All Things Vocal Blog & Podcast by Judy Rodman: August 2019

Training & insights for stage and studio singers, speakers, vocal coaches and producers from professional vocal coach and author of "Power, Path & Performance" vocal training method. Download All Things Vocal podcast on your fav app!

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Interview with Alexander Technique Practitioner Peter Jacobson

Peter Jacobson and Judy Rodman
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Frederick Matthias Alexander was a Shakespearian actor born in Australia in 1869 who developed chronic laryngitis and lost his voice. When doctors couldn't help him, he dedicated a few years to experimentation and discovery - and got his voice back. His tremendously effective healing work is now used for a plethora of body dysfunctions and pain, and is known as the Alexander Technique. I am very happy to present this interview with Peter Jacobson, an expert Alexander Technique practitioner and teacher. So grab a cup of herbal tea and listen and/or watch as we discuss the Alexander Technique and the voice!

Topics we covered include:

  • What Alexander Technique is.
  • Peter's three-part formula for artistry... desire + coordination + technique.
  • How desire and intention change outcome in both Peter's and my work with students.
  • The elusive 'quick fix' for laryngitis or other vocal issues; instant help and life-long improvement with experimentation, curiosity and deeper learning.
  • How Alexander fixed his voice.
  • Judy's story of vocal recovery.
  • Conquering guarding stance and fear with freedom of choice.
  • Coordination = cooperating with our design.
  • Curiosity: Getting slow and being observant.
  • Using tools of anatomy (the truth about the design) and imagery (mind pictures to direct anatomy) for vocal training. 
  • Why Alexander Technique prefers to use thinking vs feeling.
  • The importance of freely moving joints for the voice.
  • Changing conception by changing perception, such as using the balance pad, Bosu ball or trampoline.
  • Hands: touch communication. How teachers can use hands to help the student hold on to a new idea a little longer.
  • Why the happy voice needs happy feet! (Who knew?)
  • How we can help the voice heal itself by harnassing our innate intelligence
  • The kindness in our design, the kindness we need to show ourselves.

About Peter Jacobson:

Peter is the Founder and Executive Director of Total Vocal Freedom, the world’s largest online Alexander Technique learning community. He is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer, arranger, conductor, music educator and an AmSAT-certified (American Society of the Alexander Technique) teacher of the Alexander Technique. He discovered the Alexander Technique over 13 years ago after suffering from back pain and tendinitis while pursuing his music studies. Jacobson has earned advanced degrees in Conducting from the University of Illinois, the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University and is a Certified Transformative Coach (Michael’s Neill Supercoach Academy Europe – Class of 2019).

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