Body, Breath & Sound

Created and taught by master voice teacher Adriana Hardy, these workshops offer an intensive exploration of the body mechanics of breath and sound, designed for all those who want to gain a better understanding of their own breath and vocal patterns, and well as how to evaluate and work with others. Ideal for performers (singers, actors, wind instrumentalists), performing arts educators, and movement/fitness professionals, this course provides specific tools for organizing the body for maximum breath efficiency and ease. See “Complimentary Curriculum” for more information.

BBS classes are held in the US, Germany, and Japan on a rotating basis.  If you are interested in hosting a BBS workshop in your area or country, please contact us at  robyn@contemporaryalexander.com 

UPCOMING BBS IMMERSION * SUMMER 2019

Body, Breath & SoundTM  Personal Immersion

Understanding and Caring for Your Instrument:  An Essential Retreat for Vocalists   (+ Actors, Wind & Brass Players, and all those interested in the somatics of sound and breath)

Monday 7/29, 3pm – Sunday 8/4, 1pm  @ Still Meadow Retreat Center, Portland OR

Join this unique week-long summer retreat designed especially for those who study voice and breath. The main focus of the week will be an immersion in Body, Breath, & Sound, where you will learn about the mechanics of breath and vocal production, with an emphasis on discovering and transforming your own misunderstandings and patterns of mis-use.  In addition, you will join an immersion in Contemporary Alexander Work, where you will learn how to apply Alexander’s Principles in your everyday and professional life activities, helping you create and maintain the best possible instrument – physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually. 

Vocalists are unique in many ways.  For one, they cannot actually see their instrument.  The most basic information – size, placement, direction of movements, relationship of the parts, and so on, is quite literally hidden from them.  No wonder there is often confusion around even the most fundamental facts of breath and vocal production.  How do you reliably use an instrument that you only know through feel and sound?  

Likewise, most musicians unpack their instrument, which has been safely protected in a case or environmentally-controlled room, and then play.  They would never dream of using their instrument for the most mundane of everyday activities – exposing it to weather, late nights, and long chats with friends.  It’s too special for that – it deserves respect and protection, as an instrument for making art.  Thus, when a musician opens their case, the instrument is essentially in fine form – performance ready for the demands of the technique and music.

But vocalists must use their instrument of artistry in their everyday lives and conditions.  And so, they must learn to respect and protect it in a different way – not tucking it into a special case, but understanding how to use it safely, in accordance with the innate design; even, and especially, in everyday life.  They must also learn the difference between the mundane vocal instrument and the artistic/professional instrument.  One cannot apply the rules of the mundane to the demands of the art form.  Vocalists must learn the fine distinctions between their ‘voice’ and their ‘instrument’, so that, like the case-protected instruments, they are applying the necessary technique and artistry to the finest instrument possible.

Participants will have opportunities for individual instruction throughout the week, as well as Master Classes for those who wish to participate.  You will not only identify the ways in which you interfere with yourself while singing/speaking/playing, you will receive specific tools for changing the interference.  You will also learn how to accomplish your technical goals without over-working your instrument; and how to resolve ongoing technical challenges.

Both BBS and Contemporary Alexander are compatible with all technical pedagogies – they help you understand the instrument upon which you apply technique.

BBS is ideal for both young artists who are currently building a foundational technique as well as those who are already enjoying professional careers.

We call this a Personal Immersion because it is all about you – not your repertoire or auditions or career.  So consider taking some time to invest in you – your instrument – your being.  This Immersion – the beautiful landscape, healthy food, like-minded company, Master Teachers, and personal attention – create the “case” for your instrument.  It is essential that you, as an artist, take care of your instrument, of your self. This week teaches you how to do that.

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