Sophia Pizzulo

Sophia P.

Encino, CA

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Sophia delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 7+

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Hello! My name is a Sophia P. and I am a professional singer, songwriter and teacher, native to Los Angeles, California. I want to enable my students to sing music they love, feel comfortable in their own skin, and learn to express themselves on stage! Whether singing is just a hobby, or you are looking to begin your professional career, I'm the teacher for you! I strive to maintain the perfect balance of a fun, creative, stress free atmosphere, while simultaneously giving you the tools you need to succeed in your vocal endeavors.

Lesson Overview:
In the first half of the lesson, we will focus on breathing, vocal technique, and warming up with specific, handpicked vocal exercises.
The second half of the lesson will focus on practicing vocal repertoire. We will choose a song that fits your authentic voice and learn it from top to bottom!

Lesson Topics:
Breathing technique, vocal technique, artistry, ear training, diction, volume control, microphone technique, vocal range, warming up the voice, studio etiquette, performance skills, stage presence, repertoire, audition and performance preparation

** Professional Bio **

Sophia developed her passion for music at a very early age, growing up in a home environment filled with singers and musicians. Her father is singer Joe P. best known for his vocals on “Never Gonna Let You Go,” the 80’s hit from acclaimed Brazilian musician, Sergio Mendes. Mendes is also Sophia’s godfather.

Sophia graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance. While at Berklee, she also received the prestigious Cleo Laine Scholarship Award.

Sophia performs under the stage name Sugar Joans. She was a member of Team Pharrell and a top 12 finalist on Season 7 of NBC’s “The Voice.”

A member of SAG-AFTRA, Sophia’s professional vocal credits include on and off-camera performances on several episodes of the television series, “90210.” She also sang on the soundtrack for the movies “Hairspray", “Sing”, and her vocals were also featured on the musical film "A Cinderella Story: If The Shoe Fits". Sophia was the lead vocal on a TV spot for the California State Lottery and recently sang on and off screen for a National Honda commercial.

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Private Vocal Coach
Aug 2012 - Present
Sophia P.

Teaches private vocal instruction focusing on contemporary genres with an emphasis on Pop, Rock, and R&B. Students learn vocal technique, as well as practice and expand their repertoire, learn mic technique, hone stage presence, and learn how to write charts.

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Professional SAG/AFTRA Session Singer
Jan 1998 - Present

A member of SAG-AFTRA since 1998, professional vocal credits include on and off camera performances on several episodes of “90210”, the soundtrack for “Hairspray” the movie musical, vocals on the musical film “A Cinderella Story; If The Shoe Fits”, vocals for a national Honda commercial, and lead vocals in a California State Lottery commercial.

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Contestant on NBC’s Season 7 “The Voice”
Aug 2014 - Dec 2014
The Voice

Made it to the top 12 of NBC’s “The Voice” on Team Pharrell under the stage name Sugar Joans.


Bachelor of Music , Vocal Performance Major
Sep 2007 - Aug 2010
Berklee College for Music


Fluent / Native Proficiency
Limited Proficiency


Cleo Lane Scholarship Award
Jun 2010
Berklee College of Music
Summa Cum Laude
Jun 2010
Berklee College of Music


Jan 1998

SAG-AFTRA represents approximately 160,000 actors, announcers, broadcast journalists, dancers, DJs, news writers, news editors, program hosts, puppeteers, recording artists, singers, stunt performers, voiceover artists and other media professionals. SAG-AFTRA members are the faces and voices that entertain and inform America and the world. With national offices in Los Angeles and New York, and local offices nationwide, SAG-AFTRA members work together to secure the strongest protections for media artists into the 21st century and beyond.

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Photos & Videos

Live Performance on NBC's The Voice 2014
Back to Black- Amy Wnehouse Cover
Photo by Sophia P.
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12 Reviews

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Zoe Jul 14, 2017
Singing · In home

I've had an amazing experience taking lessons from Sophia! She's taught me so much about breathing techniques and other aspects of singing that I was unaware of prior to our sessions. Sophia is very knowledgeable, friendly, and professional. Each lesson with her builds some more confidence and understanding, and I feel that she's able to explain techniques to a beginner like myself in a very simple way.

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Kyle Jun 7, 2017
Singing · In home

I am a producer, and hired Sophia to come to my studio and coach a singer I am working with. She was instrumental in getting the lead vocal takes recorded and creating a positive environment for the singer, which also takes a lot of patience. We got the best takes I've heard from the artist by far. I learned so much in the process as well. Her techniques seem endless in helping a vocalist get the sound they are seeking. She's clearly gifted with an unbelievable and infectious voice which makes learning from her all the more easy and enjoyable. Sophia also has a great ear for vocal production, given her extensive background as a session vocalist. She went to Berklee College of Music so she is also proficient with music theory. On top of all of that she's hilarious and the session was a blast. Highly recommended, she's a monster talent!

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Mark Jun 7, 2017
Singing · In home

It has been a great experience for my daughter working with Sophia. We've tried other singing coaches before but we've hit a home run with Sophia! She has an awesome way of relating to my 16 year old to where every class is a fun and learning experience for her. She's helped her with technique, confidence and vocal exercises that have been extremely helpful! As a Dad that's always looking out for my children's best interest I am truly happy with her services, a true professional! Thank you! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽

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Beth Andersen May 19, 2017
Singing · In studio

Sophia is an exceptionally talented and skilled singer. I am a studio singer and have been a private vocal coach for the past fifteen years. Sophia studied with me in her early years and it has been my great pleasure to watch her grow. I have asked for her expertise in preparing students for high profile television performances and had the opportunity to see her interact with young singers. She is warm and generous with students. She shares her unique knowledge and instills confidence. She is especially skilled in improvisation and helps students learn to choose the right notes and edit with care to make them sing like a pro!

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Akieva May 16, 2017
Vocal Training · In home

Sophia is a wonderful instructor! My 11-year-old daughter can't wait for her to come because she makes each lesson fun. Sophia has a wonderful way of helping kids open up and believe in their abilities. She is also excellent at teaching them the technical aspects of singing in an age appropriate way. I would highly recommend Sophia!

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Nathalie May 10, 2017
Gospel Singing · In home

Sophia is an incredibly gifted singer, I was a fan of hers on The Voice and even voted for her! When I found out she was giving singing lessons I was elated. I had an audition and I needed to learn gospel harmonies-- she was the perfect person to help me! I have been going back for lessons ever since that audition (I booked it!). I definitely recommend taking lessons with her!

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Liv May 7, 2017
Vocal Training · In home

Sophia has been the best vocal coach I have ever gone to. Not only did she improve my on stage confidence but she corrected things about my breath that were taught to me many years ago incorrectly. She has giving me the skills needed to go into any session and kill it. I feel like I have way more control over my voice than I ever have in the past and I owe it all to her! Thank you Sophia!!

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Dr. Veera May 7, 2017
Singing ·

Sophia P. is not only an extraordinary contemporary singing performing artist herself, but I've also had the honor of observing her excellence in teaching one on one, as well as in a group setting. As a vocal conditioner, I send my clients to Sophia P. to further their vocals stylistically, while having full confidence that their vocal strength, stamina and health are improved in parallel. Even as a young woman, her extraordinary knowledge of a range of styles and music that spans decades, is truly impressive. Sophia P. also has vast live performance and recording experience that keeps her current and aware of all areas of development that a singer of any age or level should be working on. As a mentor and professional peer to Sophia P., I will continue to invite her as a guest teacher in my classes at the college and university level. She is a favorite amongst the students! Don't wait to book with her, as I'm sure she will have a waiting list before too long!

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Sveta May 5, 2017
Vocal Training · Online

Miss Pizzulo... is by far one of the greatest vocal coaches I have ever had. She had been getting me mentally and physically prepared formlive performances and studio recording. She can pinpoint where you have vocal troubles, and has endless tools and magic to help you overcome those obstacles. What is amazing about her is that she can cater to your voice specifically, and bring out the qualities that make you The best you, you didn't know existed. She will cheer you on through the cracks and squeaks, pick you up when you fumble, and is incredibly patient. She will challenge you, she will inspire you... but you have to put the work in. And when you listen to her only great things happen. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND HER! She is a true master at her craft.

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Sandy May 5, 2017
Vocal Training · In home

Sophia works with my daughter and is fabulous in a number of regards. First, she is technically trained and instills the need for a strong technical underpinning in her students. Sophia is an inspiration. She works hard and models this for her students. She has a wonderful positive attitude, meeting the student where they are and lifting them up, judgement free and excited at every improvement large or small. She is responsible, caring and thoughtful. We love Sophia!

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Candice May 4, 2017
Singing · In home

Sophia is a phenomenal singing teacher, I do not even know where to begin. It's truly an honor to work with someone as insanely talented as she is! She has an incredible positive attitude- it is always so fun to be around her, she has an amazing sense of humor and is so relatable. I see her as a friend more so than I do as a teacher. Sophia has helped me regain a lot of confidence in my voice after some bullies from school rained on my parade and I am very grateful for this. I now have a lot more faith in my voice than I did a few months ago. Sophia is one of the most driven, passionate and hard working people I have ever met. The amount of effort she puts into her job is very admirable, you know she loves what she's doing. Working with Sophia is a great experience that you do not want to miss out on!

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Adam May 4, 2017
Vocal Training · In studio

Sophia does a great job of keeping her students engaged with a goals-oriented approach, while keeping a measured emphasis on technique and vocal mechanics. On top of this, she is also a great role model, and her positivity is contagious.

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