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  • Bob Himlin
    Bob Himlin
    I studied voice with Ellen in the late 1980s in San Diego, but she was so instrumental (pun intended) in correcting my vocal problems and steering me in the right direction that I still list her on my musical theatre resume 30 years later! I was having trouble getting cast in anything, but that changed once I was able to incorporate the changes from our lessons. She also invited me to a very informative seminar given by her mentor Roland Wyatt (then vocal coach for Manhattan Transfer, among others) that I draw from to this day. Thank you, Ellen!

    I studied voice with Ellen in the late 1980s in San Diego, but she was so instrumental (pun intended) in correcting my vocal problems and steering me in the right direction that I still list her on my musical theatre resume 30 years later! I was having trouble getting cast in anything, but that changed once I was able to incorporate the changes from our lessons. She also invited me to a very informative seminar given by her mentor Roland Wyatt (then vocal coach for Manhattan Transfer, among others) that I draw from to this day. Thank you, Ellen!

  • Yolanda Johnston
    Yolanda Johnston
    Ellen is an amazing vocal teacher! If you have the opportunity to study with her it will be forever worth it! I'm a former student who studied with her when she lived in Long Beach and now I play large stages like the House of Blues and the Belly Up. Someday soon it will be stadiums. Thank you Ellen! <3 I highly recommend getting her vocal warm up CD as well, so good!!

    Ellen is an amazing vocal teacher! If you have the opportunity to study with her it will be forever worth it! I'm a former student who studied with her when she lived in Long Beach and now I play large stages like the House of Blues and the Belly Up. Someday soon it will be stadiums. Thank you Ellen! <3 I highly recommend getting her vocal warm up CD as well, so good!!

  • Tina Bachemin
    Tina Bachemin
    It's been really exciting to work with Ellen as my vocal coach. She teaches with a lot of heart and sincerity. I recommend Ellen for students of all ages and levels. She is a very experienced, warm and likable singing coach. It's been wonderful for me to discover the finer nuances of vocal technique, the joy of singing, and my own true singing voice with Ellen. Thank you so much!!

    It's been really exciting to work with Ellen as my vocal coach. She teaches with a lot of heart and sincerity. I recommend Ellen for students of all ages and levels. She is a very experienced, warm and likable singing coach. It's been wonderful for me to discover the finer nuances of vocal technique, the joy of singing, and my own true singing voice with Ellen. Thank you so much!!

  • Debra Whitlock Lax.
    Debra Whitlock Lax.
    Smply splendid. Singing demands intimacy and transparency. Ellen creates an atmosphere of warmth and acceptance that is rare for her level of expertise. She knows how to bring out the best within without condemnation or judgment. Thank you Ellen.

    Smply splendid. Singing demands intimacy and transparency. Ellen creates an atmosphere of warmth and acceptance that is rare for her level of expertise. She knows how to bring out the best within without condemnation or judgment. Thank you Ellen.

  • Shadi
    Shadi
    Ellen's creative and positive energy, genuine encouragement, and warm smile while coaching singers are critical ingredients of her effectiveness. She is very knowledgeable and helpful and very generous and kind, a gem, a star!

    Ellen's creative and positive energy, genuine encouragement, and warm smile while coaching singers are critical ingredients of her effectiveness. She is very knowledgeable and helpful and very generous and kind, a gem, a star!

  • Linda Stewart
    Linda Stewart
    Hi Ellen, Thank you very much for your kindness and the opportunity to sing with a talented group of singers and musicians at the showcase. It was a great experience because I was able to have an opportunity to practice communicating to musicians that I've never met or worked with before. There were lessons in that experience that worked and I learned what I needed to work on to be better. I enjoyed sharing the experience with previous classmates and meeting new and outstanding vocalists. You have definitely been a great inspiration as an instructor and I continue to learn and grow with you in our individual sessions and I've learned a lot from previous classes. I've had wonderful experiences where I've had a transformation with my voice by learning new techniques within a one hour session. I also have seen my growth with each class. I will continue to keep music in my life and strive to grow as a vocalist because it truly feeds my soul and I am so filled when other people enjoy it as well :) Thanks again and I hope to work with you very soon... Linda

    Hi Ellen,

    Thank you very much for your kindness and the opportunity to sing with a talented group of singers and musicians at the showcase. It was a great experience because I was able to have an opportunity to practice communicating to musicians that I've never met or worked with before. There were lessons in that experience that worked and I learned what I needed to work on to be better. I enjoyed sharing the experience with previous classmates and meeting new and outstanding vocalists.

    You have definitely been a great inspiration as an instructor and I continue to learn and grow with you in our individual sessions and I've learned a lot from previous classes. I've had wonderful experiences where I've had a transformation with my voice by learning new techniques within a one hour session. I also have seen my growth with each class. I will continue to keep music in my life and strive to grow as a vocalist because it truly feeds my soul and I am so filled when other people enjoy it as well smile

    Thanks again and I hope to work with you very soon...

    Linda

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    Ellen is an intuitive voice teacher. She takes in what a singer has going on already and then pulls from her deep knowledge of the voice, methods to help the student open up and express. On a larger level, she understands the voice as a metaphor for life. I am grateful for her ability to focus on various elements (technique, emotional expression, improvisation, theory) within each session and I love that she not only works with the jazz genre, but also others (musical theater, R&amp;B, etc...though am quite sure that jazz is her first love). Ellen was also instrumental in helping me and another student prepare for and pull off a shared recital. She has helped me rise to a space that I could only dream of before. So if you are looking for someone to work with, look no further - you've found her!

    Ellen is an intuitive voice teacher. She takes in what a singer has going on already and then pulls from her deep knowledge of the voice, methods to help the student open up and express. On a larger level, she understands the voice as a metaphor for life.
    I am grateful for her ability to focus on various elements (technique, emotional expression, improvisation, theory) within each session and I love that she not only works with the jazz genre, but also others (musical theater, R&B, etc...though am quite sure that jazz is her first love).
    Ellen was also instrumental in helping me and another student prepare for and pull off a shared recital. She has helped me rise to a space that I could only dream of before. So if you are looking for someone to work with, look no further - you've found her!

  • Lady B./ aka B-Young
    Lady B./ aka B-Young
    How fortunate it was to meet Ellen Johnson. My songs in her class: Try to Remember/Embraceable you/God Bless The Child/A Change is Gonna Come. Well, a change has come for me and I feel that I can go on because of the wonderful voice lessons and the encouragement she gave to me when I was about to give up. The world would be a better place if their were more Ellen Johnson's in it. Thanks Ellen

    How fortunate it was to meet Ellen Johnson. My songs in her class: Try to Remember/Embraceable you/God Bless The Child/A Change is Gonna Come. Well, a change has come for me and I feel that I can go on because of the wonderful voice lessons and the encouragement she gave to me when I was about to give up.
    The world would be a better place if their were more Ellen Johnson's in it.
    Thanks Ellen

  • Ivy Hest
    Ivy Hest
    Ellen is one of the most energetic, effective, and thoughtful teachers I have ever had. I have taken both "Jamming Jazz Singers" and "The Definitive Jazz Singer" with her at the Jazzschool, and am always impressed with how she is able to give feedback in a positive way and really build each student's strengths while teaching everyone at the same time. I'm also a private lesson student, where she has helped me not only open up my voice and build technique, but also how and why I can work on certain things. She also teaches some theory and history along the way. Many voice teachers try to help you with technique but along the way the student loses what makes their voice special. Ellen is the opposite, truly working with what you have already to make it stronger. I would recommend Ellen to anyone. She is truly a gem!

    Ellen is one of the most energetic, effective, and thoughtful teachers I have ever had. I have taken both "Jamming Jazz Singers" and "The Definitive Jazz Singer" with her at the Jazzschool, and am always impressed with how she is able to give feedback in a positive way and really build each student's strengths while teaching everyone at the same time.

    I'm also a private lesson student, where she has helped me not only open up my voice and build technique, but also how and why I can work on certain things. She also teaches some theory and history along the way. Many voice teachers try to help you with technique but along the way the student loses what makes their voice special. Ellen is the opposite, truly working with what you have already to make it stronger.

    I would recommend Ellen to anyone. She is truly a gem!

  • Jack
    Jack
    If you want to begin performing, there's no better place to start than the "Beginning Vocal Jazz Performance" class that Ellen teaches at the Jazzschool in Berkeley. In 10 weeks you will learn how to: prepare a chart in your key, using your own arrangement; communicate with the musicians who are accompanying you; use a microphone; and, perform with feeling and confidence. Along the way you will also pick up some of the basics of jazz music theory that will set you on the road to becoming a better musician. And while this is primarily a performance class, Ellen will jump in when needed with gentle instruction for improving your technique. Last, but not least, Ellen makes the whole experience a whole lot of FUN.

    If you want to begin performing, there's no better place to start than the "Beginning Vocal Jazz Performance" class that Ellen teaches at the Jazzschool in Berkeley. In 10 weeks you will learn how to: prepare a chart in your key, using your own arrangement; communicate with the musicians who are accompanying you; use a microphone; and, perform with feeling and confidence. Along the way you will also pick up some of the basics of jazz music theory that will set you on the road to becoming a better musician. And while this is primarily a performance class, Ellen will jump in when needed with gentle instruction for improving your technique. Last, but not least, Ellen makes the whole experience a whole lot of FUN.