Monica Norcia - Therapeutic Voice Teacher
An Integrative Method for Singing and Speech
San Rafael, CA 94901
Hello! I work as a “therapeutic voice teacher,” offering singers and speakers the opportunity to explore all aspects of the voice, from the breath to making sound, in a way uncommon in traditional voice lessons. I weave together body and energy-centered modalities, such as the Alexander Technique, yoga-inspired movement and Reiki, with classic vocal technique.
My students are singers young and old, actors, business people and broadcasters, people from all walks of life, who want to improve the quality of his or her voice, resolve vocal problems or work through stage fright. I especially love working with beginners and am experienced, through music directing children’ shows, with guiding young men and women through the voice transition. I teach how to sing modern styles - for instance, belting - all in ways that are healthy for the voice, fun and inspiring. An excellent vocal/body/energetic diagnostician with deep knowledge of the vocal mechanism, I am also experienced in the older voice, helping students maintain vocal and body strength and flexibility in their later years.
Much of my teaching - and what I have worked on all my life in my own singing - is based on the goal of singing so easily and freely that the voice is an expression of one's soul. A tall order, I know, but a worthy journey!
Unfortunately, we have patterns of movement, alignment and response to the world that not only block our voices but also affect our overall good health. Through gentle “hands-on-the-body," table work or yoga-inspired movement, I help students become aware of their physical selves, their alignment and balance, any habitual ways of being or holding that may be interfering with the head-spine relationship, mobility in the joints, the breath and ultimately a free sound. Students explore vocal range, ease and balance through the registers, agility, resonance, discussion of voice “size” and use of the whole body in singing. Students also learn the differences between styles, e.g., the classical voice vs. the Broadway “sound,” and are encouraged to explore repertoire that best interests them and suits their voice.
My ultimate goal is to help a student uncover his or her authentic voice and, hopefully, how singing, whether for oneself or in public, can be a wonderful part of a happy emotional and spiritual life.
Monica Norcia was born in Rome, Italy, into a family of opera singers and actors. A Bay Area voice teacher, singing performer, pianist and music director since 1997, she received her bachelor’s degree in vocal performance from California State University-Hayward. As a singer fluent in Italian, she enjoys specializing in the Italian/Neapolitan repertoire. After a 3-year training, she was certified in 2002 by the Alexander Technique Institute in San Francisco. She is a Level 2 Reiki practitioner, certified in shamanic healing from HCH in Lafayette and is an avid yoga practitioner and meditator. She teaches at JB Piano in San Rafael.
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