THE WORK WANTS TO BE MADE, AND IT WANTS TO BE MADE THROUGH YOU. Elizabeth Gilbert
WHATEVER YOU THINK YOU CAN DO, OR BELIEVE YOU CAN DO, BEGIN IT. ACTION HAS MAGIC, GRACE AND POWER IN IT. Goethe
Nope, it's not too late.
For much of my life I really wondered if what I heard was true - if I didn't learn music "as a kid", did that window of opportunity close forever? I sat on my hands for about 10 years, afraid the ship had sailed, but still sitting in the front row of every concert, surrounding myself with musicians. I was so passionate about music, often moved to tears, and often resentful that I couldn't join in. As much as I tried, I couldn't shake the desire to learn to sing, write songs and play more instruments.
Everything changed when I learned a bit more about...brain science. My fear wasn't a decree that this was impossible, it was just a sign I was up to something big, new, and hugely important to me. I searched out true-blue teachers who were able to meet my beginner level with dignity, and hold up believing lanterns for my dreams. I got a support structure in place so I could practice. I learned techniques not just for instruments, but on how to enjoy the process, methods of practice that could bring me joy and presence rather than anxiety. And, several years later, I produced and recorded my first EP of original music, more formally stepping into my role as a performer.
It is my deepest honor to give back to support other adults and teens to do the same. I host a variety of classes and lessons each month, creating a learning environment focused as much on play, humor, and possibility as solid technique. My education includes countless music classes and lessons, as well as my learnings of the principles of creativity from Julia Cameron's The Artist Way, Kenny Werner's Effortless Mastery, Elizabeth Gilbert's Big Magic, and the Academy for Coaching Excellence.
"I sang down the hall, I sang out of the building. Melanie was inviting and supportive, breaking down some of my fears and showing me some techniques so I could find the voice I didn't know that I had. It was place where I could experiment and make mistakes, and I now see I actually CAN sing!" - Holly
"This class was so important to me. I had always been terrified to sing in front of other people. I had been listening to other people sing for so long and feeling sad - even almost resentful - because I felt like I couldn't do it. Now I know that actually, I can! I even sang for my husband for the first time!" - Andrea
I had been researching how to learn singing so I could add it to my guitar playing, but there is so much information out there! This class was a great entry way into the process, and a foundation I can work from to keep going. - Tim
Singing Outside the Shower: 21st Century Folk Repertoire
8-9:15 Tuesdays - Starting May 2nd
An ongoing singing class for all secret-car-singers who are ready to uncork their passion for music and step into their full selves. In addition to classic songs, this class will focus on songs by 21st Century Folk heroes like Gillian Welch, The Head & The Heart, Edward Sharpe and more.
Together we'll explore both technique and expressive, embodied singing- exploring breathing techniques, tone and pitch, exercises to expand your range, and how to rock back-up harmonies. Following the lead of 21st Century Folk vocalists, we'll also play with singing as storytellers, using phrasing and dynamics. And, after the last class, we'll take a field trip to Jaguar Karaoke to strut our stuff.
When we step into using our voices with singing, we step into using our voices in every aspect of our lives. This class is for both the absolute, I-can't-sing-at-all-but-still-want-to beginners and singers who are ready to say yes and walk toward their singing dreams. There is a materials fee of $5.