The most common question I hear when people learn what I do is, “Can anyone learn to sing?” And I get a little flustered as I smile and say, if you have vocal cords, you can already sing.
Because, that isn’t what they are really asking. They really want to know, “Can I learn to make sounds that meet my own expectations? Will other people like the sound of my voice? Can I learn to sound like [insert favorite singer’s name]?”
I have very different answers for those questions, and they generally can’t be answered quickly, nor is there one right answer for every individual.
Your voice is so personal. You use it to express the core of you. The beliefs you hold about your voice are onion skins formed as you grew up, by your own opinions and the opinions of those around you. Sometimes, you might not want me helping you peel away those skins at a dinner party. Hence my flustered-ness!
Can your singing voice ever meet your expectations? Depends on your expectations. I would start there, with re-evaluating what you expect from your own voice. Can you sound like your favorite singer? When you consider that singer has most likely been working on their skills and singing musculature for many years, it certainly can’t happen overnight. Additionally, your favorite singer doesn’t sound like their favorite singer. They had to go through the same process of evaluating their expectations and learning to appreciate their own unique voice and most likely still struggle with the same questions. The easy answer is, No. You will never sound like your favorite singer. You will sound like you.
Will other people like the sound of your voice? Is there ANY singer in world who is universally loved by all? As TS so wisely said, “Haters gonna hate.” You must let go of other people’s opinions. How much do you miss out on when you let other people’s opinions dictate whether or not you do what you love? Don’t miss out on another moment because of what someone else might think or say!
“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”
~ Mary Oliver
What better way to work on singing skills than with a group of people who feel the same way as you? This is safe space where you can set your voice free. There is almost nothing more magical than the feeling of raising your voice in harmony with other humans.
This choir is for adults who love to sing but who believe they can’t. It’s for those adults who were told as children that they couldn’t or shouldn’t sing. It’s also for adults who love to have a great time meeting new people and laughing. And, it includes a glass of wine!
We will work on some of the most important skills of singing: breathing, listening, and expression. Music will range from familiar folk melodies to rounds and will progress into learning how to hold your own part in harmony.
$15 per hour, group lesson.
Thursday evenings from 7-8 PM
Beginning January 7 and ending in a celebration on or around March 31.
Send me an email or ask a question in the comment section. I would love to hear from you!