Ryland Shelton
Los Angeles, CA
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Ryland Shelton

Ryland S.

Los Angeles, CA
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Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
This is one of my favorite areas of study - the total integration of connected character work and soaring, sustainable vocal performance. We'll dig into the music itself, the important questions to answer for characterization, and how the two elements interplay through your performance.

About Ryland S.

Hi there! My name is Ryland, I am a full-time vocal coach, and I believe that no two voices are alike, and they shouldn't be! I teach sustainable singing while retaining and highlighting what is special about your voice. We'll strengthen the tone, expand the range and work toward creating a singing voice that is compelling, reliable, and second-nature.

I received formal education for Vocal Performance from New York University. Since then, I have worked in nearly every angle of the entertainment industry from backup singing in a divey pub to vocal coaching and music directing a major motion picture, and everything in between. Understanding and coaching the artist at any particular juncture in their journey is one of the beautiful things about my job.

I work with singer-songwriters, pop artists, and theater performers not only to craft a sustainable approach to singing, but to connect with your voice and your material in a way that makes your performance unforgettable.

I have coached dozens of artists like you, dedicated to developing their instrument - be that for a gig, for an audition or to enhance their technique and the everyday reliability of their voice.

Recent credits include vocal coaching for the major motion picture musical "Drama Drama" (Winter 2020), and creation and instruction of a new vocal development program for the transgender and non-binary community at the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Trans*Lounge and across the country.

Feel free to reach out with any questions you may have; I'm already looking forward to working with you! - RS

PS - In addition to the session offerings I have listed on this site, I also offer 30 MINUTE LESSONS FOR CHILDREN AGES 8-17.
To book half-hour children's lessons, please contact TakeLessons directly at 877-231-8505. Adjusted rate is $65/ half-hour and available for children of the above listed age range only.

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Ryan D.
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I had singing classes before for years, but before meeting Ryland I had a 2 year hiatus for many reasons. I needed someone that could help me evolve my rusty technique to gain vocal power while going thru FTM hormone therapy. In the first few weeks I already noticed a big difference in my voice, being able to hit such power that I didn’t had before. He would also notice my strenghts and weaknesses, and work on them with easy to understand concepts and techniques. Each week it gets more challenging and with him I’m able to get better each time, so it does end up not being challenging at all! He also understands that my voice is going thru changes, so everything is done in a healthy way, pushing forward my knowledge and practice while making it a safe transition! He’s kind enough to give me lessons that I work at home in-between classes as well. And to top it all, we both have the same sense of humor, so after a tough day at work, being able to do what I love while being a funny and relaxing experience it’s gold! Thank you Ryland! Can’t wait for my next class! :)

Posted Jul 16, 2018
Sonja
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Ryland is the real deal. He’s an amazing teacher and has helped me resolve an issue that I’ve had my entire life with my voice. I always felt I was straining my voice and always had to make a huge effort trying to be heard and yet my voice would not project and often people would have a hard time hearing what I was saying. I always felt very frustrated because our voice is such an intimate expression of ourselves and I felt that I was making this huge effort and my voice did not feel like a natural expression of myself. Instead I felt tense and uncomfortable. When I picked up acting, the issues with my voice, the need to be heard and to have a confident vocal range became more urgent. I didn’t really believe it would be possible because I had tried a speech therapist in the past but Ryland has taught me how to make lasting changes to my voice that have made a huge difference in my life. Ryland is incredibly gifted. He has an amazing ear and can hear things about my voice that I don’t even know how to put into words. We worked over a period of several months and he was a truly wonderful teacher, not only in terms of the work we did during the lessons but also his kindness, compassion and nurturing were equally important in helping me make the changes. I can’t recommend him highly enough.

Posted Jul 6, 2018
Mark
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Ryland is an exceptional communicator, helping me learn to get out of my own way and trust my voice that's already here. Together we developed a daily practice, specifically designed to strengthen my weaknesses and carve out the grooves I need in order to do my best work. Join forces with Ryland and you will build confidence, you will build YOUR voice, and you will move forward with excitement and anticipation!

Posted Jun 26, 2018
Shannon
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Ryland and his teachings go far beyond what I expected. He listens and communicates incredibly. A fantastic learning experience. I would be more then happy to work with him in all aspects of my vocal work from basic training to studio technique and stage performance. Thank you thank you!!

Posted Oct 25, 2017
Ms. Lavella
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Ryland has a literal and metaphysical grasp on what it takes to develop the human voice. He is dedicated, open-minded, forward thinking and articulate in ways that most vocalists and teachers can only dream about. He will go above and beyond to make sure you get what you need.

Posted Oct 25, 2017
Danette
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I really enjoyed my sessions with Ryland! He's such a nice, sweet and professional guy. Very welcoming and fun to work with. He made me feel at ease like I was just working with a friend. He really knows how to get your voice to a place much stronger than when you came in. I'm looking forward to working with him again soon. Highly recommended.

Posted Oct 25, 2017
Florence
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I have studied singing for over 20 years and Ryland was able to show me how to do things with my voice I didn’t know were possible, from day one. He’s a super kind and supportive coach, with incredible insight and know-how. Thoroughly recommend.

Posted Oct 25, 2017

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Experience

Instructor and Program Creator
Sep 2017 - Present

TrueVoice Vocal Development

The vocal development program I created for the transgender community - has been onboarded at the Los Angeles LGBT Center's Trans*Lounge, the nation's foremost and largest support and education program for the trans* community, and I am now traveling with it to LGBT Centers and Organizations across the country. Through musical instruction and technique, TrueVoice opens up new possibilities for one's instrument and applies them to a speaking voice that aligns with one's self-identified gender. In addition to working with private clients, courses in trans*feminine, trans*masculine and non-binary vocal development are currently in session.

Vocal Coach/ Vocal Arrangement
Aug 2017 - Present

Drama Drama - the Pop Group

After wrapping the major motion picture, I have been called to studio for every recording that the pop group has undertaken.

Vocal Coach/ Vocal Arrangement
Oct 2016 - Aug 2017

Drama Drama - the major motion picture

I was the vocal coach and provided music direction for major motion picture musical, "Drama Drama," due for release Winter 2020. I worked with the five stars of the project for three months, teaching, arranging and recording 14 original songs for our cast album. On location with the film, I supervised playback (lip-synching) and also curated the instances of live singing in the film.

Education

Meisner Acting Technique
Jun 2008 - Jul 2009

Elizabeth Mestnik Acting School

Vocal Performance
Aug 2001 - May 2003

New York University

Languages

English

Fluent / Native Proficiency

Spanish

Limited Proficiency

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