Bringing new rhythm to the local community
POP-UP SCHOOL of VOCALS
Pop-up school of vocals is Elena Dana's initiative to encourage professional vocalists, songwriters and musicians to share their knowledge on music & performance with local communities.The school offers drop-in singing workshops, masterclasses, courses, exclusive showcases and welcomes people of all ages and abilities.
The first pop-up school was set up in 2014 in the London borough of Tower Hamlets, as a result of Elena's teaching training as a music educator at the British academy of New Music. The school was a weekly, four months long venture, and featured the founder of She choir, Ellie Estbrook. Years on and those who took part are very fond of the project and always ask for more!
Hence, the second school was run as a result of a high demand, albeit a year and a half later, and introduced a series of Masterclasses dedicated to Jazz, Blues, Ballads, Romani & Balkan genres. With acclaimed songwriters, musicians and performers Norma Jean Martine, Adam Bridges, Allegra Shock, Meg Cavanaugh and Dunja Botic, the school was held at the legendary Premises Studios, London, UK, during the winter & spring of 2016 & 2017.The 3rd school was held on during the summer of 2018, in Scotland, across the city of Edinburgh, featuring acclaimed jazz singer Lorna Reid, vocal coach Nicholas Franck, and a musician & a lead vocalist from a swing band Radio Pachuco, Sophie Finslayson. Our last showcase, to mark the end of this project, was held on Tuesday 18th Sep 2018.
To keep the local singing community flourishing, Elena has introduced Private Tuition Bundles *Special Offer* for individuals and groups with the Showcase of Singing Talent included in the price. To register your interest and for more information click here.
Previous classes during summer 2018:
Vocal coaching sessions provide a bespoke training programme, which is designed around each student's singing goals and aspirations, and are available online and in person.
Every session covers essential singing techniques through carefully chosen vocal exercises and singing material.
A bundle of lessons are recommended to achieve the student's desired aim, as they include a theoretical follow-up, an audio recording of each session, an exclusive vocal training video file for systematic training, and online resources.
The aim of these sessions is to keep your voice in a healthy condition while developing your singing ability to its full potential!
Read testimonials to see what students say about vocal coaching sessions with Elena below.
*All sessions are of advance purchase only, non-refundable & operate on 48 hrs cancellation policy
Suzanne, Folk singer, London
"Wow, what can I say, Elena is a vocal guru! I have sung for many years but no-one has ever explained to me so clearly the importance of regular vocal exercise and now I truly get it! My voice became much stronger and brighter just after a few sessions! Love it, can't wait for the next one!"
Sophie, Musician, Edinburgh
I really enjoyed Elena's jazz singing course. She explains things really clearly and gives great training exercises which you can practice at home. There is absolutely something to be learned for singers of all ages and abilities.
Jeremy, Guitarist, London
"Elena's singing classes have really helped build my confidence as a singer. They are well structured, enjoyable and full of useful tips and excercises. Each class looks at a different aspect of singing technique, and is followed up with a summary of the lesson and ideas for further practice. Highly recommended!"
Dalia, Graphic Designer, London
"I have attended a few group and private singing lessons with Elena. It was a lot of fun and engaging, she is very encouraging, passionate and caring! Great way to start singing or just practice."
Shaun, Scottish Gas, Edinburgh
Elena is fantastic. Went into the lesson feeling very nervous and unsure if I could sing at all, but Elena changed that for me instantly. She immediately made me feel very comfortable and made me see immediate results as well. Would highly recommend taking lessons with her, as she is lovely and you will hear results almost instantly.
Kenny, Sound Engineer, London
"Elena is amazing at what she does, the way she breaks down the techniques makes it easy for the learners to understand and she always keeps the lessons fresh and interesting. Plus she actually has a passion for helping people which makes the lesson so much better because you have a teacher who cares"
Anna, Musician, Edinburgh
"I've really enjoyed doing the four week course at Summerhall. Elena is a great teacher: the classes are fun and I feel inspired to sing like her. She works hard to make sure her students are well equipped to continue to learn independently."
Anton, Graphic Designer, London"Thank you so much for a wonderful session! Well-structured, informative and inspirational class!"
Lesley, Teacher, Edinburgh
"I have really loved singing in this group. Elena offers great advice on how to develop as a singer. She has made me more aware of techniques to enhance performance and style and I have grown in confidence. She's warm and bubbly too! Give it a try!"
Susan, Teacher, Edinburgh
In what was a relatively short time, I felt I learned a great deal from Elena and developed my confidence enormously. She is an excellent, patient teacher who deconstructs many elements of singing techniques in a very practical and useful way. It was a most enjoyable session.
Over the last five years Elena has coached dozens of professional and aspiring singers through individually run sessions, workshops and classes around the UK. Working for others, Elena conducted vocal coaching sessions for students of the British Academy of New Music in London, where Elena was trained as a Music Educator; facilitated vocal training workshops for international producer Dash Arts at the Latitude Festival, Dacha Festival at Rich Mix London & Midsummer Festival, as well as for the Arts Council Johnston Sheard's Kunstraum project; and has taught singing classes at performing arts schools around London, such as Bodens, Theatretrain, Make Believe, Spotlight, Stagecoach and Razzamataz.