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Voice Lessons

Singers and voice users, I’m so glad you’re here. I look forward to playing and exploring together. 

Let’s Work Together

 

My teaching philosophy is all about exploring through guided play and experimentation. My goal is to foster insight, awareness, and expansiveness. I want to give you the tools to find and feel freedom, flexibility, and possibility in your voice. Gone are the days of following a checklist of things to fix or do right. Let’s discover and/or refine from a place of joy, curiosity, and compassion. 

When you sign up for a voice session, you’ll see an intake form where you can share your goals and your story with me — whether it’s preparing for an audition, finding more ease in your voice after a long singing break, or hoping to sing for your friends at a virtual open mic night, I’m here for you. You can even upload music or a script if there’s something you know you want to work on. For any of the voice work, repertoire is not required at all. 

 

Pedagogy and training: Wholeness in Motion/Living with Wholeness with Babette Lightner; too many courses to list with Dr. Shannon Coates including but not limited to 101 The Vocal Instrument and Voice Ped Follow Up and Fanciness; LoVetri Institute for Somatic Voicework TM Level 1; Trans Voice Alteration with Renée Yoxon (November-December 2022). Keep scrolling for more info on my background. 

Affiliations and memberships: NSrTMA, CLC, Music NS, ECMA, CMC (Board Member)

 

 

A bit of background

I grew up playing various musical instruments: I started with piano lessons, and violin lessons, joined a choir, and then, added saxophone. Between orchestra and band practice, choir rehearsal, or fiddle camps, I was always surrounded by music. And I loved it. When I started singing lessons, however, I knew I had found something special. Singing felt different than all the other ways I was engaging with music making. Every year I would enter in the music festival to compete, and I would sign up for art song classes as well as musical theatre classes. Oh, how I loved the music festival–a chance to meet new singers and have shared performance experiences! 

When I got my first role in our high school musical, that’s when the performing bug really hit! I knew then that singing would always be a part of my life — I didn’t know or care what that meant in terms of my life and career, but I knew I wanted to keep learning about singing. 

My love for teaching started very early. I come from a long line of educators in my family. And I began teaching as early as high school when I did a co-op position with a middle school band teacher. I love teaching so much that after my Bachelor of Arts, I got accepted into a Bachelor of Education, but instead decided to go do a Bachelor of Music. And then when I finished my BMus, I still wanted to learn more, so I did my Master of Music. No matter the way in which we learn about the voice (through private lessons, summer programs, institutions, etc.) we can always learn more. And this is one of the things I love most about teaching: that I get to keep learning and growing. The students I work with are always an inspiration to me.

We’re all in this together. Learning, sharing, exploring, evolving. Recently, in my own professional development, I’ve been working outside of the box. And as such, I’ve been bringing a lot of that same style of work into my teaching. What if we just… threw away all the rules, even just for a bit? What if all sounds we made were “good” or “right” or “perfect”? We can have goals and still start from a place of appreciating all that we already know.

That’s the place I like to live as I keep learning how to sing. 

What if you already have the answers?! What if all you need is your current self.

That’s where we can start together. 

 

I’d like to book a session!

 

Group Work

If you and your friends are interested in working together, please be in touch via the contact page and we’ll set that up. Some examples of this group work could include warming up together then singing for one another in a cozy masterclass-type format, or could also be a chance for songwriters or composers to share or workshop their work. Another format might be a group of singers wanting to explore similar vocal goals such as belting, singing improv games, singing in new-to-you styles. In all of these group work scenarios, I will tailor our sessions to your groups’ goals, and you’ll have the added benefit of shared experiences and learning. January and February are typically great months to propose group or buddy work – be in touch if you’d like to set something up.

 

Where do I sign up?

 

Sample Group Session:

4 weeks, 6 singers

Each weekly session will include working both as a group and individually on Zoom.

Singers, you will have the opportunity to experiment and explore behind your mute button, and then have the option of being invited to share your vocal discoveries with the group.

This sharing might happen through one sound or a full song — you decide!

This group work includes video messaging support, continued voice exploration, and community building throughout the week via a private group in the Marco Polo app.

The primary vehicle for this work will be embodied play. When you sign up, I’ll ask you to define some of your hopes and goals for the 4 weeks. Your goal might be something as specific as preparing a song for an audition or virtual open mic, or as general as just showing up! Weekly themes will be designed in response to your goals.

 

These sessions are designed to be complementary to whatever you might be working on — whether in your own practice or in the work that you’re doing with another voice teacher. 

 

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Special events such as workshops, group work sessions, and Pop-Up VIP Voice Days:

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