About Monica Norcia

I call myself a “therapeutic voice teacher” because I offer singers and speakers the opportunity to deeply explore all aspects of the voice, from the breath to making sound, in a way uncommon in traditional voice lessons. I weave together classic vocal techniques with body and energy-centered modalities, such as the Alexander Technique, yoga-inspired movement and Reiki. As an excellent vocal/body/energy diagnostician with deep knowledge of the vocal mechanism, I am able to quickly get to the root of a vocal problem or help someone grow vocally by addressing long-held physical and psychophysical habits that interfere with free and easy expression.

Sound Advice #37 – Singing While Playing An Instrument

Musicians who come to take voice lessons with me are not just coming to learn to sing better. They often want to sing well while playing their instruments, too. Although it’s great fun to play and sing at the same time, the activity can be fraught with pitfalls. It’s challenging because essentially you are “playing” [...]

By |2018-11-27T21:25:49+00:00October 2nd, 2018|Sound Advice|0 Comments

Sound Advice #35 – What Voice Type Am I?

For a year or so, I’ve been having a lovely exchange with a singer on the East Coast. Every so often, he sends me clips he has recorded of his singing – warm-ups, hymns, sections of patriotic songs. He keeps me updated on his vocal progress. Eventually he asks: Do you think I’m a tenor [...]

By |2018-11-27T21:25:50+00:00August 27th, 2018|Sound Advice|0 Comments

Sound Advice #34 – Going with the Flow

Recently one of my students who takes voice lessons in Marin with me was expressing frustration that after so many years of vocal studies, her voice still wasn’t “flowing” like she wanted it to. It got me thinking about flow and what it means in terms of our singing and performance. In the book “Finding [...]

By |2018-11-27T21:25:50+00:00August 6th, 2018|Sound Advice|0 Comments

Sound Advice #30 – Singing Lessons Open Your Eyes and Ears to Excellence

The past week, two singers who take voice lessons with me in my Marin studio expressed amazement after listening to other singers. One student had heard Angela Lansbury singing “By the Sea” from “Sweeney Todd.” She specifically noticed how easily and efficiently she breathed, yet how powerful her voice and performance were. On the other [...]

By |2018-11-27T21:25:52+00:00June 14th, 2018|Sound Advice|0 Comments
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