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As a young singer I got into some trouble with my voice. I sang all the time and was recognized and lauded for my gutsy passionate full voice. I sometimes got hoarse, I sometimes lost my voice, but I was young and felt resilient. One day I was lying down and wanted to sing a quiet little tune, and couldn’t. I was missing a chunk of my voice, and without pushing, I couldn’t sound those notes. I was scared enough to seek help, and began the process of consciously building my voice for the first time.
All things about the human voice fascinate me - how and why we make sound; the impulse to have our voices heard; and how we can work to make our voices strong, flexible and resilient. This exploration inspired me to teach others how to develop and take care of their voices.
I studied under some great teachers, especially Jeannie LoVetri, creator of Somatic Voicework™, who trained me to teach in a curious, mindful, science-based manner, allowing the voice and body to be partners with the mind, and the instrument to handle a variety of tasks with greater ease and less effort.
My goal as a teacher is to help singers find their voices and give them the tools needed to strengthen and free their instruments. Lessons are tailored to what each person requires.
Through vocal and physical exercises and exploration, singers will:
- Build endurance - Coordinate body and breath - Increase range - Develop balanced registration - Develop a self-care regimen - Explore expression, personal style and improvisation - Work on specific issues, e.g. clear a breathy tone or soften a strident tone - Work to eliminate an audible “break” - Find freedom in making sound
In sessions we also have the opportunity to explore simple music theory, reading music, rhythm training and emotional expression.
Sessions are scheduled weekly or bi-weekly. If you plan to take occasional sessions, please note that scheduling preference will be given to those with weekly or bi-weekly spots.
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