Welcome to JM Voice Studio.
Julian Morris, a NYC-based professional singer and teacher, offers lessons for students ages 12 and up both in-person in New York City, and online to students around the world. Lessons are designed to help singers discover their individual sound, and sing with confidence. Students learn in a supportive, safe environment, and receive guidance on selecting repertoire, developing musicianship skills, and adopting effective practice habits. All musical styles are welcome!
Studio space in Manhattan, at 37 W 65th St (4th Floor)
What students are saying.
“Julian is fantastic! Incredibly nice and incredibly knowledgeable. My daughter has learned so much from him and I can definitely tell a difference in her singing. Highly recommended!"
About Voice Lessons with Julian
I help singers discover their individual sound, develop a healthy, reliable vocal technique, perform with poise, and audition with confidence. With over fifteen years' experience as a singer, teacher, and performer, I strive to share with my students the many lessons I have learned from my mentors and colleagues over the years, in a safe and supportive environment.
Reach Your Vocal Potential
As Your Singing Teacher, I Provide:
Resources to help you develop healthy vocal technique. I work with my students to build their vocal technique from day one. We are the stewards of our voices, and I believe we should all aim to use them as well as we can.
A supportive, welcoming learning environment. Singing can be vulnerable, and starting voice lessons can be intimidating! I always make sure my students feel comfortable, seen, and heard. I want this to be a collaborative effort, always.
Engaging, enjoyable repertoire. Regardless of their goals or skill level, I want voice study to be an enjoyable process for all my students. I work with my students to make sure we can find music that they enjoy working on, that will also help them make true progress towards their goals.
What Happens When We Start Working Together?
Assess current level and skills. I want to meet every student where they are, whether they are already a working professional singer, or just starting to sing for the first time.
Determine short-term and long-term goals. There are no right or wrong answers here. Singers take voice lessons for all sorts of different reasons! For some, it is for pure enjoyment, and for others, it is in pursuit of a career in singing or music education.
Practice vocal exercises to help develop healthy technique. In every lesson, we dedicate time to vocal exercises (or vocalises).
Select repertoire based on goals. I work with my singers to make sure they are singing repertoire that they enjoy, and that will also be helpful and vocally appropriate for them.
Seek out appropriate audition and performance opportunities. For some students, this may mean joining a local choir. For others, it may mean auditioning for university music programs or professional performance opportunities. And, for some, seeking out auditions or performance opportunities outside of your voice lessons might not be what you want, and that's okay, too!
Singing Lessons in NYC For Adults, Teens & All Genres
My students range from working professional singers, to teenagers preparing for college auditions, to adult hobbyists, and beyond. Whatever your goals or musical background, voice lessons are a wonderful opportunity to discover your voice, and gain confidence and experience, and of course, improve your singing.
Do You Offer Singing Lessons For Kids?
I work with singers age twelve and up (with an occasional exception). While I absolutely advocate getting your young child involved in music early on, I believe voice lessons are most effective and useful around the age of puberty and beyond. Unlike other instruments, the voice is a part of our body. It needs time to mature before pursuing formal training.
What Styles of Music Do You Teach?
I teach all styles of music. I believe there are more similarities in the way we use our voices across different genres than there are differences. Does that mean a country singer can turn around and learn to sing Opera overnight? No. But, when we have a technical baseline in place and a framework for how to use our voice, then we have choices. And that's a beautiful thing.
What Kinds of Vocal Technique Do You Teach?
Most of my ideas about singing flow from the Bel Canto school, which developed in Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries. That doesn't mean I want everyone to sing classical music all the time, though! I believe the concepts found in the Bel Canto technique can mostly apply to any style of singing. I sum Bel Canto technique up in three simple words: speech level singing. We should aim to sing much in the same way we speak.
My Studio Location
My studio is located on the 4th floor of 37 W 65th St in Manhattan at PianoPiano Rehearsal Studios. Your voice lesson will be held in a comfortable and spacious studio equipped with mirrors, chairs and a professional acoustic piano. We’re blocks away from the Lincoln Center For The Performing Arts and the Met, and many of my students use the subway stop on Broadway to reach their lessons (if they aren’t walking).
If you have any questions about my studio location or how to commute, please get in touch. I work with students from the Upper West Side, Upper East Side, Harlem, Lower Manhattan, East Village, and more.
Studying a new instrument takes time and dedication.
Learning to sing can be a vulnerable process, and starting private voice lessons in NYC can feel a bit daunting, but it can be a tremendously rewarding process, as well, and I always strive to be a supportive, caring mentor.
I believe teaching voice involves both art and science.
At the end of the day, singing is a subjective medium. It is an art! Behind every art, though, is some science worth understanding. My approach to teaching singing draws on traditional tried and true methods, as well as some more modern science-based approaches. I incorporate my knowledge of voice science and anatomy, vocology, foreign languages, and stage performance into my teaching. I have been fortunate to study with some of the most renowned singing experts in the world, including voice teachers Patricia McCaffrey, Mark Schnaible, and Deborah Birnbaum, coaches Kevin Murphy, Gary Arvin, and Carol Vaness, and vocologist Brian Gill. Each one of them has influenced my teaching style in some way.
What I offer my students:
60-minute lessons either weekly or twice monthly, including approximately 30 minutes dedicated to exercises tailored to help develop vocal technique, and 30 minutes dedicated to working on repertoire/songs
Repertoire selected to help you progress toward your goals
Access to me outside of lesson time, to ask questions, share progress, and request feedback
I also work with some of my students on other subjects, including:
sight singing (sight reading)
ear training and musicianship
My voice lessons in NYC are $120/hr for both in-person lessons and online lessons (via Skype). I request payment at the beginning of the month, and accept payments via stripe (credit or debit card), and cash.
If you must cancel your lesson, please do so at least 24 hours in advance. Lessons cancelled less than 24 hours in advance will be rescheduled only in case of an emergency. For in-person lessons, please cancel at least 48 hours in advance to avoid paying the room reservation fee.
More About What You Can Learn in Voice Lessons
The Fundamentals of Producing a Beautiful Sound
Regardless of which musical genres you focus on, what your singing goals are, or what vocal challenges you are facing, beautiful tone production is always at the very core of what I teach. It doesn't matter how high, low, or fast you can sing if your tone is not confident and clear! Good tone transcends genres. Jazz, musical theatre, opera, and country singers alike need a tone they have confidence in.
Learn The Basics of Music, Not Just Singing
Singers should all strive to become well-rounded musicians. The ability to confidently read notes on a staff is an incredibly useful skill for any musician, as is the ability to identify time signatures, key signatures, dynamic markings, and other musical elements. We can even dig into the basics of music theory in our voice lessons.
Learn Agility and Advanced Techniques
While we will always keep the fundamentals in mind, I also work with students on more advanced techniques and challenging repertoire, including runs and riffs, belting, rapid shifts across vocal registers, and much more. You don't need to be a "vocal gymnast", but whether you want to learn Mozart arias or advanced pop tunes, improving your technical chops will help you win auditions and become a better singer.
The Art of Repertoire Selection
I'm happy to include your favorite songs in lessons, but I can also draw from my deep knowledge of vocal literature to help you choose appropriate, challenging, and rewarding songs. I'll provide options from classical repertoire, pop music, the Great American Songbook, and more, and we can work together to find pieces that will make you a more confident and dynamic singer.
Learn Expression and Interpretation
Learning the notes, words, and melody of a song are only part of the work. From there, we will work on dynamic contrast (loud, soft, crescendos and decrescendos), articulation (staccato, legato and more), and other musical elements to make your performances engaging and communicative to your audience. When working in foreign languages such as French, Spanish, Italian, German, or Latin, I will provide guidance on diction.
Audition or Recital Preparation
If you have a performance coming up, whether it be an audition, show, or recital, we can dedicate time in lessons to specifically work on your preparation. We can stage mock performances, I can share memorization strategies, and we can even practice breathing exercises that will help you remain calm and focused backstage. I will draw on my personal experience to help you become a better performer.
This is hardly an exhaustive list, and if you have any questions about the content of my voice lessons, please get in touch. Of course, each student is different, and I always personalize your learning experience.