Singing Lessons | Feldenkrais lessons for all musicians, Posture for Singers and Instrumentalists
- Qualifications: BSc MMus LTCL CFP
- Pricing: $60 for 45 min, $80 for 1 hour
- Styles: Classical, opera, musical theatre, folk, and original (singer/songwriters)
- Suitability: Adults preferred, beginners to experienced performers
I am passionate about helping musicians to create moving performances. I have taught singing for over 30 years. I also support performers (including instrumentalists) to alleviate performance anxiety, postural and overuse concerns, and other movement challenges, using the Feldenkrais Method.
I studied theatre and singing in the USA before immigrating to New Zealand. Here my primary teacher was Emily Mair. I performed lead roles in musical theatre and opera and was guest soloist with choirs and orchestras, before undertaking further study.
After returning to the US and gaining a Master of Music at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, I moved to Christchurch to take a place as vocal tutor of the (National) Academy of Singing and Dramatic Art. I tutored there for 17 years, firstly in Singing and Performance Practice, and later adding Movement for Performance.
I began studying Feldenkrais Method® 25 years ago and graduated from Wellington Professional Training Programme. I have been a Certified Practitioner member of the NZ Feldenkrais Guild since 2010.
When you study with me, I’ll support you to bring out your unique voice. You’ll learn ways to practice and perform effectively.
I will help you to find ways to warm up and practice that build:
* * * your technical skill
* * *your ease in making music
* * *your confidence in performing music you love.
Together we will select songs to ensure enjoyment and to support your musical development. Should you choose to perform in English, Italian, German, French, Latin or Spanish I can support you with language skills.
I also run classes in movement for performance, singing, and other movement and voice workshops.
Not only did my posture improve, but my breath flowed more openly and easily and I had the bonus of improving the quality of my sound. Thanks, Valerie, for your relaxed and supportive approach.
Christine Hunt, Trumpet Player
Thanks for body lessons learned. I'm enjoying my piano even more.
Claire Emergency Physician
I really enjoy Valerie as a teacher – fun, and encouraging and informative.