First, a big thank-you to all my students, workshop participants, and Playground members, because I LOVE being a singing teacher more than any of you may realize. That I can spend my days teaching people to sing is a kind of miracle to me, and you make it possible!
HERE’S A LITTLE ABOUT ME:
I grew up in Manhattan and loved to sing, and sang all the time. There was no shortage in my town of opportunities to hear live music in small intimate venues and to participate in group singing situations. My mom saw that I loved to sing and took me to folk festivals and peace marches (this was the 1960s) and kept percussion instruments on top of the piano. Singing felt very natural and easy for me.
Then I tried performing…
…And I was unexpectedly slammed with stage fright.
Suddenly I couldn’t sing in tune, remember the words to my song, or even catch my breath. “This is not for me,” I decided. I kept singing, but only in workshops and classes and with a few friends, and by myself. No more performing, and certainly no career in music! That was a thought that never even crossed my mind.
The short version is that because I suffered from bad stage fright that stopped me in my musical tracks, I understand how fear gets in the way of our ability to think straight, to sing, to listen, and to learn. And I teach differently because of it.
I understand that singing is an extraordinarily personal act which makes us vulnerable in a way that is unlike anything else. I know that for many of us singing comes with a ton of baggage and that just to open our mouths and let out sound in front of someone else can take a ton of courage.
As a singing teacher, I know that fear is a giant obstacle and can’t be ignored. It has to be sensitively explored, worked with and worked around. I have devised gentle methods of dismantling your singing fear, so that your mind can relax and open. Every student comes to me with a different story, background, and set of strengths and challenges, so we develop a “safe” relationship and work intuitively to get you to your personal singing goals.
From a non-judgmental place of play, joy and discovery you can tune in (literally) differently. Now you can compare and contrast what you’re hearing to the sounds you are making with your voice. You can feel the vibration of your voice in a new way and use it to help you learn. You can employ your different learning styles to help you as you go along. You can really start learning how to sing (no matter what your fourth grade music teacher, or your cousin may have told you) — and it’s fun!
Email Nancy anytime with questions!