Singing Outside of the Shower: 21st Century Folk Repertoire w/ Melanie Ida Chopko

Tuesdays, 8:00-9:15 pm, beginning May 2
$130.00 advance / $140.00 after April 24

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An ongoing singing class for all secret-car-singers who are ready to uncork their passion for music and step into their full selves. In addition to classic songs, this class will focus on songs by 21st Century Folk heroes like Gillian Welch, The Head & The Heart, Edward Sharpe and more.


Together we'll explore both technique and expressive, embodied singing- exploring breathing techniques, tone and pitch, exercises to expand your range, and how to rock back-up harmonies. Following the lead of 21st Century Folk vocalists, we'll also play with singing as storytellers, using phrasing and dynamics. And, after the last class, we'll take a field trip to Jaguar Karaoke to strut our stuff.


When we step into using our voices with singing, we step into using our voices in every aspect of our lives. This class is for both the absolute, I-can't-sing-at-all-but-still-want-to beginners and singers who are ready to say yes and walk toward their singing dreams. There is a materials fee of $5.


FORMER STUDENTS SAY: "I sang down the hall, I sang out of the building. Melanie was inviting and supportive, breaking down some of my fears and showing me some techniques so I could find the voice I didn't know that I had. It was place where I could experiment and make mistakes, and I now see I actually CAN sing!" - Holly


"This class was so important to me. I had always been terrified to sing in front of other people. I had been listening to other people sing for so long and feeling sad - even almost resentful - because I felt like I couldn't do it. Now I know that actually, I can! I even sang for my husband for the first time!" - Andrea


I had been researching how to learn singing so I could add it to my guitar playing, but there is so much information out there! This class was a great entry way into the process, and a foundation I can work from to keep going. - Tim


BIO: Melanie Ida Chopko is a vocalist, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who believes in the power of people singing together. She began formally studying music as an adult at the California Conservatory of Music and the Puget Sound Guitar Workshop, and sits with teachers everywhere from home studios of Berkeley, houseboats in the San Rafael harbor to patios in Rio de Janiero, Brasil. In October 2016, she released her debut EP of original music, Yellow Blue Alizarin. Teaching both adults and teens at the Freight & Salvage and Acme House of Music, Melanie anchors her teaching style in humor and the creative, spiritual principles of Julia Cameron's The Artist Way and Kenny Werner's Effortless Mastery.

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