SING FOR YOUR LIFE!
A holistic vocal boot-camp for everyone, from beginner to professional
Take control of Healthy Voice Placement, Posture, Resonator Regions, Breathing Technique and Head-to-Chest Transition and more.
Learn how mindful singing can improve your Mind-Body Relationship and Overall Health.
THIS IS SELF-METAMORPHOSIS!
Mindful singing will help you heal and balance, creating greater efficiency, confidence, and happiness in your life.
Whether you’re a diva while driving, a rock star in the shower, a member of the choir, a recording artist, preparing for ‘that’ audition, pursuing a healthier, happier life, or just want to sing out loud,
THIS IS THE CLASS FOR YOU!
I believe living a happy, healthy lifestyle begins with maintaining a strong, fit body, mind, and spirit.
My fun, holistic, creative and scientific approach to health helps you feel great, so you'll be a more vibrant, confident you.
What to expect...
The course provides instruction on proper use of the voice for musical and emotional expression, performance, vocal strength, stamina and longevity, self confidence and overall physical and mental health. And, it’s fun! Not only are students learning proper voice technique, we sing for the joy of it!
Among its’ many health benefits, singing is a powerful means of relieving stress through healthy breathing and oxygenation of brain cells. Singing triggers the release of endorphins, stimulates the thyroid gland, exercises the heart and lungs, assists in detoxification of cells due to vibrations created throughout the body, develops abdominal and back muscles, and improves posture. Singing instruction creates awareness of the body, its’ anatomy and functions.
Conscious singing and the living breath can help you heal and balance the self, creating greater efficiency, confidence, longevity and happiness in your life.
Students who deal with stress, depression, physical pain or trauma find guidance and often a certain level of relief from their individual challenges. Addressing “perfect” vowel and consonant formation aides students who speak English as a second language with standard pronunciation of English.
The class offers group singing, which is enjoyed by all participants. All appreciate and benefit from the personal attention afforded by Jaime, the instructor, and the warm and supportive, bonding atmosphere of the course in general.
This course appeals to all ages. The age range of Jaime's students is 16 to 80 years!
Jaime teaches students who wish to sing for the love of it, professionals, amateurs, choir members, those who experience strain when singing and seek a remedy, Karaoke performers who want to improve, younger “newbies”, older folks whose time is freeing up to explore new fields of endeavor and satisfy their “bucket lists” and more. ALL ARE WELCOME!
As a nurturing and intuitive mentor, Jaime Nicolaisen uses extensive research and knowledge in psychology, anatomy, physiology, vocal mechanics, and vocal hygiene, allowing any committed person to utilize song to gain significantly greater Strength in Body & Mind
Jaime Nicolaisen was trained as a vocalist by Donald Stenberg of the Peninsula Conservatory of Music, and noted L.A. voice instructor Nathan Lam, coach to Barbra Streisand, Rod Stewart, and The Go-Go’s to name a few.
Ms. Nicolaisen is a crossover composer, vocalist, instrumentalist, & performer. She creates compelling works in rock, jazz, blues, cabaret, country, folk, R&B, funk, world, children’s, and classical music.
Ms Nicolaisen developed comprehensive music programs for Los Angeles Metropolitan public and private schools in Musical History & Literature through Curriculum, Emerging Topics, Performance, Theory, Composition, Movement, Musical Theater Production, and Choir Direction.
Jaime has performed extensively in clubs and concerts across the U.S, Europe, and Japan since age 16. She is a studio musician on projects for EMI, Sony, Warner-Pioneer, Pony Canyon, and Victor Records.
Jaime wrote and recorded the music for national commercials promoting Bridgestone, Suntory, and other major brands.
Performances include top L.A. and New York City venues, sharing the stage with members of Steppenwolf, Cream, Toto, and Deep Purple, singing for luminaries like Nobel Laureate Mikhail Gorbachev.
Jaime is a skilled, innovative instructor and a former adjunct professor of voice at the University of Washington, Seattle.
Jaime’s original songs can be found on YouTube, Soundcloud, and iTunes/Apple Music.
Health Benefits of Singing
Everybody Sings or WANTS to Sing!
Whether it’s in the shower, in your bedroom, in the car, or at work, everyone likes to sing.
It is a form of expression and communication that speaks to people and makes us feel great.
By the way...SINGING has health benefits, too!
Singing is a Natural Anti-Depressant
A Happier You
Numerous studies demonstrate that singing releases endorphins and oxytocin – which in turn relieve anxiety and stress and which are linked to feelings of trust and bonding.
Singing helps people with depression and reduces feelings of loneliness, leaving people feeling relaxed, happy and connected. What’s more, the benefits of singing regularly are cumulative. People who sing have reduced levels of cortisol, indicating lower stress.
Improves Your Posture
Proper Posture improves every aspect of health
Maintaining good posture is a habit that can be easily created by singing because posture is a significant part of the correct technique. The chest cavity expands, causing the back and shoulders to align properly. According to Harvard Health, having good posture prevents you from having inflexible muscles that can limit your range of motion, and it also promotes better breathing.
Lower Blood Pressure
Yes, singing is anti-hypertensive!
If you have high blood pressure and are taking medication for it, singing might be the best natural medication for you. Singing has been proven to influence the body to relax and reduce blood pressure, lowering your anxiety.
SInging Increases Alertness
In 2015, The Alzheimer’s Society created “Singing for the Brain”
This program to help with their patients’ memories.
What they discovered was that the oxygen exchange that occurs when breathing in and out during singing actually increases blood circulation, creating a better-oxygenated bloodstream through the body as well the brain.
However, this is not exclusive to people with dementia. It can apply to anyone who wants to improves memory and concentration.
Singing Makes Us Happy!
A Natural Mood Booster
The same as exercise, singing oxygenates the brain, and produces endorphins and oxytocin, hormones that make you feel good and happy.
Scientists discovered that the sacculus, a small organ in the ear, reacts to the frequencies in singing, creating a sense of pleasure when heard.
Better Brain Cognition
Better Comprehend the World Around Us
A neurobiologist from Northwestern University presented her musical findings at the American Psychological Association’s 122nd Annual Convention.
She tested hundreds of children in public schools in impoverished areas and found that the kids who sang or were learning a musical instrument had improved neural function and attention span. Their IQs also improved after each year of music and singing lessons.
Song combines music and words, utilizing both brain hemispheres. According to Dr. A.D. Patel , researcher and Neuroscientist of Music at Tufts University, singers show greater connectivity between areas of the brain than non-singers.
Better Relationships & Greater Success
Singing is a form of communication first introduced to us as infants.
According to Sally Goddard Blythe, author of The Genius of Natural Childhood and director of the Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology, singing is the most effective way to develop communication skills in a child because it prepares the brain and voice for language.
In a neuroimaging scan of a child’s brain, while listening to music, activity was shown not just in the hotspots, but in large areas in both hemispheres of the brain.
Singing and Social Connections
Happier Life through Personal Collaboration
Singing with a group can reduce loneliness by bringing together like-minded people engaged in the same activity., and by increasing production of oxytocin, the "love hormone."
Stefan Koelsch, music psychologist at Freie University, Berlin describes how music affects our ability to connect with one another by impacting brain circuits involved in empathy, trust, and cooperation. In light of mounting concerns about loneliness and isolation, people seem to be returning to an interest in connecting to one another through singing. Singing can be a key to better social well-being.
Websites like ChoirPlace.com can help people find choir groups near them.
Singing Can End Snoring!
Better Sleep Means Better Days!
Singing may help alleviate snoring. A 2008 study published in the journal Sleep Breath found that the prevalence and severity of snoring among semi-professional singers and non-singers indicated that singers scored lower on the snoring scale.
Singing strengthens muscles in the airway that can help reduce snoring.
Furthermore, the breathing required to sustain a song may help improve lung function and reduce symptoms of mild asthma.
Singing and Stress Reduction
A Calmer Life
Scientists say that singing can have a calming yet energizing effect on people.
Singing can help tame stress AND lift the spirits.
• SINGING IS A NATURAL ANTIDEPRESSANT •
According to information published in Time magazine, singing may release endorphins associated with feelings of pleasure as well as stimulate the release of oxytocin, a hormone that is found to alleviate anxiety and stress.
Prevention magazine notes that choir singers may notice their moods improving and often report feeling happy and free of significant anxiety when they start to sing.
Singing and Memory
Thwart Brain Deterioration & Dementia
Singing may help improve mental alertness by delivering more oxygenated blood to the brain.
For those with dementia, singing can improve concentration and memory recollection.
The Alzheimer’s Society has a “Singing for the Brain” program to help people with dementia maintain their memories.
Singing and Immune Function
A Healthier You Without Illness
Singing can be a form of exercise that works the lungs and other parts of the body required to project one’s voice.
Singing may lead to a stronger diaphragm and stimulation of circulation due to the greater amount of oxygen needed to carry a tune.
Research conducted at the University of Frankfurt found that professional choir members who had their blood tested before and after an hour-long rehearsal displayed a greater amount of antibodies called immunoglobulin A after the rehearsal.
These increases were not found in the choir members who simply listened to music. In the study, titled “Singing modulates mood, stress, cortisol, cytokine and neuropeptide activity in cancer patients and carers,” researchers found higher levels of cytokines present in the blood of those who sing for an hour in a choir, and lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
Live a Longer and Happier Life
Strength, Stamina & Resilience
Can singing help you live longer? It definitely can! The University of San Francisco conducted a study to prove this idea.
Researchers used people from senior centers in the Bay Area and formed 12 choirs. They tested their balance, lower body strength, and the respiratory system before and after the study.
What they found was that the people in the choir fell less and had stronger legs. Julene Johnson from the UCSF Institute for Health and Aging also found that 30% of the older adults who complained of shortness of breath had improved breathing.
In a later study in Scandinavia, singing was determined to be the key to a longer life, along with camping and dancing.
Singing is Good Exercise
Cardio? Strength? Stamina? SINGING!
Singing is a great workout for those who are injured, disabled, or elderly. Applying the correct technique and vocal exercises for singing can be a great exercise for the lungs and also develop a stronger diaphragm by contracting the abdominal muscles. The oxygen used in singing is actually a greater amount than some other exercises. Therefore, it can promote better stamina and capacity.
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The only thing better than singing
is more singing.
– Ella Fitzgerald
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