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Voice Works

This course has no current classes. Please the waiting list.

One in three of the working population are considered professional voice users who need their voices to work effectively. Healthy, efficient and enduring vocal use is based on practical techniques that are common to both good speaking and singing.
This practical skills-based 8 week online course aims to provide anyone who would like to use their voice more effectively with the fundamentals of how the voice works, how to use it better and how to look after it. Teachers, singers, voice professionals and public speakers would benefit greatly by doing this course. It will also benefit students whose career path requires confident vocal use.
Voice Works teaches the basics of vocal anatomy and function using spoken and pitched exercises. Topics include vocal health, posture, breathing, phonation and pitch, resonance, articulation and vocal confidence. All the workshop material is based on current voice research. This group workshop is for anyone interested in improving vocal quality, vocal confidence and endurance, and overall vocal care.
NOTE: IF you are a teacher, this Course can be contribute to your “Teacher Identified professional development hours”.

Here’s what you will cover:

Week 1 Vocal Health
Looking at how to take care of the voice through a summary of healthy vocal use, personal health and voice care, and starting to explore vocal warmups and general vocal hygiene.

Week 2 Posture
Using elements from the somatic disciplines of the Alexander Technique, the Feldenkreis Method and Body Mapping to explore how body balance and alignment can be achieved and its effect on the voice. Physical stretches and warm ups.

Week 3 Breathing
Projected and sustained speaking requires active breath use. Explore how the body and voice work most easily and efficiently through active recoil inhalation and active exhalation using elements from Accent Method Breathing.

Week 4 Phonation
Exploring how the voice works most efficiently by looking at the physiology of the Larynx and exploring the use of the true and false vocal folds. Further use of primal sounds like laughing that coordinate holistic vocal use.

Week 5 Pitch
Further exploration of the larynx and how the voice changes pitch. Finding the most comfortable speaking pitch, expressive intonation choices and the possibility of increased vocal range including singing.

Week 6 Resonance
Exploring the many adjustments that are possible in the Vocal Tract and the techniques that enhance and maximise vocal projection and timbre.

Week 7 Articulation
Learning how and where vowels and consonants are shaped to enable clearer, more precise and efficient diction. Exploring language and expressive communication as the goal human sound.

Week 8 Vocal Confidence
Exploring physical and mental aspects of Performance Anxiety and practical strategies for confident vocal use putting together all the elements of the course.