about Anita Stryker
I have a confession, singing has never come naturally to me. Musicality, creativity and the drive to express and discover does. That has been the fuel that kept me obsessed with the mechanics of what exactly happens when we embody vocal freedom. This obsession is what led me on a continual path of discovery to all the answers I sought. Through this path, I have been blessed to work with wonderful teachers and mentors, who have empowered me to learn more than I thought possible about how to heal even the most challenging vocal issues.
One thing I have found is that vocal freedom isn’t just a mechanical action. Yes, mechanics are important. But beyond that, freedom is about getting out of the places in our mind that have us boxed into fear-based thinking – fear that literally manifests as vocal tension.
There were times in my process, where I literally had to throw away everything I knew and find my voice through the unknown, specifically through breath-connected improvised movement and vocalization – something I now call “body-led singing”.
For me, singing and speaking are about expanding the mind, letting go of fear and expressing exactly what it is we wish to express. I believe that the reason singing can be so confronting and rewarding is that it literally teaches us to create new pathways in our brains as we access our musical and language processing centers, along with breath and body awareness.
Now that I have shared the real stuff that qualifies me as a voice teacher, I will offer my credentials. I officially started my vocal studies at the University of Santa Cruz, where I received my BA in music emphasizing voice. I went on to study with Sally Munro, an Alexander Technique teacher and more recently Linda Brice, founder of Transformational Voice in Portland, OR. In addition I am a dancer, dance facilitator, yoga teacher, speaker, and certified life-coach.
- Graduated with honors B.A. in music emphasizing voice, 2006
- Certified Transformational Voice teacher with founder Linda Brice , Portland OR. 2014-2015, * The Transforational Voice teaching method emphasizes a holistic approach that addresses technical, physical, spiritual and emotional aspects of singing.
- 2 years of study with Sally Munro, an Alexander Technique voice teacher
- Yoga Union Portland, 200 hour teacher training 2014 with Annie Adamson
- Anusara Yoga Immersion, 100 hour, Yoga Tree Hayes, SF CA with Darcy Lyon and Stacey Rosenberg
- 5 years of experience teaching children music (singing, piano, musicianship) at the New Mozart School in Palo Alto, CA
- Certified life coach
- Singer songwriter and jazz singer in Portland, OR
- Classically trained singer
- Certified consulting hypnotist
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