Is singing not as EASY as it used to be?
Has WORRY and FEAR sucked all the joy out of singing for you?
Are you having a hard time finding the MOTIVATION to practice?
Do you practice better then you perform?
Is physical TENSION constricting your voice?
My name is Peter Jacobson and I’m Founder and Executive Director of Total Vocal Freedom (TVF) for Singers (read more about me here). Thanks for stopping by to learn more about the TVF Academy for Singers.
Nearly 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.
Since then, TVF has grown into an international school with over 120 students from 20+ countries.
If you found yourself responding "Yes!" to one or more of the questions above, I encourage you to keep reading because I’m confident that this program can help you have a significant breakthrough in your singing.
And 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 for Singers isn't right for everyone.
If you're here looking for a set of quick-fix tips, a how-to course on singing your favorite pop songs, or expect your teachers to spoon-feed you everything, then I can say, without a doubt, this program is NOT for you!
However, if you are:
- a curious and open-minded learner
- looking for a deep, thoughtful and holistic learning experience
- wanting to develop meaningful relationships with other singers
- eager to learn some exciting new things about your body, mind and voice
...then you'll likely be a great fit for the program!
- Success Stories
- Program Overview
- Dates & Class Schedule
- What Your Membership Includes
- Tuition Rates
- More Success Stories
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Your Invitation to Join
Let's get started by introducing four TVF Academy students and their stories.
–Lisa Rogers Lee, Professional Singer and Voice Teacher, Chicago, USA
…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!
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.
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.
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.
The World’s Largest Live Online Learning Program and Community for Singers Based on the Ground-Breaking Discoveries of F.M. Alexander (founder of the Alexander Technique)
What: A live online education program featuring a holistic mind-body curriculum (based on principles from Alexander Technique) taught through regular weekly classes, all inside of an supportive learning community of singers from around the world.
Instead of focusing on just your voice, you will learn a holistic and comprehensive approach that encompasses all areas of your vocal artistry, including:
- Effective Practicing
- Performing Confidence
- Body Awareness & Freedom
- Posture & Alignment
- Constructive Thinking & Self-Kindness
- Natural Breathing
- 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.
How: The learning happens in live weekly classes (60 minutes in length). Classes consist of engaging activities, informative presentations and individual explorations, where Peter will work with a singer to explore a problem or issue related to their singing. No matter how you participate, classes are non-competitive, supportive and fun!
When: The next term begins January 16th and ends May 23rd. Classes take place weekly, except for several short breaks throughout the term. Students can choose from four different class time options to attend class.
Where: Online via Zoom, a free video conferencing software (like Skype for groups) and in our private Facebook group. All classes are recorded and available on replay 24/7 in the member’s area.
Who Singers of ALL ages, abilities and genres who have a deep desire to learn, grow and improve.
Why: The TVF Academy is the only program of its kind in the world, combining:
- A holistic curriculum based on the ground-breaking discoveries of F.M. Alexander (founder of the world-famous Alexander Technique)
- A vibrant and supportive 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
Questions About The TVF Academy?
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1. The Art & Science of Effective Practice
How to Practice Deeply, Productively, and Efficiently
Module Dates: January 16 – February 21, 2018
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) that 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 your practice sessions will be deeper, meaningful and productive.
You’ll also learn how to practically apply Alexander Technique principles into your practice to access a free body, a curious mind and your most flexible and responsive voice.
There will also be practical strategies on 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 The 30-Day "Inside-Out" Deep Practice Challenge, a game inside of the TVF Academy where you be will inspired, encouraged and supported to practice every day for 30 days.
If you immerse fully in the material and do the work required, after this module and the 30-day practice challenge, your practicing (and by extension, your singing) will never be the same again.
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, Peter, for all of the time and effort I know you have poured into TVF Academy. You have opened a door for me into a world that I cherish and brings me joy every single day. What an incredible gift you are!
2. The March Magical Mystery Mini-Module
A 3-Week Musical Adventure
Module Dates: March 6 – March 22, 2018
In this mini-module, you will go on a 3-week magical and mysterious musical adventure, guided by the TVF Faculty members Peter Jacobson, Eleni Vosniadou and Michael Hanko. A fun surprise awaits you around every corner!
Here's what TVF Academy students say about Eleni and Michael:
–Karen Archbold, Professional Singer & Voice Teacher, Chicago, USA
It is difficult to describe in words what an incredible teacher Eleni is.
I have had two masterclasses with her and provided me with such amazing tools! She is a gifted and kind teacher. Her way of speaking and working invites peace in my body. Her explorations and questions invited me to find profound new ways of becoming aware and the work she did with the class on nervousness has dramatically changed my life! In the past, I have ridden the waves of nerves like a roller coaster just hoping that they wouldn't destroy the performance too much. With just a few ideas, I now have the tools to embrace and understand the nerves that come along with performing. She has given me a great gift!
–Okan Sipahi, Professional Singer, Catania, Italy
Every time I had an opportunity to work with Michael Hanko, my singing immediately became easier, freer and more fun.
Both his deep knowledge of the functional vocal training method, and his original, unique ideas have made my perception of singing become much simpler and clearer. In addition to all his wonderful skills as a voice teacher, he is also an Alexander Technique teacher, which is why he is the perfect expert for our community, with his holistic approach where he always puts freedom first. You don’t need to be prepared before working with Michael Hanko. You will magically find yourself singing freely and having fun as soon as you follow his unique and spontaneous indications.
3. The Confident Singer
Learn the 7 Steps to Performing Confidence and Audition Success
Module Dates: April 9 – May 25, 2018
Fear is the #1 factor that prevents singers from performing at peak levels.
This module will help you conquer your performing fears and dramatically increase your confidence onstage.
You will do this by learning "The 7 Steps to Performing Confidence and Audition Success," a set of practical, in-the-moment 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.
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.
I have found a new level of freedom and confidence in both performances and auditions…
Through working with Peter, I have found a new level of freedom and confidence in both performances and auditions. Besides being a wonderful teacher, Peter is able to foster a unique atmosphere of supportive encouragement, which gave me the courage to take more risks.
The 3 learning modules will take place during the following dates:
- The Art & Science of Effective Practice: January 16 – February 22
- The March Magical Mystery Mini-Module: March 6 – March 21
- The Confident Performer: April 9 – May 24
TVF Academy students can choose one class time from the following options (same class – four different options):
- Tuesdays @ 9:30 – 10:30am US Central Time (Convert to Your Local Time Zone)
- Tuesdays @ 2:30 – 3:30pmUS Central Time (Convert to Your Local Time Zone)
- Tuesdays @ 8:00 – 9:00pm US Central Time (Convert to Your Local Time Zone)
- Wednesdays @ 2:00 – 3:00pm US Central Time (Convert to Your Local Time Zone)
Questions About The TVF Academy?
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The TVF Academy Community
The TVF Academy community is a vibrant place to share ideas, interact with and support one another, and ask questions. You’ll get support to improve, honest feedback on your projects, and constructive affirmation about who you are as an artist.
The culture of the TVF community is one built on respect, kindness and non-competitiveness. It’s a community that enjoys learning and growing together.
It’s a diverse community that represents many different abilities, styles, genres, ages. We celebrate our differences and unite around our common passion for singing and music.
What TVF Academy students say about the community:
–Tracy Van Fleet, Professional Singer & Voice Teacher, Los Angeles, USA
The community that has developed from this course is unequaled.”
–Elif Yavuzturk, Professional Singer, Ankara, Turkey
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.”
–Lainey Hunter, Professional Singer and Voice Teacher, Edinburgh, Scotland
I feel the most beneficial learning experience of the TVF Academy was connecting with people from all over the world.”
–Alex Carlisle, Professional Soprano in London, England
The community is a rare gem and I treasure them all."
2 Free Bonuses
FREE BONUS #1 – TVF Plus Membership (worth $300)
Your TVF Academy membership comes with a free TVF Plus membership. TVF Plus is a 10-part journey of vocal freedom and self-discovery featuring master teachers in singing-related fields (vocal technique, auditions, performing psychology, Alexander Technique, coordinated breathing, etc.).
FREE BONUS #2 – Career Success: How to Get More Gigs, Attract More Students and Increase Your Income (worth $200)
During the practice module, Peter will be leading a 6-part weekly class on career success. This is an optional class but highly encouraged for those that want some additional support to accelerate their singing and teaching career.
In this class, you will learn how to create your own performing opportunities, stand out from the crowd and authentically market yourself and services.
This class be offered two times during each week (same class - 2 options):
- Wednesdays @ 10:00 – 11:00am TVF Time (Convert to Your Local Time Zone)
- Wednesdays @ 11:30am – 12:30pm TVF Time (Convert to Your Local Time Zone)
Your TVF Academy Membership includes:
3 Core Learning Modules
- Each module contains four to six live online classes.
TVF Academy Community Facebook Group
- Be a part of a thriving community of supportive singers from a wide variety of backgrounds, abilities and genres.
2 Free Bonuses
- TVF Plus Membership and Career Success Course (valued at $500).
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.
The tuition fee the next term in the TVF Academy is a $150/month (for 6 months) or a one-time payment of $690. You can also register for a single module for $360.
Here are the 3 payment options:
- 6 Monthly Payments of $150
- Includes all 3 modules
- 1 Payment of $690 (23% Off Regular Price – Best Value!)
- Includes all 3 modules
- 1 Payment of $360
- Includes 1 module with the option of continuing
Note: Custom payment plans are available on request.
–Mary Frances Lubahn, Professional Singer and Voice Teacher, Graz, Austria
…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.
…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!
–Andrea Wenger, Singer and Sound Healer, Maine, USA
You won't find anything like it anywhere else!
I joined TVF in the summer of 2016 and have been so glad I did. I can't imagine there is such a rounded and transformative experience anywhere else. The content and supportive community are phenomenal! The teachings are simple yet profound, and the supportive community is tremendous. I have benefitted greatly in finding more ease in my singing, and being motivated to practice more--and more effectively. This is a valuable space to learn, explore and grow!
–Elif Yavuzturk, Professional Singer, Ankara, Turkey
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.
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!
I finally feel like my "ship" is moving!
I am practicing MUCH more, have reconnected with and/or discovered some music that lights me up and is fueling more desire, and my breath support is greatly improved. I check in on my coordination most of the time (so greater self-awareness) and can feel the expansion in all directions and connection to everything around me. There have been golden nuggets all throughout the year, in every module, helping to connect dots, remind me of something, and/or open me up in new ways. I finally feel like my "ship" is moving! So now I'll be able to steer it in different directions as I gain more clarity about where I want to go. I was rather stuck in a rut and it feels good to have new energy flowing!
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.
…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.
–Midge McMoyer Smith, Singer and Accompanist, Houston, USA
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!
…my own singing has improved so much…
I feel like my own singing has improved so much, that in turn has given me more confidence in my voice and my teaching. TVF has in turn helped my classroom and my students. I am so glad I got to be apart of this class this year. I can't wait to see what next year will bring.
Donna Marie Castaner, Professional Soprano, New York, 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!
… 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."
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:
- aspiring & emerging professionals
- working & retired professionals
- enthusiastic amateurs
- choral educators
- voice teachers
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)
The course isn't about ability level or talent. It's about a desire to learn and grow.
DISCLAIMER: This isn’t a quick fix program – I don’t believe in them. Why? Because they don’t 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?
I am 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, I 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 instruction, this program will enhance, augment and illuminate the work you are doing with your voice teacher. TVF Academy students have reported getting more out of their voice lessons with their TVF tools.
Often times, singers have a good technique but aren’t able to express themselves fully because they have too much tension in their body. In TVF Academy classes, we’ll go into the root causes of your tension and give you the tools to release it.
What about vocal technique?
Total Vocal Freedom is not meant to be a substitute for a solid and functional vocal technique.
Though we have offered vocal technique classes in the past (taught by our vocal technique expert Michael Hanko), we take a holistic approach because without this foundational knowledge and training, singers are limited as to what is possible with their technique.
Will I need to change my technique?
No, not unless you want to! The program is designed so that you 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?
Provided you meet the basic requirements, you will earn a certificate of completion after each module.
Additionally, some of the hours you accrue in this program will be transferable to TVF Pro, a 2-year by-application certification program.
What happens after I complete one term in the TVF Academy?
You can join for another term or join TVF Pro, a 2-year certification program.
We have several people that repeating the curriculum because there is always something new to learn and discover from this work.
What happens right after I join?
After you join you will immediately receive a welcome email from me with further instructions on:
- How to join the TVF Academy Facebook community
- A link to the TVF Academy resource library
- A link to complete an initial self-evaluation of your singing.
- Information about our orientation class
- Registration information
What if I have more questions?
How long will I have access to course materials for?
As long as your tuition fees are paid, you will have access to the course materials until August 31, 2018.
Richard Strauss famously said:
"The human voice is the most beautiful instrument of all, but it is the most difficult to play."
During my career, I’ve been fortunate to do a variety of things – conduct instrumental ensembles, choral groups, teach instrumentalists and coach singers.
While every instrument has its own unique challenges, I agree with Herr Strauss:
The human voice is, without a doubt, the most difficult ‘instrument’ to master.
My brilliant colleague and friend Michael Hanko says:
"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."
I want to paraphrase part of that because I think it’s so important…
To be an effective singer you have to consistently and reliably bring your best self forward.
This course will help you bring that best self forward every time you sing.
Thank you for taking the time to read more about the TVF Academy. 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 button below and become a member now.
It would be my honor to have the opportunity to work with you.
Hope to see you on the inside!
To Your Singing Success,
Founder & Executive Director
Total Vocal Freedom
P.S. – Remember there's no risk in joining – if you're not completely satisfied with the program after the first two weeks of classes, I'll refund 100% of your tuition fees, no questions asked.