There is good reason why when we pray or
when we want to express our love, we use singing. Song
is the voice of the soul, and a powerful way to connect
with others. Song evokes deep emotion both in the singer
and the audience.
In my teaching, I help you express yourself in the freest,
most comfortable, and least self-conscious way possible.
The physical mechanism of the vocal chords is the same
in everyone: we are all born with the ability to sing in
the most natural way. What is different in each of us is
the way we prevent ourselves from freely singing through
muscular tension, which is usually experienced as worry.
Muscular tension is related to humiliation, trauma, and
the psychology of self-criticism. Unfortunately, a little
humiliation seems to go a long way. We all can sing comfortably
and freely as small children, but through the process of
socialization we become self-conscious with the need to
conform or comply. In the same way media saturation has
made us think there is only one way our bodies are supposed
to look, it has also given us a very narrow definition
of how we should sound. It is not how you sound, but how
you feel when you sing that's important. When you feel
good, you sound good!
All of us are singers and all of us have a story to tell.
Singing is a birthright. As a natural function of the body,
it is a deeply expressive extension of our ability to speak.
My goal is to help you re-integrate music and singing into
the warp and weave of your life, not as a separate activity
for separate people, but as something that flows easily
in and out of the activities of daily life; as a means
of connecting with yourself and others. © 1999,
"I make music because of you. Thanks
for helping me find my voice - and the home I've been looking
for all my life."- Class participant, CA
I have studied with many voice teachers before and have
never been quite satisfied. Sure, they were technically
apt, but each one had his/her own agenda about how to train
my voice and never really understood my process as a musician.
I had been searching for a new teacher when I was lucky
enough to find Judith May. I knew from the first session
that I had found the teacher I had always dreamed of. Not
only does she have the technical background and complete
understanding of the vocal instrument - but from day ONE,
she made it a priority to understand ME and MY feelings
about my voice and my musical path. This sensitivity and
understanding helped her to truly bring out my best in
a way that was perfect for me - instead of just sending
me through some "standard" vocal training method.
I would recommend Judith to everyone from the professional
vocalist, to the shower singer who just wants to celebrate
the joy that music brings to the soul. Judith is one of
the greatest gifts I have received in my vocal career as
well as my LIFE. Thank you Judith!" -K. M.
Thank you for the voice workshop. The singing and improvization
were absolutely liberating and nourishing. I love your
spirit and zest." -Rev. A.A., Class participant
A very powerful and moving experience." -Class participant,
CA "Judith is both a supportive, creative teacher
and a healing presence who really feeds my spirit of play
and discovery. I always feel affirmed and hopeful when
I leave my sessions." -J.T., SF
Judith's incredible grasp of music is only surpassed by
her warm, personable teaching style" -Jerry