The TVF 90-Day Practice Adventure for Singers
A 90-day online learning program to help you reinvent your relationship to practicing, get rid of practice guilt and explore new possibilities for your singing!
Do you struggle with finding the MOTIVATION to practice on a consistent basis (and use any excuse NOT to practice)?
Would you like to have a nicer experience of practicing, one that is more PRODUCTIVE and playful?
Do you wonder what it would be like to get rid of all the stress, GUILT and pressure you feel around practicing?
Are you CONFUSED about what you should be practicing and how to practice it?
Are you only motivated to practice when you have a PERFORMANCE coming up? Would you like to change that?
WHAT: A 90-day online learning program where you will explore a holistic and “inside-out” approach to practicing. You will explore topics like: motivation & inspiration, effective practice techniques, the power of the mind, body freedom using the world-famous Alexander Technique, practice as “play,” and more.
WHO: The program is open to singers of all ages, genres, and skill levels that want to have a breakthrough with their practicing. The only requirements are an open mind and a willingness to explore new ideas. You will have the opportunity to learn from seven TVF faculty and guest teachers.
WHEN: 90 consecutive days starting Monday, January 14, 2019 to Saturday, April 13, 2019. Specific class times listed below.
HOW: The program consists of:
- 12 x 90-minute live weekly online masterclasses taught by TVF faculty and 2 special guest teachers
- Regular audio and video content to inspire you and support your learning
- 12 x 60-minute live weekly small group classes
- 4 months access to the TVF Academy Facebook group, a supportive and encouraging community of vocal explorers
- FREE BONUS: 4 months access to TVF Plus, a 10-part online course on topics like: body freedom, natural breathing, vocal technique and performing confidence
WHERE: Online via Zoom (a free video conferencing software) and a private Facebook group. Replays of all sessions will be available in the member’s area for up to one year.
WHY: This program will help you fall in LOVE with practicing by working towards 2 main objectives:
- To show you how your whole self (mind – body – spirit – voice) is designed and how it functions optimally
- To empower you with techniques, tools and ideas so you can get the absolute most out of your practice time
PROGRAM FEE: $600 (paid in 4 monthly installments of $150) or one payment of $495 (save $105)
This program is focused on helping you create long-term change at a deep, fundamental level. It is NOT a quick-fix, discipline-based program designed to help you increase your practice willpower and hold you more accountable to practicing. We do not believe in using negative emotions like fear, guilt or shame as motivation. Instead, we will show you uplifting and positive ways to inspire yourself to reach new creative heights through your practicing.
Are You Ready for an Adventure?
TVF Founder Peter Jacobson here.
Are you ready to level up and make 2019 your most productive and positive year yet?
If so, you’re invited to join our brand-new online learning program…
The TVF 90-Day Practice Adventure for Singers.
For 90 days, starting January 14th, you will be supported by the TVF Academy learning community (including TVF Academy faculty, TVF Pro mentor guides, TVF Academy students and several guest teachers) to explore exciting, new possibilities for your practicing and singing.
An adventure is defined as, “a daring and exciting activity calling for energy and enthusiasm.”
We will DARE you to practice outside the box and playfully explore new ways of practicing.
As you fall in love with practicing (or deeper in love if you’re already in love!) and start to gain some serious practice momentum you will discover how fun and EXCITING practicing can be.
Before I tell you about the program, let’s take a look at a common trap many musicians fall into – the negative practice cycle.
Are You Stuck in a Negative Practice Cycle?
Every musician knows this basic fact: consistent and quality practice is THE number one thing you need to do in order to reach your full musical potential and achieve your artistic goals.
How you approach practice, the way you motivate yourself to show up, the way you talk to yourself while you’re practicing and what you actually do or don’t do while practicing – all these things directly impact your SUCCESS in singing.
But any musician worth their salt knows what it’s like to be stuck in a negative practice cycle, which includes:
- Judgment – you get caught up in a self-created web of judgment and negativity while you’re practicing by telling yourself things like: “you’ll never be good enough,” “you shouldn’t be singing this piece,” “they aren’t going to hire you anyway,” “this piece is too hard,” “it is very uncomfortable to sing in this range,” “I’ll never be able to memorize this piece” and so and so forth.
- Confusion – you wonder what repertoire or music you should be practicing, how you should be practicing, you doubt whether you are doing it “right,” and if your efforts are helping or hurting.
- Boredom – you are bored stiff with your familiar ways of warming-up and practicing, uninspired with the current music you’re singing, at an impasse from dealing with the same old recurring physical tension issues over and over, and generally unmotivated to practice.
Since we are WHOLE beings, these negative feelings create physical tension, further fueling the fire.
But this is just one part of the cycle.
Because human beings tend to avoid negative feelings like these, it leads to:
- Resistance – your inner child throws a fit and screams, “But I don’t wannna practice!!” In order to silence the screaming little monster, you give in and let the little brat have its way. The practice does not get done.
- Avoidance – you avoid practicing because you want to avoid the self-made anguish of the whole experience. Doing anything BUT practicing looks pretty sexy in comparison: cutting your nails, doing the dishes, brushing your hair, or even cleaning the bathroom!
- Procrastination – the only way you know how to motivate yourself is through the self-created pressure of an upcoming performance, which you put off until the last minute. Because you’re always practicing “under the gun” you are good at “preparing” the music but aren’t really growing as a musician or building any new skills.
And then finally, there’s the inevitable feelings of…
How many times have you said to yourself in the past 6 months, “I should be practicing now” or “I wish I practiced more.”
But honestly, can you really blame yourself for not practicing more when your experience is so negative?!
As a solution to this negative cycle, you might think that what you need is more discipline, willpower or accountability.
But the problem with these things is they are all about essentially making yourself to do something that you don’t WANT to do.
Though this can work in the short-term, it’s not a long-term sustainable solution.
The real solution lies in looking inside yourself, at where your practicing is coming from.
Fear or Love: Where Does YOUR Practicing (and Singing) Come From?
The problem with the negative practice cycle is that it comes from FEAR – fear that you aren’t enough, that you’ll never measure up and fear of what people will think of you.
Fear-based practicing creates insecurity and doesn’t feel good. That’s why it’s not sustainable.
But what if your practice and singing came from LOVE?
What if you practiced from a place of kindness, that you ARE enough? With an unshakeable belief in yourself and what you have to offer the world with your voice?
What if you could show up to practice without any of the “shoulds” or “have tos?”
What if you could practice feeling deeply connected to your ARTISTIC PURPOSE?
What if you had a reliable set of tools to solve your vocal and body tension issues?
And what if your practicing was not only positive but downright LIFE-GIVING, JOYFUL and FUN?!
We believe all of this is possible and it’s what we’ll exploring together during these 90 days.
If you’re committed to choosing a path of love and kindness, this program is for you.
What You Will Learn
During these 90 days, you will:
- Learn how to consistently access a FREE body, a CLEAR mind and your most responsive voice
- Learn how to motivate yourself from the inside-out, without pressure or guilt
- Develop a stronger connection with your artistic PASSION and purpose
- Learn how to be KIND, SWEET and GENTLE with yourself while practicing
- Understand how your entire integrated self (mind-body-spirit-voice) can work FOR you instead of against you
- Learn about the “GOLD STANDARD” of practice and how to do it
- Discover new ways to bring more PLAY, LIGHTNESS and JOY into your practicing
Our Promise: By the end of 90 days, you will have a brand new relationship with practicing, singing and yourself.
The Program Curriculum
Our holistic-based program curriculum is divided into two main parts:
1. The Human Being: Understanding the Magic of Your Design
2. The Human Doing: How to Get Better, Faster (and Have Fun Doing It!)
Part 1: The Human Being – Understanding The Magic of Your Design
Want to hear some really good news?
Human beings (you included) are incredibly well-made.
In fact, there is a brilliance and kindness in your human design.
You are hard-wired to thrive and feel good, emotionally and physically.
Yet when you’re not feeling good it can be easy to buy into an idea that there’s something “wrong” with you, that you are “broken” and need fixing.
But the truth is you aren’t broken. You don’t need fixing.
You’re simply getting in your own way.
During these 90 days you will explore two ground-breaking approaches to help you change that:
1. Integrative Alexander Technique: A User’s Manual for the Human Body
During the 90 days, you will learn how to skillfully integrate the principles of the world-famous Alexander Technique into your singing in order to access more freedom in your body and voice.
You will learn about:
- How human beings are designed to move best (singing is movement)
- Basic body-mapping principles about how your body works (you will likely discover some shocking things about your body!)
- A natural approach to breathing
- How to experience more lightness and grace in any activity
“The Alexander Technique is about learning the magic of how you are made.”
2. The 3 Principles: A User’s Manual for the Human Mind
The 3 Principles (also known as the Inside-Out Understanding) is rapidly growing field of spiritual psychology that explains who we are and how we experience life.
This hopeful and revolutionary paradigm will show you how your mind actually works, helping you experience greater clarity and peace of mind.
And by learning about this understanding you will be able to readily access your own innate creativity and well-being, which are very useful things to have when practicing!
“Our experience of life can be understood via three fundamental principles: Mind, Consciousness, and Thought.”
Part 2: The Human Doing – How to Get Better, Faster (and Have Fun Doing It!)
Alongside an exploration of your magnificent human design, you will learn about:
1. Deep Practice: The “Gold Standard” of Practice
In the introduction to his excellent book, The Talent Code, Daniel Coyle describes how Clarissa, a thirteen-year-old clarinet player, accelerates her learning speed by 10 times(!) in less than 6 minutes: “This is not ordinary practice. This is something else: a highly targeted, error-focused process. Something is growing, being built. The song begins to emerge, and with it, a new quality within Clarissa.”
The latest research findings of the science of skill development and mastery show us how to tap into, “a neurological mechanism in which certain patterns of targeted practice build skill.”
Skill-building is at the heart of effective practice.
And Coyle calls this targeted skill-building approach “Deep Practice.”
It’s often referred to as “The Gold Standard of Practice” and during the program you will learn how it works, why it works and most importantly, how to do it.
“Deep practice is built on a paradox: struggling in certain targeted ways—operating at the edges of your ability, where you make mistakes—makes you smarter.”
2. Practice as Play: Practicing Outside the Box
I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase: “All work and no play makes Jack a very dull boy.”
Well the same goes for practicing!
What if you thought less about “practicing” and more about “playing?”
You only need to look at young children to see how effortlessly they learn and grow while they are playing.
We will help you to practice outside the box by encouraging you to adopt a playful, experimental approach that uses creative, wacky, zany ideas to make your practice fun and enjoyable.
“Play is our brains’ favorite way of learning and maneuvering.”
Who It’s For
This program is designed for any singer that has a desire to create a fundamental change in their singing practice.
You are welcome to come on this adventure no matter where you are on your singing path.
(We don’t buy into that whole “food chain” thing in TVF.)
- If you’re newer singer…you’ll build a solid practice foundation for continued growth
- If you’re a seasoned veteran…you’ll get recharged and rejuvenated by some fresh, new ideas
- If you’re somewhere in between…you will gain a new understanding of what’s possible when you step out of your own way
Because we’ll be exploring UNIVERSAL principles of human design, anatomy and skill-building, the materials that will be covered in this program will apply to any singer, regardless of skill level, age or style.
You will do well in this program if:
- You are open to a holistic approach that weaves together the physical, psychological, musical and spiritual
- You aren’t afraid to go deep and explore big questions and ideas
- You are open to being supported by the TVF learning community
- You are hungry for something more in your musical life
TVF Success Stories
“…I was ready to retire from my professional career of 40 years. TVF turned everything around for me.”
“After working with a laryngologist and a speech therapist for vocal cord paresis I was ready to retire from my professional career of 40 years. TVF turned everything around for me. I found freedom and ease where I used to find stress both in my voice and my daily life. It has transformed my teaching as well!”
–Lisa Rogers Lee, Professional Singer and Voice Teacher, Chicago, USA
“As classes progressed, I found myself itching more and more to put the concepts we were discussing into practice!”
“Out of all the modules I have completed so far, the practice module has had the most extraordinary impact on my singing. The simple act of singing every day has enlightened, inspired and energized my whole self. Having a project to work towards has given me the structure and the push I needed to commit to personal singing time every day. Thank you!”
–Midge McMoyer Smith, Singer and Accompanist, Houston, USA
“I’ve gained confidence in performing and in my own abilities…”
“…I’m becoming more and more motivated for work and developing my skills, I’ve learned the importance of reflecting on my work, I have clearer goals now and am more capable of finding the way to reach them.”
–Marijana Cirkveni, Professional Soprano, Zagreb, Croatia
“…TVF classes have helped my teaching, which is why I enrolled.”
“I was able to teach with greater clarity and attention to detail, while taking more time with each subject. I really believe that the TVF classes have helped my teaching, which is why I enrolled.”
–Mary Frances Lubahn, Singer & Voice Teacher, Graz, Austria
“…consider adding TVF for it’s emphasis on freeing up your body to enhance your voice!”
“If you want to round out your vocal training, even for a seasoned pro, then you really need to consider adding TVF for it’s emphasis on freeing up your body to enhance your voice!”
–Tracy Van Fleet, Singer & Voice Teacher, Los Angeles, USA
“My singing is much more connected with my body.”
“I am communicating with the audience more, and even if when I cannot achieve that I am aware of the importance of it. But what the TVF Academy program made a change in my life is that I begin to be more proactive in communicating my desires or feedback with the other people. Previously I was generally the one who was waiting for the other person to interact with me. But now I feel more open to others. I am hoping that this new part of me will grow more.”
–Elif Yavuzturk, Singer, Ankara, Turkey
“TVF is an honest, supportive community…”
“When I first started in TVF, I really thought I was alone in my frustrations about how things had gone in my singing career. I thought I was the only singer insecure in my vocal abilities. I thought that other singers didn’t struggle to find the time to practice or know how they fit into a professional vocal world. I was wrong! TVF is an honest, supportive community and I know now that there are a lot of other singers who struggle with these same issues.”
–Karen Archbold, Singer and Voice Teacher, Chicago, USA
The Practice Adventure Faculty
Peter Jacobson is the Founder and Executive Director of Total Vocal Freedom. He is an AmSAT-certified (American Society of the Alexander Technique) teacher of the Alexander Technique. He is a graduate of Alexander Technique Mid-Atlantic, where he trained with Nancy Romita and Wendy Salkind. Jacobson began his teacher training at Alexander Technique Urbana, where he studied from Rose Bronec and Rick Carbaugh. His training took place over three years (1600 hours). A singer, multi-instrumentalist, conductor and music educator, he discovered the Alexander Technique over 13 years ago after suffering from back pain and tendinitis while pursuing his music studies.
In addition to his private teaching, Jacobson has taught workshops and group classes to musicians at Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore, MD), Towson University (Towson, MD), Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA) and the Orchestra Institute of Napa Valley (Yountville, CA). Concurrent with his Alexander Technique teacher training, Jacobson has earned advanced degrees in Conducting from University of Illinois, the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and is a Certified Transformative Coach (Supercoach Academy).
Eleni Vosniadou is teacher of the Alexander Technique. She lives in Brazil where she has developed the Body Consciousness For Musicians course, specific to instrumentalists and singers who face pain or who want to improve their relationship with the instrument or with their voices. In Brazil, she is frequently invited to offer a series of training courses for the faculty of EMESP – São Paulo State School, and the Guri Santa Marcelina project, a project of the state government of São Paulo. In 2014 she presented the impact of the application of the Alexander Technique in music education at the 31st World Music Education Congress of ISME (International Society of Music Education) in Porto Alegre. Body Consciousness Lectures and Workshops For Musicians in various spaces and music institutions, including FASM – Faculdade Santa Marcelina, UNESP – Paulista State University, FAMOSP – Faculdade Mozarteum de São Paulo, Baccarelli Institute, SESC Research and Training Center, among others. In 2016 Eleni was invited to join the Internationale Sommerakademie Mozarteum faculty in Salzburg, Austria.
Michael Hanko founded his NYC-based training program, FreeBody FreeVoice, to integrate his expertise in three fields: voice training, Alexander Technique, and gentle-touch bodywork. A graduate of Princeton University with a degree in Music, he received his certification as an Alexander teacher from the American Center for the Alexander Technique. Michael studied vocal technique and vocal pedagogy for over a decade under the renowned master Cornelius Reid. He has trained in multiple bodywork modalities at the Upledger and Barral Institutes. Michael writes and performs his own musical theater works and appears as a classical baritone soloist in oratorios and concerts.
Michael teaches classes and private lessons, both in his studio and online to students throughout the world. Along with his TVF contributions, he has taught group classes in such venues as the Juilliard School and the William Esper Studio. His classes have focused on many topics, including Overcoming Stage Fright, Vocal Technique Mastery, Alexander Technique for Performers, and The Joy of Walking.
As a teacher, musician, and artist, Molly Kittle’s mission is to empower her students and clients with tools to find ease, depth, and freedom in any activity. Not only is she passionate about conveying the power of natural movement and mechanics, she intends to help people access their own unique innateness and grace, so that they may lead richer, more meaningful lives. During her undergraduate and postgraduate studies where she majored in Vocal Performance, Molly encountered the Alexander work. Inspired by the vocal and expressive freedom she found as a result of studying the technique, she discovered her passion for working with musicians and serving others through this innovative method.
Molly holds a Bachelor of Music degree in classical vocal performance from University of Denver and has graduate education in voice performance and pedagogy from Northwestern University. Molly’s experience and love of performing is quite versatile, spanning the genres of opera, Baroque, contemporary classical, jazz, and world folk styles.
Darci Balkcom is a singer, Alexander teacher, and yoga instructor living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Darci is the Vocal Division Coordinator and Alexander Technique teacher at New Mexico School for the Arts in Santa Fe and privately. She leads workshops in Alexander Technique, Vocal Health, and Yoga for Vocalists. She is on the faculty at Montecito Music Festival, Los Angeles, teaching both Alexander Technique and Yoga for singers. As a guest teacher, Darci has taught Alexander technique around the United States at places like University of Texas El Paso, University of New Mexico, Rio Grande NATS Chapter, Santa Fe Opera, and the University of Alaska.
Darci holds a Bachelor’s in Vocal Performance from the University of New Mexico. As a professional performer, Darci has sung as a soloist in oratorio and opera with groups such as Boulder Symphony, New Mexico Philharmonic, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, La Musica Lirica in Italy, and Quintessence. Darci’s experience and love of music spans many genres including, musical theatre, chant, gaelic, folk, art song, and opera. Darci is a very passionate educator and performer, constantly inspired to further her knowledge of the body, mind, voice, and music. She is dedicated to applying the principles inspired by the work of F.M. Alexander to her teaching and life.
Judi has been singing since the age of four, and began her professional career in 1983. Starting with Folk/Country, Musical Theater, and Opera, Judi has explored Jazz, Pop, R&B and Gospel, and now tackles just about any style – “good songs are just that – no need to choose one style over the other.”
In 1987, Judi moved to the Twin Cities and has developed long term musical relationships with many of the Twin Cities finest: Lori Dokken, “The Wolverines Classic Jazz Orchestra”, “St. Croix Jazz Orchestra”, “JazzMN Big Band”, “The Girls”, and her own “Judi, Cliff ‘n’ Daves”.
In 1997, Judi began working with singer extraordinaire Bobby McFerrin, and joined his a cappella group “Voicestra” in 2001. Currently Judi is touring with Bobby in his 5 piece a cappella group “Gimme5”.
Nicholas Pallesen has garnered respect within the performing arts community for helping artists thrive, both onstage and off. A former opera singer himself, Nicholas performed at the Metropolitan Opera, the English National Opera, and many other companies throughout the US and Europe. He is a graduate of the renowned Juilliard School.
As a coach, Nicholas is honored to work with an international spectrum of clients from high school students to Hollywood actors, Broadway performers, and artists at the top orchestral and opera institutions in the world. He is regularly invited to speak and mentor artists at many of the top conservatories and training programs in the US and UK. He currently serves as a faculty member for the New World Symphony and the Wolf Trap Opera Company.
Program Structure: What It Includes
Your 90-day practice adventure includes:
1. Twelve Live Online Masterclasses – these 90-minute weekly interactive online masterclasses will be taught by the TVF faculty member and guest teachers. They will include lecture presentations, group activities and coaching sessions of program participants (anybody in the program may volunteer to receive coaching).
These masterclasses will take place on the following days and times:
- Wednesday, January 16th @ 1:30 – 3:00pm US Central Time with Nicholas Pallesen
- Wednesday, January 23rd @ 1:30 – 3:00pm US Central Time with Michael Hanko & Peter Jacobson
- Wednesday, January 30th @ 1:30 – 3:00pm US Central Time with Judi Vinar
- Tuesday, February 5th @ 10:00 – 11:30am US Central Time with Eleni Vosniadou & Peter Jacobson
- Tuesday, February 12th @ 10:00 – 11:30am US Central Time with Molly Kittle & Darci Balkcom
- Tuesday, February 19th @ 10:00 – 11:30am US Central Time with Michael Hanko
- Wednesday, March 6th @ 1:30 – 3:00pm US Central Time with Nicholas Pallesen
- Wednesday, March 13th @ 1:30 – 3:00pm US Central Time with Eleni Vosniadou & Michael Hanko
- Wednesday, March 20th @ 1:30 – 3:00pm US Central Time with Judi Vinar
- Tuesday, March 26th @ 10:00 – 11:30am US Central Time with Molly Kittle & Darci Balkcom
- Tuesday, April 2nd @ 10:00 – 11:30am US Central Time with Eleni Vosniadou
- Tuesday, April 9th @ 10:00 – 11:30am US Central Time with Peter Jacobson
NOTE: All masterclasses will be recorded and available to watch in the member’s area
2. Regular Audio & Video Content – at least 3 times per week you will receive a piece of inspiring audio or video content that will give you new ideas for your practicing.
3. Twelve Small Group Classes (optional but encouraged) – during these weekly 60-minute small group classes you will have the chance to be supported by 2-3 TVF Pro Mentor Guides (All students in TVF Pro, our highest level training program). These small groups are designed for you to get additional coaching and support in the program. You will be able to choose from several different class time options that fit best in your schedule. Exact days and times will be announced soon.
4. Six Saturday Sessions (optional) – we realize that not everyone is able to attend the masterclasses during the week. For that reason, we will have 6 Saturday sessions where you will be able to interact live with a TVF faculty member.
5. 4 Months Membership in the TVF Academy Facebook Community – when you register you will be able to join our private Facebook community, one of the most warm and friendly group of singers out there.
All program materials will be available for up to one year in the member’s area.
Special Free Bonus
To further enhance your TVF learning experience, as soon as your register you’ll get instant access to TVF Plus, a 10-part online course featuring masterclasses with six teachers and over 15 hours of content on topics like:
- The Art of Breathing
- Your Magnificent Human Design
- Common Voice Problems
- Performing Confidence
- And More!
The fee for this program is $600 (payable in 4 monthly installments of $150).
You can save $105 by making a one-time payment of $495.
“Connection Over Perfection”
We have a phrase in TVF: “Connection Over Perfection.”
Our goal in this program isn’t to make you a perfect singer.
Our goal is to teach you how to connect deeply – to your passion, your wonderful design, your skill, your innate well-being, your creativity, the audience, your colleagues and the music.
And that starts by connecting with yourself, in the practice room.
If you’re ready to make a lasting investment in yourself and your singing, I encourage you to join us.
We’re confident this will be an adventure that you’ll never forget. 🙂
Wishing you peace, joy and success in 2019!
With Music & Love,
Founder & Director
Total Vocal Freedom for Singers