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Hidden Gems: Meet Hannah Fabean of Free Your Voice Studio

Today we’d like to introduce you to Hannah Fabean.

Hannah, we appreciate you taking the time to share your story with us today. Where does your story begin?
My story is about finding purpose in the pandemic. In 2015, I returned to finish my college degree. However, in the first semester, I switched from music education to a BA in music for some intangible reason. Typically, an aspiring music teacher would pursue a music education degree.

Despite the unconventional method, the purpose in my heart never changed, only the path to get there shifted. I had a sense of something “bigger than me” at the core of it all. I began teaching voice lessons for all ages, which I loved, but it pulled my attention away from my family more than it included them. In the summer of 2020, it hit me like a ton of bricks while I was driving my child home from a play session at another family-oriented business. “It’s time for you to focus on kids music!”

The light in my soul switched on, and an old dream resurfaced. In 2021, I opened up in-person music playdates that included my children and reached out to other young families. Parents now get to participate in music lessons at their child’s level alongside them. More importantly, at the heart of it, all families get to connect with other families.

I love the way music builds community through Little Friends Music Circle.

We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I dealt with depression for several years up until having my first child. As a born singer, I lost my ability to write songs or to dream. I lost my inner song, so there was no spontaneity in my singing. All these things are the utter opposite of my essence.

I felt lost and alone in school surrounded by a sea of opera singers in training or otherwise music educators (who were in the education programs), music therapists, composers, but didn’t quite “fit” anywhere. My creativity and inspiration were stunted and suppressed by stress and a heavy school load at all times. No matter if I tried, there was no “song” in my life. It’s very ironic, really, considering I was in music school!

At current, I am so happy to no longer be that depressed person and have even been busy writing songs for my kids and myself to sing together. I have a new joy and a new inner song in my life. My kids give me a lot of inspiration, among other things that have changed as well.

As you know, we’re big fans of Free Your Voice Studio. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
While I continue to offer individual private voice lessons to all ages, I specialize in preschool-elementary music. I offer free music play dates that are open-invite as well as music lessons in your school setting that I travel to.

Music playdates allow parents to engage with their child in music, while music lessons in school serve as formal music education similar to that in public school. The special thing about my music lessons is my whole business is centered around family bonding through music and connecting with others.

That being said, my schedule is flexible. The fun part for me is watching the responses that happen when children discover their voices! Sometimes it happens as soon as we start singing, and in other cases a child will come out of their shell a little bit more week by week.

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
What I love about Kansas City is that we care about children here.

Parents tend to have a strong desire to participate with their children in as many activities as possible. The struggle that occurs for families, particularly parents, is not feeling like there’s enough time away from work to engage with their children. Kansas City families want to be together!

Pricing:

  • $70/hr or $35/30 min. school music session.
  • $50/hr voice lesson.
  • Free one-hour music playdate for ages 2-5

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Image Credits
Rachelle Solomon @settleddownphotography

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