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Deborah Boily

Houston, TX 77005 (map)

Lessons Offered

Singing, Music

Where are Lessons Offered

In Teacher Studio

In Student Home

About Me

I am a professional singer and actress still working full time as both. I also coach singers to act, and actors to sing. What I offer are three main things: an understanding of how to sing freely and in a healthy manner, how to connect to the emotion of your song and communicate to your audience and an exposure to the best and most intelligently written music (mainly from the Musical Theater and Cabaret world).
I get my students ready to perform twice a year in a Cabaret showcase, and in doing so they become skilled professionals and confident performers (and people).

My studio is open to motivated and passionate people who want the above in their lives. I am happy to speak with anyone about lessons and set up an assessment lesson with insight into your vocal needs and an ear for your vocal goals.
I also hold workshops periodically and group or private programs for a limited time periods.

My Musical Education Background

I was a Music major at University. I also studied voice with major New York vocal teachers while at acting school there. I have had vocal teachers through the years who were very influencial in coaching me to be a story-teller, an actor who sings which is my greatest philosophy now.

My greatest education has really been 25+ years of experience as a professional. Everything I have learned goes right back to the students, from technique, to technical glitches on stage, to how to move an audience.

Genres and Subjects Taught

As mentioned above: I concentrate on three main goals in my studio. First is healthy singing with good technique. There are many "tools" to learn that are very handy and necessary to have in your "toolkit" that help with relaxed and free sound. It includes how to get to high notes, how to always have proper and enough breathe, how to stay away from throat singing and how to handle the break.
Second is most important to me: how to move an audience. It is necessary to remember you are the storyteller in every song. You must find the motivation behind "why" you are singing this song. There has to be an acting need to communicate to your listeners. Being willing to be vulnerable and let go of control and let the moment take over is essential.
Third, I expose all of my students to wonderful repertoire that is written by the greats of Musical theater. Some of the songs we learn are ambitious and expect a lot of the singer. Some have great lyrics worth exploring and wonderful stories worth telling. I make sure each student has a repertoire book of a variety of songs they can use in at any time for auditions or performance. I find songs and gear them personally to the student.

Lesson Rates

I will discuss lesson rates with each student or parent by phone. I can only be specific about the costs once I know what program and plan to build for each singer.

I have an assessment lesson to determine this.

Ages / Skill Levels Taught

I start at 13 and older. But age is not the only determination, it is also willingness, ambition and how focused they are that is a factor as well.

My studio is for intermediate and advanced performers.

My Certifications and Awards

30 years as a performer, vocal student of great teachers and 12 years as a coach of my own studio.

Resume will be supplied at request.

Service Area

Student Reviews

Mt. Belview, TX

"Debbie is a wonderful and very knowledgeable teacher. My daughter is a good singer, but Debbie is teaching her the proper techniques to become a great singer. I have seen my daughter's singing improve to a whole new level in the last year that we have been working with Debbie."

Katy, TX

"My daughter has been taking lessons from Debbie for over a year now. Debbie has coached her in both singing and acting. Her singing has improved ENORMOUSLY and the acting coaching Debbie has given has resulted in my daughter landing several roles in local theatre and recently a role in her middle school play. Debbie is a huge inspiration to my daughter who leaves every lesson with more confidence and more enthusiasm. Debbie is simply an amazing teacher and an amazing lady!"

Bellaire, TX

“We can't thank you enough for the fabulous job you did, over the past seven years, as not only a voice coach, to Jackie, but also as a mentor. At 13, Jackie was very shy and did not want anyone to hear her sing. Jackie can now perform, with confidence, in front of large groups, with not only her singing abilities, but also her presentation and speaking skills, as well.”

Katy, TX

"I am one of Debbie's adult students who was inspired by Debbie's other adult students when I saw them perform at the Showcase last year. My daughter had been taking lessons and Debbie encouraged me to take lessons, too! I love going to my lessons and my singing has improved dramatically. Debbie's method makes singing a lot easier. She is an inspiration to me!"

Houston, TX

Deborah has helped our 12 year old daughter develop her stage presence, personality, and the strength and range of her voice. We were absolutely thrilled with her performances and loved seeing her beam with confidence and pride at the end of the show. Thank you Deborah for helping bring out the best in our daughter!

Houston, TX

Debbie has been my 16 year-old daughter's vocal/performance instructor for a little over a year. She was referred to us by one of my daughter's Theatre dept. teachers at HSPVA. We selected Debbie based on her level of expertise, but also because my daughter felt most comfortable with her teaching style. Debbie guides her students in developing their voice as well as their performance skills. My daughter's singing skills have improved dramatically and she is very happy with her progress. Debbie's emphasis on performance and connecting with an audience have helped my daughter a great deal. I am especially pleased with the growth I have seen in her confidence level. My daughter loves to sing, but was previously very apprehensive about performing. Being able to perform in a showcase last month gave her a wonderful sense of accomplishment!!! She has come a long way in just one year training with Debbie. Very, very happy with both the training and the results - thanks so much Debbie!!!

Hartford, CT

I started working with Debbie when I was 11 years old. She gave me the confidence to break out of my shell and really explore my voice. She is an excellent coach who really pushes her students to do their very best. She is extremely passionate about what she does and is an expert in acting the song. Also an all-around fabulous person to be around who really cares for her students and their needs.

Houston, TX

I was fortunate enough to work with Debbie who prepared me for my first major concert "Musicals & Bible". I was having difficulties while trying to sing in musicals-theater style as I was only use to sing in opera style (and from the nose...). Debbie made these difficulties go away and managed to prepare me for my show which thank God (and thank Debbie!) became a huge success! I am hoping that Debbie will continue to teach and help other people improve their skills and so much more as she has helped me!

Houston, TX

"It is with great enthusiasm that I recommend Debbie Boily as a vocal coach. Her commitment to excellence is inspiring, and she motivates her students to become the very best. Deb's own singing style are second to none, and she provides her students with valuable knowledge, tools and techniques to discover, develop and enrich their talent. Her approach is both tactical and holistic: tactical in that she provides the tools to develop a clear, powerful vocal instrument - and holistic, in that she encourages complete expression of the material by teaching the singer/actor how to thoughtfully express the meaning and intent behind the lyrics and music. Success, while not easy, is definitely within reach under her guidance and skillful approach."

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