Jennifer Cleary developed her unique holistic voice lessons and her ExploreVoice vocal improv curriculum after training in vocal improvisation at Hamshire College with Susan Barkan and working with Bobby McFerren in his circle songs methodology at the Omega Institute.
She trained in classical voice at Wesleyan University and studied rock techniques with Mick Jaggar's vocal coach in New York City. She received a certificate in Sound, Voice and Music Healing from the California Institute for Integral Studies. She holds a masters in Speech Therapy at Cal State East Bay, with a focus on Voice therapy and has extensive knowledge in voice rehabilitation.
Jennifer incorporates the knowledge of physical alignment she gained at Alexander Technique at the Alexander Institute in New York City. She also brings her extensive knowledge of nutrition and vocal health, art and music therapy, and Intuitive Healing to her work with students. She identifies as queer and has a strong commitment to supporting queer, trans and gender non-conforming singers.
With an extensive background in jazz, rock and musical theater, her soul and funk repertoire was developed with composer Rob Darnell, author of the funk opera, "The Pen is Mightier Than The Sword," with whom she recorded the EP "Believe."
Jennifer has performed as a solo artist and with bands on stages throughout the US and Europe. Most recently, she fronted San Francisco's Jenni and the Jerks, a vintage cover band. She was a member of The New Group a cappella choir, The Lesbian Overtones comedy choir and directed The No Name Orchestra, an experimental vocal ensemble.
Her goal is to create as safe, supportive environment for all singers and voice users to explore their creativity and find a voice that feels authentic to their self-expression!