Body Mechanics and the Voice
Unlock your voice’s true potential! Acquire in-depth knowledge of, and experience for yourself, the fundamental physiological elements that shape the singing voice; alignment, breathing, and support.
How to Use the Course Platform - A Brief Overview
Introduction to posture and alignment
Why is good posture necessary?
How can ‘good posture’ be described?
Basic or ‘neutral’ posture
Posture for Singing... and Life!
Practise point - Practising at home
Alignment vs. Posture
How can alignment be affected?
Points of alignment
An introduction to better balance
Exercise 1: Establishing a sense of balance within the body
‘Feeling the Floor’ - The basics
Exercise 2a - 'Feeling the floor' and resonance
Exercise 2b - 'Feeling the floor' and the high notes!
Exercise 3: Establishing good alignment and improving posture
Exercise 4: An exploration of posture vs. sound quality
An overview of imagery in singing
Use of imagery when ‘Feeling the Floor’
Use of imagery in alignment and posture
An introduction to the Alexander Technique
Alexander Technique with Anthony Kingsley - First Lesson
Alexander Technique for singers NYCGB
Alexander Technique - Monkey position
Application of the Monkey position within singing
An introduction to the Feldenkrais Method - part 1
An Introduction to the Feldenkrais Method - part 2
Application of the Feldenkrais Method within singing
Introduction to breathing
How do we breathe? - The basics
Muscles of inhalation - Part 1 - The ribs
Muscles of inhalation - Part 2 - The diaphragm
The muscles of inhalation - A deeper understanding
The muscles of exhalation - what are they?
Breathing - A summary
What have we learned so far?
To practise or not to practise!
The semi-supine position
Moving to a sitting and standing position
Use of imagery on the in-breath
How does singing differ from normal breathing?
So why is a good breathing technique necessary when we sing?
Identifying bad breathing habits
The Whispered 'Ah' - an introduction
The Whispered 'Ah' in practise
Other considerations - How much air do I need to sing?
Other considerations - Mouth breathing vs. nose breathing
Introduction to breath management and support
What is breath support in singing?
Breath support - a different perspective?
So support is...?
Physiology of support
From suspension to support
Exercise 1 - Feeling the individual muscles of support
Exercise 2 - Feeling the muscles of support collectively
Exercise 3 - Avoiding movement of the upper chest and shoulders
Anchoring - What is it?
Types of anchoring - 1. Facial anchoring
Types of anchoring - 2. Head anchoring
Types of anchoring - 3. Neck anchoring
Types of anchoring - 4. Torso anchoring
Anchoring - Summary
Use of imagery in support
SUMMARY: Part 1 - Overview
SUMMARY: Part 2 - Posture and alignment
SUMMARY: Part 3 - Breathing
SUMMARY: Part 4 - Breath management and support
Your final exam
Where to now?
Potential Future Courses - What's On Your Wishlist?
This course will take your understanding of alignment, breathing and support to another level and really enable you to gain a comprehensive knowledge of how these three ingredients directly affect the many facets of the voice.
The information included is vital to any singer, teacher or choir leader wanting to make the most of the singing voice, and will take you on a journey of exploration to enable you to sort out the myths from the facts, and much more!
The course includes numerous exercises and videos to help you to apply these elements for yourself or for your students. There is also an end-of-course exam to help you to solidify the information that you've learned.
This course was written and compiled by Christine Jones of Team VC and is completely stand-alone, but there are opportunities to take your studies further if you want to. (We never pressure you into that though - the decision is yours alone)!
It comes with automated certification once you have passed your final exam, so it can be used for CPD purposes.
We're excited to teach you!