“Learn essential tools & skills on how to get rid of harmful body tension, improve your breathing, sing with more confidence, accelerate vocal progress and express yourself with total vocal freedom”


Dear Classical Singer,

Are you struggling with one or more the following problems:

  • Breathing – not deep enough, you always run out of air or it doesn’t feel “supported”
  • Too much tension – which is preventing you from utilizing the full extent of your vocal range, especially extreme high and low ranges
  • Bad Posture or alignment – something is off but you’re not sure how to fix it
  • Register Issues – no power or resonance in your passagio
  • Consistency in your upper register – your high notes are hit or miss

If so, I encourage you to keeping reading because I’m going to share with you how a holistic & natural approach to singing can help you solve these problem and achieve new breakthroughs in your singing.

I’m also going to tell you about:

  • The 5 things serious classical singers have in common 
  • The top 6 challenges & frustrations that consistently plague classical singers
  • How a 100+ year old mind-body technique has changed the life of thousands of performing artists
  • 2 crucial features of the TVF approach to singing

Finally, I’m going to share with you about The TVF Academy for Classical Singers, my new online learning program, something that’s been literally years in the making. I’m really excited to finally have it open for registration (which include some special limited-time only bonuses).

Before we go any further let introduce myself. My name is Peter Jacobson, the founder and director of Total Vocal Freedom. I'm a conservatory-trained classical musician (University of Illinois @ Urbana-Champaign and Peabody Conservatory) and a certified teacher of the Alexander Technique. I've spent the past 2 years working with classical singers to empower them with practical tools and skills to have maximum freedom in their singing. 

Let's begin with a story of how I overcame a major fear and the #1 tool I used to do it...


How I Overcame a Major Fear

(and the #1 tool I used to do it) 

In my final year of my graduate studies in conducting at Peabody Conservatory I enrolled in a Bel Canto opera course taught by Mr. Opera himself, the fabulous and inimitable Maestro James Harp. 

It was a wonderful course except for one small thing…

The final assignment was to sing a Bel Canto aria of our choice in front of the class and a few of the Peabody voice faculty on the stage of the Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, Maryland. 

Eek! 

Now for the others class members, who were voice majors and aspiring opera singers, this was no big deal. 

But I did not have the same experience (nor aspirations – I conduct opera not sing it!) 

Up to that point my career I had been a conductor and music educator. 

My vocal performing experience was pretty much limited to taking a couple years of voice lessons and singing in church and college choirs. I was really good at blending my voice into a chorus but not so confident in my abilities as a vocal soloist.  

That lack of confidence stemmed mainly from a negative audition experience I had in my senior year of high school.

After not getting cast in a lead role in a musical as I had hoped and dreamed about, I told myself “You don’t have a good voice.” 

And I believed that for a long time. 

This non-constructive belief (more like a lie) was the beginning of a vicious cycle. 

This negative belief created anxiety and physical tension, which further constrained my voice, which led to even less confidence and so on and so on…

Have you ever been caught in a vicious cycle like this one? 

Anyways, as you can imagine the thought of singing an opera aria onstage in front of a highly critical audience in a huge opera house was a little. bit. daunting. 

The piece I chose to sing was "Una Furtiva Lagrima" from Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore

I practiced like crazy, took extra voice lessons and wrung my nervous hands for weeks. 

Yet when I finally performed it on December 8th, 2013 (on the same exact stage I had conducted a backstage chorus of La Boheme on only a few weeks before) it was one of the most wonderful and intoxicating experiences of my life. 

I’m not going to lie to you and say it was the performance of the century (the Met hasn't rang me up yet!)

But it was a major personal triumph – I sang an aria in a freaking opera house!

More important than the personal pride I feel though is the fact that I was rewarded with two big “Aha” insights: 

1. Singers are some of the bravest people on earth.

I discovered that it takes guts to walk onstage and open up your heart and soul to the judgments, opinions and criticisms of others. When you’re singing onstage there is nothing to hide behind – it’s just you and the audience baby!

No wonder singers often get anxious, insecure and tied up in knots. 

Yet I also discovered it can be the most intoxicating thing to be on stage and expressing yourself with your voice to an audience. 

2. I have an extremely valuable tool that can help singers perform with more freedom and confidence that I want to share. 

During this time I was training to be a teacher of the Alexander Technique and the skills I was learning were now an integral part of my preparation, practice and performing as a musician.

These mind-body-voice skills were my ace up my sleeve, a secret weapon of sorts that had helped my overcome the vicious cycle I mentioned early. During the previous decade as a student of this work I had completely transformed my body, my well-being, my music-making and really my life.  

It was the skills and tools I learned from the Alexander Technique that helped me overcome my fear and walk on that stage with confidence. 

From then on, I knew I wanted to share this transformative work with other singers.  

And that desire became the germ of an idea which eventually grew into what is now Total Vocal Freedom.

But before I say more about that, let’s explore a simple question:

Why is singing so darn challenging?


The Most Beautiful Instrument of All

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 conducted instrumental ensembles, choral groups, worked with and coached both instrumentalists and 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.

Don’t you wonder why that is? 

My brilliant colleague and friend (and TVF Academy guest teacher!) Michael Hanko provides some insight into the matter:

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… 

If you want to be a good singer you have to consistently and reliably bring your best self to the forefront. 

That’s a tall order! 

So if it’s so challenging why would anyone take on such a challenge? 

One word – Passion.


They Thought She'd Gone Insane...

Melanie Anderson, a soprano, longtime TVF community member and recent Level I & II TVF Pro certificate program graduate, had a lucrative job with the Canadian government working in America in the IT industry. 

Recently she decided to give it all up and pursue her lifelong dream of singing opera.

Many people in her life thought she had gone INSANE…

But she knew deep down that she hadn’t gone crazy at all…in fact, she had gone sane – she was simply following her passion.  

Melanie has an insatiable thirst for knowledge. She shared this on her blog about our first lesson together:

It was a wonderful first lesson and within an hour, I learned a lot (tiny example: a lengthened spine is a happy one) and immediately knew this was a field of study that I wanted to know more about.”

Soon after that first lesson she enrolled in my TVF Pro certification course and ended up learning a LOT more about this field of study and now she’s using the skills she learned in that program to continue exploring her passion for singing opera. Currently, she’s in Italy learning from some of the top people in the field. 

Here’s a picture of Melanie receiving her TVF Pro certificate from me a few weeks ago: 

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Perhaps this is something you can relate to – a passion so strong that it creates an insatiable desire for improvement.


An Entire Community of Passionate Singers

The TVF Community is full of passionate singers like Melanie who have a deep and abiding passion for expressing themselves with their voice. It’s an eclectic community that represents the full range of classical vocal music. 

Which group(s) do you belong to?

  • working professional classical singers – you have a good career singing yet are constantly trying to improve your technique and to broaden your horizons by learning and getting cast in new roles. 
  • aspiring or emerging professionals – you have dreams of supporting yourself through performing. You may even dream of traveling the globe performing with the highest calibers groups possible; or perhaps you also enjoy teaching and want to be a great performer so you can be a role model and assist your students.  
  • amateur choral and classical singers – you sing for the pure love of it. Your goals are to deepen your emotional expression, continue to sing with more confidence, improve your voice, sing challenging repertoire, and reach your maximum potential
  • choral conductors – you want to make their choir sound better and also be able to demonstrate the sounds you want to achieve from you ensemble in an effective way.
  • voice professors and teachers – you want to learn and apply effective pedagogy that will help your students succeed and show them how a proficient technique will lead to fuller artistic expression. 

While each of these groups of people may sing for various reasons and have various skill and ability levels, I’ve noticed that the most successful have these 5 things in common: 

  • Passion – they love music with all their heart and soul
  • Desire to Grow – they are consistently striving to be the best they can be
  • Courageous – they are bold and courageous in the face of fear
  • Integrity – it’s crucial that they perform the music as the composer intended
  • Enjoyment – they are able to wring out maximum enjoyment from their singing

They choose to tackle the challenge of singing because, as I discovered from my brief moment onstage…

There’s nothing more satisfying or wonderful than moving other human beings with the gift of song.

Yet as you likely know, there’s a lot that can get in the way…


Top 6 Challenges that Plague Classical Singers 

As I travel around giving workshops and teaching, I’ve discovered that classical singers tend to get frustrated and challenged by the same six sets of challenges (a recent survey of over 200 classical singers confirmed this).

See if you can relate to any of these…

Unreliable Breath Support & Control

  • You run out air at the ends of phrases
  • Your sound isn’t always ‘connected to the breath’
  • Your sound doesn’t always feel support or you don’t feel in control of the air 

Sub-Optimal Posture & Alignment 

  • Your attempts to ‘stand up straight’ are not sustainable 
  • Your recognize your posture is poor but you’re not sure how to fix
  • Your overall alignment is off

Body Tension & Inability to Relax

  • Your body carries excess tension in your shoulders, neck/throat, tongue or jaw
  • You try to relax specific body parts, including your throat, with limited success
  • Certain situations or passages bring out all your bad tensions habits

Register Challenges (Passagio/Breaks)

  • You have no power or strength in your passagio
  • You have a hard time finding the right placement in your passagio
  • Your breaks are not as seamless and smooth

Problems with the Upper & Lower Range

  • As you go higher in your range you tense and squeeze despite your best efforts not to
  • Your high notes are unreliable and unstable
  • Your low notes tend to close up and sound weak and non-resonant
  • Your high notes are not free, especially at a soft dynamic

Confidence & Nerves 

  • You prepare and prepare but once you step on stage it seems like everything you learned goes right out the window
  • You are happy with your performances but are unable to bring the same "mojo" to your auditions 
  • Nerves cause you to tighten and tense your whole body which shuts down your breathing and gets in the way of producing a consistent tone

The Impact of Leaving These Issues Unresolved

No singer is perfect and even the best of the best are always working with one challenge or another.

Yet these issues, left unresolved, can cause a big impact…

Frustration Can Be Demoralizing

  • Temporary frustration is a part of the learning process. However, chronic frustration with a particular issue can be demoralizing and lead to wanting to give up and even depression. 

Paralyzing Doubt & Worry

  • There’s nothing worse than stepping on stage having doubts about whether your voice will work the way you want it to. Ironically, the worry, because it causes you to tighten your body, actually reduces the chance your voice will work. A vicious cycle indeed. 

Hitting a Plateau and Staying There

  • Making consistent progress is key for morale. When you hit a plateau and stay there for awhile you can have a feeling of regressing. The worst is when you do everything you can to solve a problem but it still doesn’t really make a difference. 

Feeling Inadequate and Comparing Yourself to Others

  • Do you play the comparison game? (It’s especially easy on social media) Comparing yourself to others leads to a feeling of not being good enough, of being inadequate. You look at other singers and they seem to have it all together – a perfect life with a perfect voice. They have zero problems and have it all figured out. If only you knew the truth…

You are your own worst critic

  • We artists are good at feeling unworthy or not enough. We are constantly criticizing, analyzing, looking for ways to improve. That can useful in many ways but usually the brunt of this criticism is usually directed at ourselves. We are our own worst critic.

The Biggest Impact

The biggest impact in not resolving long-standing issues in your singing is our ability to fully express yourself. 

It’s like you know you have more to offer but you are limited by bad habits and nagging body problems. 

The passion and desire is there but there’s something that’s stopping it from fully coming our and no matter what you do you just keep getting in your own way!

So what’s the solution? 

At the end of our “21 Days of Vocal Freedom & Discovery” course, Michael Hanko and I wrote: 

The best way to authentically and powerfully express yourself without limits is to make it your aim to MASTER the instrument that does the artistic work – YOU! Master that and you will have complete freedom to express what’s inside you.”

Of course, mastering yourself is a lifelong pursuit. 

But it doesn’t have to take a lifetime. 

In fact, once you have the tools and skills to let go of unnecessary tension you’ll be surprised at how quickly you notice results. 

The first step is to recognize that you sing with your whole self…


Singing with Your Whole Self

Being an excellent singer is about so much more than just the voice itself. 

Singing is inseparable from who we are, how we think, how we move.

Recently a well-known voice teacher posted on Facebook that rigidity in the body leads to rigidity in the tone. 

Yes!

The tension we hold in our bodies has a direct impact on the sound we produce. 

Cultivating and building a beautiful singing voice is best approached as a holistic experience – one that involves the whole self (mind, body, spirit and voice). 

The secret to unlocking the voice lies in unlocking/freeing the whole self. 

Michael McCallion, author of The Voice Book, writes:

You cannot separate your voice use from the rest of you.

But so often singers neglect the whole self and focus on trying to fix one specific part of ourselves. It can often work for a short amount of time but there is often a cost. 

My mentor Jeremy Chance recently said: 

One of the consequences of separation is decreasing effectiveness. One of the benefits of thinking holistically is increasing effectiveness.

Want to increase your effectiveness? Think holistically. 

We function and perform best when we acknowledge that we are one, whole integrated self – mind, body, spirit, voice.

By working to improve the how you use that whole integrated self, your voice will automatically improve.


How to Sing More Naturally in 3 Steps

We all have the capability to “get out of our own way” and consciously cooperate with nature’s design (i.e. sing and breathe naturally). 

Let’s explore this in the context of singing using a simple 3-step process:

  1. Learn Your Design
  2. Stop Interfering with Your the Design 
  3. Cooperate with Your Design  

1. Learn Your Design 

Try this now – point to where you think your head connects with your spine. 

Now go ahead and sing a phrase of music. 

Where did you point? At the back of your head? Below your jaw? 

The actual design is this: the head-spine joint is between the ears, deep inside you right behind your soft palette. 

Your head sits atop your spine at the atlanto-occipital, or nodding joint. It’s located right behind your soft palate roughly at the level of the bridge of your nose. Your head is everything above that joint.  

Now you’ve learned the design sing that same phrase again. 

Was it easier? Freer? 

For most people there’s much more freedom when they understand how they are designed. 

Accurate information about how your body is designed can set you free. 

The poise of the head on the spine has dramatic effects on the vocal mechanism.

We are designed in such a way that head governs, via the spine, the direction of the whole body.  The head is designed to move up off the spine to allow our whole body to lengthen.  

If we are stiff and tight in this relationship, it negatively affects breathing, resonance and coordination of the larynx. 

 

2. Stop Interference with the Design

Human beings are experts at getting in our own way.

Let’s look at a few of the common ways that singers interfere with the natural design that create problems and excess tension

  1. Pulling the head back into the neck
  2. Collapsing in the torso 
  3. Pulling the back in (losing one self)
  4. Pushing the Pelvis forward and locking the knees

As another experiment since a phrase of music and intentionally pull your head down into your spine. 

Now let that go and don’t interfere in that way.

What did you notice? 

I’m guessing it was much easier. 

When you stop interfering with your design everything works better. 

 

3. Cooperate with the Design 

Another way of not interfering is to cooperate with the design.

Here’s an example - try this now…

Find your support in your feet. Let them fully release into the floor.  

Think of your bones supporting you and your muscles being free and lengthened.  

Imagine that even though you may not be moving, your joints have the possibility of freedom and ease of motion. 

Bring your awareness to your nodding joint and think about your head going up from your spine. Imagine that your spine and whole torso is lengthening in the direction of your head. 

As you have the thought to sing, notice what happens in your body. 

What do you notice in your breathing?  

Experiment with just imagining yourself singing in your mind without making any sound and see what you notice in your head and neck.  

Think about your head releasing up off of your spine and that your whole body is lengthening in the direction of your head. 

As you become aware of your whole self and the interconnectedness of your mind, body, spirit and voice you will free up energy to receive better kinesthetic and aural feedback. 

A holistic and natural approach to musical and vocal expression creates a positive feedback loop – the opposite of a vicious cycle. 

This natural & holistic approach is a hallmark of Total Vocal Freedom.


Total Vocal Freedom: What They’re Saying 

Since founding Total Vocal Freedom over 2 years ago, I’ve been busy teaching lessons, classes, workshops and masterclasses.

It all started when I gave my first introductory workshops and got responses like this:

Hi Peter, It was so nice to have met you yesterday. I was very impressed with your introductory class. You found a way to include all of your students and address their concerns without overwhelming them with too much information. I really like the way you structured the class. You are clearly passionate about your work. –Katie Katinas, Soprano & Voice Teacher, Bethesda, MD


All of the information you gave us is valuable to vocalists!  I enjoyed having the information demonstrated through the participants which I feel is key to fully understanding and retaining all that you shared. I really liked that the atmosphere was positive so that vocalists of all levels felt comfortable to sing and share their thoughts.  It was an outstanding workshop!  I would definitely recommend your workshop to others! –Jennifer Roberts, Soprano


I never would have guessed that just having a better understanding and awareness of how the body is designed to function could make such a difference in how I sing. Peter’s enthusiasm for the technique is infectious, and his patient guidance and training really works. –Nancy Huddleston, Soprano


Peter Jacobson helped me discover that I am in control. I cannot expect the audience to accept me if I have not accepted myself. The mind and the body are powerful tools and with just one class, I have a better understanding of how to access mine more effortlessly than before and right before auditions!!” Rebecca Wood, Soprano

And from those intro workshops students began enrolling in weekly classes and lessons:

I participated in a series of classes before leaving for Germany after grad school–BEST DECISION EVER! The results of just one class are clearly audible. Peter is a great teacher and his specific attention to singers creates an invaluable learning experience. Total Vocal Freedom gets my highest recommendation!” Briann Pasko, Soprano, Berlin, Germany


Studying (Alexander Technique) with Peter has allowed me to access physical and vocal awareness more efficiently than ever before. Understanding the correlation between mind, body, and voice has become a vital tool in my own vocal journey; therefore, I highly recommend it to anyone pursuing vocal and physical health."  –Janna Critz, Mezzo-Soprano, Baltimore, Maryland


Peter does a wonderful job of creating a nurturing environment in which singers can express any question or concern about their voices. As a result, I felt that he really understood what my goals were; his suggestions made all the difference to my singing when we worked together. I continue to practice the techniques we explored in order to maintain a healthy posture for singing, and attend his Alexander workshops whenever possible!" Sarah Baumgarten, Soprano, New Jersey


Between working and caring my for my two small kids, I find myself physically tired most of the time. When it’s bad, I have trouble making it through longer phrases and struggle with maintaining a clean and focused tone that doesn’t bottom out. After a short session with Peter, I was able to access the full capacity of my breath in a way I hadn’t been able to before. It’s nice to know that if I keep using Alexander Technique with Peter’s guidance, I will be able to do this all the time!” Sara Jones, Jazz Singer, Maryland


I was just so bowled over by your session, I can't thank you enough. I love to sing but often my throat gets tight and my voice gets worse. I managed to get just half an hour with Peter when he was at a conference in Chicago. Within just 5 minutes I already had more improvement than I was hoping for. By the end of the 30 minutes he had helped me improved my stance in all kinds of subtle ways and that had made a massive difference to my voice. It sounded so much more confident, I was hitting the right notes and with less effort I was getting more volume. The strain was gone. Now, three days later, my voice is still better. My throat is relaxed and my voice has a better quality, better volume and a more resonance. I've already booked him for next time I'm at the conference.” –Nancy Slessenger, Amateur Choral Singer, United Kingdom

Along the way I discovered that one of my favorite things to do was give introductory workshops to college students. At a recent workshop at Shepherd University students said the following:

I can’t believe how much my voice changed with only a few short moments of your instruction. I can’t wait to apply these techniques into my daily practice technique. Loved it!!! Thank you for coming!!!” –Grace Guiney, University Student


This was an amazing eye-opening experience that cleared up a lot of questions I had. In just three hours I learned to rethink how my body moves. I feel like a different person!” –Henry deBuchananne, University Student


I learned so much more about my own body today than I have ever learned. Very positive outcome for me. All of these body awareness techniques will help me improve in my presence and singing.” –Stephanie Proctor, University Student


Your technical knowledge of the human body, thorough understanding of the Alexander Technique, and ability to relate to others come together to create an enjoyable and impactful workshop.” Cara Semler, University Student

I soon realized this information could help singers everywhere so I began writing a blog. To my surprise one of my posts, The Top 9 Things Every Singer Needs to Know About Their Body went viral and was read by over 100,000 singers from the around the world. I was so humbled to receive this comment:

I made my professional debut in 1961 and performed in world opera stages for 35 years. I have been teaching at I.U. for the last 30 years -and still active as a teacher and performer. Last month sang a full recital, at age 78. I’m very grateful you have presented everything 100% correct. Not only I will send it to my students, but I will printed and keep copies in my studio at Indiana University. Again, thank you very much.” Prof. Carlos Montané (Jacobs School of Music), Indiana University

Soon I was offering a 2-year certification program, TVF Pro (the basis for the TVF Academy). Here’s what two of the recent graduates said about this program:

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.” Rachel Sitomer, Soprano & TVF Pro Member 


Being a part of TVF Pro changed my life.  The intensive Alexander Technique training combined with an extremely supportive emotional culture were HUGE.  I made friendships for life and loved the opportunity to consistently perform in a masterclass setting. I now enjoy empowerment in my psycho-physical approach to singing. Thank you, Peter!” –Jillian Finnamore, Soprano, Ann Arbor Opera


How the Alexander Technique Freed My Voice

At the core of my teaching in Total Vocal Freedom are the ground-breaking discoveries of F.M. Alexander. 

My first experience of the Alexander Technique, like many people, was one of lightness, freedom and poise. 

As I continued to study the Alexander Technique: 

  • my lower back pain disappeared
  • my posture and alignment improved
  • I regained about 1/2-inch of height back
  • my thinking got clearer 

Probably the most unexpected result from my continued study of the Alexander Technique was a marked improvement in the quality of my singing voice. 

It went from strained and diffuse with very little resonance to free and open with a new, more natural character. All without taking a single voice lesson (though I imagine lessons would have helped me even more!)

As I released the habitual tension I had carried for so long, wonderful things began happening.

This was a revelation–by improving how I used my body in everyday life, my voice improved too.

As I freed my body, I freed my voice! 

Alexander Technique lessons gave me a dramatic improvement in the freedom, ease and quality of my singing voice. 

I always told myself I didn't have a nice voice but looking back, that wasn't true. The problem wasn’t that I didn’t have a nice voice...it’s that I didn’t have the freedom in my body to allow my true voice to come out. 

It was trapped in me – inside my poor posture/alignment, tight muscles, sore back and limited breathing

As I took the pressure off my body, my true voice started to reveal itself.


The Basis of a Musician's Training

My training in the Alexander Technique has helped me in every situation I encounter as a performing artist.

But I’m not the only one who has been helped by these discoveries.

Almost every major performing arts training institution (places like Julliard, Royal College of Music, Peabody Conservatory) in the world agrees: Alexander’s Discoveries have an important place in the curriculum. 

Here’s a quote from Professor Colin Lawson, the Director of the Royal College of Music in London: 

In our opinion, this approach (the Alexander Technique) is the best means we have yet encountered for solving the artist’s problem of communication and should form the basis of [their] training.”

Along with Prof. Lawson, I believe Alexander’s discoveries are so profound they should be a part of every musician’s training, especially singers. 

The problem is if you’re not in an educational institution it can be difficult to find regular instruction. 

And even if you do find an Alexander teacher, it’s hard to find one that understands the unique needs of performing artists. 

I’ve spoken to many singers that have had prior experience with the Alexander Technique. The most common story I hear is that they get tired of getting in and out of a chair and lying on a table with any direct application of the principles to their singing. 

I had a similar experience – while I loved the results I was getting from the Alexander Technique I often got bored learning the traditional way. 

To me the most exciting lessons were the ones where I got to apply these exciting discoveries to my music making. 

For the past 2 years this is something I’ve been exploring – how do I integrate Alexander’s discoveries with my extensive musical training to offer something that can  help singers do what they more effectively and with more freedom. 

My interest is how to apply Alexander’s discoveries to the specific needs of classical singers. 

The most exciting thing about what Alexander discovered is that it’s dynamic and alive! 

And that means always teaching in the context of a particular activity. 

Because I’m always dealing with the student’s thinking and underlying belief systems, it’s a process that can be taught online with great results.   

Though people do indeed found tremendous physical benefit, at its essence it’s a thinking technique.

In the TVF Academy we use a software program called Zoom which is essentially Skype for groups. It allows me to see you, the student and make subtle observations about how you are using your body to sing. Then with verbal and visual demonstrations and guidance, we work together to you solve your particular problem. 


2 Unique Features of the TVF Approach

  1. Student-Driven Learning – the student’s wishes and desires guide the learning process NOT the teachers. 
  2. Experimental & Discovery-Based Learning - the deepest and longest-lasting learning happen when a student makes a discovery for themselves 

 A Whole Lot of Nonsense

I travel around doing lots of workshop and encounter lots of classical singers so I know the frustrations they face and deal with. 

Unfortunately, there is a whole lot of nonsense out there about singing – myths and misconceptions that have been spread over decades even centuries. 

A lot of information out there is:

  • confusing and contradictory
  • inaccurate or incomplete 
  • doesn’t address the whole person
  • prescriptive and dogmatic

I believe every musician deserves access to:

  • Quality and accurate information about how their body is designed
  • A reliable method to free the body of unwanted  tension, stress and interference 
  • A safe space to explore, take risks and grow 

These three elements form the basis of The TVF Academy for Classical Singers...


Introducing…

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The World’s First (and Only) Online Intensive Education Program for Classical Singers based on the Ground-Breaking Discoveries of F.M. Alexander

What is The TVF Academy for Classical Singers An online learning program for the serious classical singer (of any ability level) to discover & explore maximum freedom, expression and authenticity in their vocal artistry.


 Your TVF Academy Annual Membership Includes:

  • 6 Core Learning Modules

    Each module lasts 2 months and contains a minimum of 6 live classes

  • Access to the exclusive TVF Academy Community (Facebook Group)

    Learn and grow in a safe, supportive and non-competitive environment

  • Special Discounts on TVF Programs

    Significant discounts on upcoming courses (live and online)


The TVF Academy Core Learning Modules  

  • Inspired Breathing for the Classical Singers (Oct/Nov 2016)

    Learn A Natural, Holistic & Common-Sense Approach to Extraordinary Respiration

  • Coordinated & Free Vocal Production (Dec 2016/Jan 2017)

    How to Synchronize Your Vocal Mechanism with Your Body, Mind and Breath to Reliably & Consistently Produce Free and Resonant Sounds

  • Maximizing Practice Efficiency and Study (Feb/Mar 2017)

    How to Get Consistent Results in Your Practice Sessions and Accelerate Progress

  • Peak Performance & Audition Success (Apr/May 2017)

    How to Eliminate Nerves, Generate Magnetic Stage Presence and Confidently Perform with Joy

  • Creativity, Play and Imagination (Jun/Jul 2017)

    How to Unleash Your Inner Child for More Spontaneity and Fun in your Vocal Artistry and Life 

  • Integrated Musicianship & Artistry (Aug/Sept 2017)

    Discover an embodied approach to outstanding musicianship

 


 

What You’ll Learn in Each Core Learning Module…

 

Inspired Breathing for the Classical Singer

Learn a Natural and Holistic Approach to Free and Easy Breathing

Improving your breathing is one of the highest leverage points you have to improve as a singer. Yet so many singers, even professionals, still struggle with this basic fundamental skill.

In this module, you will learn to connect deeply to your breathing and support in a way that will allow you to sustain even the longest phrases. We will continue to build on the anatomy we explored in module 1 but go much deeper into the design of the respiratory system and how it functions best in singing. We’ll also be busting through the many myth and misconceptions out there about breathing and how to effectively deal with common breathing problems, such as running out of air and not feeling ‘connected to the breath.’

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

What Past Participants Have Said About this Module...

Starting with the exhale!  This was another light-bulb moment for me, realizing beginning with an exhale allows for a freer and more natural inhale.  I’ve been experimenting with this in my own practicing, and I’ve also been having my students do this to get the feel of a full, free inhale. Rachel Sitomer, Soprano

The diaphragm is much larger than I had previously thought.  It’s also wide and truly a mushroom. I can feel it now in my back and sides, as well as my back. This new awareness has really assisted my vocal production. Jillian Finnamore, Soprano

This module was huge for me in terms of the information I learned about our bodies and how we naturally breath. Learning all about the muscles, bones, organs, support and the physical body components helped me realize some of the tension and ways I was breathing incorrectly and ‘trying too hard’. Melanie Anderson, Soprano


Coordinated & Free Vocal Production

How to Coordinate Your Vocal Mechanism with Your Body and Breath to Reliably & Consistently Produce Free and Resonant Sounds

Learn to use your voice powerfully and effortlessly without unnecessary tension. Understand how your voice works on a functional level through a practical, detailed study of vocal anatomy. By connecting how your voice coordinates and integrates with the rest of your body (and your breath), you will discover how to produce beautiful and free sounds in all registers of your voice.

As you work through this module you will likely notice:

  • Enhanced support & control of your voice
  • Smooth and seamless transitions across registers
  • More power and strength in your passagio
  • The ability to stay relaxed and free as you go into your higher register

What Past Participants Have Said About this Module...

The richness and resonance of my voice have always been a point of pride for me and it has been incredibly empowering to be able to understand how to have them consistently and intentionally. –Laura Cole, Soprano

At the beginning of this module, I really had a very limited understanding of the anatomy of the vocal mechanism. I knew I had a larynx, and I knew the vocal folds were in there somewhere, and I knew the vocal folds vibrated to make sound.  That’s about as much as I was comfortable with…now I have a much clearer understanding of how the vocal mechanism is put together and how it functions. One thing that keeps standing out is the interconnectedness of the whole body. It’s important to understand the individual parts, but everything operates as a whole.  More of getting out of your own way! Rachel Sitomer, Soprano


Maximizing Practice Efficiency and Study

How to Get Consistent Results in Your Practice Sessions and Accelerate Progress

Learn how to achieve maximum results with minimal effort in your study and practice using the 80/20 principle. Banish useless guilt for good by developing a practice routine that is efficient, productive and sustainable. You will also learn invaluable mind-body tools for preparing roles, learning new music and inhabiting characters.

As you work through this module you will likely notice:

  • An increased motivation to practice
  • Practicing will be more like a game and less like a chore
  • You will get more accomplished in less time
  • New positive habits will replace old non-useful ones

What Past Participants Have Said About this Module…

…when I practice, I can purposefully practice new habits.  I can practice a phrase or a note or a whole aria with one intention.  And then, I can analyze what worked and what didn’t work, and then I can practice it again with a new purpose.  Practicing the same thing again and again—not so much—practicing the same phrase with a fresh mindset each time is a wonderful way to practice.  I began to look forward to practicing, to look forward to having “me” time, rather than practicing being something I must accomplish. It’s liberating to look at practice like this!!  So thank you. Jillian Finnamore, Soprano

YES. yes. Great module. I have consistently been using the trick of allowing yourself the choice to stop or change and it has changed the way I tackle hard tasks. –Laura Cole, Soprano

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.” Melanie Anderson, Soprano

Having a preschooler (and now a newborn, too!), I felt like I had gotten pretty good at maximizing my practice time.  I remember in undergrad I could spend 2 hours in a practice room and get basically nothing accomplished (but I “practiced for 2 hours!”).  Now I might have 20 minutes at a time if I’m lucky.  The piece here that had been missing for me was having a plan and continuing to modify that plan as I practiced – that nothing I did in the practice session was wrong, it was just new information.  I started using this with my students, too.  After they play something, now I’ve started asking them what they noticed.  If they say they didn’t like something, then I ask them what their plan is.  Sometimes they look at me like I’m insane, but sometimes they give me interesting insights into what they want to change about how they played or sang.  This has caused me to put more trust (and responsibility) in my students, which is good for everyone.” Rachel Sitomer, Soprano


Peak Performance & Audition Success

How to Eliminate Nerves, Generate Magnetic Stage Presence and Confidently Perform with Joy 

Dramatically enhance the quality of your performances by blending Alexander Technique principles with the most effective strategies from the emerging field of performance psychology. Discover how to generate magnetic presence and reliable confidence on stage while gaining indispensable techniques to deal with debilitating and joy-sucking performance anxiety. You will also learn how to become a master of the audition process to help you get more gigs and win more jobs. Learn how to electrify your audience with authentic and meaningful performances.

In this module you will likely notice:

  • Your performances will be more authentic and engaging
  • You are able to turn nervous energy into a force for good
  • You actually look forward to auditioning
  • You will be more fearless and take more creative risks

What Past Participants Have Said About this Module...

I was holding back without realizing it and when you got me to let my guard down and allow everyone else to be a part of the moment with me, I felt more vulnerable and honest than I ever have before.” –Laure Cole, Soprano

One of my key takeaways in this was learning how to channel the nervous energy into my performance instead of trying to contain it. I get delayed shakes during auditions and often want to run and hide if I mess anything up while I’m in there – I put a lot of pressure on myself. So being kind to myself and channeling the nerves into the character and the energy required to sing was a shift in mindset for me that really worked.” Melanie Anderson, Soprano

Every time I open my mouth as a singer – I can live into my desire or feel defeated by my fear.  When I live into my desire, my coordination works.  I take direct action, rather than hesitating.  And for singing, this makes all the difference.  This was my big “learn” in the audition module.” Jillian Finnamore, Soprano

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, Soprano


Creativity, Play and Imagination

How to Unleash Your Inner Child for More Spontaneity and Fun

Are you serious about play? Instrumentalists “play” their instruments but do you sing with an element of play? Research is showing that children learn as much, if not more, on the playground as they do in the classroom. This module is a meant to be a virtual playground for the serious/not-so-serious classical singer.

Young children learn quickly and are less inhibited than adults because they are, by nature, creative, playful and imaginative. It’s no accident that they are also much more physically free in their bodies. They go hand-in-hand! Rediscover these childlike qualities of freedom and spontaneity in yourself through games, creative exercises and redefining what it means to “play”.

As you orient yourself towards ever-expanding creative horizons you will stay inspired and avoid burnout. Expanding your creativity will help you bring more fun, joy and confidence to your practice and performing.

As you work through this module you will likely notice:

  • More freedom and spontaneity in your singing
  • A new sense of lightness and fun in your life
  • Now creative horizons opening up in your career and life

What Past Participants Have Said About this Module...

What I learned in this module was how much FUN it is when you let go of the restrictions you place on yourself as an adult and just go with the present moment.” Melanie Anderson, Soprano

Allowing for spontaneity in performing creates a more magnetic and engaged performance, and recognizing the fun that I’m having while performing lets the audience have fun, too. Rachel Sitomer, Soprano


Integrated Musicianship & Artistry

Discover an embodied approach to outstanding musicianship

You will learn how to combine total-body awareness with a deep and practical understanding of how to use the music itself as a guide toward psychophysical and creative freedom. Via video and audio recordings and live performances you will discover how great musical artists coordinate their entire mind-body selves to create freedom and beauty in sound regardless of style or genre.

As you work through this module you will likely notice:

  • A deeper understanding of the music you are singing
  • More ease and freedom in your musical expression
  • Greater speed and facility learning music

What Past Participants Have Said About this Module...

This is a brand new learning module and will debut in August 2017!

Access to the Exclusive TVF Academy Community 

The TVF Community is an essential part of the program.

Singing is a very deep and personal art form that demands a lot of intense, individual work. And it’s easy to get discouraged, frustrated or demoralized. 

Singers learn best when they have a non-competitive community based on trust and respect where they can explore, share, get support yet also be held accountable to follow through with actions that will help them reach their long-term aspirations as a singer.  

The TVF Community will be a vibrant place to share ideas, interact with and support one another, and ask questions. 

I’ll be there (a minimum of 3x per week) to answer questions, provide support, moderate, along with some of the guest teachers and other qualified voice professionals. 


Special Discounts on TVF Programs

Academy members will receive special discounts on upcoming TVF Programs. Plans are in the works to offer live intensive workshops in USA and UK over the next year.


Only 20 18 Spots Available

There are currently 30 32 members in the TVF Academy. For this next intake, I'm making available 20 18 more spots. These will be available on a first come, first served basis. 


TVF Academy Membership Rates

Over the course of one year in the TVF Academy you will receive a minimum of 36 live classes. 

Each individual class has a value of $50. 

Actual Annual Value: $1,800 (36 classes x $50)

That works out to: $150/month

I'm currently offering, for a limited time, a special member monthly rate of: $67/month 

Now, if you pay upfront for the entire year will save even more – 45% off  the monthly rate…. 

Special TVF Academy Annual Rate: $37/month 

(One-time annual payment of $444 – a $360 savings off the monthly rate) 

Registration Closed – Click Here to Join the Waiting List

Note: Only 20 18 Spots Available


 Think about it...

The monthly plan ($67/month) is roughly the cost of ONE voice lesson.

If you pay annually, the monthly cost is only $37/month, half the cost of ONE voice lesson.

For less than $40/month (if you pay annually) you will have 12 months access to cutting-edge learning materials that you can't find anywhere else plus a vibrant, supportive community to help you achieve your goals as a singer. 


My Promise to You

I promise that you will have an excellent learning experience in this program. If, within the first month you decide the TVF Academy isn’t for you, I’ll grant you a 100% refund of your fees, no questions asked. 


Limited Time Free Bonuses

 

FREE BONUS #1: A Live Online Seminar or Masterclass Every Module 

(each event valued at $50 – $300 total over the year)

Over the past 2 years I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know some incredibly talented colleagues and I’m so excited to share their expertise with you. 

Every module, I’ll be inviting a renowned guest teacher to lead an online seminar or masterclass and enhance what you’re learning in your current module. 

If you can’t attend the seminar live, all sessions will be recorded and be made available in the TVF Academy Library for you to view at your convenience. 

Here are some of the upcoming guest teachers planned (subject to change):

  • Jessica Wolf (Yale University AT/Acting professor)
  • Michael Hanko (New York City based Voice/AT teacher)
  • Cathy Madden (University of Washington)

 

FREE BONUS #2 – Vocal Health 101: How to Love & Care for Your Voice 

[Online Seminar with Kristine Teets, SLP at Johns Hopkins] 

(valued at $50)

 Whether you’re an amateur choral singer or an emerging professional opera singer, a healthy, well-functioning voice is indispensable to your success.

A violin or piano can be valued at thousands or even millions of dollars but it’s impossible to put a value on a human voice – it’s literally priceless.

Yet most of us tend to take having a healthy voice for granted.

That is until we either lose it or it won’t do the things we want it do.

I’m constantly surprised how little singers know about the actual functioning and care of their voices. It’s of no fault of their own really; this information is rarely taught to singers.

But I find it a shame when singers suffer from vocal injuries or problems that are totally preventable.

That’s why I’ve put together this  Online Seminar with TVF student and voice colleague, Kristine Teets, a Speech Language Pathologist at the Voice Center of the world-renowned Johns Hopkins University.

In this Online Seminar (designed for singer/performers of all levels) you will learn:

  • simple ways to love and care for your voice
  • common sense ways to keep your voice healthy as a performer
  • what to do if you’re experiencing voice issues
  • common voice myths and misconceptions
  • basic anatomy and physiology of the larynx (voice box)
  • how to understand the different vocal registers
  • why your voice is more than just your voice box
  • and more!

This presentation includes videos, slides, images and other resources to help you stay in tip-top vocal shape. Once you register you will have instant access to the replay. 

 

FREE BONUS #3 – 6 Functional Voice Training/Vocal Technique Masterclasses 

[with Michael Hanko of FreeBody FreeVoice

(valued at $50 each - $300 total)

These six masterclasses (two of which are available on replay) are an introduction to Functional Voice Training with Michael Hanko. 

 

FREE BONUS #4 – Foundations in Total Vocal Freedom

How to Release Unwanted Tension, Strain and Restriction in Your Singing

(valued at $200)

This course is about empowering you with natural and effective ways to change the body habits that are holding you back from achieving your full vocal and artistic potential.

In this course you will learn how to practically apply the group-breaking discoveries of F.M. Alexander into your singing. The tools and skills you learn here will allow you release unwanted tension and find maximum freedom and ease.

You'll do this by exploring basic anatomy in a practical, embodied way that will give you a deep understanding of how your body is designed and how to use it as nature intended, with utmost efficiency.

As you work through this module you will likely notice:

  • Releasing of unnecessary body tension (including jaw, throat, neck, tongue, shoulder tension)
  • A noticeable improvement in your posture and alignment
  • A feeling of more energy and aliveness in your body
  • Less rigidity and increased flexibility in your body
  • Increased confidence – feeling more relaxed and comfortable in your own skin

This course includes recordings of 6 live classes delivered over the course of two months (Aug/Sept 2016) 

All told, these four bonuses add up to $850! 


An Investment in You & Your Singing

Joining the TVF Academy for Classical Singers is an investment in you, your artistry, and your voice. 

What would it be worth to you to…

  • Have access to your full breathing capacity? 
  • Sing with less tension and more freedom?
  • Increase your vocal range by getting of strain? 
  • Be able to sing for longer periods of time with getting tired?
  • Accelerate progress by practicing less?
  • Walk on stage each time with confidence and power? 

I can say with complete confidence, this will be one of the best investments you make in your vocal education this entire year. 


Registration Closes on Tuesday, October 4th @ 7pm Eastern (or sooner if the 20 spots fill up)

The next learning module officially starts on October 5th so registration will close the day before to allow time to get the new members up and running.

I can confidently say that this is the lowest price you will find a TVF Academy membership. As the library of material grows, so will the price.


 Your TVF Academy Annual Membership Includes:

  • 6 Core Learning Modules

    Each module lasts 2 months and contains 6 live classes

  • Access to the exclusive TVF Academy Community

    Learn and grow in a safe, supportive and non-competitive environment

  • Special Discounts on TVF Programs

    Significant discounts on upcoming courses (live and online)


Frequently Asked Questions

 

Is the TVF Academy right for me? 

This program is right for you if you are:

  • an aspiring or emerging professional classical singer who is looking for proven tools to help advance your career dreams and goals
  • a working professional who is concerned about long-term sustainability and want to sing with less effort 
  • an amateur singer whose aim is to continue improving
  • a voice teacher or professor who is looking for additional tools to help your students have breakthroughs and also for ways to take care of yourself during long days of teaching 
  • a choral educator who wants to learn how to teach your choir to makes freer sounds

Additional, this program is right for you if you are:

  • open-minded and curious
  • willing to change and grow
  • a lifelong learner
  • have a basic level of musicianship
  • serious about their singing (no matter the ability level)

The course isn't necessarily about ability level or talent. It's about a desire to learn and grow. Beginners who are serious about singing are absolutely welcome to join.

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. 


Why should I join now? 

As the amount of content and material in the TVF Academy grows, so will the value of a membership. Tuition fees have already gone up from 50% from last time and will likely continue to go up. One thing is for sure, they won't go down so I can confidently say this is the most affordable you will ever find a TVF Academy membership. 


When are classes scheduled? 

For each module (2 months) there 6 classes. There are 3 class options to attend during the week. Academy members can choose from the following days/times:

  • Mondays @ 11am – 12pm Eastern
  • Wednesdays @ 3 – 4pm Eastern
  • Thursdays @ 9 – 10pm Eastern

Will I get benefit from watching class recordings if I can't attend live?

Yes, you will get benefit from watching the recordings live. 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 people have busy lives and I realize that's not always possible. 


I have a voice teacher already. Will this conflict with what I learn from them? 

This course is not meant to be conflict with your current voice instruction, though certain ideas may challenge your voice training. But that's part of learning and you will benefit greatly from having discover for yourself what works best for YOU.  Course materials are meant to enhance, augment and illuminate the good work you are already doing.  Past participants have noticed themselves improving at a greater speed with these new skills. Often times, singers are prevented from improving because their posture and alignment is holding them back. I’ve seen singers that have a great vocal technique but aren’t able to express themselves fully because they have too tension in their body.  In this course, we’ll go into the root causes of that tension and give you the tools to allow you to release that tension, often for good.   For many, this could be the missing link in your vocal artistry that’s prevented you singing and performing at your best on a consistent basis. 


Will I make more progress if I work with a voice teacher? Or is it OK to not have one?

Having a voice teacher is not a requirement for joining this course (though it doesn't hurt). What I find is that once students begin to incorporate the Alexander principles into their singing, it brings to life what they've already learned. Things start to "click" better because there's a lot of less tension. So often singers have the right skills but because they are not physical free they can't fully utilize those skills. 

Will I need to change my technique? 

No, not unless you want to! It’s designed so that we improve upon what’s working and change what’s not. 


Wait…I thought this was a hands-on technique? How can it be taught online?

Kinesthetic guidance through physical touch is a wonderful tool for learning. However, it’s not the only way to learn.  In this program, we will engage your thinking in a new way through verbal and visual guidance in a way that doesn't require touch to be effective.


How often will classes be? 

 Each core learning module will contain a minimum of 6 live classes over a 2-month period. There will also be one online seminar with a guest teacher every module.   


How do the classes work? What is the structure?

Classes will take place on Zoom (like Skype for groups) and all participants will be able to see and interact with each other.  Class structure will typically consist on a short lecture or presentation, followed by an opportunity for participants to explore an issue or problem they'd like to solve. There will be also time for discussion and Q&A.


Do you offer scholarships? 

Limited scholarships are available. Please contact me directly for more information.


How much time will it take every week? 

The minimum time commitment will be to attend classes live, roughly 1 hour per week (or watch the recording). However, there were quite a bit of optional learning materials and resources for those that want to spend more deepening their understanding and knowledge of this work. 


What is the Alexander Technique? How does it work?

The Alexander Technique is a scientifically-proven method of mind-body movement education that has been used by high-level performing artists for over a century to create consistently high results in performance.  The most common paradigm of education is that we add layers of knowledge. Learn this – add this – do this – gain this skill.  This work is about letting go of patterns and habits that do not serve you in a constructive way. 

Perfection is not when there is no more to add, but no more to take away. –Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

I love what a recent student said about it:

The Alexander Technique...it really is structured common sense. 


Will I earn a certificate? 

This program does not offer a certificate. However, the hours you accrue in this program will be transferable to TVF Pro, my certification program when that launches within the next year. 


What happens right after I join? 

After you join you will immediately receive a welcome email from me with further instructions how to join the TVF Academy community, a link to watch the bonuses, and a link to complete an initial self-evaluation of your singing. You'll also receive information about our orientation class that will launch the program. 


What if I have more questions?

If you have other questions, please write to me at peter@baltimoreAT.com and I will respond to you within 24 hours. 


Two "Hidden" Benefits of the Program

 

"Hidden" Benefit #1: Stress Relief and General Well-Being

Alexander Technique practitioners instruct their students in redirecting motor imagery and sensory awareness to gently adjust the position of various body parts, their stance, and breathing. The results are fast and remarkable: alleviation of chronic pain, an expanded field of sensory awareness and a sense of well-being. The more we understand the brain in all its remarkable plasticity and the motor system of the brain, where motor imagery is an important component of motor learning, the more sense does Alexander Technique make. Remarkably, it is much more plausible today than when it was first conceived!  As a neurologist and neuroscientist, I wish some day to help fill in this gap by conducting studies on the brain effects of Alexander Technique. 

As a student of Pete Jacobson, I have experienced the effects of Alexander Technique under the masterful guidance of a great teacher. He help students release nervous tension and enter an open and relaxed state of mind, in which learning proceeds naturally. Even though I had not been plagued by any specific pain or malady, I found our sessions inspiring and promoting an unparalleled sense of well-being. I wholeheartedly recommend Alexander Technique and Peter Jacobson to anyone seeking pain or stress relief or just general well-being.  –Dimitrios Kapogiannis, M.D. Behavioral Neurologist Investigator, National Institute on Aging/NIH Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins University

"Hidden" Benefit #2: The Community

A few months ago I received the following email:

I just met your group of singers that you have been working with at a seminar with PVI (Potomac Vocal Institute). From talking with them, it seems one of the biggest things they got out of the TVF program of yours was each other. I would love to have the opportunity to learn how to be more alive in my body and to create the possibility of forging friendships with other singers. It's one thing to have singers you know, and it's a whole other thing to have singers who are your friends that you can call on for support or advice that are near by.

It reminded of a recent quote I read somewhere: "safe connections are fundamental to meaningful and satisfying lives.”

The culture I help nurture in my learning programs is one built on respect, trust and non-competitiveness – it's all about safe connections. In the community, you’ll get support to improve, honest feedback on your projects, and constructive affirmation about who you are as an artist. We'll celebrate your wins and help you through the losses.

In a recent email I wrote:

Belonging to a community of like-minded performing artists committed to a common purpose is absolutely one of the most satisfying things in life.

The community may not be one of the reasons you join but I promise, it will be one of the reasons you stay.


Your Invitation to Join

Cynics will say classical music is becoming irrelevant. I disagree 100%.

I think it’s more relevant now than ever before.

And the world needs your voice, we need that song to get out and not stay stuck inside of you.

Music is an antidote to all the pain and suffering in our world right now.

It’s like Leonard Bernstein said:

This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before.

Though I may not know you, I already believe in you and what you’re capable of. How do I know that?

Because you’re still reading this crazy-long letter – a lesser singer would’ve have stopped reading a long time ago!

If you are ready to show up and give the world what you have to offer, I invite you to join The TVF Academy for Classical Singers. To join click the button below now.

See you on the inside!

To your singing success,

Peter Jacobson

Founder & Director of Total Vocal Freedom

P.S. – Remember there's no risk in joining – if you're not completely satisfied with your learning experience after the first month, I'll refund 100% of your fee, no questions asked. 

P.P.S. – There are only 20 18 spots available for this next learning module. Spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Deadline to register is Tuesday, October 4th @ 7pm Eastern.  

Registration Closed – Click Here to Join the Waiting List Now

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