Breathing & The Voice
Live Online Lecture Series
January 11 - April 21, 2021
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The Dimon Institute is launching its first ever virtual Breathing and The Voice Course this winter. It will be open to all interested students, teachers, and trainees.


Dr. Ted Dimon will present a series of 43 live online lectures, 60 minutes each, from January 11, 2021 through April 21, 2021. The live class will meet Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and most Thursdays, 12:00-1:00PM ET. Recordings will be available to all students for the duration of the course and three months following. 

The human voice is a marvel of engineering and design. This course explores the remarkably subtle and intricate design of the human voice and how it serves as an instrument of expression. Traditional methods for training and “freeing” the voice for singing, acting, and public speaking tend to focus on vocal exercises, but few people fully appreciate the functional design of the voice and its basic systems. In this course we will break down some of the key vocal systems, making sense of how they work and demystifying what can seem, to non-vocalists, to be a daunting and complex topic. 

 

Students will be guided through both theoretical content and experimental self-study to explore how the voice works. The course content will be presented across four modules to support comprehensive study of the voice and its underlying systems: 1. Breathing; 2. The throat, larynx, and vocal tract, 3. The Whispered ‘Ah’, and 4. Vocalizing.  

 

Course topics will include: the anatomy and mechanics of breathing; the design and function of the larynx; the muscles of the throat; and the relation of the voice to posture and overall coordination. We will also look at practical issues of vocal training and performance, including the role of listening in coordinating the voice; vocalizing and the role of the "ear”; the role of facial muscles and practical techniques for activating these muscles; opening the throat; and the role of inhibition in speaking and vocalizing. The course will pay special attention to the "whispered 'ah’” as a central element in learning to use the voice in a coordinated way.

To download a copy of the syllabus, click here

Pricing:

  • $375 early-bird (by January 2nd), $425 regular

  • Trainee Discount - $250​ early-bird (by January 2nd); $300 regular

  • The Dimon Institute Scholarship Fund is able to offer a limited number of full and partial need-based scholarships to those in financial need. Please complete this form by December 21st to apply.