Vowels in Vocalise & Repertoire

Practical Vocal Acoustics & Vowel Migration Component Workshop Recording


By: Classical Voice Training

Recorded on Saturday 27th March 2021

10am – 12 noon – Morning Session
12 noon – 2pm – Lunch Break
2pm – 4pm Afternoon Session

Having already explored the core components of the teaching model in previous workshops, this is the fifth workshop exploring the outer satellites of the teaching model. This component workshop for singers and singing teachers, based on the Classical Voice Training teaching model focuses on the outer satellite of Resonance further through the lens of practical vocal acoustics and vowel migration. Resonance and optimizing it allows a classical singer without straining to be heard over a large orchestra, this happens when we learn to ‘tune’ our vocal tract. This workshop will focus on how to build the singers resonance through developing: squillo or epi-laryngeal narrowing, singers formant cluster, larynx height and ‘collar connection’, an open throat, pharyngeal tuning and resonance strategies for different voice types. We will explore how vowels migrate across the range to maintain an open throat and optimize resonance. We’ll look at the most comfortable and efficient configuration of the vocal tract for vowels across pitch range and give you simple practical exercises to start using these concepts straight away to improve your teaching and singing.


Vocal Craft and Classical Voice Training are proud to digitally present this Practical Vocal Acoustics & Vowel Migration Component Workshop Recording from a session on Saturday 27th March 2021.

About Classical Voice Training

Classical Voice Training is a company designed to present bespoke classical voice training courses for singers and teachers based on their groundbreaking ‘Classical Voice Training Workbook’ and Professor Janice Chapman’s groundbreaking book ‘Singing and Teaching Singing: A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice’ or S.A.T.S. by Plural Publishing. Classical Voice Training courses focus in detail on the SATS teaching model. Key elements include: Breathing and Support, Accent Method Breathing, Postural Alignment, Vocal Anatomy and Physiology, Phonation, Acoustic and Laryngeal Registration, Resonance, Articulation, Mind-skills for Performers, and Artistry and Performance. All of these components will be explored in sequence through this series of component workshops and practise group sessions on offer from October 2020 to Summer 2021.

About this Practical Vocal Acoustics & Vowel Migration Component Workshop

This Practical Vocal Acoustics & Vowel Migration workshop will focus further in on the outer satellites of the Classical Voice Training Teaching Model: resonance and articulation. Through practical application, this model gives the singer and teacher the skills they need to develop their classical singing technique. We have designed this workshop specifically for singers and singing teachers.

Resonance through the lens of practical vocal acoustics and vowel migration across range is the focus for this workshop. Let’s explore, through evidence-based research and practical exercises, how singers and teachers can use the deep connections between the emotional motor system and resonance in singing. We will investigate primal sounds as triggers for emotional vocalisation and how they recruit efficient resonance, we’ll explore two Italian bel canto concepts; ‘voce chiusa’ and ‘voce aperta’ (open and closed timbre or voice) . We’ll also learn how to assess resonance and vowels and how to set up the vocal tract for efficient voice production across pitch range and for different timbres and vowels. We’ll look at how to achieve chiaroscuro – a sound that has the perfect balance of darkness and brightness in it, which forms the core of the classical vocal sound. We will also explore how to use resonance efficiently in your teaching and singing and explore concepts like ‘passaggio‘ and ‘cover‘, and explore the differences between male and female range training. This course is packed full of practical exercises and techniques, giving both singers and teachers powerful tools for their own practice.

Taught by Opera Singer and Vocal Craft and Classical Voice Training Director James Platt and Professor Janice Chapman, author of the acclaimed textbook Singing and Teaching Singing: A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice, this workshop is the thirteenth session in a complete series of in-depth explorations of the full SATS Model.


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