Voice and the Whispered Ah - Dr Ted Dimon
Breathing and the Voice: Understanding the Whispered “Ah” - Dr. Ted Dimon
A two day course at Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London WC1H 0AL on:
Saturday 17th November, 9:30AM-3:30PM (with one hour for lunch 12:30PM-1:30PM)
Sunday 18th November, 10:00AM-1:00PM
Everyone familiar with the Alexander Technique has heard of the whispered “ah,” which F. M. Alexander taught to his students and which many teachers of the Alexander Technique teach today. Yet even among students and teachers of the Alexander Technique, the real meaning of the whispered “ah” remains largely mysterious. Is it a form of relaxation, designed to help us to slow down the breathing, to quiet our nervous system, or to more fully oxygenate our blood? Is it a way of engaging the larynx that utilizes less effort than normal vocalizing and, for this reason, will somehow indirectly improve vocalizing? Or is it more directly related to producing sound and, if so, how?
In this workshop, we will look at the true purpose of the whispered “ah,” how to produce a whispered sound, and how to apply it to vocalizing as the basis for restoring the innate ability to vocalize effortlessly which, for most of us, has been lost. In the workshop we will look at how breathing takes place, how it relates to producing sound, and at the purpose of the whispered “ah” procedure. We will then look at the elements of the whispered “ah” and how to produce each in turn and at how to apply it to vocalizing, both in recitation and in singing. Students and teachers of the Voice and/or the Alexander Technique are invited to participate in this experiential and practical workshop, created and taught by Dr. Ted Dimon.
Participants will receive a copy of Dr. Dimon's workbook Breathing and The Voice: A Practical Guide to the Whispered "ah".
Ted Dimon, Ed.D., is Founder and Director of The Dimon Institute, where he is researching, developing and training teachers in the field of Psychophysical Education; and he is an Adjunct Professor at Columbia University, Teachers College. An internationally renowned teacher of the Alexander Technique, he completed his training at the Constructive Teaching Centre with Walter Carrington in 1983, co-founded the American Society for the Alexander Technique (AmSAT) in 1987, and has been training teachers since 1996. A graduate of Tufts University, he received both his masters and doctoral degrees in education from Harvard University.
He has written ten books, including Anatomy of the Moving Body; The Body in Motion: Its Evolution and Design; Anatomy of the Voice; Your Body, Your Voice; The Elements of Skill; The Undivided Self; A New Model of Man’s Conscious Development; Neurodynamics: The Art of Mindfulness in Action; Breathing and The Voice: A Practical Guide to the Whispered “ah”; and The Use of the Hands in Teaching. He is the co-editor of Frank Pierce Jones’ Collected Writings on the Alexander Technique.
Please book now at zero cost to reserve your place. Nothing to pay till Sept 2018.
Price will be £178 for one person. £160 each when two or more people book together.
Price will be 10% higher for non-reserved places.
All participants will receive an invoice and a HITE CPD certificate following the seminar.
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