Voice Lessons 

Voice lessons with Jeff are fun, informative and challenging. Every voice is unique and there is not a "one size fits all approach" to voice lessons. Each lesson is designed to fit your personal needs as a singer, whether it be range building, smoothing vocal "breaks" or transitions, developing endurance, support, breath management or rehabilitation from previous, less healthy approaches to singing. Overall longterm vocal health is at the forefront of everything we do here at Voice Soaring Studios.

Vocal lessons are available in a variety of convenient settings, including online. Explore your options, learn about voice lessons and read testimonials below. 

Online Studio

Zoom/Skype/FaceTime

Now you can take a virtual voice lesson in the comfort of your home!  Jeff teaches students all over the world, including the United States, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Learn to sing directly from your computer, smart phone or tablet with an individualized, one-on-one lesson! 

West Orange Studio

West Orange, NJ

Live in North Jersey? Take a voice lesson at the West Orange studio. The space is very comfortable, private and has great acoustics! Being from the south, he likes to make his students feel at home here. Hot tea and beverages are always available. Parking is convenient and plentiful.

New York City Studio

New York City

Jeff also teaches at the beautiful Ripley-Grier Studios in the heart of New York City. This is the #1 rehearsal facility in the world, which includes well maintained and roomy studios. Ripley-Grier Studios is great place to meet other artists or to find out about Broadway auditions. 

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My Teaching Philosophy

My voice teacher Maestro David L. Jones once said to me “Voices either soar or they don’t.” I loved that and knew immediately that teaching singers the technique that would allow their voice to soar would be my mission in life. Here at Voice Soaring Studios you will learn time-proven concepts and exercises that will truly "Let Your Voice Soar" and last a lifetime!

Testimonials

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David L. Jones

"I have seen the wonderful voice-structuring approach that Jeff Alani Stanfill teaches. He is a vocal instructor with a positive approach sharing a vast knowledge of the Old Swedish/Italian singing school. I would recommend Mr. Stanfill to anyone searching for their complete voice."

International Pedagogue/Author, voiceteacher.com

Jeff is a wonderful voice teacher. I leave our singing lessons having worked hard but also having had fun because the atmosphere he creates is relaxed and filled with laughter. The vocal exercises we work on are challenging and effective, and Jeff is skilled at tailoring them for whatever vocal issues need to be addressed. I appreciate Jeff’s focus on achieving vocal ease throughout one’s range and maintaining vocal health. Jeff always gives a warm welcome when you enter the studio and it’s easy to discuss your vocal concerns with him. I’m very glad and grateful that I discovered him from his YouTube channel!`
— Debra Vogel, Soprano
From the very first lesson with Jeff, we realized that we had found the perfect partner to develop our daughter Cinya’s voice. What impresses us about Jeff firstly is his demeanor. He is gentle with our Cinya. He is genuine in his resolve to develop Cinya’s natural voice. To us this makes sense because for us the goal is to enhance her gift, not to change it. His concern about protecting her voice for longevity through his very careful series of exercises is also comforting and admirable. Cinya has been taking voice lessons with Jeff for about 6 months now and the difference in her voice is unbelievable. Her control, range and overall growth in such a short space of time is remarkable.

What’s most important to us is that Cinya loves to go to her lessons. She laughs and jokes with her teacher and somehow, Jeff manages to challenge Cinya in a fun and enjoyable way. We are very grateful to have found Jeff Stanfill.
— Mark Khan & Luz Resto, Parents of Student
I’ve been working with Jeff now for about a year. We started in January and it is October now. All of our lessons have been over Skype or Zoom. Jeff has been so great to work with. He is a good listener and understands so much about the human voice. As a tenor, he has helped me add at least 4 half steps to my range. So grateful to have Jeff as my coach. I would highly recommend him!
— Mark Johnson, Tenor
Jeff does a great job of explaining concepts and technique in my own language, which helps me improve my singing quickly and safely. In addition, he challenges me to become a better singer than I ever thought I could be.
— Brendon Fussnecker, Rock Vocalist/Song writer
Jeffery is wonderful!!! I have only had two lessons and I already feel and hear a difference in my voice. It is indeed soaring. He will get you to the next level!
— Jodie Bently, savvyactor.com
Jeffrey Alani Stanfill is one of the most gifted voice teachers I have worked with! He truly understands the voice and knows, from first hand experiences as a performer and lifelong teacher, which exercises will work to overcome vocal problems and to increase range, flexibility, intonation, endurance, breath control placement and style. I always feel like a better singer and student of the voice and body after each lesson with Jeff!  My range grew working with him! He has a wonderful, important gift and is a wonderful guide and person!
— Quinn Lemley, BurlesqueToBroadway.com
Before I came to Jeff at Voice Soaring Studios, I had a very difficult journey as an operatic tenor and classical singer. But very quickly after starting lessons with Jeff, I felt a sense of hope and couldn’t believe the notes that I was hitting even after only a few lessons. My voice kept getting higher and higher and now I have a solid High C. And it just keeps getting better. My authentic sound is finally coming out.

Jeff patiently guides his students with a superb expertise of the voice along with incredible humor and wisdom. This indeed is a rare combination in today’s world.
I am so grateful that I found Jeff and Voice Soaring Studios.
— Jon M., Operatic Tenor
Jeff literally saved my voice. I had performed musical theater and sung in pop-punk bands throughout college with a rather abrasive vocal technique, until I no longer had any high notes, had difficulty controlling pitch, and couldn’t sing more than a couple of songs before I felt hoarse. After my first lesson with Jeff I was singing better than I had in my entire life. I knew I had found a voice coach who would not only get my voice back, but would help me go beyond the limits of what I thought my voice could do. Jeff’s studio is a comfortable, non-judgmental space, that is always filled with laughter, wisdom, encouragement, and more often than not a vocal revelation or two. Since beginning my study with Jeff I have been cast as the lead in the demo for a workshop musical, I’m singing repertoire I never thought I could before, and I have the confidence in my own ability to start teaching these vocal concepts myself. Jeff is an invaluable friend, mentor, and voice coach and I can not recommend him highly enough for anyone who is looking to find their voice, and to sing for life.
— Ryan DeRosa, Tenor
Drowning in vocal misdiagnosis and spiritually burnt out, I came to Jeff Alani Stanfill and Voice Soaring Studios like a shipwrecked sailor on a raft, crying out to be rescued. Through his precise coaching, Jeff has not only rediscovered my tenor voice, but he has released my true high tenor voice. We’ve been soaring into the stratosphere for almost a year now. He has, and continues to introduce me to the music and style that best fits me and my voice. Jeff teaches that it’s all in the minutiae! Each song has its own detail and feel. With Jeff I am becoming a true musician. More importantly, it’s the love for singing that Jeff has brought back into my heart, which I am truly grateful for. More than a great vocal coach, he is truly a wonderful and loving human being.
— Edwin DeVargas, Tenor
My new year’s resolution in 2011 was to start voice lessons and, a year later, I think it is what I want to do for a career. None of that would have been possible if it wasn’t for the nurturing support, positive encouragement and the incredible teachings of Jeff Stanfill. Every lesson he welcomes you with a smile, a funny story and a upbeat note to start your lesson and continues his wonderful attitude throughout. Jeff challenged me to do things in a year I didn’t think I would be able to do in 3 years, but I was able to do them with ease. His reassurance of my strengths helped me work through my weaknesses.

Jeff doesn’t teach how to sing, because anyone can open their mouth and sing, he teaches why we sing, what’s behind the voice and how to be a singer. He becomes more than a voice teacher, he becomes a partner in a team solving the mysteries of the vocal chords and discovering the joys of the voice. Jeff allows me to sing out in joy because I know that when he sings and teaches he is expressing that same joy.
— Hayley Swinburne, Singer/Ballerina/Model
As a mature singer, I had been experiencing diminished range and flexibility of my voice, so I had been searching the web for some time for a voice teacher. I was delighted to find the voice studio of Jeffrey Stanfill over a year ago. I have been studying with Jeff ever since, and my voice is better now than it ever was, with a higher quality of resonance and clarity, as well as increased range and greater freedom. Jeff is a very talented diagnostician of vocal issues, and is able to convey the technical aspects of vocal pedagogy more clearly that my seven previous teachers! In addition to being an excellent, supportive teacher, Jeffrey is a warm and kind person, who will welcome you into his studio with hospitality and a great cup of tea! Thank you for being a wonderful mentor and friend!
— Ruth Ratliff, Dramatic Soprano/Voice Teacher/Author, jeminimusic.com
Jeff Stanfill has an astonishing way of helping a vocalist reach his true and natural vocal potential. His technique is exactly what I needed to strengthen my chest voice and develop my head voice. I’ve always had a wide vocal range, but I never knew exactly how far I could stretch it or how to determine my voice type. I can proudly confirm today that I am a Mezzo-Soprano and it’s all thanks to Jeff!

He is the kindest, most patient I know and the one who is most committed towards the growth of his students. Working with Jeff over the last three years has helped my head voice reach soaring levels I didn’t even know existed. He not only provides his students with extensive knowledge on proper technique but at the end of your lesson, your voice is free, open and you feel so much more empowered! Jeff is a very gifted vocal coach who knows intuitively what his student is capable of on a profound level and he has the talent to bring that magic out of anyone!

I am blessed to have Jeff in my life as a wonderful friend and an inspiring teacher. I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to improve or discover the true possibilities of their voice.
— Monica Sharma, Dance Recording Artist
Jeff is a stellar vocal coach. His technique and coaching have helped me develop a healthy and strong singing voice. He is passionate about teaching and has deep knowledge and insights on vocal technique. He has been a fabulous mentor to me and a real inspiration.
— Anshul Mathur, Rock Vocalist
Jeff Alani Stanfill of Voice Soaring Studios has literally not only saved my voice but he has transformed it and by helping me to transform my voice he has quite literally changed my life as a “mature singer.”

Having taken a hiatus from singing and performing for about 15 years, I started back slowly only to be stopped by the perils of a vocal cord paresis caused by a virus which rendered me almost silent for months. After months of speech therapy and finding my way back to singing, I found that my old ways and habits of just singing scales were not useful nor healthy for me. I had to start over! I truly believe I found Jeff by divine intervention, having perused some YouTube instructional videos. I found his videos to be incredibly helpful and the concepts he introduced made absolute sense to me.
I then made the call for help!

I don’t write testimonials unless I truly believe in something or someone. This man and the concepts he introduced to me based on the Swedish-Italian school of singing have helped me attain a head voice I have NEVER had. My “mixed” voice is stronger and he explains everything so that you understand not just the “how’s” but also the “why’s”. I can now move freely from register to register and my range has increased exponentially! Thanks to him, I now understand the importance of breath in creating and maintaining sound. I am learning how to release the jaw and tongue, two of the biggest culprits that have caused me vocal issues in the past.

Jeff is a master diagnostician and as an incredible singer himself he easily understands vocal issues and finds the right tools to address those issues. I can’t say enough about Jeff and not only is he the MOST amazing teacher, he is a spectacular human being, incredibly kind, positive and SO supportive!

As a mature singer and singing better and in a more healthy way than ever before, I know I will be singing way into my “golden years”! Never Give Up! Are you thinking of giving it another go? Do yourself a favor and contact Jeff Alani Stanfill…He is a game changer! And I’m back in the game!

~Mary Beth Purdy (AEA)
National Tours, European Tours, Regional Theater, Cabaret
— ~Mary Beth Purdy (AEA)

What to Expect from Voice Lessons

THE VOCAL TECHNIQUE

In 1999, after years of struggling to to find a vocal coach who could help me build a solid, healthy vocal technique, I met and began studying voice with the late voice teacher Leona Mathews. Mathews was a master at teaching breath management and support. In only a short period of study with her, my voice began to soar like never before. No longer did I experience tension in my throat while singing and my breath became the fuel for the sound rather than something that stopped the sound all together. Suddenly the voice had more power and resonance than ever before. Fellow singers noticed the difference in my voice right away and began asking for tips to help their voice as well.

In my last lesson with Leona before her unexpected passing she said to me "Jeff, you are going to be a voice teacher, and I want you to carry these ideas into the future for singers to learn and master". After her passing I began sharing the ideas with any singer who would listen and each would have a similar experience as I. The next step would be to find a teacher who taught similar ideas of breath management and support.

Soon after Mathew's passing, I was blessed to hear about another voice teacher, Maestro David L. Jones, who would not only carry on the work that Leona started, but would fundamentally change my entire approach to singing by teaching me the concepts of the Swedish Italian vocal technique.

The Swedish Italian vocal technique is designed to balance the voice from top to bottom with no obvious breaks. The voice becomes fuller, richer, flexible, more powerful and certainly more beautiful with regular application of the concepts and exercises of the technique. 

THE LESSON

Voice Lessons will focus on five major areas of study: register balance, breathing, range building, body posture, and repertory.

During your lesson you will learn exercises designed to balance the registers of chest, middle and head voice. Often, singers have over-developed one register of their voice which can leave the other registers feeling weak and disconnected. Balancing the registers is very much like taking your car in for a re-alignment of the wheels. Suddenly, it drives more smoothly and doesn't veer off to one side. Once the registers of the voice begin to align, the singer can then begin to work towards more power and resonance.  

Often, I hear from new singers "I just don't understand how to breathe for singing". Breathing is fundamental to balancing the voice, and in each lesson, you will learn dynamic concepts of breath management designed to make singing feel like you are simply breathing notes set to music!

Range building is another important area of focus. Through fun and challenging exercises, you will easily gain several notes on the top and bottom of your voice. Singers must have full "range of motion" in their voice in order to maintain optimum vocal health.

Body work is an integral part of vocal technique. In each lesson you will learn concepts rooted in Yoga, Alexander technique, Feldenkrais and Breathing Coordination which will allow your voice to grow as never before. A free, strong, supple body is key to a free, strong, supple voice!

Once the voice is running smoothly and efficiently, repertory work will follow. We will focus on one or two songs of your choice. You will need to bring two copies of the song/s with clearly printed chord progressions above each line of music, as this makes sight reading easier for accompaniment. Jeff will accompany most songs on the piano. However, if a piece has an extremely challenging piano transcription, you may be asked to provide an accompaniment track for the lesson. You may bring this on your phone or tablet to be played through the studio sound system. If you are taking voice lessons online, please have a backing track available as Internet lag time can often hinder piano accompaniment.

For singer/songwriters: If you are working on an original piece with guitar or piano, be sure to bring a lyric sheet, preferably with chord progressions for Jeff to view as you accompany yourself.    

APPLYING THE TECHNIQUE

Many students want to know how to apply the vocal exercises to song repertory. During the lesson we will break down songs on which you are working into phrases. I will show you how to apply certain vocal exercise to any given phrase, in any type of music. Once all the notes and rhythms are securely in place, squarely in the center of the pitches with good intonation, we will work on stylistic choices that will give the song your individual stamp and make it yours!

RECORDING THE LESSON

Singers are encouraged to record their lessons. We provide two options for recording including a Roland CD recorder and and a Zoom H5 digital recorder. For the Roland you will need to bring a blank recordable CD, and for the Zoom, a 2gig to 32gig SD card. You may also record the lesson on your phone, but as the lesson is one hour in length, you will need to ensure you have plenty of free space on your device. Filming of lessons is allowed as long as the camera is only pointed to you. I do not give permission to have filmed lessons uploaded to social media sites such as YouTube, Instagram, FaceBook or Twitter. Video recordings of lessons are for the express purpose of self study. 

PRACTICING

There is an old saying that adequately addresses the issue of practicing. “How will you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, Practice, Practice.” Today’s hectic society does not make it easy for a person to find the time to practice. However, singers need to practice regularly in order to develop the muscle memory needed to solidify the technique. If you want a fabulous body, you need to work out regularly, watch your diet, get plenty of rest, drink lots of water, and avoid alcohol, cigarettes, and drugs. The same rule applies to your voice. It needs time to exercise. A little practice every day is good. Practicing for couple of hours broken into a three-part session every day is even better.

Finally, it is also important for the singer to drink lots of water while practicing. Think of your voice as a Mercedes engine. You would not drive it without oil to properly lubricate it. The voice functions best when it is well rested, sufficiently hydrated and exercised regularly. 

Rest days are very important especially if you are singing in a show, a band, a church, synagogue or choir. One day off completely from singing and speaking can be hugely beneficial to the voice if it is being used in a dynamic way everyday. 

Sleep is your voice's best friend. 6 hours of sleep per night is barely enough for the voice to recover and recuperate from a long day of singing. 7-8 hours of sleep is highly recommended for optimum vocal health. 

SCHEDULING REGULAR LESSONS

For best results, weekly or bi-weekly lessons are recommended. Many singers will even double up on lessons per week if they are preparing for a role, a tour or a big audition. However, once a week is quite sufficient, especially at the beginning of study. Once you feel comfortable with the exercises and concepts, you can certainly cut back to every other week. 

PROFESSIONALISM & CANCELLATION POLICY

I have a 24-hour cancellation policy that works like this. If you do not cancel your lesson within a 24-hour time frame, you will be charged for that lesson. If I cancel your lesson within a 24-hour time frame, your next lesson will be free.

Punctuality is always appreciated. However, lesson time is yours, so if you are late, it is your time that is lost. I do understand that unforeseen events can prevent you from being on time. If you are late, as a cause of such an event, I’ll be happy to extend your lesson time into the next hour, provided that there is no one else scheduled at that time. Otherwise, I will try to make up for lost time in future lessons. Please call me as soon as you know that you will be late.

Payment for the lesson is due at the time the service is rendered. You can pay with a credit or debit card through Square. If you are paying cash please bring exact change. 


Other Considerations

CLASSICAL VS. POP

Students often ask if this technique will make them sound like an Opera singer. My answer to that question is, “only if you want it to.” While the technique is rooted in old world, Italian concepts, I have modified the exercises to fit today's singing styles for pop, rock, musical theater and R&B. Furthermore, having a solid classical foundation in any art form will only help the artist become greater in his/her craft. For example, a person who wants to become a great Jazz dancer will need a good foundation in Ballet. Ballet allows the dancer to develop balance in the body, lengthen their muscles, and develop a strong inner core. Using these classic principles, a Ballet dancer can easily learn a Jazz routine or Hip Hop routine. The same is true, when you study Classical techniques in voice. Many times in my career I have been asked to perform various music styles such as Pop, Rock, Opera, and Country all in the same show. Using a technique that is based on classical principles has allowed my voice to become more versatile and keep it fresh and ringing throughout the entirety of a long performance. 

BELTING

Female students are often concerned with the art of belting. In today’s demanding industry, the female voice is often required to belt to the top of her chest voice in one song and then sing in head voice for another song. The concepts and exercises of the technique will allow you to develop a solid chest belt or mixed belt as high as needed in a healthy way that won't feel like belting at all. The voice will remain balanced, which will allow the singer to switch to head voice easily when needed. You will develop a true healthy sound for belting through breath management and vowel alteration.

ALCOHOL, CIGARETTES, AND DRUGS

Alcohol has become part of every day life in today’s world. Unfortunately, it wreaks havoc on the vocal cords and the esophagus. Moderation is the key. The more you drink, the less lubricated the vocal cords will become. Drinking heavily will also cause acid reflux which is a real voice killer. 

Cigarettes of any kind are completely out of the question for singers. Most people know about the harmful effects of smoking to overall health. However, cigarettes are especially hazardous to aspiring singers because they literally burn the thin edges of the vocal cords resulting in a raspy sound, and thereby loose its beauty, resonance and overall quality. If a raspy sound is what you are searching for, consider other healthier ways to achieve it. Smoking will not help you become a good singer by any means.

Drugs of the illicit nature further hinder any type of healthy vocal function. A singer should think of himself or herself as a champion athlete. Illicit drugs have no place in this playing field, period.