AmSAT Certified in the Alexander Technique
This is my story. I am a professional singer who became a voice teacher in 2012. In teaching, I discovered that the voice needs a healthy, well-coordinated instrument in order to perform at its best. So, I studied the instrument - the human body - intensively for four years with the Alexander Technique. I learned that how we think and how we move affect our instrument profoundly, whether we're using it to sing, deliver a monologue, cook dinner, or work at a desk. Today, my studio also caters to people struggling with coordination, physical discomfort, stress, and anxiety. It might seem at first blush like two different worlds, but that's not the case at all. Your mind, body and voice are facets of a single instrument that can be polished, tuned and trained to perform at its best. I'd like to tell you more, so take a look around and send me an email with your questions. I can't wait to work with you.
Currently on faculty teaching vocal technique in the BFA programs at Marymount Manhattan College and CAP 21 at Molloy College. Danielle also teaches for The Voice Lab and specializes in trans-feminization speech and singing work. She has nearly a decade of experience teaching voice to actors, singers and public speakers. Her students can be found in feature films, with jazz, rock, and soul bands, on the Broadway stage, and in more experimental genres of performance. She is AmSAT certified in the Alexander Technique (Dimon Institute, 2017) and is working toward a Master's Degree in Voice Pedagogy at Westminster Choir College, Rider University. She has also studied voice pedagogy at Boston Conservatory, through the NYSTA professional development program, and with Amanda Flynn. Danielle holds a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She trained extensively with leading instructors and pedagogues: Amanda Flynn, Christopher Arneson, Mary Saunders-Barton, Jan Prokop, Kathy Kessler-Price, Peggy Atkinson, Wendy Waterman, Jed Diamond, Beret Arcaya, Francis Keeping, Jonathan Hart Makwaia, Rebecca Poole, Richard Armstrong, and Theodore Dimon. She is available for workshops on the voice and/or Alexander Technique.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Lesson pricing and policies
Lessons are priced at $80/hour. Discounts are available to package purchases of 4 or more lessons up front. Fee scaling is available for the transgender community, people of color, and anyone suffering from financial instability due to the pandemic. Please inquire to hear more.
Lessons must be cancelled more than 24 hours before the start of the session. If canceled less than 24 hours before the scheduled time, or if a student does not show up for the agreed lesson time, they are responsible for the full fee of the lesson.
COVID Safety Policies
Proof of vaccination and booster is required for all in-person lessons. Masking is not required, but may be useful depending on your risk tolerance and lifestyle. Singing produces highly-pressurized aerosols and singing lessons are taught in small spaces with varying levels of ventilation. Singers' masks can be purchased to address safety, sound quality, and comfort issues for singers. Don't hestitate to ask if you have questions.
Where do lessons take place?
Lessons in the Alexander Technique are taught online or in midtown NYC and in Watchung, NJ. Voice Lessons are taught online, in midtown (close to Penn Station) and downtown in the financial district at 50 Broadway. These locations are subject to change at any time depending on space availability. Please inquire for the latest schedule and updates.
Can you help me prepare for an audition?
Danielle plays the piano well enough for technically focused voice work, but is not a professional accompanist. If you are looking to rehearse material with an accompanist, she can recommend a repertoire coach.
What if I have a current injury, illness or disability?
Danielle is not doctor and cannot provide medical diagnoses. If you have a diagnosed injury, acute or chronic illness, or a disability that affects your voice, motor and/or musculoskeletal system, we will talk through your symptoms and diagnoses during the consultation to see if/how we can work together. If you are experiencing chronic symptoms and have not seen a doctor, you may be asked to see a specialist before we begin working together. Once we have a clear understanding of the problem, Danielle can provide voice work in conjunction with your medical support team, pain management via the Alexander Technique, and help reduce compensatory injuries that cause additional discomfort. Chronic illnesses and disabilities will be discussed on a case-by-case basis to determine how voice lessons and/or psychophysical education can help.
What does kinesthetic mean?
Kinesthetic awareness is our ability to sense how the body is moving through space, and the relationship of parts internally- ie, bones, muscles, and joints. Our kinesthetic sense can become spotty, meaning there are some areas that we can sense more clearly than others, like our face, hands and feet. It can also be faulty, meaning we might think we're standing upright when we're actually hunched over. After years of standing this way, it has come to feel like normal, and if you were to actually stand fully upright it would feel terribly wrong. This is a kinesthetic sense that has gone awry. In Alexander lessons, we improve kinesthetic awareness in order to sense when parts of the body are and aren't relating well, and to be clear about how we to improve that organization.