Lessons and Classes
Awakening the Voice
I teach singing to students of all skill levels who want to access their authentic sound, either for personal practice, chant- or song-leading, the ability to contribute in musical collaborations, sound healing, or performance. My lessons go far beyond technique to include the physical, emotional, and spiritual process of awakening one’s unique self-expression.
Your voice is a part of your Self, your identity, and your gift.
I believe that everyone can benefit from cultivating their voice. Getting to know this part of yourself, and how to share it with confidence and clarity, is a journey of great significance. With this is mind, I approach singing as a sacred process that asks us to be vulnerable and present. I guide this process with deep nurturance and careful listening to navigate the blockages, awaken musical sensitivity, and access the beautiful heart of your sound.
There is no one technique for all voices as no two voices are the same.Â As a trained vocal coach, I bring techniques from Western vocal pedagogy, as well the ancient techniques of Indian classical voice training, and the practices of devotional music. Contact me for more information, or book a package of lessons now to get started on this important journey.
“Renee has become my singing coach. I HIGHLY recommend lessons with her. She has helped me tune my ear, precision-tuning my pitch and she has helped me strengthen my voice… as well as field through the mental, psychological and spiritual blocks. Her teaching is SO SO SO valuable and highly uplifting. She is the best of teachers and a brilliant vocal artist with an angelic voice. I feel so blessed to be able to study her and study with herÂ Â
In addition to learning your favorite chants and songs, I teach you how to understand and create your own music through embodying music as an intuitive, joyful, and sacred art. We learn the geometry behind music, why and how music “makes sense” and how to navigate the instrument from a mind-heart connection. The harmonium / keyboard offers us an ideal landscape to see the relationships of notes and begin to internalize the musical dimension. In other words, I teach you to “see” and think musically as musicians do.
Most teachers teach you how to play songs. I teach you how to translate what you hear in your mind to the instrument, so you can instantly accompany yourself on any song. I also instruct on writing your own original songs.
Yoga for the Voice
Monday, February 26 â€¢ 6:30â€“8:00 p.m.
Sound Circle Choir
This voice-opening and creativity-sparking class is for sharing the experience of sound and harmony, experimenting with spontaneous group creation, and enjoying meditative arrangements of chants and songs. Ongoing for many years, this class has been a great joy for many people, bringing a sense of musical continuity through the changes of life and seasons. We share deeply and hold a strongly loving space for each other and the world through the uplifting music we create. We emphasize developing our voices through learning rich, soul-stirring songs.Â Class is open to men and women of all skill levels. Opporunities to perform happen a few times a year.
The next 6-week session starts end of April 24, 2018. Tuesdays, 7:30 pm, in Rosendale, NY.
Yoga of Sound and Voice
Discover the beauty and power of your own voice in a safe, nurturing space. This 4-week course will be an introduction to mantra chanting with exercises to awaken a natural sound, flexibility, and confidence in one’s voice. We will learn Sanskrit mantras often used in yoga and meditation practice, as well as participate in the creation of beautiful, meditative harmonies and healing music.
Coming in Spring at The Living Seed Yoga, New Paltz, NY