California Extended Program
Winter 2019/20 in Fairfax and Lagunintas, Marin Ca.
Nov 22-24 (inc eve of 23 Nov), Dec 13-15, Jan 17 – 19, Feb 14 – 16.
This is an extended program for singers keen to dive deeply into Vocal Improvisation, and become more personally at home in the artform; able to practice and even perhaps perform and lead others into it.
We will work with voice, vocal musicianship and vocal improvisation, a profound artform.
Vocal musicianship cultivates capacities with rhythm, harmony and melody, in ways that can be applied to all-round musicianship, songwriting, listening and improvisation. Our voice work cultivates your body’s full resonance, and the courage, freedom, authenticity and unique natural beauty of your voice. Improvisation is deep, sacred, fun, expressive, healing, just magical.
All students will gather for the full November 3 day weekend and dive deeply into vocal improvisation. Then there is a beginner/intermediate path, and an intermediate/advanced path.
For the December, January and February weekends, beginner-intermediate students will study vocal musicianship on Fridays. Intermediate-advanced students will study vocal musicianship on Saturdays. All students will come together to sing, improvise, apply and be creative with these chops on Sundays. If you feel you are intermediate and would like to do both Fridays and Saturdays, you may.
We’ll have monthly support calls between the sessions, and practice guidance will be provided. 2-4 hours practice per week is recommended.
Course cost: $1000. **I am open to going sliding scale on price as award-winning film maker Kirk Benitten will join the course as a student but also would like to do some filming - subject to student consent (and just certain parts, not all the time) - as he is making a film about me. Voice, artistry, mystery.**
+ Discounted places are available for two assistants. This is a non residential course and non-local students are responsible for their own accommodation.
Some of my students have said or written:
“Briony is the Rolls Royce of singing teachers!”
“This singing journey brings me both comfort and revolution and is a path for aligning with G*d/Spirt/The Great Mystery. Deep Gratitude.”
“One of the most powerful experiences of my life! I feel changed on a cellular level!”
“This workshop completely opened me up to new frontiers in sound healing. Thank you.”
“Some singing teachers teach you sing with your voice. Briony teaches you to sing with your heart and sing from your soul.”
“It was deeper than an ayahuasca ceremony; I grew more than in workshops with leading psychologists, and it’s the safest I’ve ever felt in a group.”
“Being bathed in beauty. Being held in love. Being winkled out of a shell. Being birthed into a new world.”
“You made it feel like a womb. Protected, loved, nourished, warm and holding.”