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What is the Alexander Technique? A TVF Faculty Roundtable Discussion

Uncategorized May 14, 2019

NOTE: This is a conversation featuring the five members of the TVF faculty (pictured above, L to R: Michael Hanko, Molly Kittle, Peter Jacobson, Darci Balkcom, and Eleni Vosniadou). This is a transcription of a recent conversation they had about the Alexander Technique. Enjoy!

Peter: Hello everybody, welcome. I am here with Michael, Eleni, Darci, and Molly. Our topic for today is: What is the Alexander Technique? I’m going to start with a personal story on this topic. This...

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Discovering Vocal Improv: A Conversation with Dr. Frances Farrell

creativity Oct 07, 2018

Frances Farrell recently graduated with her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Toronto. Her interest in vocal improvisation turned into a full-blown doctoral dissertation, Improvisation in the Choral Setting. Currently, Fran conducts two senior high choirs as part of the Halifax Regional Arts Program and an adult community choir called the Dartmouth Choral Society. Fran has also worked as a choral clinician in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Ontario,...

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The Singer's Food Chain

fun mindset Sep 10, 2018

By Karen Archbold

Have you had the experience of walking into a rehearsal with a new group of people and immediately listening closely to determine who is the best singer?

Do you find yourself classifying other singers in your head, so you know where you fit in?

Does your opinion of someone change after you hear them sing the solo/aria/whatever?

Do they go up or down in your estimation?

I have been playing around in my head with how helpful a singer food chain would be. It would be great...

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Learning Never Stops: A Conversation with Pedro de Alcantara

Pedro de Alcantara literally wrote the book on Alexander Technique and music. Actually two of them! His books Indirect Procedures and Integrated Practice are must-read texts for all musicians. Pedro also produces a wonderful YouTube series called 5-Minute Voice, which he describes as: "Simple vocal exercises for everyone, fun to practice and health-giving." 

Enjoy the interview!

Peter: I’m very excited to be here with Pedro de Alcantara. Specifically, I wanted to...

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A Conversation with Michael Hanko, Voice & Alexander Technique Teacher

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9 Things Singers Need to Know About Their Bodies

anatomy breathing May 04, 2015

By Peter Jacobson

 1. Your whole body is your instrument, not just your vocal mechanism.
Your voice is part of a total system which includes your mind and your entire body. Any method or technique of singing that doesn’t address the total mind–body–voice system has limited applications to developing one’s full potential as a singer.

To become a better singer, shift your emphasis from trying to sing well, to using your entire mind-body-voice Self well....

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The Top 5 Breathing Myths for Singers…Debunked!

anatomy breathing May 04, 2015

By Peter Jacobson

MYTH #1: Belly breathing is the most effective way to breath for singing

Reality: It is anatomically impossible to breathe into your belly! While many teachers offer this instruction as a metaphor to avoid shallow breathing or shoulder raising, students often take it literally which creates a downward pull in the torso and puts unnecessary pressure on the spine and entire vocal mechanism.

Solution: Learn an anatomically accurate body map based on your natural design. (...

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