Welcome to my voice studio! My name is Ashley Daneman and I'm a professional singer and voice teacher based in Kalamazoo, MI with a Masters degree from Manhattan School of Music (in Jazz Vocal Performance). I've been performing professionally for over 15 years in a variety of settings throughout many places in the U.S. - public concerts, studio recordings, church musician, ensemble section leading, and more. I've been teaching for 10 years in my private studio, for middle school choirs, high school adjudicator, group lessons, as a guest lecturer, and now as Adjunct Jazz Vocal Instructor at Hillsdale College this fall.
I come from a background in classical music and musical theater, but grew up to want to sing jazz and popular music. I studied with a master teacher, Jeanie Lovetri, in NYC and learned her method to sing all kinds of contemporary, commercial music. In 2013 I became certified as a Level II Somatic Voicework (tm) - The LoVetri Method voice teacher. This is a powerful method for training the voice and gives a singer lots of options for their future musical pursuits whether that's auditioning for a conservatory program, planning a performance career on your own, or just singing as a beloved hobby.
I teach beginning students through advanced. Everyone needs a voice teacher - even me! It's how we stay in excellent, healthy shape and continue to evolve and expand our skills. My voice lessons are completely customized for each person's vocal instrument, for where they are in their development, and for their vocal goals both now and in the future. Part of this may include songwriting coaching, arranging help, audition preparation, or planning a recording session.
I specifically take students who want to work on musical theater, jazz, pop/contemporary, church, and/or singer-songwriter music. If you want to study Opera/classical singing, I recommend finding a teacher who specializes in that and I may be able to help recommend someone. I offer well-rounded vocal preparation that emphasizes a variety of contemporary music styles and that also can address any problem issues. I do take some students on who are younger than middle school as long as that child seems ready.
My students perform professionally in music clubs, bars, and other venues. Some of them write and have recorded their own music, or play guitar/piano to accompany themselves. Others have received scholarships from arts councils and performing arts organizations, are auditioning for national competitions, singing in pageants, pursuing an acting career in movies/commercials, or attending summer music camps and other musical opportunities.
Why do I call my studio "Tiny Voice Box?" It's because out of one of the smallest, most fragile places in the human body (the larynx, or "voice box") comes the most powerful and intimate means of personal expression. Every voice box is it's own work of art and my teaching focuses on the individuality of each person. As my daughter once wrote, and as my studio motto: "My gift to you is my Awesome." This does not mean anything arrogant, it simply means that when we become awesome at something we love - it becomes a gift to everyone.
Private Voice & Coachings
I offer private voice lessons in 25-min and 50-min sessions. A typical lesson begins with stretching/alignment and vocal warmups followed by vocal exercises selected specifically to train and balance your voice. We will generally apply the technique training portion to repertoire which is selected together. Aspects of theory and musicianship are covered throughout. Beginners should take a 25-min lesson and professional singers should opt for the 50-min lesson. For best results, lessons should be taken weekly, however you may schedule intermittently if we cannot find a suitable weekly meeting time. All lessons are prepaid via the online scheduling system.
I also offer vocal coaching to help singers prepare for upcoming auditions or recording sessions in a short time frame. This is different from a private lesson because the focus is more heavily on repertoire and less on long-term technique development. I’ll help you choose songs and keys that are right for your age, voice, technical abilities and audition type. We will find strategies for any challenging song parts and make individualized arrangements to showcase your strengths. Coachings may be scheduled via the 50-min private lesson link below.
I offer 50-min songwriting/arranging sessions to songwriters who need to learn basic composition and/or who want to flesh out their ideas. Sessions may be done once or several times, either sequentially or on an as-needed basis. Want to hear my original music? Check out my album, “Beauty Indestructible.”