Vocal Master Class #7 The Feet Have It

  As Ida Rolf, the renowned bodyworker and founder of Structural Integration (aka Rolfing), pointed out, “A man’s tracks tell quite a true story. They inform quietly about ankles and knees, but they shout the news about hips and pelvis. If one foot is consistently everted [tilted onto its inner edge], the ankle, the knee, or, perhaps…

Vocal Master Class #6: Volunteer Choirs

This post suggests ways to connect the dots among somatic education, functional voice training and vital singing into working with volunteer and community choirs. Now-a-days, that often means “groups of senior singers.” These ideas come from 19 years of working with choirs at Levine Music, a large community music school in Washington, DC, where I…

Vocal Master Class #5 The Cantor Can’t

“We are all students and teachers in everything we do, and we are both at the same time” -from Zen Guitar, by Philip Toshio Sudo Welcome back to this series of posts for singers and voice teachers on “Functional Voice Training, Somatic Education and Vital Singing…Connecting the Dots.” Today’s masterclass takes a slightly different form…

Vocal Master Class #4: Senior Chanteuse

“In helping a person increase functionality, it is important to follow the logic of human development.  You can not expect someone to run who can not walk.” –from “Singing With Your Whole Self–The Feldenkrais Method and Voice,” by Samuel Nelson and Elizabeth Blades-Zeller. In these “Vocal Master Class” posts,  I am suggesting specific ways to…