The inventor of the SingingbeltTM and Singingbelt System (patent pending), and founder of San Francisco Vocal Coaching, Ruth Gerson has taught "Singing, Songwriting and Performance" at Princerton University as a Forbes College Fellow. She currently teaches singing and songwriting and certifies vocal instructors in the Singingbelt System "Sing Better In A Day!" Workshop, in the San Francisco Bay Area. (Contact: SanFranciscoVocalCoaching@gmail.com.)
Gerson graduated Princeton University Magna Cum Laude in 1992 where she studied contemporary songwriting and jazz with Scott Burnham, Steve Mackey and Anthony Branker. She has developed her method of vocal instruction from a broad range of studies including Michael Langham (Juilliard) to both father and son Marty and Don Lawrence (Mick Jagger, Bon Jovi, Christina Aguilera, Alicia Keys, Bono, Lady Gaga). Her technique includes extensive training in breath support, breath placement, positioning of the tongue, mouth, jaw and palette, and ear training.
Ruth Gerson taught singing lessons, songwriting, piano and guitar for fifteen years in New York City and is the founder of the “New & Used Songwriters Collective.” As a visiting artist, she taught “Singing, Songwriting and Performance” at Princeton University. In 2009 she relocated to the Bay Area and opened San Francisco Vocal Coaching (www.HowToSingSanFrancisco.com). Gerson is the creator of the Singingbelt™ (www.Singingbelt.com) and Singingbelt System, a revolutionary device that teaches singers how to sing better, by training them in intercostal and abdominal wall breathing for proper diaphragmatic breath support.
"I felt as if I was driving around on square, wooden wheels. Within a couple of weeks, I had smooth, round tires... It's a revelation."
– Matt Johnson, Matt & Kim (Fader Label)
"Ruth Gerson is THE BEST of the best vocal coaches in New York. She gets exceptional results with singers on all levels. I have been amazed with what she is able to accomplish so quickly with the vocalists I have sent to her. Whether it's problems with pitch or tone, singers who lose their voice on tour, stage fright, vocal tension, or all of the above, Ruth's techniques, vocal exercises and vocal warm-ups, her patience and kindness make her an incredible coach. I recommend her highly."
– Lisa Barbaris (manager, Cyndi Lauper, Simply Red, Mooney Suzuki).
"Ruth is an exceptional singer with a powerful and expressive voice. She is insightful and intelligent and has a great gift for sharing her knowledge of the voice, and songwriting with her students. The Singingbelt is ingenius. I’ve seen Ruth work with a singer for an hour and get the results we needed in the studio immediately."
– Rick Chertoff (five-time Grammy-nominated producer: Cyndi Lauper, Joan Osborne, Sophie B. Hawkins.)
“As a physician, Ruth's anatomical descriptions made perfect sense. She would talk about the diaphragm, rib cage, airway, air pressure, breathing, and their connection to sound, voice, and supporting a powerful, steady note. But, it wasn't until I actually used the Singingbelt, as a student, that I could physically feel what she had been talking about, and learn from that feeling. The Singingbelt is essentially a brilliant biofeedback device that allows the user to sense, feel, and correct singing technique in real time, while gaining a new understanding of the connection between anatomy and sound. “
- Samuel E. Adams, MD
“Ruth has totally revolutionized my voice and how I think about singing.
From my very first lesson, the Singingbelt made it obvious how to breathe and control my breath from the right place in my body. My voice has totally transformed from an instrument that I could sometimes rely on to one that works every time I ask it to. I have studied classical music from the age of four and after the legendary pedagogue, Shinuki Suzuki, Ruth Gerson is the most gifted teacher I have ever had the privilege of working with. The 'Singingbelt' is in my subconscious.”
- Savannah Jolack, www.savannahjolack.com
“I started taking lessons with Ruth a few months ago and I really noticed a huge difference. I’ve been singing for a long time, but I never really knew what I was doing; the belt really helps you feel what’s going on, [it] has made a huge difference in the way that I sing... I can feel the difference on the inside and people can hear the difference as well. “
- Siobhan O’Malley, siobhanomalley.com
“I’ve been taking singing lessons for four years now and this is the first time I can feel how to use my diaphragm. I think it’s brilliant! I wish I had one when I started. It would have saved me so much time, every singer should have one! “
- Rodney Durso, www.rodneydurso.com
“The Singingbelt whipped me into shape. It helped me find my diaphragm and conveyed the concept of breath control in a very physical way that I could understand. Ruth is an amazing teacher. Her technique, eloquence and process have really helped me discover my voice.”
- Chas Eden, Cuban Cigar Crisis, www.cubancigarcrisis.com
“Unlike many vocal coaches, Ruth Gerson is a very active singer, and a truly great one. But what makes her a rare treasure is her innate and honed ability to teach. Ruth doesn’t just give you exercises; she lovingly examines everything you do as a singer and seizes every creative opportunity to help you to sing like you never sang before. She’s the best!”
– Marc Berley
"Ruth's thoughtful, artistic coaching has helped me grow into a stronger singer, more confident performer & more poetic songwriter. Her guidance has heightened my musical inspiration!"
– Sherri Tennant
“Whether it’s in Ruth’s class or in private instruction, you feel a part of something immediately. Ruth is so warm and supportive – she finds your unique talent, and draws it out of you. And the areas you need to work on – she gives you the tools you need to turn them around. I have been writing songs and performing for 20 years (!), and Ruth has made me think differently about things I thought I knew how to do. It’s invigorating.”
– Michael Boezi
“I started Ruth’s class as a total novice singer who couldn’t carry a tune and wanted to change that. By the time the class was done, I had written an original song and performed it at a crowded bar in the East Village! Ruth helped me get there with her nurturing patience, contagious enthusiasm, and deep knowledge of the crafts of singing, writing, and performing. I’m so glad I took her class and can’t wait to do it again. She’s great.”
– Garret Savage
“I have been to a many people but you are the first to quickly recognize where I needed correction and give me tools that will help me.”
– Jose Schism, Toolfist
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