IMAGINE quieting your mind as you strum a soothing rhythm on a ukulele. Your breath is as calm as a gentle breeze and the expressive vibrations of your voice lift your spirit. Your body feels freedom as you dance with joy. You feel happy and without a care in the world!
Workshops created and facilitated by Alison Marae.
Singing For Happiness
Singing is fun, joyful and the most powerful source of self expression. In this workshop, you’ll be guided to mindfully explore your powerful and unique voice. We’ll warm up the body to get ready for singing, while clearing our minds with breath and visualization. After we’re warmed up we’ll gently vocalize and learn some fun vocal exercises and songs to sing. It’s never too late to start!
Music and Movement Meditation
Imagine calming your mind and discovering inner peace. With the natural, soothing rhythms of your body and voice, you’ll say goodbye to anxiety and worry while you discover a mindful form of self expression.
You are encouraged to connect with your breath and body through a mindful movement vocabulary, designed to release the body toward deeper freedom. With your voice, you’ll explore and discover sound, opening and softening your heart, while quieting your mind. You’ll also be guided to explore a seated meditation with live music and/or the sound vibrations of Tibetan singing bowls. Wear layered, comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat, blanket or pillow. Space is limited. $60 for 3 weeks. Click to register
Intro to the Ukulele: For Absolute Beginners Level 1
Playing the ukulele is fun and easy! In this introduction workshop, you’ll quickly progress on a path to musical happiness! Ukuleles are available to borrow during the workshop upon request. What we’ll learn:
- Learn how to hold your ukulele.
- Learn which fingers to use when strumming.
- Learn one, two and three finger chords in the key of C major.
- Learn how to read a ukulele chord chart.
- Learn several basic strumming patterns.
- Learn how to transition between chords.
- Learn what the four strings of a ukulele are tuned to.
- Learn a handful of easy songs by the end of the workshop.
- Learn the basics of singing and playing the ukulele at the same time.
Beginning Ukulele: Level 2
This next level ukulele workshop is geared for those who have either taken Level 1 ukulele or can already easily play and transition between chords in the key of C major (C, F, G7 or G, A minor). Ukuleles are available to borrow during the workshop upon request. What we’ll learn:
- Review chords and songs in the key of C major.
- Learn new chords in the key of C and G major.
- Learn how to play a barre chord.
- Learn several rhythmic strumming patterns.
- Learn songs in the key of C and G major.
- Learn how to smoothly transition between chords.
- Learn how to sing and play the ukulele at the same time!
Musical Meditation: with Ukulele and Voice
Using the sound vibrations of your voice and ukulele, you slow the nervous system bringing a sense a calm, stillness and peace to your mind. We’ll also mindfully move the body combined with breath to quiet inner chatter. Ukuleles provided.
You’ll be guided to mindfully explore your powerful and unique voice. We’ll gently move the body to get ready for singing, while clearing our minds with breath work and visualization. After we’re warmed up we’ll gently vocalize through humming and toning (vowel sounds). We’ll sing uplifting, conscious songs in English and the ancient language, Sanskrit. Option to include an intro to the ukulele (ukuleles provided) to learn to play and sing goddess songs.
Dance and express your inner goddess with high energy choreography inspired from dances around the world. You’ll undulate, jump, glide, sweat and dance to the rhythm. We’ll warm up and cool down the body as well so you’ll leave feeling refreshed and rejuvenated.
Please contact Alison for bookings or more information.
” I felt so comfortable learning from Alison. It seemed like she really loves to teach and is a natural.” Kelly
“Alison was amazing and felt like a long time friend right away. She is a patient teacher and managed to get a lot of info information in a really digestible way (the handouts were genius). I had zero music ability going in… and felt by the end of our time together that I could play a whole song on my own. Make sure you ask her to play for you at the end she is quite the talent. Such a great day!” Meggan
” I learned more in Alison’s one hour workshop than I did with an entire month of private lessons with another teacher!” Laurel
“I had an excellent experience taking voice lessons with Alison. I have no background in singing or music, except for being able to read basic piano sheet music. I always wanted to take voice lessons but have always been too intimidated. I’m glad I finally gave it a shot with Alison! We both had crazy busy schedules, but she worked with me to find a time that would work for both of us. During lessons, she was always patient and encouraging, and she made sure to focus on my goals. For me, that meant doing more exercises and scales rather than working on particular songs. I loved this approach and feel like I got so much out of the time, although half an hour FLIES by so fast! I only got to do about 8 lessons before I moved out of the area, but 8 was enough to clearly see the improvement in my voice, my vocal confidence, and especially in my fundamental understanding of singing and music. I highly recommend Alison! I also took one ukulele lesson with Alison right before I left town. I own a ukulele and wanted a few basic ideas about how to play it. In just half an hour Alison was able to give me a fantastic breakdown of the instrument, along with teaching me several chords and strumming patterns to practice on my own. I wish I could have done many more lessons with her!” Emily C