‘Awakening Your True Voice’ Series Begins in March
This month Jean McClelland will begin teaching a six-session class series, Awakening Your True Voice: Health and Vitality through Better Breathing, through the Open Center. The sessions will be held online from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on consecutive Mondays from March 22 through May 3, with the exception of March 29. A free intro class is scheduled for 6 p.m. on March 15.
Students will discover a voice that is spontaneous, open, and expressive; strengthen their breathing, body, and voice through the integration of the Alexander Technique; and experience a physical understanding of breath support to free and strengthen their voice. They will also learn how to relieve vocal and physical tension and increase ease and vitality in their body; develop an awareness of their diaphragm and learn to strengthen it in a non-manipulative but powerful way; and explore the connection between breathing, voice, and artistic self-expression. No previous vocal background is required.
“There is no greater joy than to use our voices in a way that’s powerful, spontaneous and fully expressive,” says McClelland, who is on the faculty of the Columbia University School of the Arts as well as the Open Center. “Developing a physical understanding of voice and breath support helps us release inhibiting vocal and physical tension to become more musical singers and more engaging speakers. This course creates a supportive environment in which self-consciousness dissolves and your true voice emerges.”
The series is worth nine continuing education credits.
To register or for more information, visit OpenCenter.org/awakening-your-true-voice/.