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Ewa Cybulska


Internationally renowned jazz vocalist, well known for her truly genuine interpretation of jazz standards,
Brazilian classics, gospel spirituals, blues, and recently even classical opera.
She started her musical career at the age of 8 as a cellist, then obtained her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree
in Jazz Studies from Concordia University in Montreal, master’s degree in music at York University, and is
presently completing her PhD degree in music at York University in Toronto.
With 30 years of experience in music pedagogy including preparation of students for examinations in the
Royal Conservatory of Music Certificate Program levels 1 through 10 for voice and theory, Ewa specializes
in teaching all genres of popular music, such as Pop, Rock, Hip-Hop, Metal, Soul, Blues, Gospel, Jazz, and
Musical Theatre, as well as vocal jazz improvisation.


Created individually for each student, with the teacher taking into consideration the student’s age, natural
musical aptitude, and a present level of musicianship, as well as individual goals and needs e.g. – a 10-
year-old youth who wants to take up singing for fun, will not be treated same as a 16-year-old who attends
a secondary level art school and is seriously thinking about a career in musical theatre. However, these are
the general guidelines for the lesson plan:
1.Gradual, non-invasive work on the voice with specially designed exercises. Each student has access to
ready-to-use accompaniments that enables them to practice on daily basis between the lessons at home,
which significantly speeds up the physiological, psychological, and overall vocal development, and delivers
almost immediate and spectacular results.
2. Conscious shaping of singing vowels and consonants in all registers of the voice, which provides clear
and correct enunciation.
3. Adaptation of psychological aspect to activate the subconscious and intuition in singing. Control of the
vocal mechanism through adequate training of the mind.
4.Gaining basic knowledge of actor’s work on the role, to form and develop methods for use in the
interpretation of lyrics.
5. Learning a variety of musical styles (Jazz, Pop, Soul, Blues, Rock, Funk, R&B etc.) and – at the same
time – familiarizing oneself with the characteristic elements for the given genre, which – consequently -
enables the singer to become a versatile musician, capable of interpreting many different styles of popular
music at a professional level.
6. Knowledge and practice in the field of stage performance and stage presence – working with a
microphone, using equipment, computer music programs, set up and use of home recording studio etc.)
7. For singers songwriters who write their own music and lyrics - consultations on songwriting are
available. The main purpose of vocal training is to build mental and muscular memory by finding the right
settings for each note, or pitch - followed by multiple repetitions of this process. The vocal experience
gained in this manner is then enforced through exercising repertoire adapted to singer current ability to
consciously feel and control vocal tone production.
8. And finally - helping the student discover the incredible joy and satisfaction on the journey of realizing
their vocal potential and sharing the joy together.

Ewa Cybulska
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