Workshops

Vocal technique workshops and Musicality workshops are open to all current singers.  They are also open to casual students, past students and newcomers.  Workshops are balanced with a certain amount of music making, and fun singing.  Most workshops provide a lot of information and an opportunity to explore and experiment in a fun environment.  There are a few workshops that have solos (always specified)  but generally this is not the case and singers can come along knowing that they will not be called upon to do this.   themselves but most workshops.

 

 

SING-IN SESSION
 
Time:  Tuesday 22 January 7.15pm until 9pm
Fee:  No charge
Booking:  Essential
Maximum Number:  12 singers
Open to:  All current and past singers.  Lovely night for families and friends to come and have a sing
This particular sing-in session will be lead by some of the Motif singers.  The singers will teach you the choruses of some of their current and past songs and everyone will join in.  If you sing in another studio group or have private lessons please feel very welcome to check out another group and share your own current music with the Motif singers.  It’s just a fun night where everyone joins in.
ADVANCED VOCAL PLACEMENT WORKSHOP
Time:  Thursday 31 January 7.15pm – 9pm
Fee:  40
Booking:  Essential
Maximum Number:  8 singers
Open to:  Singers who have some understanding of vocal placement.  Solo singing is required and singers will critique each other
Vocal Placement is all about achieving maximum resonance while lifting the voice off the throat.  It’s a very important workshop in that it addresses the health of the throat and possibilities for using the voice well when the throat is compromised.  Placing the voice helps with vocal range and natural vibrato.  When voices are placed, the diaphragm drops.  Most singers find that singing is easy for some time after doing this workshop.
LEARNING A SONG
Time:  Wednesday 6 February 7.15pm – 9pm
Fee:  $40
Booking:  Essential
Maximum Number:  12 singers
Open to:  All current and past students.  Newbies welcome!
Breaking down what is involved in learning a song is quite a process.  Most singers find there are  parts of the song learning process that are slower than other parts.  Many singers don’t understand the various parts so therefore present material only half learned.  This workshop will also address issues of ensemble and performance preparation.

 

 

THE REGISTER BREAK

TIME: 7.15pm – 9pm Tuesday 5 March

FEE: $40

OPEN TO: All current and past singers. Newbies welcome!

MAXIMUM NUMBER: 12 singers

BOOKING ESSENTIAL

The Register Break is the place in every voice where balance is lost, adjustment is made and balance is restored.

Sometimes singers feel as if they have to sing with two or three different voices to get through a song. Tone colour is important so all of the sounds we make can be used as tools but it’s hard if the singer doesn’t know any other way.

The register break or ‘passagio’ is physical and more noticeable in women’s voices. The two areas of vocal technique that make it hard to sing through the passagio are airflow and musculature.

This workshop will explore the Register Break along with some exercises to help.

 

 

INTERMEDIATE ANCHORING

Date: Monday 11 February 7.15pm – 9pm

Cost:  $40

Maximum Group size 10 singers
(solo singing required)

Open to:  Current and Past Students

Booking:  Essential

While there are many workshops in my studio, Anchoring your Voice is the most important one and it is great if all singers can do this workshop every semester.  To anchor the voice the diaphragm must drop so the singer is essentially working with gravity to create full tone.  When the voice is anchored it sounds full as opposed to tight, clouded or pushed.  The spine is also relaxed with an anchored voice and the head feels light.  The entire body is connected to clear and authentic voicing.

 

 

STUDYING MUSIC CHARTS

 

Cost:  $40

Maximum Group size 8 singers

Open to:  Current and Past Students

Booking Essential

It can be helpful when learning a song to all be practicing away from home and be practicing in the same way.  This is why music was written down.  Sometimes it can be hard just understanding the map.  There are other things that musicians like to write down as instructions.  Each singer/musician finds their own way but there are standardised ways to read a music chart.  This workshop is of particular interest to those who play an instrument.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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