Defne Şahin


The only thing better than singing is more singing.

-Ella Fitzgerald


Individual Lessons

My main goal in one to one lessons is to develop your voice and your understanding of music, to find new means of expressions and new colors of your voice, and to help you find your individual sound.

Important elements in this development are technical abilities (vocal technique, breathing technique, bodywork) and musical styles (Jazz/Pop/World/Bossa Nova). In addition, we will work on improvisation, interpretation, microphone technique, and stage presence.

I will also be happy to help you prepare for castings, entrance exams, and concerts.


I offer workshops for Jazz/Pop and for intercultural competency in schools.

Lessons can be held via Skype.

Please contact me for further information: sing(at)


2017: Vocal Teacher at Universität der Künste, Berlin

2016: Vocal Teacher at Leo Kestenberg Musikschule, Berlin

2015: Sing! Rundfunkchor Berlin

2013-2015: Vocal teacher at Manhattan School of Music’s MSM Sunday, New York

2014: Musical Director in a Church, New York

2014: Master of Vocal Jazz Performance, Manhattan School of Music, New York

2013/2014: Vocal teacher at WHEELS High School and Middle School, New York

2012: Workshop for children at Akademie der Künste, Berlin

2010: Bachelor of Music Education (Vocal Jazz), Universität der Künste Berlin

2010: Workshop and Bachelor’s thesis “Integration durch Improvisation” (Integration through Improvisation) at an elementary school in the Neukölln district of Berlin

2008/2009: Sight reading teacher for vocalists at the Jazz Institute of Universität der Künste Berlin

2008: Vocal and percussion teacher in a children’s village in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil

2008: Choral Director for a sisters’ choir in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil