Sing, sound, and speak your truth with more confidence and freedom!
The voice is the primary means of communication in human beings. Our voice is an expression of who we are and how we feel. In the tones of a person’s voice you can hear the subtle music of feeling and thought. By transforming and enhancing the way we sound, we transform and enhance the way we perceive our self, and this influences the way others perceive us. By extending the breadth, depth, strength, flexibility and fluidity of the vocal range, you can draw out the full imaginative spectrum of the psyche in sound.
Since 2011, I have helped free thousands of people’s voices and drums through my eclectic Free Your Voice private and group classes. Private sessions and 10-week group courses consist of half sounding practices including sound meditations, expressive arts, drama, improv, play, and community building exercises and half singing practices from around the world. From the sacred to the silly, open in ways you’ve never imagined and make long-lasting shifts in your life. Highly transformational!
I believe everyone can sing. Before words, we expressed our emotions through our songs which consisted of sounds such as cooing, babbling, gibberish, crying, laughing, etc. I enjoy acting as a singing partner who can sing with you, share your load, harmonize, reverberate and echo your feelings.
These modules can be taken as stand alone courses and are also designed as series that can be taken over the course of 1-2 years. For the vast majority of people, I recommend Initiate as the flagship course and good introduction to my eclectic program. For those who want to continue on the pure voice track, Harmonize and Tune Your Body are highly recommended. For those interested in learning to drum and sing at the same time, Trance Drum and Polyrhythm Play are recommended, with 2 series in each course.
“Where I come from, we say that rhythm is the soul of life because the whole universe revolves around rhythm, and when we get out of rhythm, that’s when we get into trouble. For this reason the drum, next to the human voice, is our most important instrument. It is special.”–Babatunde Olunji, Nigerian djembe master.
I love helping people drum and sing at the same time. Full body bliss, and a total brain workout!
FREE YOUR VOICE SERIES DESCRIPTIONS:
Module 1: Initiation All levels as we create a safe space for everyone in the room to take their voice to the next place. The focus is to free your voice and express yourself without any judgment, inner or outer! Toning, chanting, song, expressive arts, drama, lots of play, community building exercises and improv. Playtime for adults!
Module 2: Harmonizing: Learn songs in 4 part harmony and sing on pitch in your team. If you want the experience of being in a chorus (without the stress of auditioning) plus do community building exercises and improv and play, this is the course for you! Includes songs in the oral tradition from the African diaspora, spirituals, gospel, and civil rights songs and includes expressive arts and drama therapy activities that look at you in relation to others.
Module 3: Chakra Tuning Get aligned and shine your light! This workshop explores the Indian chakra (energy) system and includes different sounding and movement practices to open and balance them. We will practice breath meditations, toning, movement with sound, Indian devotional chanting and mantra, spirituals and Civil Rights songs, drama therapy, expressive arts, improv, play and community sharing exercises. We will examine the psychological aspects of each chakra and your particular stories as we transform our life narratives.
Module 4: Drumming–Foundation Flow is open to all levels including those without drumming experience. You learn 4 rhythms (2/4, 4/4, 4/4/ and 6/8) from the Middle East and West Africa and 4 different songs and how to sing and drum at the same time. I teach a Middle Eastern style of trance drumming where you learn a basic rhythm (open) and how to fill it (closed). This class gives you a great foundation in drumming and how to accompany yourself vocally. It also includes space for improv, play, and freeing your drum and voice! Bring a djembe, doumbek, cajon, or Arabic tambourine. 2 series.
Module 5: Drumming–Rhythm Weave is open to people who want to explore polyrhythms and learning and playing 1 rhythm in a room full of different rhythms (works the ear and focus!) We focus on West African rhythms and sing freedom songs in 3 part harmony in the oral tradition. We also do a lot of freeform playing and expression and community building exercises as we unleash our creativity. Suitable for all levels, including beginners. Bring a djembe, doumbek, or cajon. 2 series.
2018 Group Classes:
Jan 8 – Mar 12
Initiation: 5:45 to 7:15pm
Drumming: Rhythm Weave: 7:15 to 8:45pm
Safehouse ARTS, 1 Grove St, Market and 8th at Civic Center BART
Mar 18 – May 20
Harmonizing: 6:30 to 8pm
Maru Dojo, 736 14th St., Church and Market, SF
Oct 14 – Dec 16
Chakra Tuning: 6:30-8pm
Maru Dojo, 736 14th St. at Church and Market
Terra’s Temple, 3051 Adeline at Ashby BART:
Jan 11 – Mar 15
Chakra Tuning: 6-7:30pm
Drumming–Foundation Flow: 7:30-9pm
Mar 22 – May 24
Drumming: Foundation Flow Part B (don’t need to complete Part A to join): 7:30-9pm
Oct 4 – Dec 13, Nov 22 off
Drumming–Rhythm Weave: 7:30-9pm
The 10-week program costs $333 early bird by January 5, $360 regular. Payment plans available. A couple sliding scale spots for queer POC activists and artists.
“Amber Field’s Free Your Voice Workshop was absolutely astounding. They are incredibly skilled at quietly creating a safe space and gently encouraging people to explore and find their truth, then openly express it. So many times at the end of the class people would voice their delight at being given the space to “play” which, as adults with busy lives, we rarely have. Whether you are a professional singer or have never sung a note in your life you will benefit from this workshop. Sign up NOW!!! You won’t regret it. “–Colleen Browne, group student
“Amber’s class is one of my favorite things I’ve done for myself as an adult. Throughout the ten-week Free Your Voice course, I learned how to be more honest, creative and vulnerable. But mostly it was just *so* much fun.”--Hanna J., group student
“This has helped me outside of class and beyond singing as well…speaking in public, negotiating at work, relating to new and old friends”–Racheli W., private and group student
“Amber held a beautiful, safe, no judgement space for everyone to grow, learn, heal, sing, play, laugh & even cry”–Valerie C, group student
“In ten weeks I feel like I got ten years worth of talk therapy and musical training combined.”–Michael F, group student
“They break down rhythm in a way that makes it incredibly tangible for a total beginner to percussion. And then they teach you to integrate your voice while drumming! An awesome teacher.” –Jai Singh, Free Your Voice 1, 2 and drumming student
“I really enjoyed Chakra Tuning! Thank you, thank you, thank you for creating such an amazing class and for bringing your full self. One of my highlights was the heart chakra session when 4 of us sang in the middle of the circle. Singing with those three other women was such a beautiful experience! I think it is the first time I’ve really felt like I was creating beautiful music! I also appreciated how really vulnerable you were – it really pushes all of us, which I think is fantastic.”–Leslie M, 2017 participant
“I just completed the “Chakra Tuning” course (I previously took “Free your Voice”) and can not say enough good things about it. It is hard to describe, but the course is playful, fun, deep, beautiful, full of growth… It challenged me in unexpected but wonderful ways. The music we created together as a group was beautiful.”–2017 participant
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