Learn to sing. Cultivate a joy practice. Find your voice.
The Empowered Voice is an 8 week intensive for womxn who want to cultivate deep self-knowing through the joyous practice of raising their voices in song.
Classes start February 2020
Together, we rise.
"THE LEARNING IS HOLISTIC - EMMA INTERWEAVES EMBODIED EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING AND ACADEMIC CRITICAL THEORY IN A MASTERFUL WAY THAT PROVIDES STUDENTS WITH THE STRUCTURE AND SPACE TO TRANSFORM...ALL WITH DELIGHT, PLAY, AND GRATITUDE WOVEN THROUGHOUT THE LEARNING PROCESS."
GEENA GLASER / SINGER/SONGWRITER / EV PARTICIPANT FALL 2019
What are the fundamentals of vocal technique? How can I increase my range, improve intonation, and eliminate any feelings of pain, fatigue, or tension when I sing?
How can I use a singing practice as a tool to awaken and cultivate a sense deep joy and connection with myself and others?
Vocal music plays a consistent role in social upheaval across time, culture, and history.
What is the power of my voice? How is my voice participating in conversations of environmental and social justice, and in what ways is my voice (or it’s lack) participating in silencing the oppressed or affirming the oppressor?
The human voice has the potential to be a modality of healing. How can I learn to sing, speak, and embody that power in service to my community?
Welcome to the journey of The Empowered Voice, where we will spend 8 weeks diving deep into the depths of these guiding questions.
oh that i know
as I walk through the world
i am a welcome guest
with the sky up above
and the roots below
i am a welcome guest
WHAT YOU RECEIVE IN THE EMPOWERED VOICE
6 medicine songs
16 hours of instruction with a professional vocalist
Strategies to expand your singing range, eliminate pain, and reduce fatigue and tension in your singing
A renewed sense of inspiration, joy, and rejuvenation
Bear witness to courageous learning and growth of women in your community
Engage in cross-disciplinary resources drawn from the fields of vocal pedagogy, sociology, psychology, Alexander Technique, literature, ontology, intersectional feminist theory, Bodymapping, and more...
Each week we will discuss a different aspect of vocal technique, and work on exercises and songs to apply the skills we're learning. Class time is about 90 mins of singing and 30 mins of discussion on assigned readings, podcasts, TED talks, embodiment exercises, and other resources related to The Empowered Voice.
The human voice is a healing modality--one that each of us has available as our constant companion through the crests and falls of life. It can sing, pray, laugh, screech, cry, and when we learn to channel it's power it can facilitate radical belonging.
The Empowered Voice is a two-hour weekly urban refuge amongst compassionate women who will cherish your triumphs, walk alongside you in the darkness, and harmonize with you throughout your journey.
ARE YOU READY TO RAISE YOUR VOICE?
Class meets once a week at:
1840 Willamette St. Suite 206
12 people max per section
Public school teachers receive 20% off with the code TEACHERSROCK20, because y'all are heroes and deserve some singing for all of the care you provide for our community every day (must have valid school district email address to use coupon).
Payment plans are available upon request. Please contact for further details.
"DAMN. I FEEL LIKE I HAVE AN EVEN CLEARER LENS THROUGH WHICH I VIEW MY THOUGHTS, FEELINGS, WORDS, ACTIONS, AND FLOW OF ENERGY. I SEE MY PRIVILEGE MORE. I SEE MY WORTHINESS."
LILY LUNNERMAN / MASSAGE THERAPIST / EV PARTICIPANT FALL 2019
I've never taken a singing lesson before. Am I right for this class?
Sometimes I get tired and hoarse at the end of the day after speaking for too long. Is this class right for me?
Our focus will be primarily on learning to sing healthily and authentically. However, many of my students have found that the information they learned about how to use their voice in singing intuitively transfers into how to use the voice more sustainably in other areas of life.
Someone once told me that I have an ugly voice or that I should stop singing. Is it ok if I join this class?
Yes. Please join. That person likely didn't know that there are incredible resources and tools available to improve your singing, and that you can learn to sing at any age.
I want (or wanted) to be a professional creative, but the realities of my creative industry have worn me down over time. I have lost some of the joy my art form used to bring me, and I may still feel some grief or shame around this.
Girl, get over here. This class is for you.
Why are you only offering this class to womxn?
I think womxn are magical. I love being in groups of womxn, and this curriculum is designed for and caters to womxn's experiences of the modern world. I have been a part of incredible women's circles, and I know firsthand the profound value of getting powerful women together to talk frankly about real life.
What ages are the students in your classes?
I intentionally try to cultivate an intergenerational learning environment. In the last section of The Empowered Voice we had one woman in her 20's, three in their 30's, one in her 40's, two in their 50's, three in their 60's, and one in her 70's.
I see from your videos that you're trained in classical singing. I'm not interested in classical singing, but I like to sing other genres. Is this class right for me?
Yes. Professionally, I primarily sing in the classical style, but I teach functional voice pedagogy. This means that my aim as a teacher is to help you acquire the skills you need to make the sounds you want to make, and to gain enough knowledge that you can do so without hurting yourself or your voice in the process. Functional pedagogy spans genre and style.
I've always wanted to learn to sing, but I'm nervous that I'll mess up or sound bad and everyone will laugh at me, so I'm not sure I'm ready for this course.
That's a really common anxiety when it comes to singing, so please know that you're not alone in feeling that way. I hope you join us in spite of that fear, and know that you are welcome in this space regardless of any perceived "imperfections" in your singing voice.
I've had a serious vocal injury in the past. Can you help me?
I do work with students who have had vocal injuries that they are in the process of healing from. However, I would recommend first getting scoped and diagnosed by an ENT, and contacting me with the specifics of your vocal history before class begins so that we can work in collaboration with your doctor's recommendations.
I thought you had to have natural talent to be able to sing. Is it true that anyone can learn to sing?
Yes. While people generally have differing levels of innate ability with singing, the voice is an instrument like any other instrument: it takes diligence, hard work, creativity, and perseverance, and it is a learned skill that improves with daily practice. Not every voice is destined to be a professional singer, but every voice deserves to be heard, cherished, and cultivated for the unique gifts it alone has to offer the world.
THE EMPOWERED VOICE IS A SAFE CONTAINER TO REALLY EXPLORE YOUR VOICE, INSIDE AND OUT, AND STEP INTO YOUR TRUTH AND POWER BEYOND FEAR. IT'S A PLACE TO REALLY TAP INTO AND FIND YOUR POWER AND TO JUST PLAY AND BE.
KATIE ROSE / CRANIALSACRAL HEALER / EV PARTICIPANT FALL 2019