Voice Lessons

A teacher is never a giver of truth; he/she is a guide, a pointer to the truth that each student must find for him/herself (adapted from Bruce Lee).

For questions, call or text (765)  532 – 3714, or send an e-mail to contact@sabrina-lastman.com

SABRINA LASTMAN is a vocalist, songwriter, voice educator & Guild Certified Feldenkrais Practitioner (GCFP). She graduated from the Jazz Department at The Jerusalem Academy of Music & Dance in Israel, The Feldenkrais Institute in New York City, and The LoVetri Method of Somatic Voicework. Drawing from jazz, Latin American, Jewish, Spanish and contemporary music, often integrating extended vocal techniques, Sabrina concentrates her work on contemporary jazz projects, and the creation of interdisciplinary performances combining voice, sound, electronics, movement, and visuals. She has performed at venues such as Carnegie Hall, Classical Guitar Association of NY, Blues Alley Jazz, Blue Note, Joe’s Pub, Juilliard, Harvard University, CUNY, Yale University and NYU, among others. She has played with musicians such as Fernando Otero (GRAMMY Award Winner), Meredith Monk (GRAMMY Award Nominee), Bakithi Kumalo, Tali Roth, Pablo Aslan (GRAMMY Award Nominee), Emilio Solla (GRAMMY Award Nominee), Pedro Giraudo, Alexander Norris & Meg Okura, among many others. In the US, Sabrina has taught voice in New York City at Feldenkrais Associates, Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors, IATI Theater, Actors Movement Studio, CAVE Arts, Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, Multicultural Music Group, Movement Research, and New York Theater Workshop; in Vermont, at Middlebury College; in Maine, at Portland Arts & Technology School; in Indiana, at Purdue University, Butler University, and Morton Center. Sabrina has a private teaching practice with more than 15 years of experience. She is an English, Spanish & Hebrew speaker.

INDIVIDUAL VOICE LESSONS
The lessons are open to all levels, and are designed to provide –depending on each person’s interests & needs:

– A healthy foundation for speaking & singing voice
– A resource to overcome breathing & speaking difficulties
– Singing Technique for CCM styles, including among others, jazz, blues, Latin, rock, pop, and experimental music
– Body Awareness
– Song Interpretation
– Preparation for auditions & concerts
– Voice improvisation
– Vocal research for performers interested on interdisciplinary arts (singers, dancers/movers, actors, spoken word artists, etc)

30, 45, and 60 minutes lessons are available.

// VOICE TEACHING CALENDAR 2016

THE Art OF Song & Spontaneity
Saturday & Sunday, May 28-29 | 3 to 6pm
IATI Theater
64 East 4th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003

Description
This intensive 2-day voice workshop will focus on enhancing voice’s freedom in its direct relation to the body. The singer will increase awareness of sound-making as a physical process, being able to sing from a more functional, healthier and expressive instrument. We’ll work on voice technique, individual song interpretation, and individual & collective voice improvisation. Techniques for performance practice and performance anxiety management will be addressed. This method of work promotes a state of creativity, spontaneity, and a safe atmosphere for learning and collaboration.

Participants are encouraged to choose a song they have been working on to develop during the workshop. They should bring 2 copies of the lyrics and/or music chart in their tonality–if possible.

Course Learning Objectives
– Develop freedom of sound production (posture, vocal mechanism strength, proper breathing)
– Develop voice/singing expression (hearing, emotions)
– Develop song interpretation
– Develop spontaneity & creativity

How to register
To register for this workshop, you must complete the registration form and make payment through IATI’s website. To pay by check, you may call the office to bring your check or mail it to the following address. Please write check to “IATI Theater”:

IATI Theater
64 East 4th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10003
Attention: Winston Estevez
winston@iatitheater.org

VOICE LESSONS & STUDENTS CONCERT PROGRAM                                                                  for Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM)

VOICE LESSONS
The lessons are open to all levels, and are designed to provide –depending on each person’s interests & needs:

– A healthy foundation for speaking & singing voice
– A resource to overcome breathing & speaking difficulties
– Musicality                                                                                                                                         – Preparation for auditions & concerts                                                                                            – Singing Technique & Body Awareness                                                                                           – Song Interpretation                                                                                                                         – Voice improvisation                                                                                                                         – Vocal research for performers interested on interdisciplinary arts (singers, dancers/movers, actors, spoken word artists, etc)                                                                                                       – A way of improving self confidence

STUDENTS CONCERT PROGRAM                                                                                                    The program’s goal is to inspire students who have a background in singing from the age of 11, to become better singers and performers; to prepare individual repertoire (a minimum of two songs) as well as to sing ensemble pieces to be performed in front of an audience. Individual lessons with each student start in January. Concert date will be scheduled for May 2016. During the preparation process -a weekly one hour lesson- each student will develop:

– Vocal Technique
– Body Awareness
– Song Interpretation
– Knowledge of New Repertoire
– Musicality
– Stage Performance

If students have a special request for specific songs and/or other musical genre, I’ll be open to work with them on songs that they would like to present, depending on each student’s experience and voice/musical level. Participants will be accompanied by a professional pianist.

2014

Vocal Integration For The Speaking Voice
Morton Center | October 16th. through December 11th.
West Lafayette, IN.

This workshop will focus on the development of the speaking voice. It is recommended for people interested to improve the use of their voice for professional, personal growth and/or health reasons. The lessons are designed to provide a healthy foundation for the speaking voice; an understanding of how the voice functions; a unique strategy for overcoming speech or breathing difficulties; and an extraordinary way to improve self confidence. It combines The Feldenkrais Method with voice technique.

Exploring Your Singing Voice
Morton Center | July 15th. through August 28th.
West Lafayette, IN.

This is an introductory workshop that focuses on the development of the singing voice through body awareness and voice technique (pitch quality, range, support -physical strength- projection, and intonation). During this workshops (12 classes), we will work on individual song interpretation, and voice improvisation. Through work on body releasing and voice technique we bring our body-mind to a state of creativity and spontaneity.

Exploring The Singing Voice
Integration | Freedom of Expression | Musicality

Butler University. Department of Theater | January to April
Indianapolis, IN.

This course focus on the understanding of the student on how the voice works and how to improve it by relying on his/her inner sensations, observations and thinking as he/she goes by combining The Feldenkrais Method (Awareness Through Movement [ATM] lessons is the
group modality of the Method), with voice technique exercises, individual and collective voice
improvisation, and working on developing songs individually as well as an ensemble. We will
work on the principles of singing to ensure healthy sound production.

The  S o n o r i c  Voice
Purdue University. Department of Theatre, Visual & Performing Arts | January to April West Lafayette, IN.

The Sonoric Voice is an experimental course connecting with the voice through the world of sound. We will research possibilities that arise from different sources: Awareness Through Movement (The Feldenkrais Method), voice techniques from classical, jazz & contemporary music, and exercises from experimental theater. Students will present short individual “sonographies.” I refer to sonography to an embodied vocal piece.

 2013

Exploring Your Singing Voice
Saturday & Sunday, November 2 & 3 from 3 to 6pm (total of 6 hours)
@ IATI Theater | 64 East 4th Street, NYC 10003
For information & registration visit: www.iatitheater.org

Singing is a way of discovering oneself, a dialog with our inner self and an experience of communicating with others. The voice can take us to a deep journey of sounds, qualities, styles and expressions. In order for this journey to be healthy, energetic, and artistic, one way to approach it is by working with the voice as an instrument: we learn from it and about it.

This weekend intensive workshop will focus on the three overall principles of singing to ensure healthy sound production: support, necessary twang and jaw-lips use. This principles include working on posture, breathing, pronunciation, position of the tongue, voice volume, pitch, range, and tuning.
Open to all people interested in developing their singing voices.

S o n o r i s: A Voice Workshop | September, Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 – 3 to 6pm

S o n o r i s is a voice workshop in which we will connect with the voice through the world of sound. We will research possibilities that arise from different sources: Awareness Through Movement (Feldenkrais Method), voice techniques from classical, jazz & contemporary music.

We will work with the Feldenkrais Method to get in touch with the events happening in our body-minds. When muscular tension is released, vibrations can travel without constraint, allowing the voice to fully emerge. We will practice vocal techniques from a variety of musical disciplines, stimulating the intuitive, emotional and conceptual aspects of the voice-self. We will work on two collective songs, and individual & collective voice improvisations. This workshop allows time for experimentation so that you can make discoveries about the flexibility and capability of your voice as a creative instrument and source of sound.

The workshop is open to performing artists and all people who are interested in expanding the use of their voice. Written and audio material will be distributed during the workshop. S o n o r i s: A Voice Workshop, can be an opportunity for performing artists to generate material for future performances. This is a 2 day workshop (3 hour per day, 6 hours total)

A.R.T./New York – Spaces @ 520
520 Eighth Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10018
Cost per person: $120
–Registration in advance
$100 ’til Monday, August 26
For Registration contact me no later than Saturday, August 31<contact@sabrina-lastman.com> or (765) 746-6158.

Voice Integration for the Singing & Speaking Voice                                                                     March 30, 2013 – June 16, 2013 (Saturdays 3–5pm)
Tuition: $200 (3 months)
Language: English | Spanish
ART/NY (520 8th Avenue, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10018)
www.iatitheater.org

This workshop will focus on the development of the speaking/singing voice through body awareness and voice techniques. Composed of 10 classes, the workshop is recommended for all those interested in the fields of performing arts, health, personal growth, and all people using their voice as a tool in their jobs.
The workshop will focus on:

• Through the Feldenkrais Method, participants will learn about their voice from the inside out. The lessons are created to expose how the voice works and how to make it work better by relying on the person’s inner sensations, own observations and own thinking as they go through a series of experiments.

• Voice integration explores some of the movements and sounds that we used in our childhood to develop our voices, and utilizes them to expand our vocal abilities. While introducing the main functional elements of vocal production, the lessons are designed to provide: a healthy foundation for extensive speaking & singing; a complete understanding of how the voice functions; a unique strategy for overcoming speech or breathing difficulties.

• By tracing and redirecting the forces that cause sound to issue out from our mouths, we will give ourselves the opportunity to strengthen the foundation upon which the voice is based. As a result, your voice will re-emerge with newfound confidence.

• Voice Techniques from the worlds of classical, jazz and contemporary music that will address dealing with performance anxiety, while working on the interpretation of an individual song and the basics of individual/collective improvisation.

Voice Workshop: American & Latin Jazz Standards

Exploit your potential as a solo and small vocal ensemble singer. Perfect your performing skills.
This workshop will focus on the development of the singing voice through body awareness—applying the Feldenkrais Method—and voice techniques from the worlds of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Aural awareness will be improved through ear exercises and free improvisation ensemble singing. Techniques for performance practice and dealing with performance anxiety will be addressed while working in the interpretation and presentation of individual and small vocal ensemble songs in the areas of jazz and Latin jazz music.

Workshop Details
• The workshop will be divided in two sections of 20 hours (a total of 40 hours).
• Open to people with a background in singing.
• A showcase concert will finalize the workshop. The final concert will take place June 15, 2013.
• An accompanist musician will be an integral part of the process in preparation for the final showcase concert.

Workshop Part I (10 weeks, 20 hours)
For 10 weeks, close attention will be paid to body awareness and voice technique. Participants will work to develop repertoire (they will choose 2 songs from a list given by the Instructor) and there will be songs performed in duos & trios. Individual and collective improvisational skills will also be developed.

Workshop Part II (8 weeks, 20 hours)
For 8 weeks, close attention will be paid to voice technique and preparation for the live performance. Participants will rehearse their individual songs with an accompanist and work as an ensemble to create collective improvisational pieces.

Saturdays, 3:00pm to 5:00pm (total of 20 hours)
Week 1 – Jan 12
Week 2 – Jan 26
Week 3 – Feb 02
Week 4 – Feb 09
Week 5 – Feb 23
Week 6 – Mar 02
Week 7 – Mar 09
Week 8 – Mar 16
Week 9 – Mar 23
Week 10 – Mar 30

Saturdays, 3:00pm to 5:30pm (total of 20 hours)
Week 11 – Apr 06
Week 12 – Apr 27
Week 13 – May 04
Week 14 – May 11
Week 15 – May 18
Week 16 – Jun 01
Week 17 – Jun 08
Week 18 – June 15

Concert June 15, 2013 @ 7:30pm

2012

Voice Integration Workshop

Sunday, December 2 | 3 to 7pm – Second Session
Feldenkrais Associates @ 41 Union Square West, Room 1009
New York, NY 10003 (entrance from 22 East 17th St)
-Registration due Wed., November 21, 2012–
Cost of the workshop $70
For registration contact Sabrina Lastman at contact@sabrina-lastman.com / 212 368 8746

Sunday, September 30 | 3 to 7 pm – First Session
Feldenkrais Associates @ 41 Union Square West, Room 1009
New York, NY 10003 (entrance from 22 East 17th St)
www.feldenkraisassociates.com

This is an introductory workshop to understand how voice works and how to improve it by relying on your inner sensations, your own observations and your own thinking as you go through a series of lessons. This workshop is an overview to vocal functioning applying the principles of the Feldenkrais Method. Reprogramming the neurological patterns that build our vocal function, will give the opportunity to improve the foundation upon which your voice is build on and therefore, naturally, because there is a natural process, your voice will re-emerge with new qualities and possibilities.

We start each day working in Awareness Through Movement (ATM) lessons applying the Feldenkrais Method, to get in contact with the feelings/sensations of your body. A body with no muscle tension and a functional use of the breath allows vibrations to travel with no constrains, facilitating the voice to fully emerge. This workshop explores some of the movements and sounds that we used in our childhood to develop our voices, and we will take advantage of them to expand our vocal abilities.

The workshop continues with the stimulation of the intuitive, emotional and conceptual aspects of your voice through exercises, using texts, wordless sounds and collective voice improvisation. This process gives a time for experimentation in order to discover the flexibility and capabilities of the voice as a sound source. The workshop also helps to develop voice’s expression and creativity.

This is a one day workshop (4 hours total) and it is recommended for all those interested in the health, quality, power and expressivity of the voice in singing and speaking (in the areas of performing arts, personal growth, health, and all people using their voice as a tool in their profession). Handouts will be distributed during the workshop.

Vocal Training Workshop: Mastering Vocal Performance (Workshop Part II)             Saturdays, 2:30 – 5 pm | January to March 2012
ART/NY Spaces @ 520 Eighth Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10008

For 8 weeks, close attention will be paid to voice technique, ear training and preparation for the live performance. Participants will rehearse their individual songs with an accompanist, work as an ensemble and on building collective improvisational pieces.

Week 9 – Jan 28
Week 10 – Feb 4
Week 11 – Feb 11
Week 12 – Feb 18
Week 13 – March 3
Week 14 – March 17
Week 15 – March 24
Week 16 – March 31

The Sonoric Voice as part of NY SOAK Festival                                                                          May 7 to 10, 6 pm to 8 pm
CAVE | 58 Grand St., Brooklyn
www.cavearts.org

Sonoric Voice silence breath pitch shout melody rhythm broken melody word emotion text motion
vibrates dreams caresses sculpts creates paints cuts pushes… sounds

An experimental workshop connecting with the voice from the world of sound. A research of possibilities that come through the exploration of different sources, working from awareness through movement, to techniques that come from the classical, jazz and contemporary music,to the world of experimental theater. To register visit: www.cavearts.org

The Expressive Body: Exploration in Motion & Stillness. A workshop that explores the power of awareness through voice, movement and meditation                                          June 16-17, Saturday 9:30 AM to Sunday 5:00 PM
Olive Oasis, Shokan NY | www.oliveoasis.com

The Expressive Body is an experimental and experiential workshop connecting with voice and silence, movement and stillness, the emotional, intuitive and the conceptual.

From discovering the flexibility and capabilities of the voice as a sound source to silent walk in the woods connecting with nature, from awareness through movement to sitting in stillness in guided meditation.

Individual, partner and group work in the beautiful natural and nurturing environment of Olive Oasis. The small group setting with individual attention from the teachers is all to stimulate the exploration of you as a creative, expressive and intuitive being.

Teachers: Sabrina Lastman & Dina Kushnir (www.zoharbodymind.com)

Cost: $385. Includes tuition, sleeping & breakfast
Please send $100 registration deposit before May 16th to save your space, (limited to 8 women).

For more Information: 212.368.8746 | slastman@gmail.com

2011

Vocal Training Workshop: Mastering Vocal Performance                                                        Saturdays, 2:30 – 5 pm | October 2011 to March 2012
ART/NY Spaces @ 520 Eighth Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10008

Enhance your performance skills to your best potential as a solo singer as well as an ensemble vocalist. From October 2011 to March 2012, you will work on the development of your singing voice through body awareness—applying the Feldenkrais Method—and voice techniques from the worlds of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Aural awareness will be improved through ear exercises, and ensemble singing. Techniques for performance practice and dealing with performance anxiety will be addressed. During this process you will work on individual song interpretation/presentation, ensemble singing and introduction to voice improvisation. The workshop will be divided in two periods of 8 weeks each one (a total of 40 hours).

  • Open to people with a background in singing.
  • To be able to participate in the final concert, students have to do Workshop Part I & Part II.
  • As a finalization of the workshop there will be an open concert in April 2012 (TBA) and we will be rehearsing with an accompanist musician during Workshop Part II.

PROGRAM

Workshop Part I (8 weeks, 20 hours)
For 8 weeks, close attention will be paid to body awareness, voice technique and ear training. Participants will work to develop a short repertoire of individual songs of their choice, and individual/collective improvisational skills. Participants will bring to class chart/music sheet, recorded accompaniment, lyrics of the songs and CD version of the songs he/she wants to develop.

Week 1 – Oct 22
Week 2 – Oct 29
Week 3 – Nov 5
Week 4 – Nov 12
Week 5 – Nov 26
Week 6 – Dec 3
Week 7 – Dec 10
Week 8 – Dec 17

Workshop Part II (8 weeks , 20 hours)
For 8 weeks, close attention will be paid to voice technique, ear training and preparation for the live performance. Participants will rehearse their individual songs with an accompanist, work as an ensemble and on building collective improvisational pieces.

Week 9 – Jan 28
Week 10 – Feb 4
Week 11 – Feb 11
Week 12 – Feb 18
Week 13 – March 3
Week 14 – March 17
Week 15 – March 24
Week 16 – March 31

Vocal Training Workshop                                                                                                               February 16 – April 20 / Wednesdays 6:30 – 8pm
A.R.T./New York Spaces
520 Eighth Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10008

Singing is a way of discovering oneself, a dialog with our inner self and an experience of communicating with others. The voice can take us to a deep journey of sounds, qualities, styles and expressions. For this journey to be healthy, energetic, and artistic, we need an approach to the voice as an instrument; we need to learn from it and about it.

This workshop focuses on the development of the singing voice through body awareness, voice technique, and songs. During this process we’ll work on collective singing, individual song interpretation, sound exploration and introduction to voice improvisation.

Information & Registration: http://teatroiati.org/view_event.php?id=211

2010

Voice Workshop: Building your Repertoire                                                                              May 12 to June 16 / Wednesdays 6:30pm to 8pm
A.R.T./New York Spaces
520 Eighth Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10008

This workshop focuses on the development of the singing voice through breathing, body awareness and voice technique, and the work on individual repertoire. During these process we’ll work mostly on individual song presentation/interpretation with an accompanist musician in each class. Each participant will bring a song that he/she already knows (music/lyrics), and that would like to develop during the workshop working with a voice teacher and an accompanist. Open to performing artists with a background in singing. For more info contact Teatro IATI / 212 505 6757

Perpetual Folds: Voice Workshop                                                                                             January 19 to March 23 / Tuesdays, 6:30pm to 8pm
A.R.T./New York Spaces
520 Eighth Avenue, 3rd Floor
New York, NY 10008

This workshop focuses on the development of the voice through breathing, body awareness and voice technique (pitch quality, range, support -physical strength-, emission & intonation). During this process we’ll work on collective singing, individual song interpretation, sound exploration and voice improvisation. Through work on body releasing and voice technique, we bring our body/mind to a state of open and creative presence. Open to all levels. To register: visit Teatro IATI

2009

Perpetual Folds: Voice and Movement Workshop                                                                      June, Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 – 7 to 9 pm

This workshop explores the integration of voice and movement. Through work on body releasing, breathing, movement, voice and rhythm exercises, we bring our body/mind to a state of open and creative presence. The session concentrates on body awareness, vocal and body warm-up exercises, and on structured improvisation. Through voice and movement, a space is opened for further investigation and appreciation of the creativity of this integration, experimenting all its vast and rich possibilities. Someone “open” in body, intelligence and feelings, is free to create.

Jewish Community Center (JCC in Manhattan)
334 Amsterdam Ave. at 76th St.
Sign up online: Jewish Comunity Center

Perpetual Folds: Voice Workshop                                                                                               February 9 – April 13 – Mondays 6:30 to 8:30 pm

Singing is a way of discovering oneself, a dialog with our inner self and an experience of communicating with others. The voice can take us to a deep journey of sounds, qualities, styles and expressions. For this journey to be healthy, energetic and artistic, we need an approach to the voice as an instrument, we need to learn from it and about it.

This workshop focuses on the development of the voice through breathing, body awareness and voice technique (pitch quality, range, support -physical strength-, emission & intonation). During these process we’ll work on collective singing, individual song interpretation, sound exploration and voice improvisation. Through work on body releasing and voice technique we bring our body/mind to a state of open and creative presence. Open to all levels.

Teatro IATI – Instituto Arte Teatral Internacional
59-61 East 4th. Street, 4th. floor
For registration contact: 212-505-6757
www.teatroiati.org

2008

Voice Workshop                                                                                                                    Wednesday, October 29, 6:30 – 9 pm                                                                                       Organized by HOLA – Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors

Los Kabayitos Children’s Theatre Clemente Soto Velez Cultural and Educational Center
107 Suffolk Street, 2nd Floor, NYC (F to Delancey / J M Z to Essex)
For registration contact HOLA at 212-253-1015

This workshop focuses on the development of the singing voice through breathing,body awareness, voice technique (pitch quality, range, support –physical strength–, emission & intonation) and song presentation/interpretation. Through work on body releasing and voice technique we bring our body/mind to a state of open and creative presence. Open to all levels.

Voice & Movement Workshop
February 26 – April 29, from 7-8:30 pm

This workshop explores the integration of voice and movement. It offers to deepen awareness about the mechanisms of the mind/body, to tune and harmonize it and to bring it into the present moment. The session concentrates on vocal and movement warm-up exercises, and on structured improvisation. Through voice (songs and/or texts that participants bring with them) and movement, a space is opened for further investigation and appreciation of the creativity of this integration.

Teatro Iati – Instituto Arte Teatral Internacional
59-61 East 4th. Street, 4th. floor
Contact: 212-505-6757
www.teatroiati.org