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"As a music major I was looking for a teacher I could work with long-term. Having moved from another state, I decided to go 'shopping' for voice teachers. Anita was the first teacher I found and after our first lesson I decided I didn't need to look for anyone else- she was the one! She is enormously supportive and clearly passionate about her work. She is talented, giving, and highly intuitive. My lessons with her are helping me to grow as a person as well as a singer. Thanks Anita!"
"I met Anita at a National Speakers Association meeting where she was one of two presenters. I was struck by her presence and how she used her body and breath as a tool to convey her message. I saw something I wanted and contacted her to see about some coaching. I've had 4 sessions so far. It's impossible to convey in words the layers that have been touched by Anita. I feel like the deepest part of me has opened up. The log jam is no longer there! She has an uncanny ability to hone in on those places within me that prevent full expression...psychologically and physically. I love her bubbly laughter. I feel completely supported and encouraged and I trust her in a way that is very rare. I wholeheartedly recommend her."
"I took a series of voice lessons from Anita without any prior experience and I treasure the process of seeing a new part of myself unfold during her lessons. She helped me move past my initial doubt and worry around singing and had me focus on the feelings and sensations in my body that told me I was loving this process and had desire to explore it more. The more I felt into singing and the less I thought about how to sing, the better it sounded. After our second lesson I found myself singing to myself and others, excited to share this new tool. I never expected to find a new confidence from our lessons that has stayed with me to this day and has touched my personal and professional life. I highly recommend Anita if you are wanting to get to know yourself, stretch your boundaries or are curious of what your singing voice sounds and feels like."
"I'll never forget the moment in 7th grade chorus class when my exasperated teacher told me to please lip sync during the upcoming performance. In that moment, I decided that I had no singing ability, and that singing only leads to one thing… embarrassment.
Years later, I decided I'd spent long enough in shame and avoidance, and signed up for private singing lessons with Anita. I was nervous, but I also trusted her a lot. We started slowly from where I was at. When tears came up, she met me with nothing less than full love and support. I quickly became more comfortable.
What's unique about Anita is her uncanny psychic ability to "feel" where your breath and voice are stuck, and suggest movements and sounds to open things up. Turns out I have a beautiful singing voice. (Who knew?!) And over the course of my lessons with Anita, she helped me relax more and expand my range.
Soon after we started working together, I was actually having fun with singing and enjoying a new form of self-expression. I even performed at a talent show, which I NEVER would have done. Singing is still incredibly vulnerable for me, but now in a good way."
"Wanted to thank you very much for all you've taught me, I like my voice a LOT better now. I really like the way you go about it, and your advice of relaxing and letting your true tone shine through is something that is valid for many aspects of life beyond singing. You've helped me get a lot closer to my musical goals, and I won't ever forget that."
"For the longest time people had told me I should do something with my voice. I just never knew what - I always felt intimidated about singing in front of other people, I felt like it was just too late to start doing any meaningful work, and I had a whole slew of self judgement around hearing my own voice. Anita told me that was all pish posh and we promptly began learning scales!
She saw that I had a deeply rooted desire to hear my own voice. Without judgement, the most wonderful patience, a good bit of humor and a really good ear we cut through my resistance and found songs that both suited and challenged my range. She helped me cultivate my voice to the point where I don't have to feel shame at a karaoke bar, or in my own home while taking a shower. I don't even think twice about belting out Little Mermaid with my nieces! Thank you, Anita, you've made a huge impact on my life. You helped me find my voice."
"I am so grateful to have found Anita. I had been wanting to take voice lessons for years and years, and had always been afraid. With Anita, I was immediately completely comfortable and at ease. She holds a compassionate and loving space in which I never feel judged, just endlessly encouraged. She has such an array of wisdom and knowledge from years of passionate study that she can cater in the moment to exactly what I am needing to help me learn best. I'm not only able to sing more freely and with more confidence now, but my body is more relaxed, and my mind has loosened it's grip on control. Anita is super creative and fun to work with, and I'm always extremely inspired leaving our sessions. Thank you Anita!"
"Anita's attention to breath, muscle action, and the anatomy of voice is inspirational. This is more than learning to make yourself make pretty sounds.
I initially came to Anita to be a better public speaker, but I'm learning about breath and sound on a level that goes beyond projecting to an audience. In fact, these lessons are informing my life as a yogi, and as a person in the world. Not only will I be able to perform my fiction and poetry on a higher level, but my teaching and perhaps my business practices will improve, as well.
Also, I found out that I am, in fact, a Baritone - long-term question answered!"
"Anita is hugely supportive and enthusiastic, and at the same time I feel challenged to go further and to make the most of each workshop or session. I think it is this 'edge' - which comes authentically from how much she is showing up in her own life - that makes her work potentially transformative."
I had a friend who was taking voice lessons and mentioned how it was changing her way of singing, talking, breathing and expressing herself. I was handed Anitas card and I was determined that one day I would follow through.
Keep in mind, a year prior I would not have not imagined I would be taking voice lessons.
I met with Anita and I loved her holistic approach to singing. After my own initial shyness, I really started to embrace a sensation completely new to me. Anita guided me to that point. I was surprised how quickly my voice started to change, both with singing and speaking.
I started to feel my voice become more free in all ways I express myself. I went from not thinking much about my voice to believing that I have a beautiful and genuine one.
I strongly recommend Anita for those who want to develop and free their voice. My point of view has shifted and I sincerely believe all people can sing, it's only something we lose touch with. I recommend Anita because she will meet you where you are at, and challenge you.
Indeed my time taking voice lessons has been a lot of work but that has led to tremendous growth."
"Before I began voice lessons with Anita, I felt embarrassed of my voice and struggled with allowing myself to enjoy singing, no matter where I was or who I was with. I didn't realize how disempowered I had allowed myself to feel when it came to voicing myself or my truth. Over the past year of working with Anita, she has consistently presented a unique, personable, and flexible teaching approach where she is able to tune in and match my learning style in a variety of creative ways. I am amazed at how she has been helping me to strengthen and evolve from the inside out, and am surprised by the positive changes since the first session. I notice differences in my everyday conversations as I find myself more confidently being able to voice my opinions, concerns and my own truth. Especially as a yoga teacher, I have been seeking to develop a stronger voice for delivering instructions, and with Anita's background in voice coaching and Yoga, she has been able to help me grow the ability to speak with more ease and connection with my body and breath. My perspective of communication has changed completely since working with Anita, as I have been actively practicing to tune in to my breath, stay present and to keep that connection during conversations. I also have learned from Anita how to protect and nourish my vocal chords, especially when working with large groups of children outside where the tendency is to yell in order to be heard. She provided me with beneficial techniques to prevent damage to my voice. I would highly recommend sessions with Anita for anyone!! I think having a voice coach goes beyond learning how to sing. For me, it's been a journey of how to explore my own truth, and how to effectively and consciously express it. I am extremely grateful for our sessions as I continue learning and developing my authentic voice everyday, and look forward to the potential and future growth as I keep practicing the tools she has been providing me with!"
Testimonials for body-led singing group classes:
"I found out about Body-Led Singing a couple months prior to a recording session, and decided to participate in the class help me prepare. Her teaching brought more awareness to the way I use my body - or don't - while singing and how it affects my sound. Taking the class improved my understanding of the vocal mechanism and the quality of my voice, but the experience exceeded my expectations because Anita places equal importance on the "inner game" of voice. I walked away from Body-Led Singing with an improved attitude about using my voice, perhaps the greatest takeaway of all. For this, I don't hesitate to recommend Anita."
- Chris Davis
"Anita is a wonder at teaching voice to the whole body-mind! Not just the head or the body one at a time, the way I've experienced most voice teachers doing. She has a wonderful mastery of the theory and science of teaching voice, and she is also enthusiastically embodied, intuitive, and playful in her approach. I am drawn to the way she weaves the earth, the elements, and the female experience into her teaching methodology. She is utterly authentic, which allows me to relax into trusting her as her student. I thoroughly recommend Anita as both a private voice coach and a group facilitator if you are in the market for this in your life."
- Kate Soule
"I took Anita’s class because I wanted to explore my voice in a safe and accepting environment. Anita held space beautifully, she encouraged, in a loving way, all the students to freely express. Her presence was impressive as well as her ability to work with each person individually to help them find their voice. I received the benefit of opening my voice with greater clarity and confidence. I’d encourage you to take this class if you want to find more freedom in expression."
- Robin Bodhi
"I love to sing & have takin' a class or two before, but none were as interesting or useful as 'Body Lead Singing'. Anita creates a very warm & Safe group space & then goes deep into the Heart/Mind/Body & Movement details that block or allow us to share our Voice. Her insights are truly Amazing... So Yes! It's a Great class!!! Highly Recommend!!!"
- George Ramsey
"Over the weeks I grew more comfortable moving and using my voice in a collective effort. Each class was a creation of something new and fresh as we moved into the unknown. Each moment, through silence or sound, was an improvisation of what was present and alive in ourselves and in the room. I think it was the sense of there not being any "rules" or "shoulds" for how things were to look or sound, but rather we were encouraged and inspired to be nothing but ourselves, and were graciously given the freedom to express whatever it was that we were feeling. Most importantly, I felt Anita and the class held a safe space conducive to positive growth, healing and acceptance.
I didn't only feel my body opening up and gaining a sense of liberation through organic movements, but I was also surprised at the balancing opposition of how subtle and powerful the breath is. Simply by tuning in with this natural occurrence on a more conscious level created a connection with each movement of my body and voice as the overall effort in myself and muscles diminished. It was as if once the channels were open, the voice became like a river and was able to flow a little more freely as we continued to explore new edges of fear while releasing a little more resistance with each breath. This was was a huge theme in the classes that became less scary and unknown through out the course.
I enjoyed the sequential growth over the 8 weeks, and felt improvements with how I was able to drop into my body and feel that aliveness alongside my fellow classmates. I noticed I was less fearful of making sound, and more confident speaking and singing in a group each class leading up to doing this in public! The improvisation is exhilarating, scary at first, but using the tools Anita provided gave me a sense of confidence to keep trusting in the breath, relax into the movements and if anything, lean into the fear! I couldn't believe I performed, both with a group and solo, and was surprised at how much I actually enjoyed it! I felt empowered and positively energized post-performance, and the high lasted a few days. Knowing that I did it has left me with an inspiring motivation to keep moving, singing and following my breath.
I am extremely grateful for Anita's body-led singing courses. She truly is an activist and an educator. It's clear she has been doing inner work and continues to grow in her own body, perspective and soul on a daily basis. She does an excellent job creating the space to translate her personal and professional knowledge into a creative, dynamic experience for participants. I really resonated with her teaching style as a yogini and a singer (but only singing in my private space), yet I was able to explore the freedom that I love about singing in my shower or car in a group setting where the energy of feeling alive was amplified. I was amazed at the power of connecting with those present in the room and being open to share the experience of collective improvisation, and the excitement still flows through me, eager to continue exploring the inner workings of my body and voice in an outward experience."
- Alyssa Grant
"Wow. Anita is such a talent! As a teacher and facilitator, I have seen her transform individuals by helping them discover and unearth their deeply vibrant voices -- and, as a result truly come into themselves as stronger and more empowered people. Before working with Anita, I wasn't aware of how intimately connected my entire body was with my voice, but I have come to understand how important it is for me to connect my breath, core, lungs, and even hands and feet in order to find my deepest expression!
Anita's approach is intuitive, grounded, playful, and wise. She attunes to the needs of her students and is able to tailor lessons and group classes to the people in attendance. I'd highly recommend Anita to anyone looking to enhance their singing abilities, confidence, and overall body and breath awareness. What a joy!
"I have been so blessed to have met Anita Stryker and attend her Body led Singing class. The way we met, and how I got introduced to the idea of this class was so synchronous and amazing, it could only have been divine timing and the work of my higher self, angels and guides conspiring on my behalf to get me in there. As a person whose greatest fear in life has always revolved around being heard, to get my voice to come out with such clarity and joy the way it did in this class, and is continuing to do so even now, has been a most welcome yet unexpected miracle in my life! I feel very comfortable in Anita’s presence and uniquely inspired by her as well.
Here is a little something I wrote on the second day of class, “Reaching, stretching my body & my voice as one – I unite my movement & sound to a pitch of oneness that rises & falls, expands & contracts in a free flowing expression of release.” Go get yourself signed up for this class! You will be glad you did!!!"
- Suzy Quinn
"Anita and I were fellow Apprentices in Linda Brice's 2014 Transformational Voice training program, and I feel that I learned nearly as much from her as I did from the program! Anita has the uncanny ability to take what she is learning and transform it into something unique, healing, and powerful. Her Body-Led Singing class is amazing for helping people to open up their voices, and to feel confident and playful, while improvising, even (or especially) when it seems terrifying! Anita is both an inspiring and empathetic teacher, who truly understands the vulnerability of freeing our authentic voices, yet challenges us to have fun and enjoy every step of the process. I highly recommend her as a teacher and a healer."
- Amanda Sloane
"Body Led Singing opened up new ways for me to relate to singing, and created the possibility of being relaxed and full throated at the same time. I most enjoyed the movement partner exercises, where I was able to put into practice staying connected with another while finding my own voice. As a result I was able to give my most confident ever vocal presentation to an audience of a creative piece I had written for the class. A boost not just in confidence in singing, but how to hold awareness of both self and other in relationship."
- Eugene Lewins
I am so grateful for being able to attendthe weekend workshop! These past few days have been incredible to witness and feel how my voice has shifted. I notice a new level of confidence arise and the work we did is still unfolding.
You have a beautiful gift and talent for creating a sacred space and shared experience for active, real practice and deep healing.
It was a unique, powerful, and effective workshop! I am truly grateful for all you do to prepare, guide and lead. I'm humbled by your ability to guide yet to remain flexible and open to allow improvisation to take its course.
It's truly a beautiful blend and I feel blessed for having been connected with you. The changes are tangible and I feel the confidence grow and appear in various areas of my life. Its wonderful, thank you!!
"The weekend workshop helped me to clearly see the contrast between my contracted fearful voice and my open free voice. This awareness will transform the way I use my voice, heart and body. I felt comfortable and supported throughout the workshop. I loved your enthusiasm for vocal freedom and the sacred space you created with your group.
I am so glad I signed up for this course! Your work is such a gift!"
- Lulie Lucas
"Anita creatively combined multiple talents in a session of body-led dance and voice unlike any I have experienced. As a dance challenged guy, I was apprehensive at first, but found myself easily and freely caught up in an integrated flow of breath and movement. I can easily recommend this unique form of expression with"