Elena Degl'Innocenti
Tarzana, CA
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Elena Degl'Innocenti

Elena D.

Tarzana, CA
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Levels taught:
Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
Voice is my first instrument and I teach all levels. The vocal technique I teach is drawn from the Bel Canto Tradition and tailored to fit more modern styles of music with emphasis on posture, muscle relaxation and breathing technique among fun and interesting vocal exercises!
I have specialized in Jazz voice and improvisation and I am happy to pass on to you what I have learned so far.

About Elena D.

Music is my life and my biggest passion. I've been a working musician and a teacher for several years and there's nothing more rewarding than sharing all I've learned so far with my students, to nurture their goals and aspirations and to make them aware of the great instrument they already possess. Every year I plan and host two wonderful recitals for my students, so that they can experience and share their progress with family and friends.

Here's more about me and my education:
I was born and raised in Italy and have been singing since I was a child but started a formal training during my teenage years with a private coach. During college, while studying Psychology at the University of Florence, I attended 2 different private music schools in Florence and Bologna, since it was not possible at the time to study music in College. There I kept studying vocal technique, solfege, classical guitar and music harmony.
I moved to LA in 2003 and attended Musician's Institute earning a diploma in Vocal Studies and Vocal Performance and then I attended a Composition & Songwriting Program at UCLA for 2 years. I refined my vocal technique studying at Berkley College of Music for a summertime in a special program for Jazz Vocalists and I have been an Alexander Technique's student for now 15+ years.
I am a performing artist, I sing and teach privately for a living. I have performed all over the country in some beautiful venues such as the Getty Center and Pantages Theater to name a few. I have released 4 original albums and some of my songs have earned recognition from International competitions and have been placed in movies and TV shows. My personal style of singing is modern, not operatic, I love many kinds of music but especially pop, jazz, and musical theater.

***Lessons Details***

**Singing: Teaching Adults**
There are two sides of singing that I like to work on with my students.
The first is vocal technique, which is first and foremost the study of how to use our instrument, our whole body, in the best and most useful way to avoid strain and create beautiful sounds. I believe that when we relax and use the right posture, meaning the most natural one, then our bodies and our breathing mechanisms act as they are supposed to, and singing happens at its best. When we learn to use our bodies without strain, the right "singing" muscles are automatically engaged and exercised and we feel at ease. So I try to encourage a non-forceful way to use diaphragmatic breathing, which I have learned by studying Alexander Technique, which is a technique that teaches people how to stop using unnecessary levels of muscular and mental tension during any activity, especially during an artistic performance of any kind.
I try to notice bad singing habits the student may have formed throughout his/her life, (hopefully none!), and gently help them correct them. The vocal exercises I use are drawn from the Bel Canto tradition, a classical tradition, but I mix them with more modern vocal exercises to develop popular techniques like "belting" for example.
The second side of singing is simply to pay attention to song interpretation, to convey the message we would like to convey. I encourage the student to choose songs to work on they truly love, and I welcome any style of music. I give the students vocal exercises/tracks to help them practice at home.

**Singing: Teaching Children**
What I described above is also true for teaching children, however I like to teach them "by ear" with simple vocal exercises and vocal games at the beginning of the lesson and try to ease them into the sound they naturally make. I like to create a positive environment in which the student can feel successful about even small achievements, whether it is standing in a relaxed way or having practiced the beginning of an exercise or part of a song. To help the student practice at home and keep the motivation alive without feeling overwhelmed I record each lesson (or let them record it) and give them the accompaniment for the song of their choice so they can have fun at home.

*** GUITAR ***
I teach young children using fun songs, games and classical guitar technique. I also teach adults and specialize in contemporary guitar. I welcome many styles of music, pop, rock as well as folk genres of Latin America. I emphasize good posture, tone and musicality, and always a high level of enjoyment with the process!

*** RECITALS ***
I plan and host 2 wonderful Recitals a year, one in January and one in June. I encourage all my students to participate, no matter how they may feel about their instrument level and preparation. Working towards a performance is one of the most effective ways to solidify your ever growing skill!

*** Studio Equipment ***
For students who come to my home studio, there is private guest parking right outside my building, in a gated complex of buildings and in a safe neighborhood just north of the 101. My studio is conveniently located just a few blocks from the freeway entrance. I have a comfortable sofa for parents and siblings to attend the lessons and a keyboard to use for accompaniment.

*** Specialties ***
Music theory and Songwriting. Stage performance and how to feel comfortable on stage. Additionally I teach vocal jazz improvisation, Broadway singing and Italian song repertoire.


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Jordis K.
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My teacher was really nice. I’m excited to continue.

Posted Aug 25, 2021
IC *.
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Just had my first lesson with Elena and I’m excited to continue learning with her!

Posted Aug 25, 2021
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Give great information on how to improve singing ability

Posted Apr 7, 2021
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I was looking for a way to practice conversational Italian and the lessons have been a perfect way to do that. Very helpful!

Posted Mar 12, 2021
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Posted Mar 3, 2021
darren L.
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Elena is a great voice teacher. I'm enjoying my lessons with her. She's helping me polish an original song I'm going to record soon. She is offering me excellent guidance on how to improve my vocal technique to make it sound as good as possible.

Posted Feb 17, 2021
Madeline R.
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My first lesson with Elena was wonderful. She is so encouraging and warm.

Posted Feb 15, 2021
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Bought my daughter (adult) lessons as a gift. She called me today to tell me how much fun she is having and how wonderful Elena is. Said she is positive and fun, and has taught her so much already. Very happy!

Posted Jan 20, 2021
Brandon Carpio
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I was relatively new to singing and was looking to get a strong understanding of the foundations of singing technique, and with no doubt Elena has given me that and so much more. Through exercises, and song choices she gave me the tools to help me explore and strengthen my voice. Elena is very friendly, and encouraging throughout the whole learning process, and I have seen my voice grow immensely over just the past few months.

Posted Jan 6, 2021
Michael W.
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She had such a great personality and seems very knowledgeable. lol look forward to continuing working with her!

Posted Mar 11, 2020
Allen M.
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Pretty good lesson. Looking forward to the next.

Posted Oct 18, 2019
Carrie P.
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Elena is an amazing teacher! She has taught my 9 year old both singing and ukelele, and inspired her to practice without me prompting her! She's flexible with scheduling changes, offers a wonderful experience for children learning to use a microphone, uses humor to make her students comfortable and offers participation in a biannual performance at a venue. This opportunity to perform in front of an audience with a professional multi-camera recording is such a plus! I can't say enough good things about her teaching style, and how quickly my daughter has gained confidence in singing and playing an instrument as a result. My daughter is inspired to play and sing as she sees quick results and enjoys her sessions. I highly recommend Elena as a music instructor for any age!

Posted Dec 27, 2018
David N.
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Excellent session. It pointed out what I need to work on, specifically.

Posted Oct 25, 2018
Steve A.
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Elena is a gifted teacher. She is patient, enthusiastic, and flexible with her lesson plans. She is amenable to tailoring the sessions to the student's needs and interests. And she provides the whole package; singing, songwriting and guitar instruction. Most importantly, she makes the sessions fun and interesting. I would highly recommend Elena for singer/songwriters who want to improve their performance skills.

Posted Oct 3, 2017
Presley S.
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I asked my daughter today after her first lessons how it went and she seemed really happy👍🌻

Posted Jul 5, 2017
Lihi S.
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Great personality, very good teacher
Thank you

Posted May 5, 2016
Carly P.
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It seems like Elena has a gift when it comes to teaching young children. My Carly is so excited every week to learn how to play guitar . It's great when you c your children doing good in school however it's even better when you c such excitement in there passion.

Posted Mar 31, 2016
Ellie P.
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My daughter has really enjoyed her guitar lessons with Elena.

Posted Aug 12, 2015
Fiona K.
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Elena is great! We like her a lot! She is great with my daughter. Definitely recommend!

Posted Jul 29, 2015
Mary H.
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When I ask my niece about her voice lesson for the week, her usual response is "wonderful". She really has learned a lot in terms of how to use her voice & really enjoys Elena!

Posted May 19, 2015
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I've been a performer for many years....

Simply put, Elena brought me to a whole new level.. Recommend her, YES!!!!

Posted Feb 12, 2015
Analyn C.
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Elena teaches our 7 year old daughter acoustic guitar and voice for a few months now. Within those few months our daughter has learned so much. Elena makes sure the goals that are set are met and makes it so much fun while doing so. As our daughter progresses, Elena makes it a little more challenging but not to the point where it gets frustrating. Our daughter LOVES her and so do we. Elena is all what we expected in a teacher and more. Definitely recommend her!

Posted Feb 3, 2015
Marybell E.
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Elena is great! She help my daughter feel comfortable and she is learning so much from her lessons.

Posted Nov 10, 2014
Frank V.
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Our kids love Elena, my wife and I have know her for a few years. She has taken our two boys from no musical ability to being able to sing beautifully. Now they love doing it, they have some opportunities to sing at school and the oldest (14) keeps talking about having his own band when he grows up! I didn't know she did guitar lessons as well, but another friend of ours started taking guitar lessons (in her 40s, I should add) and she's enthusiastic about it. Teaching is a gift that Elena certainly has! We highly recommend her.

Posted Sep 23, 2014
Veronica C.
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As someone who has taken guitar lessons on and off for the past 10 years it was very refreshing to have a teacher like Elena. She provides great instruction, patience and enthusiasm for her craft. I enjoy the lessons and see an improvement in my playing. I highly recommend her for beginnings and for those looking to enhance their skills.

Posted Sep 9, 2014
Leti D.
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I've had a couple of private vocal coaching lessons from Elena and let me tell you she is a consummate professional. She has extensive vocal training, a gift for teaching and her passion for music comes through and inspires. I highly recommend!

Posted Jul 1, 2014
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Music Teacher
Jan 2015 - Present

UCLA- University of California, Los Angeles

Music group teacher for children (age 1-4) at UCLA Recreation Youth & Instruction Programs.

Private Teacher
Apr 2008 - Present

Elena D.

Performing Singer
Oct 2006 - Present


Petra Haden & The Sellouts (2006-07) - Backup Singer The Divine Crime (2010-11) - Backup Singer B is for Baroness (2007-2009) - Voice/Guitar Peach & Knife - Voice/Guitar Elena Degl'Innocenti (original music project) -Voice/Guitar

Artist Teacher
Mar 2019 - Jul 2019

ELAC- Child Development Center

Pre-K Music Program taught at ELAC- Child Development Center.

Voice and Guitar Teacher
Sep 2014 - Dec 2014

California Music Academy


Songwriting Certificate
Jun 2004 - Jun 2006

University of California LA Extension

Music Business Certificate
Mar 2004 - Mar 2006

University of California LA Extension

Vocal Studies and Vocal Performance Certificate
Sep 2003 - Sep 2004

Musician's Institute

Psychology BA
Oct 1999 - May 2003

University of Florence

Vocal Studies & Music Harmony
Oct 2001 - Mar 2003

Music Academy 2000 - Bologna, Italy

Jazz Vocal Studies Summer Program
Jul 2002 - Aug 2002

Berkley College Of Music



Fluent / Native Proficiency


Fluent / Native Proficiency


Finalist- Instrumental Category
Mar 2012

The Great American Song Contest

Nominated for "Album of the year"
Jun 2010

Los Angeles Music Awards

Jazz Category Winner
May 2010

Our Stage Song Contest


Women In Music
Mar 2018
Women In Music is a non-profit organization with a mission to advance the awareness, equality, diversity, heritage, opportunities, and cultural aspects of women in the musical arts through education, support, empowerment, and recognition. Our seminars, panels, showcases, achievement awards, and youth initiatives celebrate the female contribution to the music world, and strengthen community ties.
American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers
Jun 2009
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a membership association of more than 480,000 US composers, songwriters, lyricists and music publishers. The ASCAP is committed to nurturing music makers throughout their careers.

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