HARMONIUM, CHANTING & VOICE LESSONS

What is unique about studying with Seth?

When you study harmonium, chanting, and voice with Seth, you are not only getting expert instruction in the technique of playing an instrument; you are also learning to tune into all of the aspects of yourself to allow music and spirit to come through you. This holistic approach, drawn from Seth's extensive training as a yoga and meditation instructor, is integrated with his background as a classically trained musician. With his experience he is able to offer a unique lessons to those wanting to learn to play, sing, and express themselves musically. Through a balance of practical playing techniques and mindfulness practices, you will not only come away with the ability to play and sing more with more skill and ease, but you will also gain insight into more awareness and insight into your body, breath, mind, and spirit.

Take lessons with Seth in-person in New York City, New Jersey, The Hudson Valley, or Online via Zoom or Skype.

Sessions with Seth are more than just music lessons but life lessons. There is the joy of learning a musical skill but then there is also the joy of learning to live a life full of meaning, growth, presence, connection and love.
— Jackie, Harmonium Student
I am so grateful to have met Seth!! He is an amazing teacher full of knowledge, patience, and warmth. His teaching comes not only from the head but also from the heart. I feel as though I got exactly what I wanted from my experience - not only did I gain practical and technical knowledge of the harmonium, but I also walked away with a fuller cup.
— Jooin, yoga teacher

Customized Lessons for You

Whether you are looking to become more familiar with the harmonium, learn chants by your favorite kirtan artists for home practice, or share kirtan with your yoga classes, Seth will work with your individual interests and ability level to help you create your own meaningful relationship with your instrument. In lessons, you will not only learn about the technical aspects of playing and practicing the harmonium, based on Seth’s many years of training as a classical musician, but you will also learn how to better use your body, breath, and posture for playing and singing. Seth offers to teach you a diverse collection of familiar chant melodies and also will take the time to learn new chants brought to him by request. He will also provide you with notation for the chants using an easy-to-learn notation system that he developed so you can practice at home.

All harmonium lessons include:

  • Personalized instruction for playing the harmonium and singing tailored to your needs

  • A wide range of chant melodies for practice at home

  • Requests to learn your favorite chants, which Seth with prepare for your lesson

  • An accessible sheet music notation for each chant, developed by Seth, to assist in your learning of new chants

  • Voice and chanting instruction, grounded in mindfulness, anatomy, and breath awareness

  • Tips for effective practicing at home

  • The joy of playing and chanting together during your session

Study with Seth in-person in New York City, New Jersey, The Hudson Valley, or Online via Zoom or Skype.

I learned far more than just harmonium working with Seth, as he would link and interweave yogic concepts and awareness of my breath. The lessons created a space for me to express myself and gave me the confidence to lead kirtan at the beginning of my yoga classes.
— Beth, yoga teacher
Seth has been an extraordinary teacher for me. He knows exactly what I need, both musically and psychologically. He supports me when I’m feeling vulnerable, yet sets goals which enable me to sing and play at a level that I didn’t think possible. Seth’s patience and equanimity are exactly what I need when I’m anxious about my ability to master a new challenge. Every lesson is a joy, even when I’m feeling unsure of myself.
— Sue, psychologist and yoga teacher

Live Online Private Lessons

Take harmonium lessons with Seth from the comfort and convenience of your home, office, or anywhere you have an internet connection! These lessons are customized to your schedule and to your unique interests and needs as a student.

Harmonium, Chanting, and Voice live online lessons include:

  • One-on-one instruction in real time with Seth

  • Customized lessons for your interests and skill level

  • Chant music notation emailed to you in advance of your lesson

  • An audio recording of Seth playing and singing each chant you learn, for your home practice

  • Custom musical notation of your favorite chants upon request

Drop-ins lessons and packages are available.

If you’re ready jump-start your practice, try the Harmonium Lesson Online Start Kit, which includes:

  • 3 weekly, live, online harmonium lessons: one introductory 1-hour session and 2 additional 45-minute sessions

  • 3 chants to learn, 1 per week, with a link to musical notation emailed to your inbox

  • 1 chant that you choose to learn that Seth will prepare and notate for your 3rd lesson

More details, booking, and pricing can be found here or by clicking the button below.

I’ve gained so much from these lessons. I had no idea how to play the harmonium. I didn’t even know where to start. On day one on my first lesson, I was creating these sounds that throughout all of my yoga practice and kirtan I had heard before. Immediately what was so cool for me was to be able to play the music that I had been hearing for so many years, and to be able to be playing it myself!
— Amy McCoy, Harmonium Student


HARMONIUM WORKSHOP: THE BASICS OF PLAYING AND CHANTING

An Introductory Harmonium and Chanting Workshop

This workshop is intended for those new to the harmonium, those who want to get a basic introduction to playing and chanting, and yoga teachers and students in teacher trainings who are interested in leading chanting in yoga classes or for kirtan. The workshop focuses on harmonium playing techniques, proper posture for playing and chanting, the fundamental elements of playing a keyboard instrument, basic music terminology, and playing while chanting. You will learn how to lead “om” chanting and one or more simple, melodic chants using basic music notation, which you can take with you for home practice. Workshops are offered primarily in New York City (NYC) and the Hudson Valley as well as other locations around the country.

Thank you Seth! I feel that session with you was completely a full experience, and yes it exceeded my expectations. Am excited to learn more, play and chant!” – Krissy
— Krissy, Harmonium Workshop Participant
 
 
 

 


HARMONIUM & VOICE WORKSHOP: YOU ARE THE INSTRUMENT

A Harmonium Workshop Incorporating Using Your Voice

This workshop combines a basic introduction to harmonium (as in the Harmonium Workshop) with vocal practices and exercises to bring more awareness, support, and freedom to how you use your voice for singing, speaking, and chanting mantra. You will discover connection between the harmonium and your own body, voice, and mind to allow for a deeper understanding of you as an instrument for both music, creative expression, and spirit. This workshop is beneficial for all types of students, especially yoga teacher trainees as it combines not only playing the harmonium but basic vocal production for both singing and speaking. Workshops are offered primarily in New York City (NYC) and the Hudson Valley as well as other locations around the country.


This was such a major milestone in my personal practice. Thank you Seth for your brilliant teaching.
— Deanna Green, Owner & Director of Shambala Yoga and Dance Center NYC