Release Your Voice is a 20-week, masters-style training program to help you truly crack the muscle tension that is keeping your voice stuck. The 2021 live cohort of class began in February, but you can still enroll in the class on independent study and work through this year's recordings on your own time. When next February rolls around, you'll be able to participate in the next cohort for no additional cost.
If you're ready to develop a comprehensive understanding of your vocal instrument and an awareness of where you hold your tension, this class is for you. By the end of the course, you’ll have a huge repertoire of exercises and techniques to help you reduce muscle tension and speak and sing with more ease.
For more information, including the class by class curriculum, please consult the course page. When you're ready to enroll, select your payment option to the right, and I'll see you in class soon!
Have questions about the course? I've got answers!...
How quickly can I expect to see results in class?
Most students find that it takes some time to untangle vocal tension issues and to create new habits. This is often proportional to the length of time since the issues started. This is the reason the Release Your Voice course is twenty weeks long… to give you a really solid foundation and enough time to truly start re-programming your muscle tension issues.
Will you be assessing my progress through the course?
Yes and no! I will give you homework assignments (I like to call them “home-play”), and you have the option to submit them on our forum. If and when you do, I will absolutely look over them. However the assignments are not required.
Even though I like to joke that this is the equivalent of a university class on steroids, it’s not happening at a university for a reason! I want you to be the primary evaluator of your own progress. I am here to reflect for you, to respond when you share your work and questions, and to coach you when you volunteer for spotlight coaching. But there are no grades in this class and at the end of the day, your learning belongs to YOU ❤️.
How often do I need to practice the exercises and techniques in order to see and feel results?
The more often you practice, the sooner you’ll start to feel more freedom in your voice. It's recommended that you spend ten to twenty minutes a day doing exercises when you’re first starting. As your body and your voice start to re-pattern their habits, you can practice less often. But more repetition at the beginning is always best for re-programming a habit, and I’ll encourage that in our home-play.
What kind of results have your students experienced?
Our students report feeling more vocal freedom and power after following the routines and exercises shared in this course. To check out some detailed student testimonials, scroll through the course page!
What are the signs I have muscle issues with my voice?
There can be a variety of different sensations connected to muscle tension in your throat. You may feel habitual tightness, clenching, a block, like it’s hard to swallow, or like it’s an effort and you have to push to get sound out. You may also feel tension in your jaw and cheeks, or in your shoulders and the back of your neck. If you find yourself feeling vocally fatigued at the end of the day or refraining from using your voice as much as you’d like to, chances are you’re experiencing some muscle tension issues.
If you experience a sudden change of voice - either total voice loss or onset of hoarseness - then it is imperative that you make an appointment with an otolaryngologist (ENT). A good resource for finding a clinician near you in the United States is the Johns Hopkins database.
Would you recommend I go to a specialist? Do you have any recommendations?
If you have experienced a sudden change of voice - either total voice loss or onset of hoarseness - then it is imperative that you make an appointment with an otolaryngologist (ENT). A good resource for finding a clinician near you in the United States is the Johns Hopkins database.
If you are experiencing clinical voice issues, we recommend that you see a laryngologist and/or speech therapist (SLP) before enrolling in this course.
Elissa, how long did it take you to recover from your muscle tension issues? How many hours per week did you dedicate to your recovery?
That’s a great question! It’s hard for me to say exactly, because I was thinking about it all the time, and studying and practicing non-stop. But it wasn’t until I encountered the information I’m sharing in this course (which was five years after my voice loss episode) that I started to improve more rapidly. I remember a day seven years after I lost my voice when I suddenly thought to myself: “Wow! I have more vocal stamina now than I did before I lost my voice!” That was in the middle of graduate school and I was performing in a play again for the first time 😊. And even to this day, my vocal health continues to improve. Everyone’s story is different and there’s no prescription for how long it will take. But I can say from my own personal experience that finding vocal freedom again is totally possible.
Will I receive certification at the end of the course?
Upon successful completion of the course and all “home-play” assignments, participants will receive a certificate of completion (it’s a PDF that looks like a diploma and you’re welcome to hang it on your wall and be super proud of it! 🤩). However this course is not a certification program. We do understand that certifications can be important for people, especially in certain professions. However at least for the time being, the Voice Body Connection courses are geared towards self-education and edification.
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