The TVF Integrated Musician Certificate Program
(Voice Emphasis)


For Mid-Career Music Professionals
(Singers, Voice Teachers, Choral Conductors, Vocal Coaches & Collaborative Pianists)


 A 9-Month Deep Dive into Your Artistry, Your Voice & Your Self with the Alexander Technique


The next cohort begins September 2022

(By application only.)

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“This program helped me to gain confidence in my inner intelligence, my innate ability to make music, and my desire to help other singers of all ages and levels attain a more joyful, playful way to approach vocalizing.”

“It has been my greatest joy to be gifted this holistic way of singing through TVF and to now have the opportunity to offer that gift to my students. I have been amazed at the discoveries and growth I see in them. Studying more about the complexity of our anatomical structures has helped me to understand how our design affects my ability to vocalize. Being introduced to the Alexander Technique has helped me to realize how habits of interference inhibit my ability to sing with ease. I have found a way to return to the joyful ease of singing. My hope is to help light the way for other singers who long to follow a similar path.”

Tiffany Cadenhead, Program Graduate
Professional Singer & Voice Teacher in Austin, TX

What is the TVF Integrated Musician Certificate Program?

Dear Colleague,

TVF Founder & Director Peter Jacobson here.

Thank you for your interest in the Integrated Musician Certificate Program (IMCP), a continuing education program that offers in-depth online and live training for mid-career music professionals who want to learn how to use the Alexander Technique (and other related fields of study) to improve the quality of their music-making and their life.

Since launching this program 5 years ago, it’s been so exciting to watch program participants make new and often unexpected discoveries about what’s possible with their artistry. I am extremely proud of our program graduates and how they have discovered the most expansive, healthy and creative version of themselves through this program.

The Integrated Musician Certificate Program is one of the few programs in the world that provides long-term, in-depth training in the fields of music education, the human voice, body mapping, human potential, musicianship and the Alexander Technique.

The next version of this program will have an emphasis on singing and is geared towards mid-career music professionals who fit into one or more of these 3 categories:

  • Singers – who care deeply about using their voice as means of artistic expression and want to realize their full potential as an artist. (Note: You do not have to be a professional singer to join this program. However, you must have a “professional” mindset and be committed to significant growth and change.)
  • Voice Teachers & Conductors/Ensemble Leaders – who are looking for an opportunity to focus on your own (sometimes neglected) artistry while also learning solid, practical ideas you can share with your students and ensemble members about the body, breathing and human coordination. 
  • Vocal Coaches & Collaborative Pianists – who want to deepen their understanding of the human voice (including their own) as well as learn non-traditional and holistic ways to support your musical colleagues. 

This program is designed for people who:

  1. Are hungry for a deep dive into their voice, their artistry and their selves
  2. Feel they are not currently able to access their full potential as musical artists, teachers or leaders.

This program is about taking the chains off so you can give your musical gifts generously and freely to the world.

At 160 hours over 9 months the program is rigorous. However, it is designed with busy people in mind. 75% of the program takes place online and the other 25% happens through live, in-person intensives which makes the learning available to a variety of lifestyles, situations and schedules.

This page contains important information about the curriculum, how the program works and some student success stories. If you are excited by what you see on this page, I invite you to fill out an application or reach out to me personally so we can talk further.

Cara’s Story

As a way of giving you a sense of the kinds of results people get in this program, I want to start by introducing you to one of our previous program participants, Cara Gilbertson-Boese (M.Mus, B.Mus). Like a lot of music professionals, she wears many hats, including:

  • Voice Teacher

  • Professional Soprano

  • Founder & Director, The Bytown School of Singing

  • Artist in Residence, St. John the Evangelist Anglican Church

  • Performance Specialist, Ottawa Regional Youth Choir

  • President, NATS (National Capital Region Chapter)

  • Founding Co-Director, Opera Inside Out

  • Specializes in Vocal Performance, Education & Adjudication

Cara says:

"Over the past two decades I have spent a good deal of time singing professionally as a soloist and chorister, and teaching voice both in my own private school and at post-secondary institutions. During this time I have always felt that my teaching informs my singing and vice versa...my singing informs my teaching. Community building has also always been very important to me and I am an active member of my local NATS Chapter, where I currently serve as President.

I have always noticed that my physical health is often compromised or challenged due to my busy schedule, but over the past couple of years it has also become glaringly clear that my mental health is also suffering. I continuously feel exhausted and overwhelmed by the responsibility of overseeing all of my student's studies/progress. I love teaching, but I often finish my days completely inspired and yet completely depleted of reserve energy. My pattern has become to give 150% all the time until I get sick, then hibernate until I am well again...then repeat!

I was not looking for TVF. Instead, my good friend and colleague Margot wanted to attend the Summer Retreat and suggested I go with her. My first thought was..."I cannot handle another activity being added to my plate!" After chatting with my husband, I decided to sign up…not because I knew what TVF was, but because it was a chance to get away and spend some quality time with my dear friend.

During the weeks leading up to the TVF Summer Retreat, I began having panic attacks and had to take a complete break from teaching and many of my other obligations. My mom passed away in the summer of 2018 and the grief and extra responsibilities of taking on her estate management were just too much for me. Although, my mom's death intensified my anxiety and feeling of overwhelming responsibility, I very much believe I was on the trajectory to have a complete breakdown at some point. I thought I had been handling everything, and that so long as I "willed" it, I could make anything happen. But really, I was continuously compromising myself and my own physical and mental health.

TVF came as a huge wake up call to me and it was both scary and exhilarating. To be surrounded by accomplished singers, singing teachers, and choral directors from all over the world was humbling. I was immediately surprised that nobody was there to compete with one another...we were all there to explore our singing and our own physical being...and especially to learn from one another...amazing! Throughout the week I came to understand that it was not my job to manage my students' experiences or to manage my audience. My only job was to look after myself, to honour myself and to be at "play."

Of course, TVF challenges me to understand the human body and the voice on a deeply scientific level, which helps me to body map and isolate areas of exploration for each student, including myself. More importantly, TVF helped me realize that most of the things and people I feel responsible for are of my own construct. That by letting go of that responsibility, I actually empower them to take ownership over their own journeys. This has been extremely exciting and groundbreaking in my teaching. My students now understand that they are in charge of their own learning. I am there as a guide, but we are exploring together the skills we need to be aware and to teach ourselves. The greatest gift TVF has given me thus far is to understand the simplicity that in honouring ourselves, we open up a world of possibility. Thank you to the entire faculty at TVF for being incredible mentors and challenging me to be a better teacher, singer, and person."

How The Program Will Benefit You


This program will benefit many areas of your life:

Your Voice

  • Increase freedom, resonance, and agility throughout your entire vocal range
  • Learn tools to reliably sing and speak with your best voice

Your Artistry

  • Get full access to your artistic potential
  • Discover creative new ways of expressing yourself

Your Body

  • Experience natural relief from tension, pain and stress
  • Learn how your body is designed to move most efficiently and naturally

Your Practicing & Performing

  • Learn how to increase your focus, concentration and self-awareness
  • Learn lasting and effective solutions to deal with performing-related fear and anxiety

Your Health & Well-Being

  • Enjoy greater vitality and energy
  • Learn how to find peace of mind and calm in your teaching and life

Your Teaching

  • Help your students solve body and voice tension problems more effectively 
  • Experience more ease and spaciousness in your teaching

The program includes: 

  • A rigorous and practical curriculum
  • A warm and nurturing learning environment
  • A supportive and non-competitive community 
  • High standards of excellence
  • Engaging and meaningful discussions
  • Experiential learning activities and movement explorations
  • A respect for each person’s unique individual journey
  • A strong emphasis on personal and artistic growth
  • Support and accountability from colleagues

Student Success Story

Amy Mushall
2020 Program Graduate

The Program Curriculum



Module 1: Alexander Technique & The Singing Voice

Learn & Embody the Core Principles of the TVF Approach


The Alexander Technique has been used by performing artists for well over a century to access their full creative and artistic potential.

What many people don’t know is that this method has its origin in the human voice. F.M. Alexander made his groundbreaking discoveries to solve his own vocal problem (chronic hoarseness) which was preventing him from doing his passion – reciting Shakespeare.

In this initial module, you will learn about the 7 core principles of the Alexander Technique and their practical application to your music-making and life. Those principles are: wholeness, awareness, primary control, non-doing, inhibition, direction and use affects function.

You will also learn about the 4 TVF S.E.L.T. practices – slowing down, experimenting, listening and trusting – which, along with the 7 Alexander principles, form the foundation of all TVF work.

By the end of this module, you will have powerful new tools to intelligently solve singing problems as well as improve the quality of your singing at any moment.

Module 1 Learning Resources

  • Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique by Michael Gelb
  • Onstage Synergy: Integrative Alexander Technique Practice for Performing Artists by Cathy Madden

*****
“Without a doubt, this module was extremely useful to me as a singer, and in thinking about how I could go about changing what might not be most efficient in my own habitual use of my body. However I loved thinking more from a teaching point of view as well, in particular: helping the student find the atlanto-occipital joint, the process of gathering information/observing, the importance of non-judgmental listening, and asking questions/being the voice that the student can hear during practice: What worked about this? What did you like about it?”

Nitya Thomas
Professional Singer and Voice Teacher in New York City, NY
Program Graduate



Module 2: The Singing Body In Action

Explore Body-Mapping & Optimal Movement of Your Whole Self Instrument


As a singer, your whole body is your instrument. The problem is many singers bodies are working AGAINST them instead of FOR them. This module is a holistic, Alexander-informed way of looking at how your physical instrument is designed to move and sing with maximum efficiency and freedom.

Different than many anatomy courses that focus on learning the names of muscles and bones, in this module you will learn how to embody anatomical information through an exploration of eight activities and systems that make up the larger activity of singing:

  • Standing & Balancing – The Upright Support System in Action
  • Breathing – The Respiratory System & Torso in Action
  • Phonating – The Sound-Making System in Action
  • Articulating & Resonating – The Mouth & Throat in Action
  • Supporting & Moving – The Legs in Action
  • Gesturing & Holding Music – The Arms in Action
  • Musical & Emotional Expression – The Face & Hands in Action
  • Performing – The Whole Self in Action

Each activity will be a doorway into a whole world of learning about human anatomy, physical design and easeful movement.

By the end of this module, you will have a more accurate body “map” while will allow for new-found freedom and ease in your vocal production and open up new horizons in your artistry.

Module 2 Learning Resources

  • Your Body, Your Voice: The Key to Natural Singing & Speaking by Ted Dimon
  • What Every Singer Needs to Know About the Body by Melissa Malde, MaryJean Allen & Kurt-Alexander Zeller

*****

"This module has been a great exploration which can be summed up in one word: awareness. I have become aware of movements I have made my entire life and how wonderful and amazing our bodies are. I have greater awareness of my body, which has caused me to observe my habits related to how I stand, sleep, move, drive my car, take a walk and sing! I have found as I delve into this new way of thinking, or relearning my body map, that there so many more parts to it than I was aware. The body is truly an amazing design and I am excited to keep exploring!”

Jamey Ruiz McClellan
Professional Singer & Voice Teacher in Vancouver, Washington

TVF Pro Student



Module 3: The Musician’s Journey

Use Your Personal Story to Discover Your True Artistic Voice


This unique and transformative module is all about discovering your authentic musical voice through a deep exploration of your story, your body and your sound.

Using activities like activities of writing, moving, and sounding you will explore three main realms:

1. The Realm of STORY

Take a fresh look at the defining events of your life, including your origin story, signature moments, and belief systems that were formed out of your story. Come to know what is fairy tale and what is fact. Learn to see the beauty in your flaws and failures in your story as you celebrate your successes.

2. The Realm of BODY

Your body is a living repository of all your past life experiences. What are you storing there? How is it positively or negatively affecting your life? See where and how your past manifests itself in your life. Learn how to move through your emotions instead of repressing them. Learn how to compassionately relate to your body as your companion, your compass, your source of creativity and power.

3. The Realm of SOUND

Your voice is your sonic fingerprint – no one has a voice like yours and no one ever will. Feel what it’s like to know your own voice without needing to imitate other singers or sounds. Experience new possibilities for your voice beyond what you currently think is possible. Get a taste of the unique sounds only YOU can bring into the world.

By the end of this module, you will have a stronger sense of yourself, your gifts and the power and potential of your unique artistic voice in the world.

Module 3 Learning Resource

  • The Artist’s Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julia Cameron

*****

“I was really looking forward to this module - who could resist an invitation to write, move, and sing while reflecting on the road that brought us to where we are? The module exceeded my expectations. Although many initial reflections were a little "scary": memories of mistakes, embarrassments, and painful events, each memory found its balance in a compassionate encounter with my younger self. Thanks to the TVF team's wisdom and creative coaching, AND my classmates' incredible sharing of their own discoveries, I began to pull together a series of episodes and a musical "trail" that was neither dull (to me!) nor discouraging. Instead, it has been a joy to explore the past, such fun to meet my former self again at various points in my life, and an inspiration to be "awake" now and in the future, as new chapters are written. Thank you!!!! What a delight - a perspective-altering experience!”

Jenny Gettel
Professional Singer, Conductor & Voice Teacher in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Program Graduate



Module 4: The Art & Science of Practicing

Learn How to Learn – The Most Important Skill of All


Philosopher John Dewey (a student of F.M. Alexander) said that the Alexander Technique, “…bears the same relation to education that education itself bears to all other human activities.”

In other words, the Alexander Technique is powerful tool that you can use to optimize your own learning, allowing you to become a more facile and effective learner of any skill or activity.

In this module you will learn a conscious and constructive approach to learning in which how you do something is as important as what you do, dramatically increasing the effectiveness of your practice time. It's an approach to learning that embraces exploration, curiosity and play versus an anxious need to constantly fix problems (and is ultimately more effective and more fun!). 

You will also learn the fundamental principles of music learning, which are based on the learning behavior of expert musicians:

  • Positive mental attitude
  • Listening with discernment
  • Methodical mindfulness
  • Practicing with the listener in mind
  • Chunking
  • Experimentation & Play
  • Musical Problem-Solving
  • Error-Correction
  • Refinement

By the end of this module, you will have skills and tools to be a more effective music learner and practicer, which will allow you to progress faster than before (without having to push or hurt yourself).

Module 4 Learning Resources

  • Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique by Michael Gelb
  • The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle

*****

“This was a really useful module for me, as I was able to realize that I can chunk my practice time into something useful regardless of how much time I have in a day, and it ‘counts’. I often placed a lot of pressure on myself to be super thorough in my practice and if I didn’t follow my own method, I would get upset with myself and then avoid practice altogether. For me, learning how to focus on the parts of a particular song or memorization that I’m finding difficult to get maximum results (the whole 80/20 principle), was HUGE.

I now practice something every day (based on my own priorities of what is coming up for me) and have developed pretty good habits in how to learn music. I no longer judge myself if I am not feeling well and can’t sing, but there is always something I can do to move myself forward as a singer, whether it be watching videos of great singers, reading, translating, thinking about dramatic intent and character or the nuggets of wisdom that my many teachers have instilled in me as a singer. I also find days where my voice isn’t feeling great, that I can speak rhythms, think about my coordination and do many other things that help me learn the music.”

Melanie Anderson
Professional Singer in Ottawa, Canada 
Program Graduate



Module 5: Essential Skills for Peak Performance

Learn the 7 Steps to Performing Confidence & Audition Success


Performing is one of the ultimate celebrations of life. And performing artists live to perform – there is nothing better than the "high" of performing for a live audience.

In most great performers you see the following traits:

  • Magnetism – they draw the audience into a magical, musical world with their authentic and alive presence.
  • Confidence – their assuredness comes from having a clear plan for success that has been thoroughly studied and rehearsed.
  • Boldness – they aren't afraid to take risks and skate on the thrilling edge of failure and success.

The question is – can these qualities be learned and nurtured?

Though some people are natural born performers, anyone can grow into a great performer by developing a set of essential peak performance skills.

In this module, you will engage in an important inquiry process of how to train the human instrument to perform at our maximum potential on a consistent basis.

You will also learn how to create, develop and refine performance plans in your singing practice that will reliably support you to realize your goals and desires in any performing situation.

This module will be a culmination of the previous 4 modules and and will focus on the TVF 7 Steps to Performing Confidence & Audition Success:

  1. Renew Your Desire
  2. Transform Your Fear
  3. Tame Your Tension
  4. Feed Your Constructive Critic
  5. Trust the 4 Pillars of Performance
  6. Sing to the YES!
  7. Celebrate Success

By the end of this module, you will have the tools and skills to enjoy greater confidence, ease and expression in your musical performances.

Module 5 Learning Resources

  • The 7 Steps to Performing Confidence & Audition Success by Peter Jacobson
  • Onstage Synergy: Integrative Alexander Technique Practice for Performing Artists by Cathy Madden

*****

“In this module, I feel like I finally started to feel like I maybe I know what I’m doing when I audition. (Imagine that!) Tapping into my desire to sing was a key step that I had been missing. Obviously, I knew that I loved singing, but that was never my main thought when I went to sing before a panel of judges.  Renewing that desire, and realizing that I had a choice of whether or not to sing at all made it much more clear to me that this is what I want to be doing.  When I allowed myself to feel that love and to truly want to communicate it, I actually enjoyed auditioning!  Yes, auditioning can be frustrating, but like Alexander realized, “his desire was stronger than his frustrations.” Also, allowing myself to feel “performance readiness” rather than trying to shut that off has helped tremendously.  Before, I had felt that nervousness and immediately thought that I shouldn’t feel that way and tried with all my might to not be nervous.  Clearly, that doesn’t work.  Starting to learn how to turn “performance anxiety” into “performance readiness” was pretty life-changing for me.”

Rachel Sitomer
Professional Singer & Voice Teacher in Annapolis, Maryland
Program Graduate

Student Success Story

Mary Frances Lubahn
2019 Program Graduate

Program Structure


The structure of this 160-hour program consists of 5 parts:

1. Integrated Musician Classes (56 hours)

These online classes are the beating heart of the program. These classes will consist of discussion, explorations, activities and exercises designed to give you practical experience in using the Alexander Technique in your artistry and life. The longer class time (2 hours) will allow for us to go deeply into various singing-related topics and "nerd out" on them together. 

2. TVF Academy Classes (24 hours)

The TVF Academy for Singers is our online learning program for the general public. In TVF Academy classes you get further experience in  learning the core principles of TVF Alexander work and whole body anatomy for singers and how to integrate them into your own vocal artistry. There will also be 9 monthly masterclasses offered starting September that are part of the TVF Academy.

3. Live, In-Person Training (40 hours)

4 full days of live learning are required to earn a certificate. These intensive learning experiences are designed to deepen the work you do in your online coursework with your course colleagues with the added benefit of touch communication, a powerful aspect of TVF Alexander work.

These weekends will also include a group social activity, such as attending an opera, musical, concert or comedy show.

4. Private Lessons (12 Hours)

Work directly with a TVF faculty member or TVF teacher trainee on your singing, walking, sitting, teaching or any other activity you care about. 

5. Independent Study (28 hours)

During the program, you will choose a focus area based on your professional and personal interests for deeper study. This independent study will culminate in a final project that demonstrates what you've learned on that topic (an article, a recital, a presentation, a recording project, etc.).

The Certificate Process 


Students who complete the program requirements will be awarded an official certificate of completion.

The certificate signifies that you possess a solid intellectual and practical understanding of the Alexander Technique and its application to singing, practicing and performing.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This program does NOT certify you as a teacher of the Alexander Technique.

For those who want to train as a teacher of the Alexander Technique, this program is the precursor to the TVF Pro Alexander Teacher Training Program. The 160 hours you earn in this program will be applied to the 1600 training hours of TVF Pro. In other words, this program is 10% of the hours required to become a TVF Alexander teacher.

Student Success Story

Tiffany Cadenhead
2020 Program Graduate

The Program & Class Schedule


The 2022-2023 program is divided into 5 terms that correspond with each of the 5 modules:

  • Early Fall Term (Module 1) September 6th – October 14th, 2022
  • Late Fall Term (Module 2) October 31st – December 16th, 2022 (No classes during the week of November 21)
  • Winter Term (Module 3) January 9th – February 10th, 2023
  • Early Spring Term (Module 4) February 27th – March 31st, 2023
  • Late Spring Term (Module 5) April 17th – May 26th, 2023

Integrated Musician Classes (Online)

These classes will take place online on:

  • 28 Saturdays from 10:00am - 12:00pm US Central Time (Convert to your local time zone) on September 10, 17, 24; October 1, 8, 15; November 5, 12, 19; December 3, 10, 17; January 14, 21, 28; February 4, 11; March 4, 11, 18, 25; April 1, 22, 29; May 6, 13, 20, 27. 

There is an 75% live attendance requirement for IM classes to earn a certificate.

TVF Academy Classes (Online)

You choose one from the following options:

  • Tuesdays @ 10:00am - 11:00am US Central Time
  • Tuesdays @ 7:00pm - 8:00pm US Central Time
  • Wednesdays @ 12:00pm - 1:00pm US Central Time
  • Thursdays @ 3:00pm - 4:00pm US Central Time
  • Saturdays @ 1:00pm - 2:00pm US Central Time

This is a 50% live attendance requirement for TVF Academy Classes to earn a certificate. 

Live Trainings

2-Day Trainings

  • St. Paul, MN – October 22-23, 2022
  • Baltimore, MD – November 19-20, 2022
  • New York City, NY – January 7-8, 2023
  • St. Paul, MN – April 15-16, 2023

4-Day Trainings

  • TVF Winter Retreat – February 17-21, 2023 (Location to be determined but it will most likely be someplace warm!)

If you’re not able to attend the 2-day or 4-day trainings it is possible to earn your live training hours by traveling to one of our faculty members and studying with them privately for an additional fee.

 

What Program Graduates Say

 

“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, Program Graduate
Professional Singer & Voice Teacher in Chicago, IL

 

“I love to sing. TVF has brought that back to me and I am immensely grateful. In fact I am singing better than I have in years.”

“My student sends me messages 'Thank you for the amazing lesson!' and that warms my heart. I don’t know what the future will bring but I know that I will stay part of this wonderful group because I love everything I have learned and all the beautiful people I have met.”

Joan Barber, Program Graduate
Professional Singer & Voice Teacher in Lewes, DE

 

"For my pleasant surprise, class by class on TVF I realized that I was actually (re)learning not only how to use and access my body but to get in deeper touch with myself as a whole..."

"...my psychophysic - and may I add, cultural, social, ancestral - unity, with softness, subtlety and kindness; a way to learn through process and not results. As a voice coach - and most of my students don’t have the goal to become professional singers - the idea of process has been leading the way for many years: enjoying the voice, exploring it, hearing what it tells about the present moment, what it reveals of the past, of expectations."

Victor Castelo, Program Graduate
Professional Singer & Voice Coach in Brasilia, Brazil

 

"This work, the work of TVF has come at such an opportune time, and it is permeating my whole life and being."

"My teaching life, my professional life, my health, my students, everything. It's time to slow down, to stop ignoring my whole self or isolating one part, and it's time to work to let my body (and the bodies of my students) be whole again."

Tiffany Owens, Program Graduate
Singer & Voice Teacher in Cincinatti, OH 

 

“The most surprising and profound thing that I learned during this first level was recognizing that my primary job as a teacher is to first take care of myself.”

“To create the environment and do the things that support me and my own well being and coordination. That it is only when we are grounded in this as the central focus that we will be able to make space for and be present with our students, to really listen to them and respond to what they desire to learn. And in modeling our own well being and coordination we are providing them with a lasting gift...that they, too, can be with themselves and “come home to themselves” and that this is always available to them, to all of us. I’m okay, you’re okay. I’m excited to continue to learn and grow. Let’s play!”

Natalie Ford Sajdak, Program Graduate
Professional Singer & Voice Teacher in Milwaukee, WI

  

“I am so glad that I decided to sign up for this course."

“I have learned much more that benefits my everyday life beyond music. I am super excited to continue to work with the techniques shared by the Total Vocal Freedom faculty in Level I. It excites me to already see a difference in my lifestyle and singing style. I can only imagine what more exploration would do and what future courses would offer. All in all, it comes down to my choice to make the change for the better. Thank you, Peter and TVF faculty for your choice to share this information with others."

Rose Sanders, Program Graduate
Professional Singer & Voice Teacher in Winnipeg, ON

 

“When I signed up for TVF, I thought I might learn something useful to maybe improve my singing. I have gained so much more!"

“The things I have learned have affected me in amazing ways. Not only can I sing better than every before, but I have less physical pain; I have clearer direction in where I want my life to go; I have found new connection between my spirit and the Creator of the universe. I am excited to explore further, to learn more, and to discover where my journey will lead.”

Suzanne Lutz, Program Graduate
Singer & Teacher in Albuquerque, NM

 

“What I truly have appreciated about this class is that nobody is trying to restructure the way you teach.”

“Nobody is trying to say you have bad habits, or that you are doing it wrong. Nobody is chiding you or trying to rework your teaching. What is happening here is self-discovery of how we can find what is going to improve our relationships with our students, and building on that, how they and we can improve what we need to improve. It’s an extraordinary thing, this discovery of self. Especially for the old me, who thought “Well, 40 years of teaching means that I was successful at doing this” when what I really needed to think was “Wow, something new that works for me as a singer might be great for my students, too!” Everyone is different. Everyone learns differently—educators all know those theories. And we, on the learning end of things, are so grateful for the opportunity to tune in to ourselves and find that there is gentleness of delivery that can work. There is suggestion of a new concept that can work. There is smiling. There is joy!”

Martha Springstead, Program Graduate
Professional Accompanist & Voice Teacher in Virginia Beach, VA

 

"This program has given me tools, knowledge, confidence, and the desire to explore all that my voice can be."

"In just one level, my voice was transformed from what it was. Now I have so much joy in creating music with my voice!”

Midge McMoyer Smith, Program Graduate 
Professional Accompanist, Singer & Teacher in Houston, Texas

The Faculty

Our faculty (pictured L to R: Peter Jacobson, Eleni Vosniadou, Darci Balkcom, Michael Hanko, Molly Kittle) consists of 5 fun-loving, truth-seeking, singer-empowering teachers. We are all certified Alexander Technique teachers who have earned college degrees in various fields of music. You can read more about each individual faculty member here.

Tuition

 

The total tuition of the TVF Integrated Musician Certificate Program is $4,000.

Your tuition will broken up into 2 parts:

  • 10 Monthly Payments of $300 ($3,000 total) which covers all online coursework, private lessons and access to the community.
  • $1,000 for your 4 days of live, in-person training. You can do 2 x 2-day weekend trainings ( $500/each) or attend the 2023 TVF Winter Retreat, which will include 4 days of training in the overall fee (price and location to be determined). Each event will be paid separately depending on when you choose to do your in-person training. 

Scholarships

There are up to 3 need-based scholarships available. The scholarships range from 10 to 25%. To receive scholarship funding you must have the capacity to participate fully in the program and be able to say, in good faith, that you wouldn't be able to participate without financial assistance. If you meet these criteria you can indicate your interest in a scholarship on the application form to be considered for a scholarship.


The VIP Option (Only 2 Spots Available)

For those that would like an even more in-depth experience, there are 2 VIP spots available.

The VIP option is an optional upgrade to your IMCP experience that offers 20 additional 1:1 private sessions (45 minutes) with TVF faculty members Michael Hanko or Peter Jacobson that you can use at any time over the 9 months.

Michael, a professional classical baritone and an aspiring jazz pianist, has taught voice and Alexander Technique for over 2 decades. His teaching is enriched by his deep daily practices of exercise, meditation and Buteyko Breathing. Michael’s passion is creating a learning environment that combines rigorous teaching with gentle kindness to bolster each student’s sense of self-worth while developing serious skills and having an absolute blast.

Peter is a conductor, an Alexander teacher, a certified transformative coach, an experienced career coach with a strong interest in helping artists and teachers become healthy, financially prosperous and fulfilled.

The VIP option is an additional $2,000 ($6,000 total). 


 How to Apply


Acceptance into the program is by application only. 

We are limiting the program to 12 people. We will use a rolling admission policy and people will be accepted until the 12 spots are filled. 

A $35 non-refundable application fee is required to apply. After you complete your application a TVF team member will be in touch within 2-3 business days to have a further conversation with you. 

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Our Promise to You

 
During the 9 months of this program, provided you do the work and apply yourself fully, we promise you two things:

  1. You will experience nothing less than an artistic rebirth.
  2. By the end of the program, you will look, feel and sound dramatically different compared to the start of the program.

We are serious about this. There's a reason we are only accepting 12 people into this program. This is not a program where you will get lost in the crowd. You will get personal attention from our faculty and deep support from our phenomenal learning community. 

So, if you’re ready to take a massive step towards being the artist and teacher you know you can be, I invite you to hit the "Apply Now" button below and begin the application process.

To Your Artistic Success!

With Music & Love,
Peter Jacobson
Founder & Executive Director
Total Vocal Freedom

PS – If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to write to us directly via email or Messenger.

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