THE VOCAL WORKOUT | VOICE TEACHERS IN NY
Meet the – VW Voice Coaches
The Vocal Workout aligns and endeavors to train vocal coaches in our Vocal Workout Singing method. Our gift is to work with professional singers and teachers with impressive merit and backgrounds. We work toward a common purpose of voice transformation and crafting voices, one vocal lesson at a time.
“I am amazed. I look back on what I used to sound like, it’s not even the same person.” -Nadine Michel
Born in Los Angeles, California, ILana Martin was performing at the age of 8. After, Martin entered Boston’s famed Berklee College of Music. She received the first full scholarship offered just for vocalists. This shot her into touring the world multiple times as the founder of the ILana Martin Jazz Quintet and as a supporting vocalist for Barry White, Patti LaBelle, D’Angelo, Stevie Wonder, Donna Summer, Norman Brown, Rafael Martos and others.
Now, Martin links to Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, and Alicia Keys for her voice’s sound and character, while her signature phrasing and lyrical tone is one of a kind. Along with her famed vocal coaches, as a master of soul vocal performance and instruction, Martin also performs as a recording pianist. She sings and writes songs for both stage and film. Martin is a voice teacher, songwriting coach, and R&B and gospel voice expert that wows audiences with her powerful tone and storytelling. Martin founded the Vocal Workout Singing School in New York City’s Soho in 1998, New York City’s highly favored vocal facility, employing world-class teachers.
“She is a very special teacher — she lights up the room.” – Christy Thompson
CHERYL PEPSII RILEY
Cheryl, who is one or our vocal coaches, often called Pepsii by her friends, amazingly stars in national touring plays. Eleven to date! She has been on tour with the likes of Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Kirk Franklin, David Peaston, David Hollister, and Clifton Powell. Also, she’s been featured in “Madea’s Class Reunion” written by Mr. Tyler Perry. Cheryl loves performing and also enjoyed singing on the #1 hit movie series, “Diary of A Mad Black Woman,” as well as on stage. Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, and Matchbox Twenty have used Cheryl’s voice on their hit music. She has also toured with artists such as Missy Elliot, Eve, Tweet, Patti Austin, Jessica Simpson, Chico DeBarge, and Angie Stone. Vocal Workout Singing School’s melodic interpretation with Cheryl Pepsii Riley allows you to learn to sing and improve your voice, harmonize and define your musical ear.
“When I came to the Vocal Workout Singing School, I was a rapper and successful. I would never have known the range, quality, or true nature of my voice without this school.” – S. Aamon
“I feel as if I have encountered a virtuoso of singing school teaching. Finally, I have studied under some remarkable people – at Harvard and also elsewhere – in many areas in college and also business school life, but as a vocalist, I feel I have come across unmatchable teaching.” – Shu
Naomi has been performing since childhood in New Jersey and began her professional music career in Philadelphia. A child of missionaries, she toured with a female inspirational pop music quartet before joining The Vocal Workout family. She has collaborated with producers and songwriters in Soul, Pop, Rock, and R&B genres. Naomi has sung an assortment of contemporary music, classical pieces, and musical theatre repertoire across the United States and overseas. A pure and honest teacher, Naomi aims to empower singers to find their inner strength and sing from the heart.
“Finally, I am no longer just alto or soprano, but I also have my own Voice which shows my unique style and ideas. At last, teachers make the class warm, never competitive and forced me to be open and humble. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am finally FREE.”
The Vocal Workout Method offers a proven, specialized approach to singing lessons in Pop/Rock, Soul, R&B, Jazz, and Gospel styles taught by expert voice teacher, ILana Martin. The school’s mission is to produce strong, fearless singers who operate in the world on a professional level.
Built from a core foundation of diaphragmatic breath control and intense awareness of vocal placement, a Vocal Workout class combines breath, alignment, technique, and repetition. This unique bonding method allows the whole body to resonate and find that head voice. Voice coaches guide singing reflexes to the body’s autopilot reflex channel, the most inward part of our muscle memory until they become natural.
Each Vocal Workout Coach is trained by Ilana Martin and perfect the vocal method in order to teach it to the students. Our skilled voice teachers are masterful. We read the body to find places of tension, strain, and inauthenticity. Our coaches provide students with tools for a more integrated production of sound as well as guidance on how to properly care for the voice.
“We are Fearless.”
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