For the past decade, Amanda Mabro’s distinctly human approach to the art of singing and speaking has been sought out by students from around the world. In turn, teaching found her.
A Montreal-born artist with Egyptian, Greek, Austrian and Lebanese roots, Amanda is a critically-acclaimed singer-songwriter. With a career that has spanned over 20 years, she is known for her powerful, engaging performances that have excited and enamoured international audiences, from the Montreal Jazz Festival and the Brussels Opera House to Osheaga and the Toronto Jazz Festival. She’s shared stages with Celine Dion, Arcade Fire, Franz Ferdinand, Raul Midon, Vanessa Carlton, Jill Hennessy, among others; and has collaborated on production and songwriting with Ron Sexsmith, Rob Szabo, Tim Abraham and Rick Coluccio.
At the same time as her fan base grew, Amanda began to get requests from students seeking a wide range of vocal help for singing, performing and public speaking. Drawing from her early training in dance and acting, which gave her an astute sense of body awareness; her studies in Speech Level Singing and Bel Canto with sopranos Isabelle Lauzier and Leslie Anne Bradley, and a natural gift for effective communication, Amanda’s teaching practice grew with a focused ease.
Through the course of its development, Amanda has spent over a decade researching and sharing various aspects of vocal technique through partnerships with speech-language pathologists, music therapists, dance instructors, and yogis. She notably worked with close friend and long-time colleague Mirjana Milovanonic (Cirque du Soleil, Vanier College) on the creation of Kinevox and Kinevox Yoga, two popular series of vocal workshops. Kinevox centers on kinaesthetic learning, that is, "learning by doing"; students don't only listen to instructions during the workshop, but build muscle memory and confidence by putting these techniques into practice in front of other participants. Kinevox Yoga integrates yoga into this teaching model, allowing participants to become even more conscious of the impact their bodies have on sound production.
In high demand, Amanda splits her time between Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, teaching for Carleton University's performance studies program in addition to travelling internationally to coach musicians in studio, and her work with private clients both in person and on-line.
Whether in studio, a workshop, a master class, or a private lesson, she has acted as a guide, helping her students tune into their senses, find their real voice, free their creative spirit and repair vocal injuries. Juno winners, singing hobbyists, lawyers and stand-up comedians alike have all been drawn to her playful nature. She is a rare teacher who has both a deep understanding of the physiology and mechanics of voice, but also a finely tuned sensitivity to people’s needs; she specifically tailors her instructions to the person receiving them. There is no cookie cutter student, and thereby no cookie cutter lesson.
Amanda is consistent, however, in creating a disarming environment in which students can be vulnerable, where constructive feedback is thoughtfully given and where laughter and tears are welcomed and encouraged.
Taking an avid interest in the growth of her students, Amanda forms a personal bond with them. Supporting them through the incredible changes that vocal freedom can bring, and believing her students are their own best teachers, Amanda is proud to be a catalyst in this life-affirming process.
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