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  • 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
  • Martin L (email),10 lessons w Ellie –3 previous instructors

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

  • JP (Google Review),8 lessons w Ellie –2 previous instructors

    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.”

  • Randy R (email),6 lessons w Ellie –1 previous instructor

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

  • Matt D (Yelp),8 lessons w Ellie –3+ previous instructors

    “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.”

  • Monty (Brittany) S (Yelp),2 years w Ellie –2 previous instructors

    “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.”

  • Karl C,American Idol Golden Ticket Winner (Yelp),6 lessons w Ellie –2 previous instructors

    “Ellie is by far the best voice teacher that I had! She is very helpful and really knows how to teach. She has techniques that you would learn only from her.”

  • Charlie I (Facebook Review),10 lessons w Ellie

    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.”

Singing Lessons NYC by Eleonor England

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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

Note From Ellie

Hey Guys!

Ellie here!  Welcome back to lessons in Autumn 2018!  For those who may be new to the studio,welcome!!

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.

I 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

I 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.  I love people and I love dreams and having the chance to work on them with people is a real privilege.

-Eleonor England,owner Singing Lessons NYC


About 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.



Ellie Offers 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.  I want you to come in and learn some stuff.  Your skills and success are my resume.
  • We are cost-effective. Many of Ellie’s 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.  I love my pro clients but I also love my 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 knows what jazz is!  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 Ellie teches you 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 w Ellie as their first voice lessons went on to do some cool stuff!



Clients Who Started As Beginners w Ellie 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 Ellie does 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 Ellie offers:

  • Ellie works 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.

Tone Deaf Test

Singing Lessons & The Tone Deaf Test

So you think you’re tone deaf, but it breaks your heart cause you love to sing. And now you probably wanna take a Tone Deaf Test!  Hahahhaha!  Well, while I don’t have a tone deaf test, here’s some good news for you: I can practically guarantee you’re not tone deaf! Seriously, with almost 100% certainty.  No tone deaf test necessary!

See here’s the deal: tone deafness is kinda a slang term we kick around which is a short cut to trying to find a way to move forward. Often a teacher (or older sibling, parent, etc) will pronounce a kid tone deaf. Sometimes, it’s singing teachers which is a majour crime against humanity, as far as I am concerned. Right up there with packing celery in your kid’s lunch.  Abuse!!  Abuse!!! See the term “tone deaf” is more or less slang. If a singing teacher puts it out there, it usually means they dunno what to do with you. They’re out of ideas, they dunno how to help with pitch (singing “in tune”), etc. Your voice teacher or your mom or your sibling who was 7 at the time – none of these people have a medical degree!  They just put this blanket statement out there that means they just don’t wanna deal with you anymore.  Or maybe if it’s a teacher, they don’t wanna problem solve or they don’t understand what’s happening. After all, there is no substitute for spending time with a kid in play and work to help create an adult who can sing.  It’s too much work for some people, but time investment is necessary to learn.  Sometimes it’s easier to label someone tone deaf than to admit that you weren’t able to do anything with them. I mean, if you tried and failed, you’d have to maybe consider the possibility that you failed through some doing of yours as a teacher, right? It’s much easier for some people to externalize that and just say there was something wrong with the student than to try to find out how to grow as a teacher.  The kid just “can’t be taught”.

What happens after a person is pronounced “tone deaf” not only doens’t help, it makes the situation worse. Usually, when people come in to my teaching studio claiming they are tone deaf, they haven’t sang in years. Sometimes decades. Because who wants to sing and hear their sibling or choir teacher get all crazy negative on them and make them feel like crap? Nobody. So people tend to not sing at all. I’ve been teaching people who think they are tone deaf for 18 years and in San Francisco, I was the teacher they’d refer clients to when they didn’t wanna deal with their pitch issues. So I did a lot of talking to these clients and hearing their stories and really some of them were heartbreaking tales of a great love for music but feeling like they can never participate because that is the depths of their suckage.  0% of these students were actually “tone deaf.” I mean, let me ask you this: you know you’re singing off key, right? Bam! Proof you’re not tone deaf. If you were tone deaf, you wouldn’t be able to tell.

You probably want some further proof that you’re not tone deaf so here it is: tone deafness is a Real Thing That Can Happen. It’s called amusia. But people with amusia (amusics) generally think music sounds super annoying and it’s basically like some annoying noise to them.  They don’t love music the way that I know you love it if you are up at 3.30am Googling “If I’m tone deaf, am I doomed to sucking?” If it’s keeping you awake nights or if your heart hurts because you’re not singing?  You are not tone deaf.

Cure for Tone Deafness

The first step in recovering from this whole chapter in your life is to start making noise. I mean it. Sing. It’s okay if you suck right now. I mean, singing isn’t just for super pro awesome singers, it is a need for many people and you should not deprive yourself just cause your skill level isn’t super high. You are entitled to sing as a human being.  It makes people happy to sing, so why should you be the only one who doesn’t get to be happy like that?  But there is another reason you should start to vocalize: most people stop singing completely after whatever giant expert on the subject (such as your 12 year old cousin) pronounced you with this profound medical opinion, you never got to experience the experimentation that kids go through. Listen to kids. Do they sound amazing at all times?  No, they sound terrible actually a lot. And occasionally awesome. If they’re lucky they go through the terrible phase without some older person telling them they suck. But if you never got the chance to use your voice and never got to experiment making weird and fun noises, then you never got that experience. And in my opinion you need to explore your voice and have the experience of making weird noises and not being concerned about making them super beautiful all the time. Do kids worry if they have super beautiful voices when they start singing? They do not and neither should you. Although I know it’s harder to let that go as an adults.  I get that it hurts.

Voice lessons (with a teacher who understands you are not tone deaf and is excited to help you) are something that can really help. It’s good to be able to sing together with the teacher and imitate them. That’s how babies learn about music and it’s very effective – and I think it’s fun, too. Sometimes a student is just super way off on pitch. What helps them a lot is if I sing the pitch they are on when they are way off back to them and then the pitch they’re trying to go to. They hear that and it helps a lot – mostly they can find their way to the correct pitch once they see how it’s done in the voice. It’s like how when you’re little you might not know how to cross a stream on whatever rocks are sticking out of the water.  But if you watch someone go across and see which foot they use and what rocks they step on, you can just imitate that and it’s much easier and you get across without a problem.

I sure hope you don’t give up on singing. I’ve met so many people who thought they were tone deaf and it made them so unhappy. I really feel strongly about this because I can see how hurtful it is to them not to feel able to sing and to feel so negatively about their voice. It hurts me a little to see this. But everyone is entitled to sing – amateurs, pro’s, everyone. In my opinion, it is a human need and I’d love to work with you to start taking your voice and self-esteem back. If you have wrongly pronounced “tone deaf”, you know what I mean – it DOES go back to your self-esteem for most people. It shouldn’t but it really does for people. But whether you take lessons here or with some other person who understands how important it is to you to sing, taking the lessons in a supportive environment is a great way to start to sing on pitch.  You’ll cry.  It’s okay, I got you.  People cry because singing means so much to us.  And being told you can’t do it – and believing it – builds up a lot of sorrow.

People speak of talent a lot. Either you are or you are not talented, end of story. But people who come into my studio with quite a deal of native skill often don’t do super well as professional singers or even as singing students because they don’t believe they need to practice. If you think you need to improve, though, and you love music, you work hard to build your skill. People who know they need to work and are motivated to work are the ones who do the best at singing, regardless of what level they started at.

I have a secret to tell you, too: my mom actually used to think I was tone deaf.  Hahahahaha!  I mean, really!  When I was a kid I guess my pitch was all over the place.  My mom used to tell me not to sing.  “I have a headache.” She’d say.  Which we DID live in LA in the 1970s and the smog was crazy and people used to get smog hedaches, so it didn’t seem that far fetched.  Put another way, my mom used to fake an illness so she wouldn’t have to listen to me sing!  Hahahhahahaa!  Well, these days I have pitch so good that it’s approaching perfect pitch – which they used to also say you either had or your didn’t, but now they say it can be learned.  So I’ll always be grateful to my mom for not sharing her thoughts on whether I was tone deaf or not because if she had, who knows if I would have even tried music?  Most people wouldn’t, so maybe I’d be like a visual artist or something.  There’s no way to know.  But boy did I love music.  And I practiced it every day, both singing and playing and I got better.  When I came home from choir the first day of school and told my mom I was selected for advanced choir, she seemed kinda quiet.  I guess she did not know what to say.  She later told me she thought “Man, this choir director must be terrible!”  But when she went to our school concert and heard me singing a solo, she finally told me ”Ellie, you used to be tone deaf!!!” I really didn’t believe her because it was so random and weird.  It didn’t make any sense because tone deaf os tone deaf and you’re stuck with that worever, right?  And I loved music so much.  But that love of music, that’s what drove me and thank God no one told me I was tone deaf.  My deep love of music carried me through what might have been very dark times, but instead they were awesome and fun.  And I admire and respect that love of music when I see it in other people.

A deep love of music. What is talent if not that?

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