Free Your Natural Voice is a methodology of singing and voice coaching, as taught and developed by Maya Lewandowsky. This holistic approach uses the body as an instrument of breath and awareness, ultimately reshaping your voice and allowing it to find its most natural, fluid and powerful form. The Free Your Natural Voice method is for beginners, experienced singers, adults and children alike.
Maya Lewandowsky’s distinction as a singer and dancer has seen her performing and touring professionally in Europe, North America and Asia for over two decades. Maya studied classical opera singing and contemporary vocal techniques at the University of Tel-Aviv in Israel from 1995 to 2001. Since then she has been discovering and developing the voice in its multifaceted forms. Her explorations and study in expanding and freeing the voice have included vocal exercise, body awareness, dance and guided meditation. In 2012 she completed the International Advanced Voice Workshop with Richard Armstrong, a pioneer in the Extended Voice method.
Maya has worked for the School of Alberta Ballet, the University of Calgary Dance Faculty and the Epcor Centre for the Arts . She is also the Artistic Director and founder of LaCaravan Dance Theatre. In 2003 Maya received the first place award in the NAT Classical Song Festival Competition. She has also received numerous awards and scholarships in dance and theatre in Israel and Canada.
Singing Lessons and workshops
I need vocal coaching to improve my singing technique – breath control, support, tone production, resonance, blending the high and low ranges. Maya is an excellent teacher for me as she incorporates dance moves with singing technique which help me to visualize the association between the body and the voice and how they are both integrated.
She also helps me to take care of my voice and prepare for performances of my songs. I have developed a deep bond and trust in her and the results show in my singing voice and the compliments I receive!!
~ Sylvia Schmidt, Calgary
I started singing with Maya around the age of 8 or 9 years old. I initially came to her because conventional voice lessons and choir practices had left me frustrated, uninspired and insecure about my vocal performance.
My mother knew I needed something that would bring back my confidence and love of singing in front of people, so she removed me from the stress ridden and ridicule laden environment of competitions and exams and sent me to Maya, who emphasized a playful and lighthearted approach to an otherwise serious study of the vocal arts.
We knew right away her coaching was multidisciplinary because I was first introduced to Maya when she was one of my dance teachers at the School of Alberta Ballet. Not only is she a talented musician, but also a gifted dancer and choreographer. Mayas coaching emphasized a focus on all parts of the body and mind and how they impact one another. This training was both unconventional (by most north American standards) and very effective for me.
It was a slow process for me to overcome my stage fright but the nonjudgmental and encouraging environment Maya helped build around me allowed me to take more risks and come out of my shell. First I would only sing for her, then my mother… then other students and before I knew it I was anxious to have an audience once again. Maya’s voice training not only helped me to be a better singer over all, but she helped me find a confidence and a way to ground myself that I would not have discovered otherwise.
It sounds cliché, but she really did help me find my voice. And for that, I will forever be grateful.
Johanne Young, Professional Musician and Dancer