Hummingbird Music Studio
Self-care through song.
Voice, songwriting, and pop piano lessons to soothe, encourage, and ignite your soul.
Did you know your voice is a beautiful tool for self-care and social change, and you carry it with you everywhere you go? Hummingbird Music Studio is for you if you're looking for empowering voice and/or songwriting lessons. I teach lessons to all ages, but have a special heart for empowering the voices of adult and teenaged non-binary folks and women.
My Coaching Philosophy
My philosophy revolves around empowerment, inclusion, beauty and kindness. My goal is to help each student develop a set of tools to enable freedom and joy in their singing and in their lives.
I am currently completing a Certificate in Expressive Arts Therapy through the WHEAT Institute. This influences the creative and accepting approach I bring to my teaching.
Post-baccelaureate Diploma in Vocal Performance, University of Manitoba
Bachelor of Music, Canadian Mennonite University
Orff Level 1, University of Manitoba
Nearly 10 years of teaching singing, acting, choral directing, and community music leadership.
I am a classical soprano, a musical theatre singer-actor, and a singer-songwriter. I value many approaches to music making and look forward to supporting you in pursuit of the music you love.
Hummingbird Song studio is an explicitly Affirming space. Every person deserves to create and make music. All people and identities are welcome, and as a queer woman, I especially seek to empower the voices of women, trans/non-binary, and queer folks.
One-on-one online lessons to pursue your goals as a singer. Focus is catered to your needs, and can include vocal exploration, vocal technique, meditation, breath work, theory, performance skills, song interpretation, acting coaching, translating text, and preparing for performances.
Write your own songs!
One-on-one coaching to meet you where you're at as a songwriter. No previous experience is necessary to express yourself and work on your own poetry and music.
Coaching, workshops, and mindfulness
Vocal Masterclass leadership, adjudicating competitions, music directing for theatre, spiritual music services (planning and leading), mindfulness classes, expressive arts and self-care inspired workshops.
Why choose Hummingbird Music Studio?
What makes Anna's approach to teaching special and right for you?
Hummingbird Music Studio is an online voice and songwriting studio designed to empower teenagers and adults who identify as women, queer, trans and/or non-binary on their singing journey. If you resonate with the values and goals of HMS, perhaps it's the right space for you! Get in touch :) Here are some central pillars of how what I have to offer as a voice teacher might be right for you...
Queer Affirming Space
You are welcome here just as you are. I will cherish your pronouns and name, honour your story, and maybe we can just smash the hetero-patriarchy a bit by diving into the radical act of honouring and celebrating your wonderful queer voice!
Learn from a teacher who is passionate about self-care, mental-health, and who has lived experience of the profound connection between mental health and singing. You will not be shamed, intimidated, or made to feel small here.
Learn healthy, freeing technique for a variety of genres from a teacher who is a performing artist as well as a teacher.
Strengthen a healthy, freeing, authentic singing technique that will apply to whatever genre you love most. As an interdisciplinary singer herself, Anna is delighted to share how her studies in classical singing and experience in pop, indie, and folk singing influence each other positively!
About the Hummingbird
The hummingbird isn't just a cute mascot; She is also a symbol for peace-building. I once heard a powerful parable (originating in South America) at the Canadian School of Peace-building, and it goes something like this: There was a terrible forest fire, and all the animals of the forest gathered around the forest, paralyzed with fear and overwhelm. But there was a little hummingbird who decided to put out the fire - one drop of water at a time. Elephant, instead of using his trunk to help Hummingbird put out the fire, asked Hummingbird what she was doing. Hummingbird (without stopping) said, "I am doing what I can." It was better for one hummingbird to do what she was able to do, rather than stay paralyzed in fear. This action inspired the other animals to help.
Sometimes we feel like a hummingbird, and that our wings are torched from fire-fighting for so long. I believe music is a powerful and empowering gift - studying singing gives us an emotional outlet, and helps us develop tools for developing resilience, being kinder to ourselves, and for showing up as stronger, braver citizens of the world.