Welcome to my vocal master class series on the Connecting Functional Voice Training and Somatic Education for Vital Singing.
In a recent issue of the National Association of Teachers of Singing Journal, vocal pedagogue Scott McCoy said that working on body awareness and alignment by various methods of Somatic Education doesn’t necessarily translate to vital and free singing.
Somatic Education includes Yoga, Alexander Technique, Feldenkreis, Rolfing, Pilates (which started out as a method for dancers,) Fitzmaurice VoiceWork and many other mind-body methodologies.
I think that the missing links between Somatic education methods and vital singing could be attributed to one or both of the following–
1) The singer hasn’t yet built a functional vocal technique to be able to sing what they want to sing.
2) The somatic practitioner is not, or never was, an active and vital singer themselves. Conscious relaxation and engaged balance are necessary but counter intuitive to the internal motor sensations and healthy emotional engagement of being a vital singer.
So check out my Vocal Master Class series where I describe the work singers and I do to combine functional voice work with somatic reeducation.
The point is always vital singing and heart-felt connection.