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Monthly archive December, 2012
The Singer and the Stradivarius (a true story)

The Singer and the Stradivarius (a true story)

She walked in to the studio wearing pink very short shorts, thigh high boots, bare midriff exposing a pierced navel as well as pierced ears, nose and tongue. Since it was her first lesson I had met her only over the phone when she had answered my ad for singing lessons. After a few pleasantries...
Singing in the Recording Studio

Singing in the Recording Studio

  The recording studio is one of the most unnatural environments to sing in. When we sing live, little imperfections go by in a moment and are unnoticed because of the excitement of a live performance. In the studio however we hear every little error and if it goes on record we will hear them forever....
Choir Singing – Better Than Broccoli

Choir Singing – Better Than Broccoli

Joining a choir is not only a great way to practice singing in a fun social setting. Research at the University of California has found that it might make you healthier. Immunoglobulin A is a protein used by the immune system to fight disease. Researchers measured the amount of immunoglobulin A in the saliva of...
The Pop/Rock vs Classical?

The Pop/Rock vs Classical?

Some singers and voice teachers would have you believe that Classical (unfortunately sometimes referred to as legit) is the only correct way to sing. Some even say that such popular styles of singing as Pop/Rock, R & B, Jazz, Musical Theatre and of course belt quality, will ruin your voice. Evidence proves differently. “No one...
Belting Like The Pros!

Belting Like The Pros!

Learn how to Belt safely You may have seen ads for auditions that say something like:   “Singers wanted for musical theatre production. 2 octaves g to g. Belting and legit.”   Legit refers to operatic quality. What is belting or belt voice? Belting is that high loud voice quality you often hear when you...
Singers Wanted!

Singers Wanted!

How Much? Each lesson is 1 hour long. A block of 4 lessons is $165 (works out to $41.25 / lesson) Single lessons are $55. each Where? If you are in or close to Montreal the lessons are at my studio . 3505 Durocher corner Milton. ( 7 minute walk from metro Place des Arts)...
Vocal Coaching

Vocal Coaching

Whether you are a professional, an experienced amateur, or a complete beginner. From 10 years old to 100. I can help you with.   Understanding How Your Voice Works Range Vocal Problems Repertoire Auditions Stage Nerves Preparing for the Recording Studio Finding and Choosing More Vocal “Colours” Learning to belt safely     Play in...
Testimonials - Chris Velan

Testimonials – Chris Velan

“As a touring singer-songwriter, I was finding that my voice couldn’t keep up with the strain of singing night after night. I was also frustrated that sometimes I couldn’t trust it to hit the highs and lows that I needed it to. In my vocal lessons with Ian, I found him to be very knowledgeable,...
Singing Lessons

Singing Lessons

Whether you sing Pop/Rock, Jazz, R&B, Musical Theatre, Choral Music etc. You can learn to develop: a bigger range ( sing higher and lower) more power more vocal stamina better projection more sounds, styles, and vocal colours confidence and security conscious predictable control of your voice     Taught with a clear concise method based...
Estill Voice Training System

Estill Voice Training System

Ian Lebofsky is a Certified Master Teacher of EVT The Estill System: Takes the mystery out of training your voice Gives you a concrete understanding of how your voice works Teaches conscious consistent control Breaks the dependence on the teacher Gives you the “tools” to be your own “voice mechanic” Develops confidence Promotes vocal health...