I Feel Like Myself Again Because I’m Singing

The most challenging thing before I started this program was performing in front of others before I felt “ready”. I also used to sing with a lot of force and effort; Ruth has given me some great tips to get the notes out without pushing or straining. I have already seen great improvements in my range and ability to sing for longer amounts of time without my voice feeling completely exhausted.

Sharing this experience with a group of kind, supportive women who are just as passionate about music gives me a sense of belonging. I’ve taken group lessons before, but in those we only watched others perform their chosen songs, and there wasn’t enough time for the teacher to give detailed feedback. In Ruth’s group lessons, we actually watch each woman go through her own personalized warmup and song she is currently working on, and it’s been eye-opening to see how much I can learn by watching someone else get coached, even if we have completely different voices, styles, personalities, etc.

I am feeling most grateful for finally feeling like myself again by having singing back in my life. I used to think you could only be considered a singer if you were gigging regularly, could hit every note perfectly every time, and people knew who you were. Through working with Ruth, I’ve come to realize on my own that to be a singer, you just have to sing.” 🙂

Singing is an outlet for my fears, tears, and anxiety, just like working out or hitting up a sale at Bloomingdales. It’s one more thing to add to my arsenal of stress-busting activities, and I’m a much happier person because of it. Ruth is one of the most caring, compassionate people I know, and DEFINITELY the best vocal coach I’ve had thus far (and I’ve had a handful!), in terms of helping me vocally and making me feel emotionally free to express myself.”

Erica Horowitz