I came to Madeline after losing much of my upper singing range due to vocal nodules. She was recommended to me by a colleague, and right away I noticed that her methods were unique, well-articulated and focused on building confidence in addition to good vocal habits to help me heal. She has a wide breadth of experience, and as she dealt with a vocal injury herself, has both compassion and a point of reference that made me trust her and feel understood. It is very demoralizing to have a vocal issue but Madeline never made me feel embarrassed or ashamed of my condition. Rather she has an exuberant and encouraging nature.
Madeline uses yoga and breath inspired exercises to teach students how to be more grounded in positive techniques and notice/change stress or strain patterns. She is adept at describing what she is teaching and patient as you work through the learning process.
I still have a long way to go, but I can already hear and feel a difference and I really enjoy working with Madeline. I highly recommend her services!
Kareem A. Mack
Vocal performance major, University of Connecticut
Dr. Madeline Miskie emphasizes a balanced approach to singing. Her method of teaching focuses on releasing unnecessary tension while singing and keeping the breath energized. During my study with Dr. Miskie I quickly noticed improvement in my own posture and the overall vibration of my voice. I also noticed that my singing felt easier. I receive comments from teachers, adjudicators and coaches saying that I demonstrate a "free sound" and a "clear sound." Overall, my experience studying with Dr. Madeline Miskie was nurturing to the mind body and soul.
Music education major, Hartt School of Music
The introduction of Dr. Madeline Miskie into my life was one of the sole reasons why I began to take classical singing seriously. With her many techniques such as incorporating her training in yoga into weekly lessons, breathing exercises, and overall musicianship, she continuously helped me evolve as a singer. To this day, I still follow the same patterns and techniques I learned from Dr. Miskie in lessons and performances. I can wholeheartedly say that having vocal lessons with Dr. Miskie changed my life for the better.
Alto, Stanford Early Music Singers
Madeline is an exceptional voice teacher. She is also exceptionally fun to work with and be around. When I was learning vocal technique, I was incredibly tense, and afraid of hitting high notes. Madeline put me at ease, poked fun at my self-doubt in a constructive and encouraging way, and taught me ways to completely relax the muscles in my throat and body so that I could become a more confident singer. Her experience as a yoga teacher is also invaluable in her music lessons, since she has a deep awareness and knowledge of how to train breathing so that it will be a source of calmness, confidence and support for your voice. Madeline is able to communicate difficult concepts as if straight to your vocal chords, by cutting out the jargon and refusing to let the student overthink technique, instead allowing them to live the technique directly. Going to voice lessons with Madeline's was an incredible joy; her warmth, welcoming spirit and professionalism will ensure you will keep asking for more.
Graduate student, University of Maryland
I began voice lessons with Madeline convinced that my biggest problems were improper use of breath and bad pitch. I thought that if I could just concentrate hard enough on doing those things right, I could sing well. I would have never realized what was obvious to Madeline from first glance - my biggest problem was, in fact, that I was thinking about those things all the time. Now, it takes all of Madeline's astonishing energy, sustained throughout classes, to "get me out of my head" and help me focus my energy on one concept at a time. Through these lessons, Madeline is helping me improve my technique without losing sight of the most important point of any art - expressive communication.
Professional dancer / actor / singer, Washington, DC
I am a dancer, actor and singer in the DC/Metro area. After my first lesson with Madeline, I knew she would change my life. Madeline's sensitive and thorough approach to vocal training has not only resulted in an increase in my range and volume, but also a greater understanding of my instrument as a whole (my body). She uses a combination of anatomical and imagery-based approaches, and incorporates her study of yoga and movement. Always willing to experiment, she has helped me develop ease and release in my singing while at the same time, finding a deeper faith in my voice. For over a year, I have had weekly lessons with Madeline which have become integral to my practice as a performer. I am extremely grateful for her guidance; she is an excellent teacher.
My journey working with Dr. Madeline Miskie has been nothing short of amazing. When I first began working with her I had quite a few vocal issues. For starters I was struggling to find clarity in my voice and sustaining pure vowel sounds. I also had neck and shoulder tension as well as a terrible habit to push and strain. Since we began working on proper breath support, relaxing my body to release tension and maintaining an active core while singing a lot of my struggles in the beginning started to correct themselves. I quickly began to notice my range started to expand as I released tension and unnecessary habits of pushing. Working with Dr. Miskie honestly felt like vocal weight loss. My singing feels free and flexible. I also notice a very balanced sound as opposed to my overly dark and heavy sound I started out with. With the combination of breath work, body awareness and vocal technique I truly feel Dr. Miskie nurtured my voice and set me on an incredible journey to success. I am forever grateful for her dedication and attention to detail in regards to vocal and mental health.
Michael Joel Hall
Founder & Director, DC Ashtanga
Level 2 Authorized Ashtanga Yoga Instructor
Sri K. Pattabhi Jois Ashtanga Yoga Institute Mysore, India (2015)
As Madeline's yoga instructor, I have had the great pleasure of watching her take a keen interest in traditional yoga studies. Her dedicated, focused practice has allowed for more dynamism in her reactions to challenging situations, creativity in her problem-solving, and a real development in personal grit.
Uniquely, as both her yoga teacher and voice student, I've been lucky enough to see how those characteristics of equanimity bleed over into her teachings. Having a speech impediment, I have been challenged by the work we have done together, due to years of self-limiting thought associated with my voice. Her kindness and patience have cultivated within me a feeling of safety and trust, and her depth of knowledge and aforementioned dynamism have changed my relationship with my voice.
Of particular interest to me is how much overlap there is between hatha yoga and singing. Not only do I find our lessons useful for my voice, I am able to find new and interesting depths in my meditations. Thanks to Madeline's teachings, I now chant with greater confidence, and as such am able to un-apologetically share more aspects of yogic practice. I also actually enjoy singing now. I'm so grateful.
Director, Belvoir Terrace; A Fine and Performing Arts Camp for Girls, Lenox MA
Madeline Miskie spent four summers singing, teaching and counseling at Belvoir Terrace, a summer arts program in Lenox, Massachusetts. From her first season at Belvoir, Maddy was exceptional. She has a beautiful, well trained vocal instrument and also performs well. She is an excellent, teacher; sensitive to her students and as a skilled pianist was able to accompany them well in lessons. She is a mature, centered, extremely happy and pleasant adult who mentored students and served as an exceptional role model for them. Maddy was both an independent teacher and a team player in a large music faculty. She became a successful leader in the counseling area and contributed as an outstanding performer. Madeline Miskie was an asset to the faculty at Belvoir Terrace.
Yoga Instructor, Circle Yoga, Washington, DC
Madeline is an incredibly talented teacher! She combines deep knowledge of her craft and a sensitivity to the needs of each individual student with a wonderful sense of fun. As a yoga teacher, I really appreciated her subtle understanding of the human body and breath. She made our voice lessons feel like an extension of my practice, which was the perfect way to make me feel comfortable. I would never have imagined myself making such big, confident sounds--she has a real gift!
Music Therapy major,
West Virginia University
Madeline taught me so much. She helped me grow not only as a singer and performer, but as a person. She is also the reason why I am studying music in college in the first place, because without her help I would have not performed well during the audition process. She is an amazing teacher!
Voice Performance major, Hartt School of Music
I often look back on my first lesson with Dr. Miskie four years ago. I definitely displayed characteristics of a typical amateur high school student just beginning their classical training; an un-established support system and shaky breaths. When it comes to the study of voice pedagogy and yoga, Ms. Miskie has the ability to coordinate the voice to be as graceful as it is powerful and expressive. I use the various methods I learned in her studio to this day; her techniques are so helpful!
alumni, Belvoir Terrace
Maddy is an excellent teacher who leads with creativity and a vast knowledge of the human voice. Her lessons are powerful and personal; she has the ability to easily identify a person’s strengths and asses their vocal potential.
I started taking lessons from Madeline at the age of 15 and consider it to be one of the most impactful experiences in my life. She knew exactly what I needed each step of the way, and showed me what it meant to make singing an art form. The knowledge, attitudes, and techniques I was given continue to be a huge benefit to my voice today, and the time I got to spend learning from her will forever be an inspiration.
Madeline Miskie was always a straightforward, knowledgeable, encouraging and insightful teacher during every one of our sessions. She is full of expertise, enthusiasm, patience, and dedication to her art which she always manages to communicate in a comprehensive and exciting fashion. I highly recommend anyone who wants to get the most out of their voice, both in terms of technical prowess as well as tapping into personal emotive spirit, to consider taking classes from Madeline Miskie: you will be sure to find your abilities grow and develop as well as, most importantly, experiencing the reward of triumph and enjoyment when it comes to expressing yourself through music, all led by a consummate professional in Ms. Miskie
Our daughter has been taking voice training with Dr. Miskie for several years and we couldn’t be happier with the experience. Dr. Miskie is a very passionate teacher who makes learning fun for her students. It is also evident that she herself has fun when she is teaching! Under her guidance, our daughter has been exposed to a broad range of music and had the opportunity to perform in recitals, becoming more self-assured over the years. She is well-engaged in the learning process with Dr. Miskie including discussing and selecting her music. We would highly recommend Dr. Miskie.
I came to see Madeline in February of 2017 for voice lessons. Madeline taught me to use the whole body when I sing. As we worked together, I became more comfortable in my singing. I was only with her for 8 months but in those eight months I moved up a level. I had some rough edges that she was able to smooth out.