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Deborah Levoy

Music Instruction  (Contact for lessons: email or phone: 408/275-0802)

Deborah teaches voice, guitar, songwriting, and performance and recording skills from her studio in downtown San Jose, California. Many of her students focus on vocal technique exclusively; whereas others work on a combination of skills.  


Deborah artfully takes you under her wing with infinite patience, positive attitude, encouragement and clear masterful understanding of vocal mechanics and takes you to where you never thought you could go. Alexander Leon, student

 

Voice

Guitar

Songwriting

Performance & Recording

Students' Comments

VOICE

Deborah teaches a vocal method that is effective for all levels of singers, from people who claim "they can't sing" to professionals who want to strengthen their vocal technique. Scores of Grammy Award winners, Metropolitan Opera singers, and pop music stars - Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Al Jarreau, Bette Midler, Liza Minelli, Prince, Tina Turner, Michael Jackson, Anthony Kaedis, and Annie Lennox, to name a few - use the same method to expand their vocal range, flexibility, and strength.

As students develop a kinesthetic awareness of how their bodies work during singing, they gain confidence, their range expands, and they are able to sing with greater ease and freedom through their entire range. As singers improve their technical proficiency, she helps them develop their own style and learn how to interpret songs in their own voice.

 

GUITAR

Deborah teaches beginning guitar to students of all ages and musical experience.

 

SONGWRITING

Deborah teaches beginning and advanced students how to write meaningful, well crafted songs. Learn how to write lyrics, melodies, and instrumental accompaniment that express your unique sound.

 

 RECORDING AND PERFORMANCE COACHING

Deborah coaches students in performance and recording skills by analyzing students' live performances or studio sessions. Deborah has helped countless students improve their stage presence, pacing and stamina, microphone technique, and emotional delivery of live and recorded performances. Deborah helps performing artists integrate singing, playing, performance, style, and stage presence. She also advises performers on the creation of album projects and promotional packages.

 

STUDENTS' COMMENTS

"Deborah Levoy is the best vocal teacher I have worked with to date. She knows exactly how to hone in on trouble spots and help smooth them over. Through her exercises and training, she has helped increase my confidence in areas where I had felt hesitant. Singing on stage is much more comfortable for me now that I have Deb's bag of tricks in my back pocket." Jill Meniketti, Singer/harpist in the pop harp sensation, Electric Angel,www.electricangel.com

 

"For 46 years I let myself go through life feeling bad about my voice. I finally decided to do something about it and I'm glad that something was finding Deborah Levoy. She is turning around years of self-consciousness about my voice. Deborah's teaching is effective, supportive and fun. Step by step I am finding my voice. I have been very excited about voice lately. I can't wait to get in the car and practice. I am very grateful to Deborah." Paul Jay Reed, Landscape Architect, www.rala.net

 

"At Deb's request I gladly and enthusiastically write this for her web page. My only foreboding is that her sensible rates will go up once the world recognizes what a great vocal coach and mentor she is. I've had decades of experience in music -studying, practicing, performing. I studied in the National School of Music at the National University of Mexico as well as at the National Conservatory of Music in Mexico City. I have studied under countless coaches and teachers in Mexico and the USA. I have performed with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico City, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the National University of Mexico, in theater plays such as Hair and Godspell, and have done considerable studio work and/or worked with the likes of Ike & Tina Turner and Buddy Miles. However, what I've done was mostly as an instrumentalist who wished he could sing. I sang in choirs and had several vocal teachers and coaches to no avail. It did not matter how "qualified" the other teachers were, I just never "got it".

Then came Deborah Levoy. There are teachers and then there is a MENTOR in our lives -and that's Deborah. She artfully takes you under her wing with infinite patience, positive attitude, encouragement and clear masterful understanding of the vocal mechanics, which she is able to convey unequivocally, and takes you to where you never thought you could go. I can sing not just adequately. In less than a year I sing better than many pro's out there (I know this from my own long experience in the music world). I almost can't believe it! Sure my music background and experience helped. But believe me, it's not that I finally got it after many, many years. Deborah made it happen! I am sure that she can make it happen for anyone!" Alexander Leon

 

"Last summer I was anticipating my audition for a play that was very hard to get in to. I was really nervous, but Deborah and I picked a song and went to work on it. By the time of the audition we had the song down!! After the cast list went up, I was so excited. The director actually came up to me afterwards and asked me if I'd been taking voice lessons; I said that I had a new teacher and she said, 'What's her name, I must take lessons from her myself!'" Lizzie Adelman, Peninsula Youth Theatre, www.pytnet.org

 

"Over the past few months I've really noticed a difference in my voice (for the better). Working with Deborah is really helping me take control over what comes out when I sing, and when I don't get the sound I want, I know why and how to fix it. Pretty amazing!!! Deb has a great ear, is fun to work with, and is very supportive. She's a great teacher and I wish I'd found her sooner!" Midyne Spear

 

"You have such a sweet teaching spirit. You have been a blessing to me." Lisa Poor

 

"Deborah Levoy has a wonderful method of teaching me about my voice to improve the sound of my singing. From Deborah's guidance I've grown in my knowledge, technique and confidence." Claire Wright

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