trust and who tells you when they do not know something. You can learn a lot about a technique by doing a little bit if research. Most good techniques are published or have another reliable source such as lists of people using the technique or teachers teaching it. You can find a lot of information in the internet (good and bad – be aware of that). Be overly cautious until you develop a trusting relationship with your instructor.

There are many techniques out there and a lot of them have merit even though they are different from each other. It is never a great idea to mix techniques but realize there are a few ways to get where you are going. That said, beware of techniques that do not teach breathing as a fundamental basis of singing. And there are no short cuts. Singers learn to do things with their bodies that are beyond the average person. For that you need training just as an athlete would. Anyone telling you you can get by in the professional world of singing on a handful of lessons may be putting your long term vocal health at risk. Singing around the campfire once in a while is fun but it is not the same as the stresses places on your voice gigging, singing opera, even speaking for hours on end (of course, you ARE breathing smokey camp fire air so there IS that…). Although you may initially “save money” by taking 3 or 4 $300 lessons instead of a reasonable amount of time at a respectable studio, you will be spending that money fixing injuries and that is not the cheap way out. If you need cheaper lessons, ask! But beware anyone who tells you you can learn everything necessary for a career in singing in a few sessions. That flies in the face of everything everyone else in the industry will tell you and it is complete fabrication designed to make that instructor very very wealthy. The argument that traditional voice teachers are trying to take your money by long term lessons is nonsense. Professionally athletes have coaches their entire careers. Singers need to touch base with other professionals also.

For an EVEN MORE opinionated diatribe on this topic (if you can possibly imagine), please refer to my Questions and Answers section for a short article on finding a good voice teacher.