Creator of the Voiceworks® Method and “The Total Singer” instructional DVD, Lisa brings her enthusiasm and long experience to the training of singers around the world from her base in Southern California.
The Voiceworks® Method
The Voiceworks® Method takes the mystery out of singing and shows you exactly ‘what to do’ to sing your best in any style. My techniques feature innovative tools for safe ‘belting’ for musical theater and commercial vocal styles and deliver instant results. Voiceworks® has been developed over a 50-year period and is used enthusiastically and successfully by thousands of other singers world-wide.
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Lisa Popeil is one of America’s foremost singing and speaking voice experts, is a touring professional singer, and has an international reputation as an innovator in the technique and pedagogy of vocal styles. She holds a Master’s Degree in Voice from California Institute of the Arts and has taught professionally for over 40 years.
Beginning with piano lessons at age 4 and voice training at 6, Lisa has sung in every style including: opera, musical theater, jazz, pop, rock, R&B, and country and her voice has been featured on commercials, television and film. In the 1980’s, her self-titled album “Lisa Popeil” was a Billboard Top Album Pick. She has also recorded and performed with Frank Zappa and ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic. In 2006, she received an LA Music Award for ‘Career Achievement in Vocal Instruction” and in 2013, Lisa was the recipient of “Lifetime Achievement in the Field of Vocal Pedagogy” from the Croatian Choral Directors Association.
For celebrity clients, her experience in instant vocal improvement, song choice, audition/performance prep and maintenance of vocal health keeps her in demand as a resource for actors, managers, directors and record producers.
Her private students include beginners to celebrities in film, TV, musical theater, and recording worlds.
Lisa has appeared on ‘LA Ink’, ‘Home & Family Show’, ‘Idol Tonight’ and ‘Starting Over’, ‘Biography’ and Fox News, over 40 radio programs and featured in magazines including Music Connection, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, Karaoke Scene, Singer & Musician and Journal of Singing.
She presents workshops and research papers at prestigious voice conferences around the world as an authority on belting and commercial vocal styles. Ms. Popeil has also contributed to the ‘Oxford Handbook of Singing’ and ‘Oxford Handbook of Music Education’.
Lisa is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing), is on the Scientific Advisory Board for the the Voice Foundation, SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of TV and Radio Artists), is a writer-publisher member of ASCAP (American Society of Composers & Publishers) and a voting member of NARAS (National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences). She is an invited member of the British Voice Association (BVA) and the Pan-American Vocology Association (PAVA).
Private instruction covers singing technique, performance coaching, speech work, voice-over coaching for animation voices, narration, dialects, broadcasting, voice projection, voice preservation, piano, songwriting, demo production, demo recording, charisma enhancement, and anxiety reduction.
Lisa is a member of the famous Popeil family, daughter of Sam (S.J.) Popeil, creator of the Veg-O-Matic and Pocket Fisherman and sister to Ron Popeil, whose many products include the Ronco Food Dehydrator, Popeil Pasta Machine, and the Showtime Rotisserie. Lisa has turned her passion in another direction: helping people discover and develop their ability to sing and speak beautifully.
What Clients Are Saying
"Lisa is a phenomenal vocalist and teacher and has done such extensive study into singing I'm incapable of properly describing it! Seek her help!"
Phil Crosby Jr
First of all, I must THANK YOU so much for the incredible help that your Voiceworks method has given me and my students. You are a true master of your craft and I am so fortunate to have found your content.
Lisa is one of the most astute, intuitive, educated, inquisitive, passionate, intelligent and caring voice teachers I've ever had the pleasure of working with and seeing in action. Her methods are rooted in scientific understanding, with practical, specific explanations and eye-widening demonstrations and it works!
Victoria, BC Canada
"You transformed me! After only two lessons, I'm singing songs I never thought I could."
Los Angeles, CA
"I’ve had muscle dysfunction and it hurts to speak sometimes but since yesterday, after our lesson, I was able to speak without pain! I’m just shocked because I haven’t felt that kind of relaxation in my speaking in years!"
Jasmine Daboul Arriaga
"In a 30-minute private lesson, I feel like all the vocal problems I’ve been struggling with have been solved!! It's unbelievable!"
“Your DVD and book are fabulous… so exciting and so logical! I’m asking each one of my voice students to order one… I can’t get enough of it!”
"Lisa is one of the very best vocal coaches in the world. She has saved me from losing my voice on the road many times!"
"Weird Al" Yankovic
"Working with Lisa on accent reduction for business has been a magical experience. Her expansive knowledge of voice, language, presentation skills, even job interview prep is just astounding! Lisa’s my voice angel."
“I learned so much more from you in that morning session and from your instructional material than possibly all the instruction I’ve had over a decade of voice lessons. Thank you so very much!“
Victoria, BC - Canada
“Your workshop was amazing! I am truly transformed Lisa! I feel more excited and enthusiastic about singing and voice coaching than ever! You are an inspiration! Thank you.”
TruVoice Studios - New York City
“I'm truly amazed at what an amazing singer and instructor you are. The way you can handle and master just about any style and volume is profound! I appreciate all of your hard work and research you've put into this and am blessed that I get to be a part of it.”
"Thank you so much for the incredible 3-day workshop! Lisa, You have such an incredible, curious and detail-oriented mind, tenacity of will, wonderful sense of humor and an amazing ear. To top that off, you are truly generous and I am deeply grateful to have connected with you in this life journey and to have been able to participate in your workshop.
You are very gifted and I thank you for sharing your gifts - innate and cultivated - with us all. "
Voice Coach - Santa Ana, California
"There is no one more passionate about vocal pedagogy than Lisa, and her enthusiasm is contagious. She lives and breathes it, and in doing so, has learned a wealth of knowledge useful to any teacher. She has perfected the verbiage to achieve efficient and speedy results with your students. Making the “mystery” of support crystal clear. After incorporating her Voiceworks Technique, I have seen students drastically improve in their understanding of how to properly support their voice and achieve the results they are looking for."
"It was such a pleasure finally getting to meet you, and learn from you. I enjoyed the workshop immensely. Thank you so much for your generous spirit and willingness to share all that you know. You are a gift!"
Jan Pedersen Schiff
Singers Marin - Founder and Artistic Director
"Your techniques worked a charm! I had absolutely no vocal problems on our recent 10-month tour.”
The Naked and the Famous
"THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU, for such a wonderful wealth of information!! I SO enjoyed your workshop, and watching you work your techniques with the singers. Very enlightening, and affirming! And you have a great personality, fun, open, and 'real' - really cool to watch :)"
"Having Lisa do a Skype presentation with my class was like having her in the room with us (even at 2000 miles away!).
She gave my students incredible tips on how to more effectively work with singers in the studio, including great examples (she is amazing in not only explaining these concepts, but demonstrating them on the spot!) that the student can start using in their next session.
These face-to-face lessons and demonstrations via Skype was like getting to bring my entire class in to Lisa's studio! Just goes to show that you don't have to live in LA to get the best vocal coach on the planet!"
Senior Lecturer, Radio, Television, and Digital Media College of Mass Communication and Media Arts Southern Illinois University
“I just want to thank you for making the DVD course “Total Singer” . For the last thirty years I have been struggling with my singing voice, but your course has shed some light on this topic. You have made things so easy to understand. Thank you.”
"It is amazing how she so brilliantly straddles the academic and practical worlds."
Los Angeles, CA
"Delightfully engaging, thoroughly knowledgable…every singer owes it to themselves to work with Lisa."
New York City, NY
"I ordered your CD and DVD...They’re great and at the risk of sounding trite, you are quite the Vocal Genius Maestro."
This was the best voice lesson experience I've had!
"Thank you for your thoughtfulness, your willingness to share your research and teaching, and for your lovely, strong, wonderful spirit. You are a rare treat!"
University of Miami, School of Music
“I am super-ecstatic with your workshop/presentation. I am positive that everything I've gained from your worthwhile seminar would guide and support my voice training, coaching and motivating my students.”
Susan Witt-Butler, Professor Emeritus of Voice
"Thank you for an absolutely terrific and mind-bending four days. Your breadth of knowledge is amazing and your ability to not only imitate so many different vocal styles, but also explain in anatomical detail exactly what you’re doing is stunning. You say you’re no longer a performer but you should be!"
As a vocal coach, I found that Lisa's approach (backed by an enormous wealth of knowledge) opens new possibilities for every singer with any issue. As a singer, I discovered that Lisa totally changed the game. Singers can spend far too much time concentrating on why. Lisa challenges you to focus on where. In a matter of moments Lisa helped me release the full potential of my voice through easy to execute, yet highly specific movements. Simply put, Lisa is breath of fresh air…delightfully engaging, thoroughly knowledgeable and utterly without pretense. Every singer owes it to themselves to work with Lisa.”
New York City, NY
“Decades ago, during thyroid surgery, my vocal cords were damaged and I’ve had a weak, hoarse voice ever since. I met Lisa who told me she could help. I was skeptical but agreed to have a session with her. We worked together for half an hour. During that time, she had me do exercises that seemed strange at the time but ultimately produced results that amazed me. I left that short session with a stronger, more powerful voice! I couldn't believe my ears! Lisa truly knows her stuff. She has a depth of knowledge that helped me improve my voice when nothing else I'd tried ever did. She's a genius! Thank you Lisa!”
"Thank you so much for the life-changing experience this weekend. It's worth at least $1200 and you would still be giving more than we're paying. You just poured all your genius into us and we are so lucky and blessed. I want to book a lesson right away. But we want to thank you so much--(actually we can't thank you enough)! Love and sincere thanks forever.”
Jill Jaxx & Jan Bunker
“I have told SOOOO many people about the awesome experience I had at your Voiceworks seminar. I've been experiementing on myself and my students with various aspects you taught us. I went to my 'classical' voice lesson and I bragged on and on about you! Thank you--thank you from the bottom of my heart! It was such a great experience. Like I said to you in person... you TRULY lived up to the propaganda in your brochure---and even went beyond it! You've touched my life. Thank you!”
Susanne Reid, Professor of Voice
California Baptist University
“Thanks for the fabulous time at the Total Singer Workshop. You helped clarify a lot of the questions that I had about non-traditional singing. Your energy, knowledge and compassion were wonderful. Keep up the incredible work!“
Professor Kevin Helppie
Western Oregon University
“I was absolutely amazed at your ability to comprehend all different styles of singing and also be able to sing in that style with conviction. I never knew that one could belt, sing rock, and jazz without damaging your vocal cords. I know I will never be able to sing in all those styles but now I can help my students who want to sing in their favorite styles without vocal damage and with skill! Thank you for the most enlightening time. Your energy is contagious.”
Seoung Lee Wilson, Classical Singer/ Teacher
San Mateo, CA
“I think you’re absolutely wonderful...I’ve studied voice for 15 years and there were so many places where I was lacking...in a very short time of working with your video, you turned me around.”
Los Angeles, CA
“Within the first ten minutes of viewing your tape I was able to correct a long-standing problem...I can’t thank you enough. Your techniques gave me my voice back!”
“Your DVD and feedback has given me a great boost. I am excited to learn more and I feel I have everything I need with this package. I now have more confidence as a singer because I 'know' what to do and know it will be there whenever I need it."
“You are a light in the vocal darkness.”
“I thank God for the video, audio and book I received from you.”
Dr. Douglas Matthews
“Wow!! The Total Singer video is not only a very impressive production, not to mention quite an amazing (and compact) voice lesson... wanted to let you know how excited I am about your program.“
“About a year and a half ago I discovered your web site and ordered ‘The Total Singer’. One of the best things I've ever done. I'm now able to sing and be confident that I'll sound good, every time. I have never enjoyed singing as much as I do now. Thanks to ‘The Total Singer’ I have the confidence I need to perform in front of others.”
"After the first session, it became clear to me why Lisa Popeil is so highly regarded in the world of vocal instruction. Unlike many vocal coaches out there, she's a true expert in vocal anatomy and has an exceptional voice of her own to back it up. She immediately spots vocal roadblocks and offers usable and practical solutions that free the voice in a safe and powerful way...and for all genres of music. Lisa is one of the best coaches that I've encountered in nearly 20 years of singing. I highly recommend her to anyone interested in becoming a better singer or speaker. You will get results."
Tristan Thomas, Singer/Songwriter
“Big thanks for your vocal producer prowess. We were blown away yesterday mixing these tracks listening to these undeniably much improved vocal takes. You truly are a 'vocal cord whisperer'. Wow- like magic!!”
Los Angeles, CA
“I learned more in 3 days of your workshop than I have learned in 20+ years of studying the voice. I feel much more confident as a singer and voice teacher."
Melinda T. Fausch
"You are truly an amazing teacher- I've never met anyone who can explain certain concepts like you! I'm jealous of all the students who get to have you next year!"
Catie Golitzin, Pepperdine University
"I learned more in 3 days of your workshop than I have learned in 20+ years of studying the voice."
Melinda T. Fausch, Voice Coach