Welcome to my new blog!

I am starting a blog because I want to communicate what I am doing and thinking, primarily about singing. I am calling the blog Singing for Ourselves because this sums up my approach to singing: we do it for ourselves. Also, Singing for Ourselves is the name of an ever-evolving teaching format I have been using for many years, in which I give people the opportunity to sing in groups, and gently guide them to further enjoyment of singing. It is my belief that everyone can sing, and mostly we just want and need more opportunities to do it, not necessarily for an audience, but just for ourselves.

In the coming days I will be adding pages, which will give more information about my services as a leader of community singing. I will also add lyrics, music and pictures. I am very excited about finally having a site I can do myself, rather than relying on others to do my updating for me. This will be a gradual process, however, and for now, this is enough.

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About Maura Volante

Maura Volante is a talented and experienced performer. Although she has written many songs over the years, her main focus these days is traditional folk songs. These are songs that have stood the test of time and have an enduring quality that speaks directly and clearly to the human experience. They also tell us about our history. Because these songs are not commonly sung in these post-folk-revival times in which folk music generally means singer-songwriter material, Maura has taken on the project of helping to keep this valuable material alive. Her specialty is Canadian folk songs, but she knows many songs from the British Isles and the USA as well. All her concerts and other programs are designed with group singing in mind. Whether in a concert, a tour, a social gathering, a classroom, a festival or a conference hall, Maura creates an encouraging atmosphere, relaxed and inclusive. She uses her strong voice and facilitation techniques to bring out the best possible music with these voices in this moment. Maura firmly believes that everyone can sing and, moreover, that everyone has a right to sing and be part of group singing activities, without judgement or criticism. No matter what the various skill levels of participants may be in any group singing activity, it always sounds good in a group, because the voices naturally attune with each other. Maura also teaches and calls contra dancing and simpler forms of traditional dancing suitable for all ages, often incorporating group singing into the dancing through the use of play party songs, which are sung by the whole group as they dance.
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3 Responses to Welcome to my new blog!

  1. Congratulations on your web log. Looking forward to hearing more.

  2. Nice frog picture! Pleasant colours, and it suggests that singing is natural and that it’s OK to express ourselves even if it sounds like croaking. Congratulations on your new blog.

  3. Katherine Gunn says:

    Nicely done, Maura. A very graceful blog, and easy reading. I think Cathy W’s comment on the frogs is just perfect. Very sorry to miss the song Circle but looking forward to more. Best wishes – KG

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