Windsong's Mission is to educate & empower students through their study of voice and / or yoga so that they can deepen their sense of self-awareness, express themseles authentically and confidently share their creativity with the world.
It is such a pleasure and privilege for me to watch students make incredible transformations in self-confidence with their singing on a daily basis. I feel deeply grateful that my vocation in life is to sing, practice yoga and teach both disciplines. It's truly amazing to watch each individual become more and more self-aware, take more risks, step into the true power of their voice, AND realize that it actually doesn't take a lot of physical effort (i.e. pushing and straining) to sing. When a student can let go of physical and mental obstacles (finding a true balance between of effort and ease), true joy, artistry and love of singing bubbles to the surface. I couldn't ask for a better profession!
How did I first stumble into yoga? ------
About halfway through my doctorate at the University of Maryland, I developed vocal nodules from very high stress levels, reflux and overuse of my voice. From there, I discovered yoga as a way to manage my stress. At my very first yoga class, I discovered that I felt so much better physically and mentally and VOCALLY I sounded better. Since that first yoga class, I've delved in (head first) into a very regular yoga practice and subsequent yoga certification. Yoga practice has had a profound influence on my singing, piano playing and most especially on my teaching. It is a joy and privilege to share all that I have learned with my students.
Dr. Miski really takes her time to tailor her lessons to the unique needs of each student. She also focuses on the totality of the voice and how you can use your body to amplify your sound. I really like how she has you think about the relationship between your voice and body.
Madeline's combined expertise in voice and yoga made her the perfect person to help me improve my breath control and posture while singing. It's easy to fall into bad habits and thankfully, Madeline was able to help me get back "in shape" as a vocalist! She is an excellent teacher and I would recommend her to anyone looking for one in the DC-area!
My instructor Madeline is very knowledgeable ,passionate about teaching, and invested in my success.
I am retired and Wanted to learn and to improve my singing. Madeline addressed my newfound interest using a positive approach. Together we developed an individualized plan of action. Her hours are flexible and accommodating. She has been patient and proved to me you’re never too old to seek new opportunities.
For the initial lesson, the student pays for one lesson only (i.e. no monthly or semester commitment is made). If the student / teacher connection is positive and the student would like to continue, they are free to select a regular lesson time.
For students with prior experience, please bring any sheet music that you have worked on previously; either with another teacher or on your own.
Please bring water and a recording device (most smart phones have built in recording apps., such as Voice Memos on the iPhone) - when you record your lessons, you get a customized warmup track ready to go for at home practice!
Current Positions Held:
•Ajunct Voice Professor (Musical Theater) The Catholic University of America
•National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) - Vice President, Maryland / DC chapter
Degrees, Certifications, Areas of Study:
•D.M.A. (Doctor of Musical Arts) Vocal Performance (University of MD)
•M.M. (Master of Music) Opera Studio (University of MD)
•B.M. (Bachelor of Music) Vocal Performance (Eastman School of Music)
•Secondary Piano Study (Eastman School of Music, Dr. Caleb Harris
•200 Hour Vinyasa Yoga Certification (Kali Yoga Studio, Abby Dobbs, Washington DC)
•Yoga Independent Study - Michael Joel Hall, Washington DC
Acting / Improv, Stage Combat, Laban Movement, Ballroom Dance, Diction (Italian, French, German), Lessac (speaking for the actor)
30 minutes - $40
45 minutes - $60
60 minutes - $80