Release Your Voice is a masters-style training program to help you truly crack the muscle tension that is keeping your voice stuck.
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.
The legacy version of Release Your Voice that we’re taking off the shelves was taught live in 2021. We're offering it now as an independent study option. When you purchase the course, you’ll have access to over 36+ hours of course recordings to work through on your own time.
This most recent iteration of the course contains more hours of material than anything we have offered or will offer again. On December 4th, at 10pm Eastern Time, we will stop selling this previous version of the course. The new version of Release Your Voice will not be available again until later in 2024.
All students who purchase this independent study legacy version of the course will be invited to repeat the upcoming online version of Release Your Voice for no additional course fee.
If you’re interested in and/or have been waiting to engage with this material, we highly recommend that you purchase now. Not only will you be getting a significant discount, but you’ll have access to archival footage that future students will never get to see.
For more information, including the class by class curriculum, please consult the course page. Each class session or Q&A call is 90 mins long, and they are all pre-recorded. So you'll have 36+ hours of content at your fingertips the moment you enroll.
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! There are "home-play" assignments, and you have the option to submit them in our course portal. The assignments are encouraged but not required.
Even though the course will soon be archival, you can submit home-play whenever you like, and Elissa, or another Voice Body Connection Instructor will review it. We encourage you to engage in that way - habits only change with consistent, repeated practice!
You are the primary evaluator of your own progress. There are no grades in this class and at the end of the day, your learning belongs to YOU ❤️.
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.
Are there discounts available?
If you are BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color) please use the coupon code BIPOC to receive 30% off your tuition.
If you are an artist and need financial support to make this program accessible, we offer a 25% discount for creatives. To qualify, please email [email protected] with the following information: Your name, where you reside, and a short (1-2 paragraph) statement about your creative practice and how you believe that this course will benefit you and your artistic development.
If you live in a so-called developing country and would like to join the course, we offer economic scale discounts that bring tuition to 6 payments of $29/month. To qualify, please email [email protected] with the following information: Your name, the country in which you reside, and a short (1-2 paragraph) statement about why you'd like to take this course and how you believe it will benefit you.
I'd prefer to work with Elissa privately. How can I do that?
In order to work with Elissa one on one, you need to be enrolled in one of her courses or programs. After purchasing either or both of these courses, you’ll be given the option to buy additional Office Hours. If you have questions about these Office Hours or working with Elissa privately, please email [email protected]
I already own Release Your Voice; do I need to purchase this one?
Nope! If you already own Release Your Voice, you have access to it for the rest of time (or anyway, as long as we can promise time and the internet will last!), as well as to future online versions of Release Your Voice.
What does “Independent Study” mean?
Independent Study means you'll be working through the course recordings (live-taught and recorded on Zoom in 2021) on your own. You can submit home-play in the course portal, as you go along, This home-play will be reviewed by Elissa or another Voice Body Connection Instructor.
When will Release Your Voice happen live again?
There will be a shorter version of Release Your Voice (called the Healthy Speaking and Tension Release Intensive) happening in early 2024. When you purchase this course now, you will be invited to take that Intensive for no additional cost.
We are also working on a future long-term version of Release Your Voice, and when that is available you will have access to that as well. Again, for no additional cost.
If we didn't answer your question here, please email us at: [email protected] 💖
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