Yvonne DeBandi, BME, 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 instinctually 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, Not Hard™ Method were first conceived out of personal necessity, kind of a mental check list during live performance. 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 equalling 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 curriculums 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 and in 2013 championed commercial performances that often included over six hours of cumulative solo singing. In that entire performance run, DeBandi never canceled a single gig due to loss of voice or vocal fatigue.
In 2012 she opened the A2Z Smart Music Academy which allows students all over the world to learn how to sing online with many innovative training tools at their fingertips along with vocal exercises and performance practice tracks to put those ideas into practice. In 2014 she opened the SingSMART™ Virtual Academy, also known as the A2Z Nashville Music Academy, on http://SecondLife.com where she continues to connect with students all over the world; as well as perform virtually seven days a week. In addition to vocal stamina, by using the SingSmart™ Technique, she successfully moves from artists like Janis Joplin to Norah Jones 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 and often offers her time to singing apprentices for little to no cost at the virtual academy.
Learn more about the coach here: http://singsmart.com.
Learn more about the performer here: http://singergirl.com.
Learn more about the virtual academy here: http://a2z-smart-music.com