Somatic Voicework™ introduces accessible techniques that cultivate vocal expression. Some of the benefits include singing or speaking with more ease, awareness and control. Through breathing, gentle stretching and a range of vocal exercises, one can begin to rediscover their authentic voice. Bidi supports this exploration with sensitivity and all are welcome. Each lesson is customized to align with one's goals.
What to Expect
+Refine listening skills
+Learn how to maintain a healthy vocal instrument
+Build endurance and stamina
+Hone your own unique sound
For more information and introductory rates, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
It is a honor to help students work towards their musical goals within the safe confines of the voice studio. Bidi Dworkin is a certified Somatic Voicework™ instructor. All classes are offered either via zoom or in her home studio.
“Voice lessons with Bidi are a real pleasure. She is very encouraging and positive and has taught me easy ways to warm up my voice on a daily basis. My vocal range, strength and smoothness has expanded since I began almost a year ago. Bidi has given me the voice confidence to play and sing out professionally with a band." – Alicia L
“Voice lessons with Bidi were a joy as we met virtually once weekly. Exercises focused on my challenge of moving from the lower to upper registers with ease. It was a delight to work together, and I highly recommend lessons with Bidi.” – RF
“Bidi is an absolute joy to work with. In tumultuous times, studying with her was the silver lining to a cloudy day. Bidi helped me to broaden my vocal capabilities and learn songs I loved to sing.” – ML
Bidi’s Personal Path to Somatic Voicework™
I’ve always loved music and singing, which I channeled through movement during the years I studied ballet technique and trained as a modern dancer. Once I left the New York City dance world, I found myself singing once again. I was invited to learn and chant the entire morning service for the Jewish High Holidays. For months, I repeatedly listened to the mesmerizing melodies on a cassette player. While singing, I noticed that there were specific spots in the liturgy, particularly when transitioning from low to high, where my voice resisted. (Now as a voice teacher I can say, “I hadn’t yet learned to skillfully move from one register to the next.”) Singing this sacred music moved me and it was my wish that the hundreds of listeners also be transported. It was also my wish that no one else would notice that my voice “broke” in certain spots.
Wouldn’t you know, a good friend and musician expressed their appreciation for my musical offering, also adding “your yodel adds a country-western flair to these traditional melodies” Uh oh…not only wasn’t the yodel my intention, but others noticed it too. This comment was my wakeup call. Time to do some investigation about vocal technique. Time to garner some control over my instrument. I began to wonder – was there a vocal technique that would be accessible to me, as an intuitive singer with no previous training? This is how my studies began – with curiosity and a willingness to explore.
Somatic Voicework™ magically showed up. Through Theo Bleckmann, my first teacher, I learned that sliding/gliding smoothly from one register to the next is key in developing one's voice, for singing or speaking. With practice, the following year my yodel was gone. Somatic Voicework™ and a willingness to explore proved to be effective! I am grateful for this lifelong study which opens the doorway for endless musical discoveries. To share these tools with others is one of my greatest joys. Somatic Voicework ™ introduces accessible techniques that cultivate vocal expression. Some of the benefits include singing or speaking with more ease, awareness and control. Through breathing, gentle stretching and a range of vocal exercises, one can begin to rediscover their authentic voice.