It's been a while...
Those who know me well are aware that in Sept 2017 I took a plunge and went back to University starting the Music Degree Program at VIU. I deeply wanted to strengthen my knowledge of music, and what I could offer my students and community. My first year has taught me a lot, not just about the technical aspects of the craft, but also about where my passion lies when it comes to this wonderful world of music and singing. To be honest, some of it didn't resonate well with me, but there were other areas that were captivating because they have so much potential - and feel completely aligned with what I want my offering to the world to be. The first is Community Music.
Community Music simply is music that is made by a community for itself. It is often interdisciplinary, which means it can combine dance, arts, and other practices, and in its best form is inclusive, up-lifting, and creates connection between a participants. Integrating music into community is ancient, and has been practiced in cultures around the world, since time recorded. I feel a call to create fresh opportunities for community to gather in interactive singing, rhythm making, and music playing, as I see this important art form being lost in our North American Society.
My second area of passion is focused on the use of singing to empower, heal, and encourage authentic self-expression. Singing and voice work is powerful, emotionally because of the vulnerability's it brings up, and the courage it requires, and physically as singing is being proven to be a valuable tool in voice recovery healing after stroke or other neurological illness of injury. I have being incorporating personal empowerment work into much of my Vocal Lesson content (with my students permission of course) and am adding to my skills as a Vocal Empowerment Coach, with continuing training in Compassionate Inquiry, Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology.
I have a number of offerings this summer, and I am hoping you will take a moment to give them a look, or perhaps share them with a friend, if you see something that might interest another. Please don't hesitate to connect if you have a question, or would like more information about current programs or my up-coming plans.
June 14th, 2018 - Sound Connection Choir Seasons End Concert and Showcase.
June 17th, 2018- Free Your Voice Vocal Lesson Workshop
June 23rd, 2018 - Sing! Sing! Sing!
July 15th, 2018 - Circles of Sound.
One Last Thing...
I have a few spots open for summer vocal lessons, should you be thinking of freeing your voice in a more one-on-one environment.
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Or by sending me an email.
I really hope to see you at one of my summer programs. The world always feels better when we sing together.