Introduction to accent breathing for singers
Time: 11:00 - 13:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: MF830
Duration: 2 sessions (over 2 weeks)
What is the course about?
The accent method is a technique from speech therapy which works on diaphragmatic-abdominal breathing and support for the voice. It develops the efficient co-ordinating of breath, sound and articulation.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
We will cover the principles of the technique, work through the early stages of graded exercises and look at how thr technique applies to your singing.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- understand the technique and the balance between airflow, lung pressure and vocal fold closure in your own voice, with the possibility of applying some of it in your singing
- identify the muscles necessary for low abdominal support, and recognise the effect of releasing or reducing unnecessary tensions in the throat, neck, shoulder girdle and vocal tract through efficient use of the breathing mechanism.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This introductory course is designed principally for singers with some experience.
You need to be able to follow written and verbal instructions in English and engage in class discussions.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught as a group, but one-to-one help will be given as required. The technique is accumulative and it needs to be brought consciously into practice before it becomes spontaneous, therefore, for maximum benefit, a little daily practice between sessions is necessary.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
For floor work, you need to wear loose comfortable clothing. There are mats available but you are welcome to bring your own if you prefer. Please bring a short song that you can sing unaccompanied or with a recorded accompaniment (accompaniments will not be provided for this course).
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
You may be interested in Technical singing, or one of our advanced singing courses, the tutor can advise you further.
Ruth is passionate about teaching singing in adult education, having entered the profession as a career change. Ruth studied singing alongside a biology degree at Bristol University, and a career in the charity sector. Gradually the singing side of her life took over and she now works full time as a freelance teacher and singer. She gained a Diploma in Concert Singing from Birkbeck University, with Distinction, in 2006, and now studies with Veronica Veysey Campbell (vocal professor at the Royal College of Music). Ruth continues to undertake regular professional development, most recently the Vocal Pedagogy course with renowned singing teacher/speech therapist Ron Morris at Musicfest Aberystwyth. Ruth sings as a professional chorister and soloist in London churches, synagogues and choirs, and also loves putting on recitals with friends. She teaches beginners to advanced levels at City lit and has a busy private teaching practice. She loves helping singers to find more confidence and freedom in their singing through healthy voice use, at every stage of their journey.
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.