Popenoe Method

The Art of Pronunciation

The Singers class is currently not in session. If you’re interested in joining the next class, please contact me though the contact page on this site.

English Pronunciation Class for Singers

4 Week Class - Part 1 - Vowels
4 Week Class - Part 2 - Consonants
4 Week Class - Part 3 - Rhythm and Connection

Watch this video to learn about the singers class.

Singers Pronunciation Class

This series of classes will help you sing better in English. There are two parts. The first is to build a foundation of technique you can use for any song. Using original songs composed for this training, you'll learn the mouth shapes and sounds for every vowel and consonant, how to connect words smoothly, and how to fit your English to the rhythmic groove. You will also learn to add pronunciation symbols to your lyrics, which is essential. Most exercises will be sung. Every student will receive individual feedback and correction.

The second part is to apply these techniques to your own songs. We will practice sections from a variety of popular songs, focusing especially on parts that are challenging for Japanese singers. Please bring a small mirror and an audio recorder to record the class.

You don't have to be a professional singer to join this class, but please be seriously interested in improving your singing pronunciation.

Watch Josh's Music Video

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This is a 3 part series. Each part is one month, four classes.
Part 1 - Vowels
Part 2 - Consonants
Part 3 - Rhythm and Connection
Registration is for each month separately.

Class Schedule - Part 1 - Vowels

This class is currently not in session

Shetler Studios, 244 W. 54th St. 12th fl. PH4 (7th & 8th Ave.)

Class size is limited. Register soon to reserve your spot.

Class Fee
Early registration: $150 / Early registration ends on
Regular registration: $160

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Private coaching in person or by Skype is also available.
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I am a jazz vocalist who divides my time between Tokyo and New York. For a long time I had extreme difficulty unifying my English pronunciation and jazz vocals when singing, and then five years ago a vocalist friend recommended Josh’s class. In the first lesson when I looked at my mouth in the mirror, I was surprised when I compared it to Josh’s! I realized for the first time that mine was moving unnaturally. Josh has affection for each and every word and is deeply attached to English, Japanese and music. His respectful teaching causes me to see the light every time. For not only vocalists but all those who want to communicate with feeling in English, I highly recommend Josh’s class!
-Yuko Kimura
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Previously I had a strong complex regarding my English, and while singing during live performances and recordings I would be more anxious about my pronunciation than the music itself. Then I met Joshua Popenoe and began his pronunciation correction class, which astounded me! He precisely pointed out basic pronunciation mistakes that I hadn’t been able to hear, as well as taught me simple hints like how to use the muscles in my mouth to achieve the correct pronunciation. Everyday I was surprised to hear myself saying, “Wow, with something this simple my pronunciation changed this much!” However, it wasn’t just my pronunciation but my phrasing that changed as well.

With such amazing benefits it would be wasteful not to share Joshua, so I would like everyone to experience a session with him. If I do say so myself, I believe that I have advanced greatly in the last six months. I still have a ways to go, but in order to truly master jazz, English pronunciation is an unavoidable, huge challenge. Of course this is something skilled English speakers know, but I really recommend practicing out loud. It’s both effective and fun! Singing will definitely become more enjoyable than before.

I used to learn English from a prominent teacher here in New York, but unfortunately I was not able to see improvement before my eyes like I do with Joshua. He lived in Japan for 16 years, and being fluent in Japanese he is well aware of its pronunciation patterns. We don’t want to lose our uniqueness as Japanese, but we also want people to hear correct, natural-sounding English when we sing.
-Mari Koga (jazz vocalist)


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