Registration for this course is now open!
This is an in-person music class, held at the VSO School
Finding support and breath for artistic expression: Gabriella Minnes Brandes and Diane King
This introductory, intensive team-taught, mini-course will be based on two paradigms: Alexander Technique and Voice Pedagogy to explore ways to support the use of breath for artistic expression. The Alexander Technique is an educational, practical, self-care, method for improving awareness, movement and posture. It provides the tools to recognize our habits and patterns of responses so that we can change them. It emphasizes the relationship of the head, neck and back which is fundamental to improved use of the body. Voice Pedagogy, as it applies to breath, will involve identifying the proper muscles and coordination used for deep, abdominal breathing. Exercises to experience and achieve habitual diaphragmatic breathing will be combined with exercises in exhalation and in sound. Learning to sing, speak, or play ‘on the breath’ and ‘from the body’ is the goal. The breath serves the sound.
The course is geared towards actors, singers, brass and wind instrumentalists.
If you use your breath or voice to express yourself, take this course to experiment, explore and challenge yourself beyond what you already know.
Participants will leave the course with the ability to:
- Identify habits that are currently embedded in using breath
- Explore movement, balance and coordination in music making
- Explore breath and support in varied contexts
- Observe self and other and take measures based on observation