From Fear to Joy: Discover (or rediscover) Your Inner Singer!

Saturday, Feb 29, 10-5
& Sunday, March 1, 10-4

A 2-Day Workshop/Retreat for “Non-Singers,” Beginners,
and anyone who wants to become more comfortable and expressive with their voice!
Learn to Sing Even if You Think You Can’t Carry a Tune!

Oakland Peace Center
111 Fairmount Ave
Oakland, California
Early Bird Price: $235/person before February 1st
$265/person on or after February 1st

(email Nancy to inquire about tuition assistance)

Start learning to sing in a fun, supportive atmosphere!

And if you’ve come before, come again — it’s never the same workshop twice!

What people are saying…

We’ll be at this lovely location.

Always happy after a day of singing!

Early-bird fee: $235
Your payment is non-refundable, but if you need to cancel you may apply payment towards another product or service, or a future workshop.

If you’ve wanted to sing in a chorus, wished you could sing along with friends, wanted to feel more comfortable singing the Happy Birthday song, or even just get more out of singing by yourself, this full-day workshop is the perfect first step!

  • If you can talk you can sing!

  • Yes, EVEN YOU!!

  • Learn in a way that’s supportive, comfortable & fun

  • Discover your own natural voice

  • Become more confident – experience some singing success!

  • Take home skills to start you on your way!

“I really surprised myself, in many ways. I had a wonderful time and came away with more confidence than I felt possible!”
– A Workshop Participant

Through a combination of games, improvisation and lots of accessible songs from around the world we’ll explore different aspects of the voice.

Did you know that adults & teens can learn to sing in much the same way a child learns language — through immersion and play?! 

In that spirit, we’ll…

  • Create a space of non-judgement, and replace the “cringe,” with curiosity!

  • Make all kinds of crazy sounds and noises — just to discover what we’ve got!

  • Learn to listen differently and more deeply.

  • Discover the profound joy of boldly singing with other people!

  • Dig into different learning styles, discovering YOUR best inroads to music learning.

  • Discuss the basics of music theory, so you’ll understand more about how songs work.

  • Sing familiar songs and learn new ones!

We’ll create a tool kit of accessible techniques for you to take home and use as you develop your skills. Discover the joy of your unique voice and let go of that old idea that singing isn’t for you!

“Nancy has helped me along the journey of bringing what I hear inside my head into the world. She brings a patience and a kindness to her process that focuses on joy and emphasizes the pleasure of singing. She has helped me replace my perceptions of singing failure with success, and anxiety with relaxation.”
– Chris, Singing Student

Early-bird fee: $235
Your payment is non-refundable, but if you need to cancel you may apply payment towards another product or service, or a future workshop.

Come for the weekend or stay the evening in the area! I’m a visitor myself, from the East Coast, but I can tell that Oakland is hopping!

The Oakland Peace Center is an easy drive from anywhere in the Bay area. If you’d like to stay in the after our workshop, there are many great places to catch some music, see a play, or get a great meal. Visit this link to learn more about what’s happening in the Oakland area during our workshop weekend, and click this link if you’re looking for a great place to go for dinner after our first day together.

The Oakland Peace Center, in their own words…

“The Oakland Peace Center is a community of artists, activists, cultural workers, educators and non-profits collaborating to bring about a city of hope, justice, nonviolence and compassion. We provide needed space, host collaborative events and trainings, and create a network of emotional and spiritual support for the 35+ Oakland-rooted organizations who partner in with us. Together, we pursue access, opportunity, justice, and inner peace throughout the Bay Area each.”

“Nancy seems to have an endless basket of teaching tools and they were all enjoyable. I especially liked moving, scatting and adding rhythm-making to our singing.”
– Workshop Participant