what people are saying

Ariella’s voice and performing presence are utterly infectious. My 2-year-old son will only listen to two albums. Bob Dylan’s ‘Blood on the Tracks’ and ‘Freedom’ by Ariella’s group Yeh Dede. and is a bit more sophisticated. He listens to 3 CDs. But he always reaches for ‘Freedom’ first. Thank you Ariella for helping to keep my family dancing.

As a choir teacher in a local school district, I am always looking for new ways to improve my craft. It was no coincidence that I stumbled upon Ariella’s website one night during my second year of teaching while stressing about the pressures of my new position. Since I started studying with her, I continue to be amazed by the many great changes happening within myself, as well as in the sound and attitudes of my choirs.

Working with Ariella has not only helped me to become a more confident
musician and teacher, but it has literally transformed my life. Having earned both Bachelors and Masters degrees in the field of music education, I have studied with several excellent voice teachers over the years; however, none can even compare to Ariella and the work she does. She is the only voice teacher I have encountered that goes well beyond the physical voice—she takes a fully body approach to singing and thoroughly explores the mental and spiritual components as well. Her philosophies and guidance towards uncovering and embracing our own unique, authentic voices are beyond empowering, and I can only hope that I am able impact the lives of my students the way she has impacted mine. Ariella, I cannot thank you enough for all you have done for me.

Not only are you an exceptional teacher, musician, and life coach, but you have also become a dear friend that will forever be a part of my life.

 

I really enjoyed what Ariella had to say and share with us. Her energy was calming and confident and she introduced some concepts from a different perspective other than the SAI culture; i.e., the vocal improvisation techniques and leadership. She had good thoughts on communicating, marketing, and some of our other challenges.

She instilled in us the concept of ‘risking and failing’ as all part of the ‘practice’ of what we do as leaders…and that all of those experiences are ‘learning’ opportunities for us.

I loved her techniques with the guided relaxation she did with us. I personally have been wanting to do that with choruses as a way to unify the energy of everyone on the risers. I loved her technique of bringing the energy back up after the relaxation with arm movements involving breath.

So, I really enjoyed meeting her and being a part of the kooky vocal improv stuff, too! Women come to our choruses to not only sing but to also ‘express’ themselves…that’s just implied when you say you want to sing, right?….so, for me, I think the vocal improv stuff is an extension of expression and people can connect with it….given some chances at it!

I appreciated the chance to be a part of this and felt it gave me new concepts/tools to think about.