When I recently found myself in a situation where I needed to sing publicly every week, and having almost no prior singing experience, a friend introduced me to Sophie at Voice Alchemy in Berkeley. And I’m very grateful, because the experience has been revealing and nourishing in ways I didn’t expect out of voice lessons. I think of Sophie not only as a vocal coach and but as a guide to discovering myself through the experience of singing. Working with Sophie has rekindled creativity I haven’t experienced since childhood.
Sophie Cooper offers a fluid and deeply therapeutic approach to voice coaching. I began working with Sophie in an effort to heal and refine my voice after neglecting it for many years. Sophie sees clearly how to draw out my strengths and where I most need encouragement and support. I would recommend Sophie Cooper to anyone: beginners, seeking to explore the healing powers of the voice; or advanced singers looking to add a level of whole-body attunement to their existing vocal practice.
I never felt comfortable singing. That’s actually an understatement. I was scared to sing anywhere except for the car or shower where no one else could hear me. And yet I really wanted to feel free and confident singing. When I started searching for voice lessons in Berkeley, I knew that I was going to need something different. I wanted a voice coach that would help me work with my anxiety and help me to explore my voice not just walk me through a series of scales or traditional signing exercises. Sophie created a safe space for me to explore my voice with lots of support and no judgment. She guided me through signing exercises to open my voice, expand my range, learn songs, and find my natural tone. I feel so much more confident in my voice and excited about signing - just in time to sing to/with my first child.
Sophie’s approach to coaching is unique in the way she transmits the sacredness of the voice. It’s way more than just a traditional singing lesson where you practice a repetitive scale again and again. She opens a safe space for me to explore my voice, trust myself and access my power. She is gentle and loving while being very clear and insightful. After taking voice lessons with Sophie, I like the way that I sound! I feel confident in my voice and I’ve started singing with friends and in ceremonies. I also feel empowered about speaking up at work and in my personal life.
Before working with Sophie I knew there was a depth and dimension of my voice that I wasn’t able to access. Her sessions helped locate my voice in many parts of my body and open up the channel for the sound current to come through. There were so many pleasant surprises and opportunities for growth and exploration during our time together. Sophie’s guidance helped me have more presence with my voice, more confidence, and more curiosity of the range of what is possible.
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