"Every human being has a singing voice. Our work is to unveil,
take away the hindrances and free the voice."
~Valborg Werbeck Svardstrom
‘Uncovering the Voice’ also called 'Werbeck Singing,' can be described as yoga for the voice. The wide range of singing exercises are innately therapeutic and bring balance to the whole person on multiple levels: physical, emotional, and social.
The process of singing is viewed holistically and encourages a natural opening and balancing of the voice. Singers are gently invited to move with joy and confidence in discovering their beautiful singing potential.
Private lessons and group sessions are held in person or online through zoom.
These singing exercises stand alone as a spiritual, meditative and healing practice in their own right. They expand our relationship to the world of tones and sounds and reconnect us to the universal sound stream.
All singers are welcome, from beginners to advanced musicians. Every person has the ability to
reflect the essence of life through singing.
The School of Uncovering the Voice was founded in 1924 by the Swedish singer, Mrs. Valborg Werbeck Svardstrom in collaboration with Rudolf Steiner.
Mrs. Werbeck wrote her experiences and spiritual understanding of the human voice in her book, “Uncovering the Voice, The Cleansing Power of Song.”
Shayndel received her teacher certificate from Christiaan Boele, who studied with Jurgen Schriefer who learned directly from Valborg Werbeck-Svardstrom. Shayndel completed the Pedagogical Singing Training and the Foundational Singing Training. She has also served as the caretaker & organizer of the School of Uncovering the Voice Trainings and retreats in California since 2007.
Shayndel's teaching remains true to Mrs. Werbeck's exercises and is enriched by her understanding of the healing arts and prayer leadership.
As a Waldorf teacher with experience in early childhood and the grades, Shayndel has woven the exercises into guided, imaginative journeys appropriate for various developmental stages and has served as a choir teacher, singing instructor and music consultant for teachers, parents and teacher trainings. She has published three songbooks for Waldorf educators.
I have taken several sessions of the singing circles with Shayndel. There are many different vocal exercises and each one is unique. Some are more challenging than others but they are always fun. There are exercises for encouraging natural breathing and there are ones that address specific health issues. These classes have given me more confidence in singing. Though we are not moving around much in the class, we are aware of using our whole body. After a session I can feel the positive effects of the exercises. The exercises are hard to convey in words, but we are optimizing the voices we have and yes, everyone can sing! I am always amazed how a circle of beginning singers can sound so good! I will continue with any singing classes Shayndel offers!
Uncovering the Voice lessons with Shayndel is an immersion into the direct experience of healing through singing and sound. Shayndel knows the Uncovering the Voice lessons like no one else and in my experience, being led by her is one of safety, assuredness and rest.
Shayndel has a beautiful balance of gentleness and strength which is a reflection of the profound uncovering the voice exercises that she lives and breathes by. I feel so fortunate to have found her and have her be the one to help me to uncover my voice.
After trying out several voice schools, I'm so glad I found Shayndel and the School for Uncovering the Voice. I find that the exercises I learn are quite fun to practice and at the same time, healing for my soul. With Shayndel's mastery and passion for teaching UTV, every lesson I get to deepen my connection to my authentic voice.
The way I found the Werbeck method was nothing short of Divine. I'd been looking for a voice teacher for years and when I learned of how the Werbeck method is a spiritual method for singing- I knew I had found what I was seeking. Then when my first lesson with Shayndel coincided with my going onstage for the first time as the lead of the role I'd been understudying, I knew this was meant to be. Doing my Werbeck warm-ups prior to going onstage, has given me an otherwordly confidence and has helped me feel fully prepared. Shayndel is the sweetest and most patient teacher. It's been such a joy to learn from her and I'm forever grateful!
Shayndel (Sheryl) Adler has been my faithful student since 2001. She has participated in numerous courses and private lessons throughout the years and has developed profound knowledge and abilities in her own singing and in teaching others. Her ongoing enthusiasm, warm-heartedness and spiritual approach is ever joyful and deepening for all who engage in her classes, lessons and services. Shayndel also has many other fields of expertise and is able to connect singing with spiritual development and thus leads her work from a higher perspective. On numerous occasions, Shayndel has shown deep insight, skillfullness and artistry. She works with all ages, from school children to adults. As one of the leading teachers of this impulse, I have full trust and confidence in her approach.
I have always been a quiet, unsure singer. After only a couple of sessions with Shayndel, I found myself singing out; learning to use my voice and body to really sing! It was such a spiritual feeling to sing in the group, with all the voices blending and a palpable vibration holding the circle together.
What is learned online will be fully expressed when groups can sing together again. Shayndel has a lot of experience and is very professional, yet at the same time is always caring and encouraging.
Thanks beloved Shayndel for making me and my heart sing. I have always wanted to learn to carry a tune and as a stretch goal have some beauty in it but before my lessons with you, the best I was ever able to learn was to follow a group melody only if they were singing with great volume. I see that you were correct in saying anyone can learn to sing if taught in the right way for them. In our group classes, numerous people who had been in the same situation as myself were now all singing beautifully.
-Adrienne Kandel z''l
I have taken singing lessons with Shayndel for three years both in a group setting and individually. Now that we can't meet in person and we live in different states, we have our lessons over zoom. I love the Uncovering the Voice method of singing and I feel such gratitude to have Shayndel as my teacher. In group lessons, I have seen her work with students with a wide range of singing experience and her genuine support and encouragement make everyone feel successful. I look forward to many more lessons with this talented singer and teacher.