GROWING 

  TOGETHER  

  (Safety in

 numbers!)

TECHNICAL

VOCAL SKILLS 


               The Sing Yourself Happy 8-Week Adult Course is thoughtfully designed to progress students at a pace enabling feelings of success- from the initial "OMG what am I doing here?!" to "Wow, I CAN sing in a group, and we even sound good!"  As a participant, you will be skillfully guided into a healthy,  comfortable and fun relationship with your own voice and the experience of singing with others.  You will be gently led to meeting very achievable goals and cultivating an attitude of greater openness and joy toward singing.  


               In the very first class, you will sing in two part harmony and see how beautiful music can be created in simple ways when so many voices are present.  Plus, you can feel "safe" singing as part of a group, because you will not be asked to sing alone.  Being in a group of people who may share similar nervousness about singing with others can be a very comforting experience.  It sets the tone for everyone to slowly face those fears, armed with playfulness and fun, allowing greater confidence to seep in while we're busy singing together!  


               


                


  Sing yourself happy in

         your car or shower!       

  (No group course available

     at this time.)  

SOME ASPECTS OF THE COURSE:

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Contact us: (720) 808-5181  OR  contact@singyourselfhappy.com

 Sing Yourself Happy, LLC

​"Respond to every call that excites your spirit!" - Rumi

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 Innovative singing courses for the hesitant- but eager- singer! 

---COURSE CONTENT--- 


​Sing Yourself Happy 8-Week

Adult Course





 HOLISTIC

PRINCIPLES 

TO SHIFT YOUR

THINKING



~Simple and fun physical and 

vocal warm-ups 


~Diaphragmatic breathing


 ~Pitch matching 


~Sing a full major scale


~Sing musical intervals 


~Sing songs in 2-part harmony



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~Learn to be aware of your self-judging thoughts and choose a different perspective


~Know that your voice- and YOU-

are “good enough” to be able to

have fun ​and experience the potentially healing benefits 

of singing NOW


~What if the goal of singing were not to sound a certain way, but instead to 

feel a sense of freedom, playfulness, 

fun, inspiration and connection 

with other people?


~What if your willingness to take

risks in a safe environment can 

help you access more of your own spontaneous creativity and joy?





~Fun and freeing group vocal 

improvisation (this does 

not have to be scary!)


~As a group, sing chords to increase ability to sing in harmony


~Sing and “perform” (with no audience) all songs we have

learned at the end of the 8 

weeks 


~Each person will have the

option to take a turn leading the group in a spontaneous 

multi-part rhythmic clapping

song 



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Adults Lacking Confidence Sing Themselves Happy in Longmont


Staff Writer POSTED:   01/14/2016 
By Brett Callwood















Ashlie Schares, owner and teacher at Sing Yourself Happy, works through

new material for an upcoming class at her home in Longmont on Thursday.

(Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer)



Longmont resident Ashlie Schares believes that singing is [one] answer for people with low self-esteem and lacking in confidence, and that is what inspired her to form Sing Yourself Happy.

Schares moved to Longmont early last year, having obtained a psychology degree from Naropa University in Boulder and a degree in music performance and education from Southern Institute of Technology in New Zealand. Having identified the need after teaching in New Zealand, she set about designing singing classes for adults who feel shy about their voices.

Schares believes that the current media culture has reinforced the belief that if you don't sing like a polished pop star you should keep your mouth shut, and she strongly disagrees.

"We all have a voice," she said. "You don't have to be an amazing singer to have an amazing time singing. Singing with people always makes me laugh and puts me in a good mood. I want to share that."

After an initial trial, Schares was delighted with the response, and was satisfied to see how transformational the classes turned out to be for students.

"People who were very reserved in the first class were singing their hearts out way before the end of the 12 weeks," she said.

For legal reasons, Schares is keen not to push her classes as a quick-fix for people with low self-esteem or suffering from anxiety, but she has certainly seen positive results.

"I know from experience and what my students tell me that it does help with all of that," she said. "But I have to be careful not to claim it like [an] herbal supplement in a health food store."

As well as singing, students are asked to share their experiences with the group, something that Schares believes also helps.

"[Some people were] told by teachers when they were young that they can't sing, so could they please be quiet while the rest of the choir practices," she said. "I'm aware that sharing these stories, even just talking about them, could be nerve-wracking for people. But that's also what connects them with one another."

Krystal Mairs, 33, is a psychotherapist and art therapist from Lafayette and a current student of Schares. She has always loved singing, but has struggled with singing solo in front of other people.

"Ashlie made me feel comfortable, and there

was a group of people singing together," Mairs

said. "She never singles anybody out. It feels

so good. It speaks to my soul."

Adult beginner courses run for 10 weeks — 

Individual classes are available, but Schares

believes that it's in a group setting, with the

pressure off, that confidence is built.                                                                  (Matthew Jonas / Staff Photographer)           
Mairs said her confidence has been lifted massively by Schares' classes, and she's generally happier as a result.

"Just knowing that I can come to that group and just be in my element and let my voice ring out, that has helped with my confidence," she said. "Overall, it's helped with my happiness. I really feel engaging in singing has made me happier."


Interested?

Anyone wanting to join Sing Yourself Happy can email Ashlie Schares at contact@SingYourselfHappy.com or visit www.SingYourselfHappy.com.

Brett Callwood: 303-684-5274, callwoodb@timescall.com or twitter.com/city_slang