Sat, 07 Dec | Physio Ed Medical Ltd - Belsize Park

Airflow & Support

A Primal Voice approach to breathing for singing and performance voice.
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Airflow & Support

Time & Location

07 Dec 2019, 09:30 – 17:00
Physio Ed Medical Ltd - Belsize Park, 1 Belsize Cres, London NW3 5QY, UK

About The Event

A Primal Voice approach to Airflow & Support 

with Dane Chalfin 

This interactive workshop will look at:

  • Respiratory anatomy/physiology
  • Accent Method - inspired exercises for maximum breathing efficiency 
  • The relationship between airflow, air pressure, and voice 
  • The biggest misconceptions in singing teaching about "driving breath"
  • Adding support for performance voice 
  • Hands-on assessment tools for voice teachers/therapists
  • How to use the exercises as part of warming up, cooling down, and rejuvenating a weary voice.

All Primal Voice work is based on the idea of cooperating with nature to find maximum efficiency for minimal effort. This approach naturally aligns with that of the Accent Method* and most modern, holistic approaches to voice and physical therapies.  Singing and performance voice require more athletic and finely-honed muscularity than everyday voice, but the underlying principles are the same. Ensuring that performers and their coaches understand the similarities and differences in approaches is key to lifelong vocal development and vocal health. This approach to breathing efficiency can be added to any existing vocal pedagogy or singing method/model. 

*This is not an Accent Method course. This course draws inspiration from that model, but focuses on adapting the principles of Accent Method voice therapy into a singing and performance voice context. Previous experience with the Accent Method may be helpful for delegates, but is not essential.

Space is limited to 10 participants. Participants should bring a yoga mat and wear loose, comfortable clothing suitable for floor work and movement. To avoid increased ticket prices the event is not catered. There are a wide range of coffee shops and eateries nearby. Participants are welcome to bring their own food/drink as well. 

Dane Chalfin Bio

Dane Chalfin is a Vocal Rehabilitation Coach and Singing Teacher working in both NHS and private practice in London, Manchester and online. Clients include major recording artists, West End productions of Wind in the Willows, Rock of Ages, Sunny Afternoon, Tell Me On a Sunday, Matilda, and Motown; and national tours of Jesus Christ Superstar, Wicked, The Producers, Shout!, and many others. TV work includes The Voice, The One Show, and The Eurovision Song Contest. His private practice consists of around 80% vocal rehabilitation for performers with voice trouble and 20% high-profile performers who train regularly to stay in peak performance condition. Dane routinely works with pop/rock/theatre singers, radio/tv broadcasters, presenters, transgender performers, and other vocal coaches/singing teachers.

His ongoing research (2006-present) into the endoscopic assessment of disordered singers and the laryngopharyngeal gestures of singing and primal sounds now has over 500 subjects and may be the largest study into the singing voice to date. He also contributed to the development of the Endoscopic Protocol for the Assessment of Singers in the Voice Clinic (Jones, Chalfin, Garrett 2006-17), which is widely used in voice clinics to help assess singers with voice trouble.

Dane is a past president (2015-16) and director of the British Voice Association. He has also been a vocal advisor to the Medical Committee of the British Association of Performing Arts Medicine (BAPAM) where he pioneered the creation of competencies for Vocal Rehabilitation Coaches working in multidisciplinary voice clinics in the UK. Dane has previously held the Associate Professorship of Vocal Coaching and Rehabilitation at Leeds College of Music, where he was also Principal Lecturer of Artistry and Performance (2007-17). Other academic posts include teaching fellow in Pop Voice at Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (2003-6), Senior Lecturer in Pop Voice at the Royal Northern College of Music (2008-10), and Lecturer in Voice at University of Salford (2001-03).

Publications include TC-Helicon’s Ultimate Guide to Singing (2016), and Bloomsbury’s The Singer-Songwriter Handbook (2017) and the 2nd edition of Compton Publishing's seminal The Voice Clinic Handbook (2018) .

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