The Body-Led Singing Approach
Experience Community Based Vocal Freedom℠
This is a unique group singing technique approach where you will learn the basic techniques of singing through breath-connected movement meditation. It is an opportunity to sing for and with community in a supportive and fun environment! I believe joy and fun automatically set us up to develop wonderful singing habits. This is a fast road to vocal freedom, and has the added benefit of training your body-language and vocal tone to be more expressive, authentic and connected to your core. We all crave experiences of community, play, music and creativity. We also learn most effectively in this sort of environment. Why not start from there?
In addition to supporting and developing the singing voice, these classes also work with the unconscious to support and inform healthy speaking habits.
We practice the technical aspects of singing while also working with the emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects. In the BLS approach, we do this through movement, journaling, witnessing, improvisation, community and play.
In the BLS approach, we use guided improvisation to enter into the meditative state. In doing so, we move away from the fear-based critical brain and toward more expansive and creative parts of our awareness. In the meditative state we are more receptive to learning. This allows us to shift habitual patterns of tension in the voice into patterns of ease.
Individuals find that they sing and speak with more freedom and that their sound is more beautiful, resonant and clear.
In addition, Body-Led singing classes and workshops provide an opportunity to connect and collaborate creatively with like-minded individuals. It’s fun! Many people resist singing around others because they fear that their voice isn’t good enough. However, if we are honest with ourselves most of us really enjoy singing with others. In these classes, there is nothing to prepare and no requirements to bring except yourself. We use a “moving toward” approach. This means that all-sounds are welcome. Most people end up singing with more beauty, musicality, pitch, etc. when they allow and accept their way to greater and greater freedom (It is the opposite of what our critic whats us to believe but trust me, it’s true).
Body-Led Singing Feb. 2020 Workshop
WHEN? February 15th-16th
Saturday intro: 4-6pm
Sunday workshop: 11-5pm (with a lunch break)
Sunday performance for participants and friends: 6:30- 7:45pm
WHERE? Portland, OR. Location TBA
COST? Sliding scale: $175 – $250 ($75 to reserve a spot)
QUESTIONS? Please email, firstname.lastname@example.org
This workshop will include everything described above, plus a small performance at the end where singers can share their voices in a supportive environment. I believe that as a developing artist it is important to be witnessed in environments where we feel supported by a nonjudgemental community. I have taken some time off from leading workshops as I’ve been working on my book and developing new effective teaching strategies. I am looking forward to playing around with new tools that improve resonance.