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 five 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. You don't need to be a singer to benefit from the Alexander Technique. You simply need an interest in how your body works and how you can improve that working condition. 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 program at CAP 21 and Molloy College’s musical theater conservatory in Manhattan. Danielle 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 Psychophysical Education and the Alexander Technique (Dimon Institute, 2017) and holds a BFA in Theater from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. She studied voice pedagogy at Boston Conservatory and and voice and acting performance at Playwrights Horizons, the Experimental Theater Wing and CAP 21. She trained extensively with leading instructors in their field: Peggy Atkinson, Wendy Waterman, Jed Diamond, Beret Arcaya, Francis Keeping, Jonathan Hart Makwaia, Rebecca Poole, Richard Armstrong, and Theodore Dimon. Danielle has performed rock, soul, funk, contemporary and classical music on the stages of Carnegie Hall, Hammerstein Ballroom and throughout NYC. She is available for workshops on the voice and/or Alexander Technique.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Lesson pricing and policies
Voice lessons are priced at $80/hour. Discounts are available to package purchases of 4 or more lessons up front.
Lessons in the Alexander Technique are priced at $50/hour. Weekly or twice weekly lessons are encouraged to get the most benefit out of the work (think about how often you go to the gym!) If 2 AT lessons are booked in one week, both lessons together will be priced at $65 total.
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.
Where do lessons take place?
Lessons in the Alexander Technique are taught in midtown NYC and in Watchung, NJ. Voice Lessons are taught in the locations already mentioned, and additionally on Broadway in the financial district, NYC. Contact me to find out which days I am available at each location.
Can you help me prepare for an audition?
Danielle plays the piano well enough for technically focused voice and acting 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?
I am 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 before working together to see how I can help. If you are experiencing chronic symptoms and have not seen a doctor, I may recommend that you see a specialist before we begin working together. Once we have a clear understanding of the problem, I can offer voice therapy, pain management support, and help reduce compensatory injuries that cause additional, sometimes long-term pain. 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.