ABOUT YVONNE DeBANDI
Yvonne DeBandi, magna-cum laude graduate of the reknowned Florida State University School of Music, has been educating singers and musicians since 1989.
Using a concept she developed from years of chorus/musical theater, orchestra (violin/viola) and band (french horn) experiences from high school, a University Class Pedagogy Project, some real hard performance time on the stage touring with working commercial bands through the 90s (voice and keys), and information gleaned from anatomy books, she developed vocal techniques that allowed her to keep her voice night after night. Learning to treat the voice like an instrument you could hold in your hands, a machine that could be fine tuned, a machine that required daily exercise to pull off the performance at the highest level wa the key. The final eye-opening realization was that DeBandi instinctively warmed up her hand-held instruments as well as "exercised" daily by practicing scales, etc. but she did not give the same methodical consideration to the voice. And when she went looking specifically for this type of information,it was nowhere to be found... The SingSmart, Not Hard Method was born.
Not being able to find the information she needed, the organized concepts of the SingSmart Method were first conceived out of personal necessity, kind of a mental check list as things began to go wrong. For DeBandi, who began training on the violin at age four, hearing a certain sound filled with musical nuances in your head and the sound coming out of your mouth not equaling that sound, was quite frustrating. The organized concepts of the SingSMART Method are the same ones used personally by DeBandi. They help you to kick-start the machine as a beginning singer and fine-tune the machine as an experienced singer. The method's effectiveness has been proven by both teachers and self-study students, year after year.
In addition to hard-copy books/CDs, DeBandi began using this new vocal training method, SingSMART Not Hard™, to singers around the world using the very first online training curricula and distance training programs available with great success. Since her primary focus has always been on providing vocal education to the masses, in 2001 she began networking with other expert vocal coaches, founded the A2Z Educational Network which evolved into the A2Z Smart Music Group in 2005 and still exists working towards the same goals today.
In addition to the teaching work, DeBandi doesn't believe in just "preaching to the choir. " Putting these ideas to constant test and practice is an important part of the continued method testing and development. In both 2010 and 2011 Vocal Coach Yvonne DeBandi performed over 300 professional vocal/piano/guitar gigs in styles ranging from Classic Broadway to Jazz to Rock. In that entire performance run, DeBandi never cancelled a single gig due to loss of voice, successfully moving from artists like Janis Joplin to Billie Holiday throughout each performance without comprimising styles.
While some may view her as a pioneer in the vocal education industry; those that work with her, know a vocal coach that breeds solid singers and working musicians, who cares more about sharing the craft of singing than personal profit. To that end, all of her vocal training courses are now offered in at very affordable prices in a variety of convenient formats:
Affordable Singing Lessons - was initially designed for those impatient students that want the singing basics FAST, while providing a very effective 8.5 minute contemporary daily exercise enjoyed by all ages. It was also designed with music elementary teachers as a daily lesson plan; non-music teachers assigned music hour, and even stay-at-home mom's wanting to teach their youngsters about music in mind. If you want to get a child from SCREAMING to SINGING, Affordable Singing Lessons is a good place to start...teaching youngsters about good vocal production and habits at a young age is quite helpful to them as adults.
You Can Sing with Impact was originally designed as a personal "on-the-way to the gig" routine. As the effectiveness was proven for DeBandi on a personal level, instructions were added in front of each exercise and it was provided to her students and made it's way to the internet in 1999. It is a bit meatier than Affordable Singing Lessons in that it includes a 40 minute warm-up / workout exercise routine. Use all the way through to warm-up before a performance or focus on specific target areas, exercising yourself to the next level of skilled expertise.
Singing is Easy 2.0 has been sold all over the world as self-study tool and studio/school curriculum. It's organized, lesson plans, known as "The 10 Steps to Singing Success" build a foundation of knowledge and help develop/balance the vocal athlete, thereby freeing the singer to share their truly signature performance art. Choral Teachers and Church Music Directors especially love how SINGING is EASY makes teaching so easy. Following this organized set of lesson plans allows them to focus all of their planning time to upcoming performance and other duties. Available as a hard copy 200 page book with 2 audio CDs, interactive software and also vocal training membership (with printing privileges) for teachers and students at the A2Z Smart Music Academy.
SingSMART Step by Step Lessons is a modular-based system that breaks the Ten Steps of Singing Success concepts into "bite-size" lesson plans, concepts, ideas and exercises. They are affordable, detailed and specific; and there is absolutely nothing else like it on the market. For best results, and to become a true master of your vocal machine, follow the lessons in order.
Learning to make the most of your voice and vocal instrument is both rewarding and satisfying. If you have always wanted to find your true voice, live up to your singing potential or just experience the true joy of singing well , learning to SingSMART Not Hard is not only effective, it's easy, it's fun and it's even fast. Keep in mind that singing is an artform and you will continue to grow as a musician every single day. These lessons as a group are designed to take you on that lifelong journey, but individually they are designed to make a specific difference today.
NEED SOME PERSONAL ATTENTION? Vocal Coach Yvonne DeBandi is available to you online. Membership options at the A2Z Smart Music Academy offer direct support and mentoring. You can also join Coach Yvonne on facebook at http://facebook.com/singsmart.