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Jamie Leonhart: Voice Lessons & Performance Coaching


Jamie Leonhart is a Certified Instructor of Somatic Voicework. Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method is a body-based method of vocal training that draws from many disciplines. It is based upon voice science and medicine as well as traditional classical vocal training, complementary modalities such as yoga, movement, dance, acting, and speech training, and various bodywork approaches. The aim of Somatic Voicework™ the LoVetri Method is to unselfconsciously draw the mind of the singer into the physical process of making sound.

Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method allows the voice and body to be partners with the mind. It allows the instrument to handle a variety of tasks with greater ease and less effort.

 In addition to all of the above, Somatic Voicework™ is unique in that all of the vocal exercises are focused on function. It is based upon what the voice is doing, not just how the voice sounds.

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Here at the studio my goal is not to make you sound like every other singer on the market…not even like the other students who train with me.  I do not use a “cookie cutter” technique for a “cookie cutter” sound -- my goal is to give you the tools to free and strengthen your instrument and to help you find, free and foster your natural voice.

 I will teach you to take care of your instrument – one that can not be easily repaired and certainly can’t be replaced.

 In your lesson we work on technique and also on music.  We’ll prepare you for performance and recording – we’ll also explore the artistic side of singing involving expression, personal style, and improvisation.

Because everyone has a unique voice, lessons are tailored to each person, for what they need at that moment.

All levels and ages are welcome, whether you are a just beginning to explore your voice or are preparing for a tour or recording.

I utilize simple exercises to address your whole instrument (voice and body alike) -- to wake up your head register or strengthen your chest register (or any combination therein); to coordinate breath and body; to help clear up a breathy tone or soften a strident tone; to increase strength and flexibility; to eliminate an audible “break”; in short, to free your voice so that you can explore it fully. 

 Somatic Voicework™ The LoVetri Method is also a healthy and viable approach to train teenagers and children. It is straightforward and focuses on developing registers with easy and simple sounds and gestures. Because the larynges of younger teenagers and children are not fully formed, it is best for them to sound age-appropriate, rather than trying to make them sound like adults. My training and this technique focuses on encouraging younger singers to develop their own voices in a free and healthy manner with a solid foundation to support them.

Whatever your genre, age or level, this technique will help you sing with greater ease freedom and confidence.

 In sessions we also have the opportunity to explore simple music theory, reading music, rhythm training and emotional expression.

 Sessions are scheduled weekly or bi-weekly.  If you plan to take occasional sessions, please note that scheduling preference will be given to those with weekly or bi-weekly spots.

Times Square location.


RATES as of January 1, 2016

$100/50 minute session

$380/4 pre-paid 50-minute sessions (savings of $20 when paid on first session of the package)

Cash, check, Paypal and quick pay currently accepted.  Credit cards will be accepted later this year.


contact me with any questions: jamieleonhart(at)gmail(dot)com


WORKSHOPS

I will be running a series of workshops this fall, beginning in September.  

Topics will encompass:  

  • lyric interpretation
  • arrangement
  • performance skills (mic technique, physicality on the stage, banter)
  • yoga for singers
  • and more!

Please keep checking back for information, or join my mailing list!

 

RECENT WORKSHOPS:

Lyric & Arrangement: Realizing and Personalizing Your Song

 One-day Performance Workshop

The lyric is a singer’s script, a singer’s narrative. The arrangement of a song helps to convey how singers tell their stories: key, tempo, rhythm and style enhance and color the choices a singer makes.

In this one-day intensive workshop Jamie Leonhart and Jeffrey Klitz lead participants through a study of their lyrics, and stimulate arrangement ideas for each of their songs through personal writing exercises and group work. We work with each singer individually, addressing spe- cific needs as they arise.

PRAISE FOR LYRICS & ARRANGEMENT:

Your workshop was very useful to me. In a performance on January 6, I was much more able to inhabit the songs I sang. Everyone recognized it, if they couldn’t necessarily articulate why. I received many compliments on my singing, especially from friends who have heard me over the years. - Carey J contemporary/alt singer

Our music was turned inside-out and upside-down. We watched it transform into relevant/authentic form. Through the sage guidance of Jamie and Jeff, insight of participants, as well as personal inquiry, each of us experienced a musical- alchemical process... - BD jazz/experimental singer

In a day's work you will be forced to think about the true message and story of your song. With Jeff and Jamie's expertise, using keys, timing, tempo and phrasing they can transform a song from good to great.- Jen M contemporary pop/rock singer/songwriter

 

I just wanted to say thank you again for such an amazing experience yesterday. It was so informative and fun and exciting and challenging and interesting-- not only when I was performing, but also when I was watching others. Working this way will be my new go-to method of learning and exploring things.  - Noelia A. actor/music theater performer

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JEFFREY KLITZ is a highly regarded New York music director/conductor, arranger and orchestrator who received his music degree from Yale. On Broadway he served as music director for Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Guys & Dolls, Hot Feet and Lennon, and con- ductor and choral arranger for Song and Dance and On Your Toes. Other Broadway credits: Chicago, Grand Hotel and Stardust. He has worked with numerous performers, serving as music director and pianist for Judy Kuhn, Judy Collins, Joel Grey, Betty Buckley and Tommy Tune, among others. His credits as arranger and orchestrator include work with the New York Philharmonic, The Chicago Symphony and Disney, and as producer/arranger with Paul McCartney’s publishing house MPL. Producer and arranger of Tony-nomi- nee Judy Kuhn’s CD Serious Playground, he has also written arrangements and orchestrations for cabaret star Andrea Marcovicci, and Tony-winner Vicki Clark. Film and television credits include arrangements and piano for Lucas, One Life to Live and All My Children, and arrangements and orchestrations for Disney’s Dumbo II. Mr. Klitz has taught at Yale College, conducted vocal performance work- shops for Broadway performers, and taught at the National Theater Institute and the Cabaret Conference at Yale.

JAMIE LEONHART is a musician, performer, songwriter, teacher, and coach. Her training includes vocal technique and style with Charles Hughes, Cari Cole, Claude Stein (The Natural Voice) and Jeannette LoVetri (Somatic VoiceworkTM). She has performed as a soloist from the stages of great New York Institutions including Avery Fisher Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall to inti- mate venues such as Joe's Pub and Rockwood Music Hall. Jamie is employed as both a commercial voiceover artist and vocalist (Lifetime, Oxygen, Kohl’s, Betty Crocker, Neutrogena brand, Tresemme, Johnson & Johnson.) and also works extensively as a back- ground and session singer (Donald Fagen, St.Vincent, Judy Kuhn, Paul Brill). Jamie's debut record, "the truth about suffering" was released on Sunnyside Records. Jamie is a 2015 commissioned artist of The Public Theater/Joe’s Pub and is currently developing her first piece. Learn more about Jamie by visiting www.jamieleonhart.com