Student experiences

A page dedicated to the experiences of students during our work…there are hundreds…so as I put them together, I will share them here…

Una pagina dedicato a tutto quello che dicono gli allievi sul discorso della loro esperienza con il nostro lavoro . Penso che e importante di condividere queste cose per dimostrare in verita’ le potenzialita’ perche questo avor cambia la vita a un allievo veramente determinato di far vivere il suo strumento…ci sono centinaia di commenti…quando ho tempo di retrovargli , gli mettero qui…

Angela Ingendaay‎ to Miriam Jaskierowicz Arman

September 11 · 

Dear Miriam, I am thrilled beyond belief, I know that in my work with you over the last two years, the great emphasis has always been on the muscles behind the eyeballs, a pivotal aspect to the bel canto voice. I also know that you actually mention in your book that this may well improve one’s eyesight… now I know it for a fact. I went to the eye doctor yesterday, I have been near- sighted for 40+ years, and it was very gradually getting worse as one might expect, that’s how these things tend to go. I went to the eye doctor last week, and he confirmed what you predicted: my vision has gone from -4.25 diopter to -3.50 in the period of one year. Quite a sizeable step! Who knows how much more it will improve. No new prescription for eyeglasses for me until they “stabilize”, that might take a while.
Another major thing for me has been to switch back to wearing eyeglasses after wearing contacts for 40 years. As you remember, my voice dramatically changed for the better the day I did this. To my own surprise, I actually feel much happier wearing glasses, it seems to be beneficial for the nervous system in a variety of ways.
I thank you immensely for your continued guidance and all the amazing effects it has on my life. Much LOVE.

Arianna Tripodi is with Miriam Jaskierowicz Arman.

March 28 · 

MASTER DI GIRO VOCAL MOTION A REGGIO

Sono un’allieva di Miriam da un anno ormai, conosco il suo lavoro straordinario, ma ogni volta è una riscoperta. 
Sono stati tre giorni ricchi, intensi, durante i quali ho rivisto con piacere alcune persone che conoscevo e ne ho incontrate di nuove, voci bellissime e , come purtroppo ormai spesso accade, smarrite in quella che noi abbiamo definito “la prigione” , quel luogo stretto dove esse non sono libere di esprimere la loro bellezza. Il primo giorno del master è sempre delicato e di grande impatto , tutti ascoltavano con grande attenzione e stupore gli insegnamenti di Miriam , mai ascoltati prima ma, in fondo, già parte dimenticata di noi stessi . Una frase mi ha molto colpita, detta da una delle partecipanti: mentre metteva in pratica la tecnica di Miriam le dice: “ ma io facevo così da bambina, lo ricordo”! È straordinario. 
E così in poco tempo abbiamo imparato ad allontanarci dalla “prigione”, e cosa è venuto fuori! Voci di incredibile purezza, che poco prima erano scure, tirate, traballanti, realmente ferite e sanguinanti dopo anni di cattivo studio e cattive abitudini; Voci che solo adesso hanno iniziato a mostrare la loro vera identità e il loro vero suono. E cosa può fare un cantante , una persona che inizia a toccare la sua vera Voce, in fondo la sua essenza? Vi lascio immaginare l’emozione, lo stupore, il sorriso, le lacrime , emozioni che io conosco molto bene. 
Ti ringrazio Miriam , ti ringraziamo , per questo dono che ci hai fatto, per averci “riconnesso” , per averci fatto ritrovare parti di noi dimenticate , ma che sono sempre rimaste con noi , la nostra Voce, che ha bussato alla nostra porta per chiederci di farla uscire, di renderla libera.

Chiara Cutrupi is with Miriam Jaskierowicz Arman.

December 11 at 6:46 PM · 

Sono un’allieva di Miriam Jaskierowicz Arman da 7 mesi. La prima volta che ho incontrato Miriam, una meravigliosa e una grande donna, ero ad una sua master class e lei si è avvicinata a me, mi ha guardato e mi ha detto “Tu hai una grande energia! Devi usarla mentre canti!”. Quando ho sentito queste parole, è stato come se lei mi avesse letto dentro, nel profondo. Per tutti questi anni, ho sempre sentito come una voce che proveniva dal più profondo di me stessa che sempre voleva uscire, ho avuto diversi insegnanti, ma ogni volta finivo sempre in quella che noi definiamo la “prigione”, mi sentivo imprigionata, provavo un profondo dolore in quanto cantante, non potevo più esprimermi, il dolore era sia fisico che spirituale, e a un certo punto non riuscivo più neanche a parlare. MIRIAM HA CAMBIATO LA MIA VITA, io sono una persona diversa grazie a lei, una versione migliore di me stessa, ho come un’aura attorno e qualsiasi persona che si trova accanto a me, se ne accorge. Voglio condividerlo con tutti, voglio che tutti sappiano del meraviglioso lavoro che Miriam porta avanti. La mia voce era a pezzi, traballante, ferita , dopo tanti e tanti anni di cattivi insegnamenti. Ma grazie all’incredibile lavoro che sto facendo e in così poco tempo, già fin dalla prima lezione con Miriam, ho scoperto, anzi ho riscoperto la mia VOCE, la mia VERA VOCE, libera finalmente di mostrare la sua vera natura e il suo vero suono. E’ un’emozione indescrivibile, non ci sono parole… quanti sorrisi e quante lacrime di felicità…. Voglio dirti GRAZIE MIRIAM, per aver reso tutto questo possibile, GRAZIE per avermi fatto questo immenso dono, GRAZIE per avermi dato la possibilità di riconnettermi con la parte più profonda di me stessa, che da tanto tempo ormai avevo scordato o messo da parte, e adesso invece è libera di volare in alto!


Marc-Olivier Oetterli

October 3, 2016

I just sung a complete performance as figaro with one earlplugg!! Incredible outcome! Focussing on what i hear on that plugged ear, it is pretty easy to maintain a high position. In the fourth act i took it out, sung the last aria without it and i realised how high the position was! Thanks for insisting Miriam! It needs some courage, but i definitly recommend it!!

Miriam Jaskierowicz Arman

July 17, 2016

Some memories make you cry, other make you laugh…but all are worth remembering…4 ears ago…incredible to believe

Riccardo Foresi to Miriam Jaskierowicz Arman
July 17, 2013 · 
Wanted to share my last experience with Miriam…i’ve been studying with her for the past 9 years and she built every inch of my singing…i drove her crazy countless times over the years but she never let go of me. Last week i got real sick with a virus, that unfortunately effected the system and i made the terrible mistake of convincing myself i could not sing, and i canceled two shows. But i had scheduleded a very important show, in a place i dreamed about since i was a teenager, and of course i did’nt wanna cancel that. As the virus began to let go, the voice got worst. Two days from the show, and everything was laying on the bottom…beside the pain inside my heart, for being in such condition, this experience was sent to me to teach me a real lesson. I always put the repertoire in to the voice, but i realized that many phrases, o just a few words were not in place. Either half way or on the bottom. Of course i got away with it many times during shows…but not this time…i realized that there is really nothing on the bottom…on sick days you can realize that even more… never ever let anything go, put every single piece of music in the voice, over and over…after a performance get right back to it, and fix it. It will come a day when you will pay a high price for these mistakes and you will find nothing on the bottom…zero. What Miriam did for me this week is undescribeble. The days of the show, i was in the worst condition of my life. I was just waiting for Miriam to tell me…”don’t go, you can’t sing”…you think she did that?
i could barely speak and my self confidance was down the drain…That same day, we had 4 hours of lesson…she constantly beated me, over and over…the voice is there, there is nothing wrong with it…get out of the way… trust your instrument…
i had friends calling to check in on me and i told them, i can’t talk right now, i’m having a lesson…what? you should be resting…
and that was the rest i needed…vocalizing, spinging and singing the repertoire until the minute the concert started…one hour before the show i was terrified…i saw the place getting filled with people, the band was setting up and i started to be affraid…
There was only one thing to do…vocalize, sping the songs…come in from the top, relax and trust the instrument. Only technique could get get me through this…nothing else.
Now i can’t say this was the best conncert of my life even thou i got people on their feet. This was a week worthed a lifetime of lessons…I touched with my hands the real meaning of Miriam’s work, the depth of it…her whole life it’s dedicated to the voice, and i’m sorry if i pur her through this…she was in bad sick, and she gave me all her energy and once again all of her knowledge. I was about to let go and give it up, and she did’nt let that happen. She knew i could do it, and she guided me to it…
The voice is always there…you have to respect it, and not abuse it…don’t take if for granted…you can always sing as long as you turn on the system..come in from the top, leave the bottom out of the picture and fly high. It takes constant work, determination and trust…
Thank you Miriam, for saving my life and my career…this was the best lesson
i love you with all my heart
Riccardo

Elin Kathleen Melgarejo Amazing. I remember this, but reading about it again is truly something!!! MIRACULOUS. Crazy thing is, this has happened to me too! I was living in NYC and had important shows coming up. Suddenly my voice was “gone” and I begged Miriam to give me a lesson, which she did even though she was at home SICK!! What haven’t I put her through as well??? She gave me the last bits of energy that she had, and she “fixed” me by taking me through the lessons, guiding me, getting me out of my head… Just doing the work, over and over ❤️🙏🏼💃🏻🎉

Miriam Jaskierowicz Arman

June 29, 2016 · Brooklyn, New York

ONE OF THE STUDENTS, THE TALLEST ONE 🙂 AT THE ny MASTER CLASS WROTE THIS ON MY TIMELINE…KNOWING THAT YOU RARELY GO THERE OR WRITE THERE, I THOUGHT TO SHARE IT WITH YOU HERE, I THINK ITS VERY IMPORTANT, BECAUSE SOME WERE REALLY PUT OFF BY HIS QUESTIONING ETC…SOMETIMES TO GET SOMEWHERE TAKES A LONG ROUTE…PATIENCE…PERSEVERENCE AND REAL CARING IS ALWAYS NEEDED FOR ANYONE TO ARRIVE AT THEIR GOALS..PLEASE READ AND ANSWER ON THE TIMELINE, NOT HERE

Aaron Silverman to Miriam Jaskierowicz Arman
12 hrs · 
With all of the ego energy running rampant in the world, it is so elusive to understand that submitting is the right thing to do. But it is. In fact, it is magical.
Dear World, At the same time we don’t want to let people step on us, if it is good people that are stepping, it’s okay! Trust that good people have your benefit in mind. The mantra to tell your ego, when that self-defense impulse is activated is, “They are on my side…they are on my side…Calm down.” Don’t be so exacting to avoid people taking advantage of your ego. I’m not talking about your body, or your wallet, I’m talking about your feelings of self-importance, which are often bigger than they can be to be called practically useful.
And when finding a truth in a master, dependency on the master is okay. Again, I’m talking about a way to think or ethical principle to act upon, or a skill. If you want to learn and grow, you first need to acknowledge your limits and then rise out of them. Total submission, as in transplanting their vision onto mine, is key.
Miriam, you changed my life again, forever. I didn’t know what I was doing wrong with the voice. Though I was growing, there were many kinks and my perspectives on life were moderately in flux. After this week, around the 8th hour of class, I began to make the decision to work very hard to accept you fully as my teacher of the voice. I let you into my heart and the deepest parts of my mind. I rejected all judgements and threw down mental barriers from embracing you. It was one of the best decisions I have made in this lifetime. With all your insistence that I was not following properly, I didn’t see it until almost the end of the class.
And another thing I realize is that the vision is only as good as the seer. Miriam, you are dedicated with your life and ever fiber of your being. And that is why I can and must rely on you. Knowing you gives me strength to continue the minute to minute work that connecting to the voice requires. And you’ve know that the whole time we’ve known each other. And yet you waited for me to get there. Your strength of will wove paths in my subconscious that eventually brought me to the place of the voice.
And as you say, when the voice comes together for a singer, so does their life. Today was the most peaceful day in my life yet. today I was able to integrate difficult emotions that I had always before been resigned to suppress, ignore, or struggle with. But i have submitted now, and through it, I am finally in touch with the power of the soul that Hashem has given me. It can uplift anyone. It is with ease and excitement that I am understanding with greater clarity how Hashem intends me to live. I am beginning to accept everything He gives me with a full mind, not because I have to, but because as every human being, a privileged creation, I see that everything is there just to guide me on my own personal path towards greatness. As Moshe Rabbeinu says in the Holy Torah “we will know that Gd is guiding us as a father leads his child by the hand.”
This is not metaphorical. It is real. More real than the physical lives we live. Get over ourselves. Submit to greatness – it’s Gdly. And I pray many more people seek to get to that place Miriam has the gift to bring them to.
Much Love,
Chuna



Tanya Phil Palma

June 30, 2016

Hello Everyone.

I have witnessed an amazing blessing. Miriam gave a lesson to my 6 year old daughter Marie. She started with theory, asking questions as she would do with an adult student. She did not have to simplify anything. The fact that it surprised me, tells me I’m still not all the way sure that this is simple! And Miriam did not lose her even for a second. Then she made her sing regular exercises and in just few minutes her voice grew 3 times and I was so amazed to hear same floating vibrations that I hear adult students produce when in the giro. Truly the voice has no age and technique is always the same. 
Marie loved her lesson and took it very seriously, yet on the way home her ego took over as she wanted to experience her new big voice again and pushed and screamed. Even in the mind of a 6 year old associations with power and pushing are well established! I will post a sample from her lesson here as soon as I clip it. THANK YOU, MIRIAM!!!

Tanya Phil Palma

June 14, 2016

Miriam’s master class is always a must. I was not sure if I should take it since I already went to one and have been taking private lessons and listening to Miriam’s radio shows. But once again I realized how important it is to go over and over again the technique, the basics, seen from a different angle, with different participants involved, each one contributing to the understanding. Miriam mentioned once a year one needs to do it. And now I understand why. Because the work never stops and it is not about getting it, it’s about training the brain like one trains muscles. If you don’t do it constantly, after awhile muscle disappear. It is the same with the brain, it tends to go back to old ways so it needs reinforcement that master class gives. I had amazing private lessons after the master classes. More about them in another post. Thank you Miriam for the work of miracles, no one left the same!

Tanya Phil Palma

June 9, 2016

I’m not quite ready to write about what happened at my private lesson after the master class. But Miriam promissed to kill me tomorrow if I don’t, so I’ll try my best now but definitely more to come later.

15 years of my sabotaging my progress, 4 of them with Miriam, then a big break, then 3 years ago we started again. Those present at the master class witnessed my painful process leading nowhere.

Today Miriam started by “strangling” my throat with her hands and asking me to speak in that position. Not a sound would come out. Then she asked me to do the same to her. I did exactly what she did to me – guess what! not only her sound came out, it was the same, as if I was not pressing hard on her throat!

And then Miriam would not let me breath or prepare or do any sort of a set up. She kept saying “I want nothing, nothing, no, no, nothing….!!!” She would not let me use anything. The only thing I could use was my thought.

And then for the first time in 15 years I believed that she meant it when she said “NOTHING!”.

So I did just the thought. And it worked! Not only it worked, I did the whole song (with some stops for correction) in a totally new place. For the first time I was not holding on to the voice! I was only focusing on the speaking thought. I did not have to place the sound anywhere. I also felt that in that place potential was huge!

For the first time I experienced my voice not being held or manipulated!!! And I did not need any tricks, and I did not have to worry where to place it!

There is much more to write about this lesson, but I will stop now and let my experience to crystalize a little more, otherwise I’ll end up writing a whole book here!