Embodied Singing

Embodied Singing

“Your voice takes you to your heart.” – Gabrielle Roth

Do you long to sing more? Do you desire to feel more connected to your own, unique voice? Did you shut down your singing voice because you got the message somewhere that you sounded bad or shouldn’t be singing? How about your voice in general…not necessarily singing, but your voice that expresses what is inside of you? So many of us have learned to limit our voice out of fear of what will happen if we were to express ourselves freely.

We can work together to help you get in touch with your authentic, unique voice that is an expression of you and you alone. Your voice deserves a place to unfold and be listened to, received. I believe the voice is something to be explored with a non-judgmental, playful attitude, so that the impulses so freely expressed in children’s natural singing can come alive and enliven you.

This work is not voice lessons. I bring in techniques that can help your voice sound better, but the focus is more on how to unlearn how you hold yourself back, and how to allow your soul to move through your voice. Aspects of mindfulness are brought into the process to help. Maybe you have some songs to write, or to sing, or maybe you simply want to learn to enjoy the process of singing and making sound without a finished product. All are welcome!

I work with a range of people who want to work with their voice. These people have included a grandmother who felt inspired to unblock her fear around singing so she could sing to her granddaughter; a man who was afraid to sing in front of other people; and performers who wanted to build their confidence and develop their own unique voice and style.

“Voice training, as practiced in classical music colleges, links vocal development immediately to a particular musical aesthetic. You are encouraged to think of your voice as an instrument, in order to develop it appropriately. If, on the other hand, you consider your voice as a personal expression of your innermost being, you will immediately have another kind of relationship to your voice, less instrumental, and more human.” – Orlanda Cook, Singing With Your Own Voice