Combining voice and Pilates

Course Dates: 06/07/24
Time: 10:00 - 17:00
Location: Keeley Street
This innovative and one-off workshop shows you how to integrate modified Pilates movements with voice training as a holistic approach to voice, starting at breath release and progressing into phonation and resonance. Through this combination you may begin to find a link between body and voice through the core muscles of support. A fun but intensive Saturday workshop in the college.
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Combining voice and Pilates
  • Course Code: DVP013
  • Dates: 06/07/24 - 06/07/24
  • Time: 10:00 - 17:00
  • Taught: Sat, Daytime
  • Duration: 1 session
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Kate Montague

Course Code: DVP013

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Sat, day, 06 Jul - 06 Jul '24

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

This integrated Voice and Pilates training workshop offers you an opportunity to begin to develop a holistic approach to body, breath and voice use. The course aims to encourage improved postural awareness, strength and balance through Pilates exercises. Abdominal training will focus on key core stability muscles to strengthen breath support musculature for vocal power.
By integrating Pilates with Voice training, this innovative workshop will encourage you to develop improved voice quality for increased clarity and confidence in communication, whilst developing vocal skills and an understanding of how the voice works.

What will we cover?

Basic Pilates principles will be taught through precise isolation and control. Body awareness will improve as you develop functional movement with ease and flow. You will be introduced to a variety of vocal skills, designed to guide you towards free and supported vocal use for clear communication.

The following basic principles of Pilates will be explored:
1. Breathing
2. Centring: neutral spine and abdominal engagement (core)
3. Ribcage Placement
4. Shoulder-blade Placement
5. Head/neck placement

And by working at the foundations of body and breath, we will then start to develop into Voice training; exploring the following key areas for vocal development:
1. Voice and Power
2. Resonance Exploration
3. Pitch and Vocal Energy
4. Clarity of Articulation for Speech.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

Demonstrate an awareness of the body and its effect on the voice.
Demonstrate the basic principles of modified Pilates
Demonstrate improved spinal mobility, flexibility and targeted muscular training
Demonstrate improved posture and self-awareness
Demonstrate deep breathing/support of sound.
Demonstrate vocal confidence and awareness.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

Beginners through to experienced students who wish to practise basic exercises that are fundamental to effective voice production. Please note the class may not be suitable for you, if you suffer from acute injuries or chronic pain; or if you are pregnant
In order to get the most from the workshop you will be able to:
• Move freely and participate physically in a group setting
• Speak English fluently.
• Communicate in group situations.
• Give and receive constructive feedback.
• Read and respond to a range of texts.
• Take course notes for your own use.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Group, pair and individual work. You will be taught through tutor explanation, demonstration, feedback and correction. The work will be practically based.

You may or may not be asked to participate in rigorous activity from time to time. Please consider whether you could do this, if you are in any doubt consult a medical practitioner.

As part of the course content, your tutor may record your image for initial and ongoing assessment purposes. You are entitled to decline to participate in the recording of your image.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Please wear clothes that are comfortable enough to move freely in (legging/vest and grip-socks, and extra layers in case you get cold). Please have a small foam pillow or folded hand towel to support your head and neck. Please bring water and a notebook & pen.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Voice Technique: Improvers; The Actor's Voice; Communicate with Confidence.
Please refer to our
full sequence of voice and speech classes at City Lit (click here) as you consider which area you would like to study next.

Kate Montague

Kate is a richly experienced voice tutor, and somatic psychotherapist. She is an established visiting voice tutor at the City Lit. Kate has a Degree in Acting and a Masters in Voice Studies from London’s Royal Central School of Speech and Drama. She is an experienced actress with credits in theatre, television and film. Kate has honed her bespoke coaching practice in the corporate sector both in London and abroad. She regularly trains staff at all levels, and delivers executive level coaching for middle management and CEOs. She specialises in Personal Impact, Public Speaking, Presentation Skills, Voice and Speech coaching, and Accent Softening, tailoring courses to meet client needs while supporting the development of the individual’s unique gifts, strengths and communication style. As a psychotherapist Kate has the ability to work effectively with professionals who are challenged by constant change, performance stress, and the need for resilience and flexibility within their work place dynamics. Kate’s approach is highly intuitive while grounded in technique, passion and experience.

Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.