Voice Technique

Voice Technique: The Body as Instrument

Mondays and Fridays, 2 pm – 4 pm • $40/session

All levels, from kids to adults

Location: Jersey City (near Grove Street Station on the PATH Train) • (201) 984-4428

If a session is postponed, student is given the option of moving to the next available date or converting to a 1-hr private session instead. Student cancellation/rescheduling requires 2 business days advance notice.

 


Description

This is a drop-in group course (3-5 students) for singers, actors, and singing actors looking to learn how to make their voices sound more powerful, expand singing range and vocal expression, and become more confident in performances. This is a class for anyone looking for how to use the body to make the most of their voice. (Students can range from kids to adults.)

The sessions are led by professional singer/actor Scott Wolfson. Scott Wolfson graduated from New York University with a Master in Musical Theatre writing/acting/performing (from Tisch School of the Arts and Playwrights’ Horizons), and a Minor in Vocal Performance. He has been performing for over 30 years, and instructing for 20.

Each group session focuses on:

  • Developing breath support and improving stamina and control
  • Improving tone quality and removing tension
  • Learning good habits and practices
  • Learning warm-up techniques to care for the voice

 


Topics Covered

Improving Breath

  • Improving Mental Awareness
  • Expanding and Using Breath

Working with Tone

  • Improving Tone Quality and Resonance
  • Improving Range

Vocal Heath

  • Using Vocal Warm-Up
  • Improving Muscle Control
  • Vocal Health

Improving Performance

  • Building Dynamics
  • Connecting to the Audience
  • Physicallity on Stage
  • Overcoming Performance Anxiety

Measure Improvement

  • Reworking Monologues/Songs
  • Polishing Performance

 


Requirements:

Each student is required to bring in something to work on. Actors should bring a monologue, and singers should bring a song. (Singers can either use previously recorded accompaniment, karaoke files, accompany themselves on guitar or piano, or with advance notice sing to instructor’s accompaniment on guitar.)

Class Structure:

One of the benefits of the class is the group nature of the work. Therefore, sessions with fewer than 3 students will be canceled. But to guarantee enough individual attention, classes will be capped at a maximum of 5 students.

The nature of a drop-in class is that a student can sign up for sessions as frequently or infrequently as they need, as they can afford, and as their schedule allows.