Angela Blueskies created Free Your Voice as a way of supporting people in the journey of reclaiming their voices and their power through the conscious practice of singing. For years, she heard a common response to her own singing at events, concerts, and Sound Medicine Journeys: “your voice is SO angelic, so beautiful, I wish I could sing like that, but I can’t sing at all!” Having spent much of her life teaching music to others, she recognized that the traditional approach in vocal instruction was largely focused on results: cultivating technique, style, range, and repertoire. While these things are essential in studying classical voice, Angela recognized that this very approach was likely to cause many people to turn away, believing they could never master such complexities. If the usual way of teaching would keep people from ever beginning at all, Angela was determined to find an approach that was inviting, playful, inspiring, and empowering, to help people to move beyond the blocks and fears that keep them from expressing themselves ~ not only in singing, but in all of life ~ and guide them in finding the heart’s true voice through song. In this way, Free Your Voice is a refreshing alternative to classical voice lessons, allowing space for deep personal exploration along the way.
The little voice that wants to sing? It never dies. It is always there. No matter how harsh the judgmental voices are, how critical teachers or parents or friends may have been, and how suffocating the fear, where there is a spark of desire, there can be a wild river of possibility. That is the most exciting thing in the world. Even if you have dreamed of singing for twenty, thirty, forty, or more years, and have felt like you just couldn’t do it, I am here to tell you that you can. You simply need a safe container, a loving mentor, and the determination to face your fears with persistence. You can sing, that I promise you. ~ Angela Blueskies
Free Your Voice is anchored in a process that guides students in dropping deeper than the mind, and connecting with the body and the breath. Elements of mindfulness meditation, pranayama, and yoga are brought together with playful exercises that raise awareness of one’s own unique voice, and while elements of style and technique inevitably arise, the goal is always to support each student in finding his/her own authentic creative impulse. Students often work with simple sound meditations, toning, and mantras throughout the process, and are welcome to choose songs from any genre, style, or era to learn along the way. In Free Your Voice, students are never asked to critique their voices ~ there is enough inner judgment built into most people to shut down the voice for a lifetime! Instead, students are asked to explore how things feel, and to notice how things change from one day to the next, cultivating a strongly attuned sense of observation to support continued growth. While the focus of Free Your Voice is singing, students are welcome to bring along instruments they desire to use in singing ~ including drums, hand percussion, keyboard instruments, ukulekes, or guitars. Students are also welcome to explore songwriting interests in Free Your Voice sessions.
Free Your Voice is offered in two different formats: small group classes online, and one-on-one private instruction. The small group classes are offered through the Community College of Baltimore County twice per year, in the fall and the spring. You can find the next course on the events page ~ just click here!
For students that prefer to have private one-on-one instruction, it is highly encouraged that Free Your Voice students book a package of at least 4 sessions to fully experience the flow of what this work has to offer. Students are encouraged to plan on scheduling sessions approximately every two weeks to receive the greatest benefits from the continuity of the process. There is an online scheduling system that makes it quick and easy to schedule based on your own needs and preferences. There is availability during weekdays during the day and evening, and also on the weekends.
Free Your Voice is designed for adult students, and requires a willingness to approach self-inquiry and creativity in a mature, thoughtful, and introspective way. The process is largely driven by the personal interests and intentions of each student, and can be a wonderful tool for personal and spiritual growth. Free Your Voice is not designed for students under the age of 16, thank you for understanding.