Aspiring Singers and Artists

Do you want to...

  • sing with ease?
  • bring out your best voice?
  • perform with confidence?
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Imagine if...

  • You could sing in an eeeeasy, intuitive way

  • You finally really mastered vocal technique and felt in total control of your singing voice

  • You could develop your natural tone into a solid singing voice that you can rely on under any circumstance

  • You were able to publicly perform feeling confident & genuinely
    having fun

  • You would turn those public performances into magical experiences that really WOW your audience & turn them into hardcore fans

  • You reached a completely new level in your singing and your performance

Yeah, would be pretty incredible, right?

Well, give us a few months, and this could actually be your reality.

The Vocal Psychology® Program provides you the tools & techniques to achieve all of the above, and more.

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Wait...

Did someone tell you that singing is only reserved for the naturally gifted??

Girl! Ab-so-lute-ly not.

Singing is a skill.

(that you can learn)

But mostly, it's a mindset.

(that you can learn)

Why a healthy mind is essential to your singing success

This might sound crazy, but MOST of the challenges you face as a singer have an emotional source.

(Yup, not just your performance challenges - such as stage fright, ability to let go, breath control when nervous -, even your TECHNICAL challenges, such as that annoying voice crack or wobbly falsetto).

Muscles react to our thoughts & beliefs... Self-limiting beliefs ('I can't do it', 'that note is too high', 'I'm embarrassed', etc) create negative tension in your body.

An empowering mindset and positive self-talk will encourage the body to become a more resonant space.

This means you'll finally be able to APPLY healthy vocal technique. Finally you'll be able to produce a soulful, unique sound & give a meaningful, emotional performance.

Singing is

20% skills
and
80% mindset

Welcome to
The Vocal Psychology® Program

The Vocal Psychology® Program is a private online coaching program of 44 sessions in 12 months, designed to help you sing like a professional and build up the confidence to perform at the level you want.

We are here to turn singers into confident performers.

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Each week, you'll be given new technical and/or emotional insights to fully develop your voice, your performance & your mindset.

By the end of the 12 months, you'll have a complete technical framework AND a psychological toolbox to help you tackle literally *anything* that gets in the way of your beautiful & free singing voice (including the things you keep getting stuck on right now).

(Regardless of your level of stage experience, number of followers, or current knowledge of voice technique.)

The Vocal Psychology Program® is designed to make issues such as voice cracks, stage fright, volume issues & throat tension a thing of the past...

...and make flawless mixed voice, healthy breath control, impressive runs & belt notes, a beautiful & unique tone, and an absolutely compelling delivery your new normal.

All without feeling limited by your shyness, nerves, insecurities or feelings of embarrassment.

You'll learn absolutely everything you need to know and do to sing with your best voice, and perform at your absolute full potential.

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Between sessions, we set you up with plenty of helpful tools to make progress on your own. Audio exercises, a guided daily warmup, worksheets, you name it...


And if you run into any questions or feel 'stuck' during your daily practice, we've got you! Your personal daily practice sheet will help you collect all your challenges, that we will then unpack and find solutions for during our sessions.

And that's not all...

We make sure to focus your emotional experience of singing. If you are "winning" the external game (releasing songs, performing regularly, gaining momentum in your career) but you feel intimidated, not deserving, fearful of losing it all, or stressed in any other way... our work is not done.

We want you to feel successful on YOUR terms, and accomplish your internal goals. That means we will define together how you want to FEEL on stage, in the studio, collaborating with other people.

We're here for you every step of the way.
(Yes, we make it pretty hard for you to fail.)

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The Vocal Psychology® Program is the perfect combination of technical information, emotional support & laugh-out-loud fun!

And that's why we are achieving amazing results.

Success Stories

When I started the Vocal Psychology program, I had a complete lack of confidence that I could ever be a solo artist. I felt like I didn't belong on stage, even though that's where I wholeheartedly wanted to be. Now, I perform regularly (all over the world!), signed with a record label (currently recording my second EP!), and...I finally feel AMAZING on stage. Maru has such a kind and generous approach to coaching that I value highly. She has always seen the best in me and helped me to find it for myself.

Kelly

Is This You?

  1. You know you have potential as a singer, but you are not quite sure how to make the most of your gifts
  2. You sometimes find it embarrassing to call yourself a singer and wonder if you truly belong on stage (even when you're a professional performer & people tell you you're amazing)
  3. When you have regular gigs, you feel tension in your throat as if you've been straining too much
  4. There are technical things you haven't quite mastered yet, (mixed voice, breath control, belt notes, runs, etc), and maybe you even tell yourself that that's 'just your voice'
  5. You are not showing the world ALL that you're capable of: you're not performing as regularly as you like, you're not getting the fee you'd like, you're not playing with musicians yet, you're not recording your songs, you're not singing loud & proud the way you know you could... (yet), etc.
  6. You compare yourself to other artists and feel like you don't measure up
  7. 

Insecurities are holding you back, and you tend to beat yourself up over it
  8. You don't feel 100% confident about your voice & your performance, and sometimes you even question if you have what it takes at all...

....but on a deep level you *just* feel:
'THIS IS WHAT I AM MEANT TO DO'

You are not crazy.

Your dreams are not naive or unrealistic, just because someone once said they were.

You just need the right tools, the right technique and the right mindset. 
The Vocal Psychology® Program is designed specifically for you.

Vocal Psychology® IS more than 'just' vocal coaching

teaches you vocal and breathing technique but doesn't focus on what is really blocking you, and why teaches you vocal and breathing technique, and helps you figure out the source of your challenges
doesn't analyze with you why it can be challenging to APPLY technique when you are nervous / tired / uncomfortable offers tools to sing & perform anywhere & under any circumstance, even when you're nervous / tired / uncomfortable
progress is usually slow... you may understand the theory, but singing most likely doesn't feel as effortless and free as it could be… (and you might start to think something is wrong with YOU) progress can be incredibly fast! we go to the source of your challenges so that you can APPLY vocal technique in a practical way that actually gives results (sometimes even within 30 min!)
often doesn't speak from real life music industry experience or sometimes doesn’t even have notable experience as a performer speaks from real life experience on stage and in the recording studio, music industry situations / pressures, etc
no concrete help with challenges that you face as a singer concrete help with studio and stage performance, including how to prevent and/or manage 'mistakes', nerves, talking to your audience, improvizing, and anything else that may feel like a challenge in studio or stage setting
assumes that better technique will magically give you more confidence but doesn't teach you HOW to overcome the mindset obstacles that sabotage your voice & performance very focused on cultivating a success mindset, so that you feel ready to perform with confidence under any circumstance
isn't goal-driven, no measurement of results sets measurable goals and subgoals with you
doesn't have a good way to track your development, nor for you to clearly see your progress offers helpful tools to track your internal and external progress
mainly focuses on basic techniques, such as creating volume and singing with power focused on the basics, such as creating volume, mixed voice and singing with power, but also on more refined techniques such as runs, falsetto, storytelling, emotional delivery
talks about finding your voice (which sometimes doesn't even feel like YOUR voice...) we don't try to 'find' your voice, but rather teach you how to ALLOW and polish your natural, authentic voice

VOCAL PSYCHOLOGY® 
gives you the tools 
to not only be a professional singer,
 but also an excellent performer and an authentic artist 
(and a happy human being...)

Here's what you get

  • 1:1 Mentorship

    We hold weekly private video calls to give in-depth coaching for your specific voice. We work towards your big singing goals, and work on removing what's in the way to achieving them.

  • Next level technique

    Vocal technique, explained in a way that's easy to understand. Your voice is NOT broken or helpless. You just haven't found the right technique yet. We keep going until it clicks and you really GET it. Not only that, we're going to go to the root cause of why certain things feel challenging.

  • Reframe limiting beliefs

    Certain thoughts & beliefs (such as perfectionism or imposter syndrome) create tension in your body, and that tension makes it challenging to sing in a healthy way. We'll give you tools to cultivate a strong success mindset that makes singing easy and helps you achieve your goals.

Yeah... It can get deep.

It's not therapy though: everything we do is in service of your voice. But we do use techniques rooted in psychology & NLP, so... don't be surprised if you're gonna experience some self-healing along the way.

  • Find your unique sound

    With your authentic voice as the foundation,, we help you find new ways of using your voice until you find a 'sound', a tone and a way of emoting that feels right. We experiment with different textures and frequencies, but always always ALWAYS honor your natural voice.

  • Concrete & measurable goals

    We set measurable goals, make progress in your tempo AND offer a simple & effective way to track that progress. But we don't stop there: I want you to understand the WHY underneath your goals. What are you reeeeeally longing for? We define all the steps we need to take to get there, and set you up for success on your terms.

  • Perform with confidence

    We help you perform with confidence, with joy and with freedom! You'll learn how to make being on stage a fun and empowering experience for yourself, even when you're nervous, tired or sad AND we'll give you the tools to create a magical experience for your audience... every time!

Here's what happens when you apply

Let's check each other out..

  1. You fill out a simple application form
  2. You receive a scheduling link where you can book a free intro session with me

3. During this intro session, we talk about your goals & challenges, and you get to ask me aaaall about the program.

4. If we both feel that we're a good match, I'll invite you to join the program. If we are not 100% sure that we’re a match, I’ll still point you in the right direction of where you want to go and we will part ways.

So you've got NOTHING to lose.

Success Stories

Our daughter is a strong actress, model, and pianist...but what she really wants to do is sing. She has a sweet voice with beautiful pitch, but lacks the confidence to perform. In her time with Maru, she's learning to "feel" the music, use more space (both physically and emotionally), and develop her innate talents. Maru knows how to bring the fire out of a developing artist. What a gift!

Barbara

Mother of Katya

Still not sure if this would work for you?

Please don't worry about your previous experience, or lack thereof.



It truly doesn't matter if you've never performed in your life, if you haven't had a single voice lesson or if you *feel* like no one would ever want to hear you sing.

After 10+ years of coaching singers, I know exactly if the Vocal Psychology® program will work for you.

My best performing clients, the ones who makes fast and lasting progress all share these qualities:

holistic

view of the world (you believe that things are connected, in this the body, the voice & the mind)

proactive

you take action, and feel responsible for yourself & your progress

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willing

to take small steps out of your comfort zone

serious

about investing in yourself because you're...

motivated

to step into your own power

Is that you?

Then I can guarantee you this:




By the end of the Vocal Psychology Program®, you will:

  • understand your body & mind as a complete vocal system
  • 

have a foolproof singing system that not only covers the basics, but also advanced vocal techniques (such as high belting, mixed voice, falsetto)
  • 

have all the tools to cultivate a success mindset: you'll have changed your self-limiting beliefs into positive mantras
  • 

understand the techniques for positive reprogramming of your brain, and the positive re-framing of your fears & insecurities (such as severe stage fright, or mic anxiety)
  • have more confidence, ease & joy; more trust in yourself and what wants to come through
  • know how to create magical performances, where you truly connect with your audience
  • 

have a solid strategy to genuinely move listeners with your singing voice
  • understand what it means to 'let go' when you sing and how to do it in a way that helps you sound better
  • 

understand how to solve any problem regarding your voice, mindset & performance,
  • 

have the tools to overcome your fear of messing up / making mistakes
  • have 

a 1:1 mentor to support you in reaching your goals.

...and your only regret will be that you didn't apply sooner 😉

There's simply no other holistic singing & mindset coaching program that is as effective, 
guaranteed

Success Stories

"I was so in love with the idea of singing and psychology in one program! Maru is so supportive and sweet. She will help you break through emotional barriers, see a new perspective & set your voice free. The Vocal Psychology program is more than just singing lessons, its an investment in yourself!"

Mandi

Meet Your Coach

 

You're probably curious whoooo is going to dive into your deepest darkest secrets with you, and help you overcome your greatest fears & insecurities? Who is going to guide you towards excellence and awesomeness??

Hi! I'm MARU, and I created the Vocal Psychology program. Why? Because it's exactly the program I wish I had had when I started out as a singer... Trust me, I *know* how it feels to be you!

After obtaining my Master's Degree in Cognitive Psychology, I could no longer deny that music was my real passion in life.

I quit my job as a psychologist and started my own personal development journey. I took lessons from the best singing teacher in the country AND used the knowledge and experience to train my mindset.

I learned how to sing like a good singer, but -maybe even more importantly- I learned how to THINK like a good singer.

Because of this combination, I was able to create success for myself.

I signed with Sony/ATV in 2011 as a singer/songwriter. Since then, I have been blessed enough to work at the most iconic recording studios, with top producers, artists and songwriters - people I've looked up to since I was a little girl. I've performed all over the world, released international songs under major labels, had songs in heavy rotation on national radio, starred in my own music videos, have done things I could only dreeeeeam of a few years prior to my radical career switch, and...

I have also has successfully coached hundreds of singers (beginners and professionals) since 2008, to follow *their* dreams.

I noticed something fascinating when I was working with these singers: technique was only a small part of what my clients really needed in order to grow. There were constant discoveries of self-limiting beliefs that we absolutely had to address before we could go to a next level vocally. The obstacles were mostly between the ears.

Out of this need, the Vocal Psychology® coaching program was born. This new way of thinking about singing changed my life in a spectacular way, and the vocal coaching system that developed from it has profoundly helped my students as well. I 'm committed to bringing out the best in each unique voice and person. And I would love for you to start giving yourself permission to shine. To have the courage to get out of your comfort zone, and find out what magical things you are capable of!

Meet Your Coach

meet-maru

 

You're probably curious whoooo is going to dive into your deepest darkest secrets with you, and help you overcome your greatest fears & insecurities? Who is going to guide you towards excellence and awesomeness??

Hi! I'm MARU, and I created the Vocal Psychology program. Why? Because it's exactly the program I wish I had had when I started out as a singer... Trust me, I *know* how it feels to be you!

After obtaining my Master's Degree in Cognitive Psychology, I could no longer deny that music was my real passion in life.

I quit my job as a psychologist and started my own personal development journey. I took lessons from the best singing teacher in the country AND used the knowledge and experience to train my mindset.

I learned how to sing like a good singer, but -maybe even more importantly- I learned how to THINK like a good singer.

Because of this combination, I was able to create success for myself.

I signed with Sony/ATV in 2011 as a singer/songwriter. Since then, I have been blessed enough to work at the most iconic recording studios, with top producers, artists and songwriters - people I've looked up to since I was a little girl. I've performed all over the world, released international songs under major labels, had songs in heavy rotation on national radio, starred in my own music videos, have done things I could only dreeeeeam of a few years prior to my radical career switch, and...

I have also has successfully coached hundreds of singers (beginners and professionals) since 2008, to follow *their* dreams.

I noticed something fascinating when I was working with these singers: technique was only a small part of what my clients really needed in order to grow. There were constant discoveries of self-limiting beliefs that we absolutely had to address before we could go to a next level vocally. The obstacles were mostly between the ears.

Out of this need, the Vocal Psychology® coaching program was born. This new way of thinking about singing changed my life in a spectacular way, and the vocal coaching system that developed from it has profoundly helped my students as well.

I'm committed to bringing out the best in each unique voice and person. And I would love for you to start giving yourself permission to shine. To have the courage to get out of your comfort zone, and find out what magical things you are capable of!

Here are the available payment plans:

Most popular

$475 12 monthly payments
  • 1:1 Mentorship
  • Tools & Exercises
  • Measurable goals
  • 44 sessions
  • Pay monthly

Best value

$5,435 1 payment
  • 1:1 Mentorship
  • Tools & Exercises
  • Measurable goals
  • 44 sessions
  • Pay once, get a $265 discount

Your Alternatives

Traditional vocal coaching|
(you'll learn about technique, mayyyybe a little surface level performance coaching, but definitely no in depth mindset coaching)

Mindset coaching
(you'll get mindset coaching, but definitely no voice training)

Follow your own path
(watch a million Youtube tutorials, read books & articles, and put small pieces of - often conflicting - information together to figure out your singing & performing formula. This is what I did... but maaaan, it took a REALLY long time)

Or...
you can go to that next level in a matter of months 

with top notch information & helpful support

 & a personal coach that won't stop until you

 sing with your full potential

We've got your back. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

What some of my CURRENT CLIENTS have to say about taking the leap:

After my first Vocal Psychology® session, I stayed because of how kind, loving and gentle she was, how comfortable Maru made me feel, and how much I learned. I was hooked.

Vocal Psychology® client

The Vocal Psychology® Program is not one of those programs that promises you quick success after your first session.
And it's not the type of program that leaves you totally frustrated because none of those promises came true.
Instead, the Vocal Psychology® Program is made for clients who wish to dive deep into their limiting beliefs, and who want to work on themselves sustainably.

Vocal Psychology® client

The Vocal Psychology® Program definitely is not only about singing - it involves body and soul equally.
I'm really happy that I can call Maru my coach, because I can be super open with her, and we work together on getting the best out of my individual potential (instead of trying to become a copy of someone else).

Vocal Psychology® client

I'm so happy I signed up for the Vocal Psychology® Program; I wasn't sure it would be worth the money, but it has exceeded my best expectations!
I seem to have a breakthrough every time we meet. It's very exciting to feel such rapid progress.

Vocal Psychology® client

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