Vocal Visions

 
 

About Ellen Johnson

Teaching Bio

 

For Professional Singing bio go to:  http://ellenjohnson.net/biosmusic/

 

Ellen Johnson has a distinguished career as a professional vocalist and educator training singers in all genres of music. Johnson holds a Master’s Degree in Vocal Performance from San Diego State University, BM in Vocal Performance from the American Conservatory of Music, and Ph.D. studies at the University of Humanistic Studies. She attending UCLA's Extension program in the Music Business Industry and completed certificates in Expressive Arts Therapy and Creativity Coaching. Ellen is the author of the biography, Jazz Child: A Portrait of Sheila Jordan and is currently working on another book about the voice as a therapeutic tool as well as improvisation.

 

Ellen's diversity in her own professional singing has made her an excellent teacher for cross over styles teaching everything from jazz, classical, musical theater, pop, and other genres. She has a strong background in vocal pedagogy and vocal rehabilitation assisting singers with difficult vocal issues. Her students can be heard on broadway, radio, recordings and have been the winners of many vocal competitions. 

 

A former NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing) Chapter president, Johnson has served on the faculties of the University of San Diego, Old Globe Theatre’s MFA program, California Polytechnic University Pomona, the California Jazz Conservatory/Jazzschool, Rubicon Theatre, Long Beach City College, Southwestern College, Portland Community College, Cerritos College, and Jefferson School of Performing Arts. She has given master classes and workshops at the USC, San Diego State University, California State University Northridge, Bradley University, CSLU Long Beach, Skyline College, Clackamas College, Point Loma Nazarene College, Portland State University, Sierra College Rocklin and was a guest speaker at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Conferences, International Association of Jazz Educators Conferences, Jazz Improv Live Festival, and She Sings Acapella Festival. 

 

Ellen has studied with many prominent vocal teachers, coaches and professional musicians including Roland Wyatt (Manhattan Transfer coach), Bobby McFerrin, Marni Nixon, Mary McKenzie, Irma Cooper, George Shirley, Sheila Jordan, Jay Clayton, John Clayton, Gene Aiken, Harold J. Jones, Wilma Osheim, Richard Miller, Nico Casel, John Collins, and others. 

  

Through her own company, Vocal Visions, Johnson has published and produces music instructional products including, The Warm Up CD (Download & CD), Vocal Builders and You Sing Jazz. She has produced singer projects (recordings, DVDs, digital downloads, etc.) and worked in collaboration with producers, managers, record labels, bands, and songwriters for recording and performance preparation.

 

Ellen's vocal philosophy is to inspire creativity while developing healthy singing habits and techniques that allow a singer to express a song from their heart and soul.