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Taking This Show on the Road!

This photo is from the last time my husband Forrest and I were in the southwest. We loaded up my Toyota Tercel and did craft shows all along the way. Man, we had that car packed ingeniously!

Now we’re heading out west again. My son, Jacob, left first – he’s driving our Highlander with his dirt bike strapped to the back. He has a few weeks to drive out and have adventures along the […]

By | May 29th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Singing Brings Us Together

How Singing Creates Community

A few weekends ago I led a full-day singing retreat. A participant commented about how much better we each sounded as individuals, when we were singing together.She noticed that the sheer act of putting our voices together elevated the quality of the sounds coming out of our mouths.

Why Do Our Voices Support Each Other?

Alleviating Anxiety
When you’re singing on your own, nerves and self-conscious thoughts creep in and hinder […]

By | May 10th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

On the Radio…

This past Friday I was a guest on the John McGauley radio show on WKBK, Keene — thanks for inviting me on, John! Always fun to spread the “Everyone Can Sing” gospel!

Here’s a link if you want to listen.

Here’s me and John…

Here’s a photo of the studio with John and producer, Dan Mitchell. Such an interesting set up — another world really, the behind the scene world […]

By | May 8th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Singing Tip: Say “Hey, Youuuuuuu!” to Sing More Freely

If you have felt inhibited about singing – and even if you haven’t – it can be hard to let your self be loud.

To get more comfortable with volume, and to sing more freely, try this…

Imagine that you are calling out to someone across the street, in the next yard, or across a field. You’re not yelling at the top of your lungs, but you are loud! “Hey!” “Heeeeeeeyyyyy!” It’s a yell, a call, but not a scream. This […]

By | April 6th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Singing Again in New York, New York

I have ambivalent feelings about New York City.

I grew up on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and enjoyed a lot about my childhood. I took advantage of living there in a way that was different from the other teenagers I knew — I was very into folk music, and though I missed by a few years the famous folk scene of Bob Dylan, Dave Van Ronk, and the like (darn), I […]

By | March 22nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|4 Comments

Music and Singing Improv for Everybody

Every month I run a drum circle/improv workshop. I tell you about this because I want you to really get it when I say that music is for everybody — even you…

Here is how I advertise these events:
Come play music with us on the first
Thursday of every month at my house in Keene! No musical experience necessary – all levels of musicianship welcome! (…and it’s true — we all play together, no matter our […]

By | February 23rd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments
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What People Are Saying —

“I just want to let you know how much I am enjoying the singing lessons. I haven’t had this much pure fun since I was in the third grade. It really is liberating for an old codger like me to just cut loose and make joyful noise like I did back then.”
– Brian, Adult Singing Student

“As a private lesson student with Nancy, with a lot of fear of singing, I found after just one session my confidence grow. I attended a birthday party, and when the candles on the cake were lit, I immediately led the crowd in singing “Happy Birthday”! You have no idea what a big step this was for me!”
– Melanie, Workshop Participant and Private Student

“My mother, Charmian, called me this morning pretty euphoric. She said that she “finally felt free”. That she’d thought all her life that she was only capable of making a croaking sound but, instead, had heard herself sing one high note and one note in the middle that was really a tone. She’s always had fifth chakra issues, sore throats, laryngitis, power speaking, etc. This week, when she goes to her meditation meeting, she’ll join in the ‘oohming’ part for the first time.

She said that the workshop ‘changed her life’ after 94 years of being shut down/out.

This was an enormous breakthrough for her. Your program was so well structured and led with such enthusiasm and joy. Congratulations to you. What a gift for everyone there.” With gratitude,”
– Cathy (Daughter of 94 year old workshop participant!)

“The lessons made me feel a lot more comfortable with my voice, and singing in front of people. Also, I think that I’m better at staying on pitch, and getting the pitch right the first time. Plus lessons were just a lot of fun! I really enjoyed them! Thank you again. Hope to see you next summer!“
– Ruth, Teenage Singing Student

“It surprised me how easy it was most of the time, to let go and just sing and make sounds. One thing I really like about Nancy’s teaching is that she brings a straight forward can-do energy to the group, allowing for fears and nervousness but not focusing on those.”
– Workshop Participant