The TVF Academy for Singers & Voice Teachers
The TVF Academy is online holistic education program/community for singers and voice teachers based on the Alexander Technique and rooted in kindness, curiosity & love.
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What You’ll Learn: In the TVF Academy you will learn simple holistic tools to consistently and reliably access a free body, an open non-judgmental mind and your most flexible and responsive voice.
The program is divided into four learning modules where you will learn about body freedom, natural breathing, efficient practicing and confident performing. You will learn from highly-trained music and Alexander Technique teachers and also benefit from being part of an encouraging and supportive community of curious learners from around the world.
Who It’s For: The TVF Academy is open to singers and voice teachers of all genres, styles and abilities who want to discover new possibilities in their singing and teaching.
Where It Takes Place: Online via Zoom, a free video conferencing software (it’s like Skype for groups) and in a private Facebook group.
When It Happens: Classes are offered weekly (except for a few breaks) and begin in early September 2019 until the end of May 2019. You can choose from four different times to attend to class. All classes are recorded and available to watch on replay for your convenience. Average time commitment is 1 hour of class time per week (with additional learning opportunities for those that want them). Since the principles you’ll learn are holistic in nature it’s easy practice them in all of your life activities.
Why Do It: Learn how to unlock the magic of how you are made and discover your fullest potential as a vocal artist and teacher!
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Dear Singer and/or Voice Teacher,
My name is Peter Jacobson and I’m Founder and Executive Director of Total Vocal Freedom (TVF) for Singers.
Thanks for stopping by to learn more about the TVF Academy for Singers!
Over 4 years ago, I founded Total Vocal Freedom (TVF) with a deep passion for helping singers achieve their fullest potential using the world-famous Alexander Technique (which is taught at nearly every major music conservatory around the world).
The TVF Academy was designed so that busy singers and teachers like yourself could have access to F.M. Alexander’s life-changing discoveries.
I hope by the end of this page you’ll have all the information you need to decide if the TVF Academy is right for you.
One thing I’ve learned is…
The TVF Academy isn’t right for everyone.
For example, if you’re looking for a set of quick-fix tips, a how-to course on singing your favorite pop songs, or are looking for the “right” answer handed to you by an “expert,” then I can confidently say this program is NOT for you!
However, if you are:
- eager to learn some exciting new things about your body, mind and voice (and how they connect)
- a curious and open-minded learner open to new ways of exploring your voice
- looking for a deep, thoughtful and holistic learning experience that will impact your entire life
- wanting to develop meaningful relationships with other singers and teachers
…then you’ll likely be a great fit for this learning program!
Before I give you the full details, I want to introduce you (with great pride!) to a few TVF Academy students.
TVF Academy Success Stories
“…I was ready to retire from my professional career of 40 years. The TVF Academy 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. The TVF Academy 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, Singer & Voice Teacher, Chicago, USA
“There is not an area of my teaching that hasn’t been made better because of my work in TVF.”
“TVF has totally transformed my teaching in so many ways. I have gone from a very vague teacher to a very specific and informed teacher. I am learning a new more patient and kind way to teach. I am being given the tools to teach in a student-motivated way; encouraging them to ask questions and explore so that they are better equipped to learn on their own. I am learning how to teach my students to be more kind to themselves and grow in confidence in their singing. There is not an area of my teaching that hasn’t been made better because of my work in TVF.”
–Karen Archbold, Singer & Voice Teacher in Chicago, USA
“After only three or four weeks in the TVF Academy I felt my voice freeing up.”
“After a 25 year professional career in singing classical music, I had come to a place where my singing felt stuck. Singing was no longer the joy it used to be. I enrolled in the TVF Academy because I needed a boost and a change, but I didn’t know where to find it. I didn’t have the opportunity to start taking weekly lessons with any of my teachers, due to time, travel, as well as money. After only three or four weeks in the TVF Academy I felt my voice freeing up. A short time after that I began to feel like I had all the flexibility, colors, and coordination of my voice back again! I never lost my passion, but now singing is again my joy.”
–Tracy Van Fleet, Singer, Los Angeles, USA
“TVF Academy is not only a high-quality learning space for singers, but it’s also a life school.”
“One year in TVF Academy has been my healing process as an opera singer in crisis. It is the perfect place to find ease, freedom, inspiration, motivation, energy, power, passion and love! TVF Academy is not only a high-quality learning space for singers, but it’s also a life school.”
–Okan Sipahi, Singer, Catania, Italy
TVF Academy Overview
The world’s largest live online learning program & community for singers & voice teachers based on the Alexander Technique.
What is the TVF Academy for Singers & Voice Teachers?
The TVF Academy is a live online education program where you will learn a 4-module holistic curriculum (based on principles from Alexander Technique) via regular weekly classes, all inside of an supportive learning community of singers and voice teachers from around the world.
Instead of focusing on just your voice, you will learn an integrated approach that encompasses all areas of your vocal artistry, including:
- Body Awareness & Freedom
- Posture & Alignment
- Natural Breathing
- Effective Practicing
- Performing Confidence
- Constructive Thinking & Self-Kindness
- Mind-Body-Voice Connection
- And More!
All TVF Academy students learn the TVF basic tools, a series of simple yet profound principles that you can use to instantly access a free body, an open mind and your most flexible and responsive voice. Classes consist of engaging activities, informative presentations and individual explorations, where TVF Academy instructors will work with you to explore issues related to your singing.
TVF Academy classes are non-competitive, supportive and fun!
The TVF Academy is the only program of its kind in the world, combining:
- A holistic curriculum based on the Alexander Technique.
- A vibrant support community of singers from around the world.
- The convenience and flexibility of online learning, allowing you to learn from the comfort of your own home.
In addition to regular classes, we also have additional classes specifically for voice teachers and for female singers over 50 (in the Phoenix Project).
Every month there is also a virtual open mic session and a career mastermind class for you to learn more about the business/marketing side of singing and teaching.
Every module there is a masterclass focused on a special topic (high notes, breathing, nerves, vocal technique, etc.).
No matter where you are on your singing and teaching journey, you are welcome in the TVF Academy!
Questions About The TVF Academy?
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The TVF Academy Curriculum
– Four Modules That Will Transform Your Singing –
Module 1: Body Freedom for Singers
Learn essential tools and skills to free your body and your voice
During the initial module you will learn the foundational Total Vocal Freedom tools, which are based in part on the Alexander Technique. This will include a study of how to cooperate with your body’s natural design to release unwanted tension and sing with greater ease.
After this module you will:
- Know how to release unnecessary body tension (including jaw, throat, neck, tongue, shoulder tension)
- Notice a big improvement in your posture and alignment
- Feel more relaxed and comfortable onstage
- Experience more energy and vitality in your body
- Feel more comfortable singing in your extreme registers
Module 2: Inspired Breathing
Learn a natural, holistic & creative approach to extraordinary respiration
Improving your breathing is one of the highest leverage points you have to improve as a singer. In this module, you will continue to build on the anatomy knowledge you learned in the first module by going deeper into the design of the respiratory system and how it functions best in your singing.
The best part is you’ll learn to breathe naturally and efficiently without having to learn a bunch of complicated breathing exercises!
As you work through this module you will likely notice:
- Your singing has a newfound sense of vibrancy and richness
- Freer movement of your rib cage to allow for more breath
- Greater energy through accessing your full breathing capacity
- A greater sense of control and flexibility in how your breathing supports your musical lines
- Increased mobility and movement in your torso to allow for more breath
- More overall energy as your system becomes richer in life-giving oxygen
Module 3: The Art & Science of Effective Practice
How to Practice Deeply, Productively, and Efficiently
Abraham Lincoln famously said: “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.” Most singers are so focused on learning repertoire (chopping down the tree), they tend to neglect skill development (sharpening the axe).
During this module you will learn a skill-based approach to practice – how to sharpen your practice axe so that your practice sessions become deeper, more meaningful and more productive. You’ll also learn how to change bad habits, motivate yourself to practice, and be accountable to show up in the practice room on a regular basis.
This module will include a 30-day practice challenge where you will earn points for attending class, practicing, working on your project, having peer-to-peer sessions with your classmates and other activities related to singing.
Module 4: The Confident Singer
Learn 7 Key Steps to Performing Confidence
In this module you will also discover how to generate magnetic presence and reliable confidence on stage while learning how to deal with debilitating and joy sucking performance anxiety. You will do this by learning “The 7 Steps to Performing Confidence and Audition Success,” a set of practical tools to help you sing (and audition) with greater control, confidence and freedom.
You’ll also learn how to transform your fear, create a powerful connection with the audience and silence those pesky inner critics.
Additional Learning Opportunities
The Phoenix Project for the Ageless Singer
This elective program is designed to support and empower female singers over the age of 50 that are interested in improving the longevity and quality of their singing voices in the second half of their lives.
“The Phoenix Project has been a life changer for me. Connecting and care for self and others of the things we care about. Learning to explore and share the art of breathing, coordination, Alexander Technique, vocal technique and to have fun has been a great life changer. Call us a fool for a song. Thank you so much beyond words.”
–Susan Allen, Singer & Voice Teacher in Boston, MA
The TVF Voice Teacher’s Group
Voice teachers that have integrated TVF tools into their teaching have reported powerful results with their students as well as a revitalization of their teaching.
Jeanette Smith, a Voice Teacher from San Francisco, CA says:
“I want to express my gratitude for you and TVF! Even after such a short amount of time with these concepts I have renewed confidence and increased energy and excitement about teaching voice. I was really stuck in a rut and even went as far as going back to school and becoming a massage therapist and Reiki Master because I was convinced I needed a career change! The Alexander Technique is the missing link for me, clearly, and I appreciate that you have given me access to learning it and applying it to my teaching and also to my daily life.”
The TVF Voice Teacher’s Group is an additional program that includes 2 additional classes per month as well as a private Facebook group where you will have relevant and meaningful discussions about holistic voice teaching.
Career Success Class
Once per month, there will be a career success class that will focus on the business and marketing side of things. During these sessions, you will learn key business and marketing principles to help you achieve your career goals and dreams.
This class is optional and open to anyone for a small additional fee ($10/class).
“The career success class was incredible for me! It was a wonderful way to think about creating a studio that is much fuller in content and creative ways to schedule classes. It is going to change my life this year, as I implement new strategies and policies.”
–Amy Mushall, Voice Teacher in Colorado Springs, CO
Special Topic Masterclasses
Every module, you will be able to attend a masterclass with a master teacher on a special topic related to singing. Topics in the past have included: high notes, breathing, vocal improv, vocal technique, etc.These masterclasses are included in your TVF Academy membership.
Open Mic Sessions
Once a month, you will have the opportunity to perform for your Academy colleagues and peers in a virtual open mic session. This is a great way to get performing practice in front of a supportive and kind audience. Open Mic sessions are included in your TVF Academy membership.
In addition to regular classes, TVF Academy members have the option of participating in peer-to-peer sessions, which are arranged at a mutually convenient time with you and another classmate. This is a fun way to give and receive support to one of your Academy classmates. There is dedicated virtual room available to all Academy members to help facilitate these meetings.
Students from last year remarked that their peer-to-peer sessions were one of the most valuable parts of the entire program!
Questions About The TVF Academy?
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Class Schedule & Academic Calendar
Classes meet once per week and are one hour in length. All classes are recorded and available to watch on replay.
Classes are offered during the following days and times (choose one):
- Tuesdays @ 10:00am – 11:00am US Central Time (click here to convert to your local time zone)
- Tuesdays @ 8:00pm – 9:00pm US Central Time (click here to convert to your local time zone)
- Wednesdays @ 9:30am – 10:30am US Central Time (click here to convert to your local time zone)
- Wednesdays @ 1:30pm – 2:30pm US Central Time (click here to convert to your local time zone)
Additional Learning Opportunities:
- The TVF Voice Teacher’s Group will meet the first and third Tuesday of every month from 2:15pm – 3:15pm.
- To see the Phoenix Project class times, click here.
- Career Success Masterminds and Open Mic Sessions will be offered on a monthly basis. Day and time to be determined.
- Special Topic Masterclasses will be offered once per module. Day and time to be determined.
The TVF Academy academic year is divided into 4 learning modules:
- Module 1: September 4th – October 18th
- Module 2: October 30th – December 13th
- Module 3: January 15th – March 5th
- Module 4: March 26th – May 21st
The TVF Academy community is a vibrant place to share ideas, support one another and engage in meaningful discussions about singing and teaching. You’ll get support, honest feedback and positive affirmation about who you are as an artist and/or teacher.
Our diverse community is built on respect, trust and non-competitiveness.
We are a community that enjoys learning and growing together!
What TVF Academy members say about the community
“The community that has developed from this course is unequaled.”
–Tracy Van Fleet, Singer & Voice Teacher in Los Angeles, USA
“One of the most important part of the TVF Academy is that we are a family and I now have many friends who are supporting me on my journey in singing.”
–Elif Yavuzturk, Singer & Voice Teacher in Ankara, Turkey
“The community is a rare gem and I treasure them all.”
–Alex Carlisle, Soprano in London, England
Questions About The TVF Academy?
Send us a message now!
More Success Stories…
“…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
“I have greatly corrected my posture…”
“This past year in TVF has changed me in so many ways, it’s made me a better voice teacher and singer but the truly amazing thing is how I feel physically. With learning about and using the Alexander Technique, I have greatly corrected my posture, learned how to stand on stage with little or no pain, and just feel better overall, even my Dr has said I need to keep up what I’m doing!”
–Lois Richardson Shive, Singer & Voice Teacher, Chicago, USA
“TVF is my lantern that gives me warmth and courage to keep moving forward.”
“I’m now a clear and precise teacher, a true supportive friend, a patient loving husband, a better version of myself. And a much expressive singer! I think I’m naturally a leader, but taking the time every week, every day to work on myself and improve my craft. I’ve now have a much longer reach to help so much more people. I’m scared of stepping into the fog’s future but deep inside I’m finding myself wanting to apply TVF principles to my whole island, to everybody I come across. It’s not even about making a living, it’s about making a living so I can keep on making people happy with their music. TVF is my lantern that gives me warmth and courage to keep moving forward.”
–Kevin Kelly Kahelain, Singer and Teacher, Moorea
“I have found more vocal freedom in my upper range…”
“I would say first and foremost that I have found more vocal freedom in my upper range, which was something I was hoping to address in taking this course. By becoming more aware of the tension I was holding in my neck (or muscles that help support the upper spine and surrounding areas) and in my tongue, I was able to release these tensions. This allowed for a freedom in singing that I hadn’t experienced before.
Secondly, I discovered that there are some unresolved issues regarding my identity as a singer. I consider myself a failed singer because I was not able to figure out how to sing without tension in my upper range. Confronting this aspect of my singing (again), brought up uncomfortable feelings for me. This is something I can continue to explore, however, with further introspection.”
–Singer and Choral Director, New Brunswick, Canada
“TVF has completely transformed my singing and my teaching in the most unexpected, delightful, and profound ways.”
When I first started my TVF Academy journey in 2016, I wasn’t sure exactly what I would learn. I was hoping for some tips and tricks for myself and my students, and possibly connections with other vocal teachers. Boy was I blown away! The TVF Academy not only offered a science-based approach to free vocal production, but also an incredible community that has become family, and more support and assistance than I could ever have imagined. I have already learned so much about myself and experienced massive improvements in my own singing, and I feel like I’ve just scratched the surface of possibilities! I can honestly say that TVF has completely transformed my singing and my teaching in the most unexpected, delightful, and profound ways. For once, the ”hype” doesn’t even begin to describe the actual experience. Joining TVF was one of the very best decisions I’ve made for myself and my career!
–Midge McMoyer Smith, Singer and Accompanist, Houston, USA
“There are avenues now for me to make a living with my singing.”
“Peter, I love the way you teach – the positive words you use, the gentle way you correct and the order of your presentations – the way you allow all of us to ‘be’ in a safe, supportive place – priceless! You really named the program right: Total Vocal Freedom (it’s more than just the voice!) There are avenues now for me to make a living with my singing. It will be most interesting to see where my journey takes me next! Woo-hoo!”
–Donna Marie Castaner, Singer, New York, USA
“… a safe and supportive place for all of us to feel free and ease.”
“Peter, I love the way you teach….You are so kind and gentle. You use positive words to correct the members of the Academy. You create a safe and supportive place for all of us to feel free and ease. You approach to problems is very helpful….Thanks a lot for everything.”
–Angeliki Krissila, Choral Conductor, Thessaloniki, Greece
“TVF Academy is an honest, supportive community…”
“When I first started in the Academy, 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 Academy 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
2 Free Bonuses
FREE BONUS #1 – TVF Plus Membership (valued at $300)
Your TVF Academy membership gives you FREE access to the TVF Plus course, a 10-part journey featuring master Alexander teachers on topics like vocal technique, auditions, performing psychology, Alexander Technique, breathing and more!)
All 10 sessions are available to watch on replay at your convenience.
FREE BONUS #2 – Full Access to the TVF Academy Learning Resource Library (valued at over $300)
Your TVF Academy includes access to ever-growing library of learning resources, including the following replays on-demand:
- The Art of Breathing Online Seminar – Jessica Wolf (Yale University)
- The Art of Breathing Rib Animation Video – Jessica Wolf (Yale University)
- Vocal Health 101: How to Love and Care for Your Voice – Kristine Teets (Johns Hopkins University)
- Masterclass on Integrative Alexander Technique – Cathy Madden (University of Washington)
- Vocal Improv Session – Amanda Murphy (Second City Improv Theater)
- 2 Anatomy Sessions – Dr. Darren Hoffman (University of Iowa)
- Marketing and Career Success Session – Peter Jacobson (Total Vocal Freedom)
The value of these two FREE bonuses, were you to purchase them separately, would be over $600!
TVF Academy 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 15 years ago after suffering from back pain and tendinitis while pursuing his music studies.
Jacobson has taught workshops and group classes to musicians at Peabody Conservatory (Baltimore, MD), Towson University (Towson, MD), Wheaton College (Wheaton, IL), University of Minnesota-Morris (Morris, MN), Gettysburg College (Gettysburg, PA), Source Song Festival (Minneapolis, MN) 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 and Peabody Conservatory.
Eleni Vosniadou is a percussionist and teacher of the Alexander Technique. Trained in classical percussion, she began to take an interest in body awareness in order to treat chronic tendinitis, a persistent obstacle in the way of her professional career. In 2006, she began to study the Alexander Technique Internationale in Sommerakademie Mozarteum (Salzburg, Austria), and spent the next few years deepening her knowledge in Germany, Switzerland and England. She completed a postgraduate three – year course at the London Center for Alexander Technique and Training, followed by a complementary course in Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology in London, UK. In 2012, she began teaching the Alexander Technique at the Royal College of Music and Arts Educational London Schools in London.
Currently, 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.M
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. Additional training includes the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Italy, extensive training in the Body-Breath-Sound technique method, and certification through the Contemporary Alexander School, which is part of the Alexander International Alliance. Molly has trained in the Southwest, Pacific Northwest (USA), and Japan, and is honored to be a part of an international community doing such important and empowering work.
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. In 2010, after experiencing severe tension and vocal fatigue for a couple years, Darci became fascinated by body awareness and the vocal freedom that Alexander Technique made possible for her to rediscover. Darci became a certified Alexander Technique teacher by studying at The Contemporary Alexander School, a 1600 hr program. Additional trainings include becoming a certified yoga teacher with Barkan Method Yoga, currently studying Yoga of the Voice, and Body-Breath-Sound Technique. 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.
What Your Membership Includes
4 Core Learning Modules
- Each module contains 6 live online classes.
Regular Special Topic Masterclasses
- Every module, learn from a different master teacher on a special topic related to singing
Additional Learning Opportunities
- Opportunities to participate in Open Mic Sessions, Peer-to-Peer Sessions, Career Success Classes, TVF Voice Teacher’s Group and the Phoenix Project.
TVF Academy Community Facebook Group
- Be a part of a thriving community of supportive singers from a wide variety of backgrounds, abilities and genres.
Special Discounts on TVF Events
- TVF Academy members get special discounts on TVF workshops and masterclasses.
“I joined the Academy in 2016, and it was easily one of the best investments I have made in my career.”
“I have struggled for years with technical issues – in particular tension, which none of the many teachers I have studied with have really been able to address. In the past year, through the different modules in the Academy, I have found several tools that have helped me address these issues. The best part of these discoveries has been that I have really understood how they came about – which means I’m able to re-create them whenever needed (versus my experiences in the past making progress only to find it fall away in a few weeks and not knowing how to get back there). The different modules all fit together into this brilliant approach to finding more freedom vocally, mentally and emotionally. Peter has somehow managed to put together a community are the most supportive group of people that I have ever encountered – connecting with them has brought me so much joy.”
–Nitya Thomas, Singer and Voice Teacher, New York City, USA
TVF Academy Membership & Tuition Rates
The TVF Academy monthly membership fee is $150/month.
You may cancel you membership at anytime.
If you would like to participate in the Phoenix Project or the TVF Voice Teacher’s Group, there is an additional $25/month fee.
To take the next step in joining the TVF Academy click the blue button below to start a Messenger chat a member of the TVF team.
Our team member will help answer any questions you have. They will also ask you a few questions to make sure the program is a good fit for you.
Frequently Asked Questions
What kind of people do well in the TVF Academy? What will my classmates be like?
Singers of all walks of life benefit from this program, including:
- voice teachers
- aspiring & emerging professionals
- working & retired professionals
- enthusiastic amateurs
- choral educators
Additionally, this program is right for you if you are:
- ready for a vocal breakthrough
- concerned about long-term sustainability with your voice
- at a plateau in your progress
- open-minded and curious
- willing to change and grow
- a lifelong learner
- have a basic level of musicianship
- serious about your singing (no matter your ability level)
This program isn’t about ability level or talent. It’s about a desire to learn and grow.
DISCLAIMER: This isn’t a quick fix program – we don’t believe in them. Why? Because they rarely produce lasting results. Habits are hard to change but not impossible. If you do the work of this program, you WILL see results.
I work full-time and have a family. Will I have time to do the TVF Academy?
Yes! Many of our members have full-time jobs and families and are able to participate in the TVF Academy. The flexibility and convenience of online classes (and the 24/7 access to replays) makes the material accessible even for busy people.
What if it’s not working for me?
We are committed that all TVF Academy students have an excellent learning experience. If you decide within the first 2 weeks of classes that the program isn’t for you, we will give you a 100% refund of your fees.
Will I benefit from watching class recordings if I can’t attend live?
Yes, you will get benefit from watching the recordings.
Because classes will address common singer issues and problems there will always be something for you to learn and discover no matter if you attend live or watch the recording.
Of course, it’s ideal to attend class live as much as much as possible but we realize people have busy lives and it’s not always possible.
What hardware and software do I need to participate in the TVF Academy?
- Hardware – an iPad, laptop or desktop computer with a camera and minimum internet speeds minimum of 1.5 Mbps.
- Software – Zoom, a free video conferencing program.
I have a voice teacher already. Will this conflict with what I learn from them?
Provided you are receiving quality vocal instruction, this program will enhance the work you are doing with your voice teacher. TVF Academy students have reported getting more out of their voice lessons with TVF tools.
What about vocal technique?
What you learn in the TVF Academy is not meant to be a substitute for a solid and functional vocal technique.
Thought we do have a vocal technique expert on faculty (Michael Hanko), it’s not the primary focus of this program.
Often times, singers have good technique but aren’t able to use that technique fully because of body tension issues. In TVF Academy classes, we’ll go into the root causes of your tension and give you simple tools to release it.
Will I need to change my technique?
No, not unless you want to! The program is designed to improve upon what’s working and change what’s not.
How many people will be in each class?
To ensure an optimal educational experience there will always be student-teacher ratio of 16:1. If a class grows larger than 16 people, another time slot for class will be offered to ensure the 16:1 student-teacher ratio.
Do you offer scholarships?
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. To request a scholarship application, click here.
How much time will it take every week?
The minimum time commitment will be to attend one, 1-hour live class per week (or watch the replay). This course is designed to fit into any practice regimen. The explorations and learning materials are practical, adaptable and can be practiced most anywhere.
Additionally, since this approach is holistic, you will be making new connections between the activities of your daily life and your singing and how they influence one another.
Will I earn a certificate?
If you complete all four modules on the TVF Academy, you will earn a certificate of completion.
What happens after I complete one year in the TVF Academy?
Many Academy students choose to repeat the curriculum during a second year because there is always something new to learn and discover from this work, no matter how many times you repeat it.
The hours you accrue in this program can also be used for TVF Pro, our 2-year certification program.
How long will I have access to course materials for?
As long as your tuition fees are paid you will have access to course materials.
What if I have more questions?
Your Invitation to Join
Thank you for taking the time to read more about the TVF Academy!
My brilliant colleague and friend Michael Hanko once said:
“Singing is an incredibly complex activity that calls upon us at every level of our organization, from the physical to the spiritual to the emotional. If you want to be a good singer, you have to bring your best self, on all those different levels, to the forefront. Consistently and reliably.”
This program will help you bring that best self forward every time you sing.
If you feel, based on what you’ve read, that the TVF Academy would help you achieve your singing goals and dreams then I invite you to click the blue button below and start a live chat with a member of our team.
It would be my honor to have the opportunity to work with you.
To Your Success!
Founder & Executive Director
Total Vocal Freedom