Your body is your instrument - taking care of your body and changing unhealthy body habits can help you have a healthier voice with more range, breath, clarity, power and stamina.
* want resonance, clarity, power, range, rhythm, flexibility, accuracy and emotion with your voice?
* have problems with your voice like hoarseness, allergies, enlarged tonsils, vocal cord paralysis, spasmodic dysphonia, or laryngitis?
* struggle with the effects of an accident, sports injury, stroke, surgery or other crisis?
* ever wonder about trying another voice coach because you haven't seen big results with previous voice coaches, so far? (Been there, done that!)
* enjoy pop, folk, jazz, gospel, rock, blues, oldies, R&B, soul, world music, and more than just classical?
* hope for someone like a fun, creative holistic voice coach and performer with 18 years of experience helping beginners and untrained pros get major results?
What Karen Offers as a Holistic Voice Coach
The focus is on fun, simple and inspiring ways that work to help you improve your voice.
Learning body awareness is key, so that you physically notice what works and doesn't work - to get it in your body memory.
Your voice is part of your identity and your soul that you share with the world every day of your life.
There are no "bad" voices, only voices that need effective training, practice and health care.
Starting out performing at a farm auction fundraiser in Iowa for a little boy with cystic fibrosis, Karen's singing has been featured on National Public Radio, MN Public Radio, Democracy Now, documentary film, TV, radio, cable, and on all kinds of stages.
Work with a woman who studied with over a dozen voice instructors, has been to master classes, conferences and tried every voice program she could get her hands on to find the best voice solutions.
Karen switched majors in her junior year to get a BSS in Jazz Studies with an Emphasis in Vocal Performance from Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, IA, even though she wasn't able to get a music scholarship.
Get tips from an award-winning vocalist and songwriter who's sung over 20 styles of music, with 10 music groups, in over 20 years.
Karen has recovered from breaking down on stage in front of hundreds - and also performed up to 4 encores for one performance!
Learn from a woman whose family once belittled her singing (although she started singing to strangers at the age of 2) and told her she could never have any success with her voice, until her Mom took voice lessons from her! Now Karen's Mom is proud of her!
Growing up with homemade organic soymilk and a strict Seventh-Day Adventist diet provided by her oriental doctor dad and registered nurse mom, and living an active life, Karen has been taught to be healthy since she was a baby. Now, after recovering from some rebellion, some car accident injuries and some other health issues, Karen has found new ways to speak and sing healthy that work (and kinder ways to be a Christian).
With professional experience as an actor for stage, DVD, internet, and radio, and a $5,000 cultural collaboration musical theater grant, Karen has learned valuable skills and knowledge that can help speakers and actors.
Karen has traveled and performed as a singer in Korea, Europe, Central America, Brazil and the US.
Experienced with teaching kids of all ages 9 to 99 for day camps, afterschool programs, artist-in-residence programs, musicals and choirs, Karen's simple, fun, and easy-to-understand methods can make learning feel like playing!
Karen was known for years as the head voice instructor at the legendary West Bank School of Music, "The People's Music School" in Minneapolis, MN.
You can trust a voice expert recognized by eHow.com, EzineArticles.com, TRCB.com, VoiceMatters.net, TheModernVocalistWorld.com and StarTribune.com.
Karen is comfortable with students of all ethnicities, ages, races, classes, LGBT orientations, and education levels - except not racists or right-wing Republicans.
Whether you are an absolute beginner, an educator with voice disorder, an untrained veteran, or somewhere in between, Karen will personalize her voice coaching to fit you.
Karen is a member of the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, an international organization whose mission is to advance the art, research, and visibility of the voice and speech profession.
"People will tell you all kinds of things, but nobody else tells you how to talk, how to make your voice get better. This is exactly what I was looking for. My voice doesn't get so tired anymore! I can roll my Rs now, and I've been trying since I took my first Spanish class in 1982! My singing is much better! I think Karen can teach anyone to sing!"
Joelle Maria Cowen Key - Nashville, TN www.schneider-electric.com
"I've spent years battling with a voice that always seemed to betray me when I needed it the most. I avoided social gatherings, telephone calls and all forms of public speaking simply because I feared that my voice would not cooperate. After fruitlessly spending hundreds of dollars on Ear, Nose and Throat doctors and speech therapists, I decided to try a vocal coach. I found Karen and what a godsend she has been. Using a variety of tools and techniques, Karen has shown me how powerful my voice can be when it is used properly. Because of Karen, I've found that speaking before one or many is now a challenge I am willing to face."
William B. Patton (diagnosed with Spasmodic Dysphonia) - Seattle, WA www.eveningmelancholy.com www.hireright.com
"Everyone goes through times of weakness when you lack confidence and are filled with doubt. I was experiencing this and facing an important gig. My upper range was losing it's power and my confidence in hitting particular notes was waning. I was filled with anxiety. Karen got rid of my doubt and filled me with the knowledge, technique and, yes, the confidence I needed to sing unfettered and powerfully. She is truly a teacher you can trust to find the missing ingredients in your professional performance. Being a performer, Karen knows what it takes and can pass this on to her students."
Jerome Lawrence Michael Beckley - South St. Paul, MN www.cdbaby.com
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