1439 Henderson Tanyard Rd., Pittsboro, NC info@shakorihills.org 919-542-1746

Sing Fearlessly By Finding Your Voice

Each Tuesday starting Jan. 21 thru Feb. 25, 2020. 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

All experience levels welcome in this FREE class! (donations appreciated) Open to the public!

Open to new students and returnees from the previous classes.

Class Description

Have you always wanted to sing? Feel more confident about your voice? Want to improve your skills? This is the class where you will learn to love your voice!

Marie Vanderbeck will cover songs from Folk, Country, Blues, Appalachian, A Cappella and Gospel. This class is open to new students as well as returnees from the previous classes.

We’ll explore individual as well as group techniques.  This is a fun, active, “no-judgment,” safe environment so be prepared to bring songs to share with the group. You’ll work on strengthening and relaxing your voice for optimal impact, and take home skills to get you on your way.


Each class builds on the previous one so you’re never out of step.  You’ll learn breath control, phrasing, vocal exercises, increasing your range and how to sing the “truth.”

It is important that vocalists use every muscle to achieve the sound they want. Therefore, each class starts with vocal exercises. We’ll do full body stretches, facial gestures, tongue exercises, lip trills, tongue trills, head and neck stretches, etc. We will learn how to “place the sound forward” to get the fullest sound using concentration on diaphragm and other anatomy.

The six week program’s objectives touch on learning breath control, relaxation, sustaining notes, emotionality of singing, body involvement and selecting the right song for your voice.

Additionally, there are tongue twisters, catchy songs and harmonic exercises.

Please direct additional questions to Marie Vanderbeck at jmvbeck@aol.com!

Student Testimonials

“In every song she sings, you can feel the love and respect that Marie brings to this music she has chosen – or has it chosen her?”
Becky K., Bare Bones A Cappella

“With Marie’s guidance, I learned to relax around a group of people that were there for the same reason I was; skill level was irrelevant. Singing songs together was very powerful, very healing, and bonding. With a little nudge, the anxiety and stage fright melted away.”
– Tracy L.

“Great sense of community in this “safe space.”
Amy D.

“I sing better with more confidence and control.”
– Ed M.

“Helped me get close to the singer I want to be.”
– Phyllis F.

“Wouldn’t change a thing.”
– Ross A.

“I don’t want it to end.”
– Mary L.

“Coaching and encouragement needed to continuously improve, all done with organization, energy, and humor.”
– Kathi P.