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July 1, 2019 1:00am

ONE VOICE on Demand and One-on-One

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Joan Melton with Jennie Morton


Vocal Production

Dates & Times:

On demand (year round)

Physical Address:

Pearl Studios, 500 8th Avenue, NYC 10018



Candidates complete an initial Intensive focusing on integrative curricula in theatre, music and dance. They may then devise individual projects to qualify for certification. 

On Demand (2 or more participants) and One-on-One formats allow for flexible scheduling of the 1st Intensive around travel, academic calendars, and performance commitments. 

Classes include:

Voice (including singing)/Movement Integration
Anatomy and Physiology
Integrative Research/Practical Applications
Speech/Dialects; Prose/Poetic/Dramatic Text
Dance Techniques; Voice/Dance Integration

Masterclasses include:
•       Professional Voice Care
•       Singing Techniques across genres
•       Approaches to Actor Training
•       Dance Techniques across genres


On demand (2 or more) $950, 1 on 1, $1150

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 917-991-5199

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July 8, 2019 1:00am

Heather Lyle Vocal Yoga Method® Teacher Certification 2019

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Heather Lyle



Dates & Times:

July 8-16, 2019

Physical Address:

Hill Street Center
237 Hill Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

The location is just off Main Street in Santa Monica, two blocks away from the beach with a great selection of restaurants, coffee shops and stores in the vicinity.
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Description: This certification is for voice and singing teachers, yoga teachers, movement specialists, music healers and sound healers, professional therapists, life coaches, actors, public speakers and anyone who wants to learn a new groundbreaking method to free, train and heal the voice. Vocal Yoga has now been recognized by the Speech and Singing community as a viable method for vocal health, healing and training. My book and teaching methods were mentioned in The National Association of Teachers of Singing's academic journal in an article in the May/June 2017 issue, Volume 73, No. 5, pp. 511–518: Vocal Yoga: Applying Yoga Principles in Voice Therapy by Adam Lloyd, Bari Hoffman-Ruddy, Erin Silverman, and Jeffrey L. Lehman. "Heather Lyle incorporates voice pedagogy, yoga postures and principles, directed breathing exercises, and voice science in her work, Vocal Yoga: The Joy of Breathing, Singing, and Sounding. Lyle’s work focuses on respiratory exercises for speech and singing, and also provides examples of speech and singing exercises to achieve a balanced voice production. She incorporates aspects of other popular body alignment techniques and programs in her work including Feldenkrais, Alexander technique, and Tai Chi, among others.”

Materials needed:  a yoga mat, a 10 foot yoga strap, two blocks, a tuning fork in C# (136.1 hertz) and a small crystal. (I have some of these things available to borrow for traveling students).

All certified teachers of Heather Lyle’s Vocal Yoga Method® will be listed on the Vocal Yoga Website with a link to their website.

Day 1
Morning Session: THE NERVOUS SYSTEM: The course will begin with the study of the autonomic and parasympathetic nervous system and the unconscious protective mechanisms of the body. We will address body armoring, the muscles of fight or flight and how they affect the breath and voice. We will learn how to look at a body and see where there is loss of elasticity in the fascia. With the use of Vocal Yoga designed theatre exercises, habitual holding patterns will be quickly identified and the student will learn to identify these areas of tension in themselves and others. Trauma release exercises will be used to release tension held in the body.

Afternoon Session: BREATHING: We will then study the anatomy and physiology of breathing (diaphragmatic and costal) and learn how to undue unhealthy habitual breathing patterns to allow the body to find its natural, most healthy way of breathing. All of the muscles of respiration will be identified. Pranayama, Bel Canto and medical respiratory strengthening exercises will be used to open up the whole torso to breathing and identify any areas that restrict the breath.

Day 2

Morning Session: ALIGNMENT: We will continue breaking down body armor with a series of stretches, asanas and massage techniques that release holding in the fight or flight muscles. Alignment affects breathing. We will study proper body alignment for voice standing and seated and use Vocal Yoga yoga strap exercises, Alexander technique, spinal awareness and asanas to correct any problems.

Afternoon Session: ASANAS for breathing: We will continue to look at muscles of respiration and the student will learn specially designed asanas that target all of the muscles used in respiration and extended voice use.

Day 3

Morning Session: ANATOMY TRAINS: How the myofascia courses through the body in different lines or trains and how each anatomy train affects the voice.

Afternoon Session: Explore asanas that open the anatomy trains and thereby open the voice. How does each modification of a different part of the body affect the voice.

Day 4

Morning Session: SUPPORT AND VOCAL POWER: We will then study the anatomy and physiology of support and identify the specific muscles to engage vocal power. Asanas will be used to connect the voice to the core and stabilize vibrato. Primal sounding and wailing will be used to release the voice.
Afternoon Session: We will also look at the different methods of support still being taught today and learn a system based on the anatomy and physiology of the voice preferred by voice scientists today.

Day 5 
Off to process.

Day 6
Morning Session: TENSION: We will uncover the tiny little places of the body that like to engage when we make sound and, if tense, will restrict your voice. As we change pitches, volume and intensity, certain muscles can grab the voice on its journey out of the body. We will go through all these places and learn a series of release exercises to free each part.

Afternoon Session: RESONANCE: We will explore resonance with tubes, tuning forks, straws and more. The definition of resonance is amplification of the range of audibility of any source of speech or singing sounds, by various couplings of the cavities of the mouth, nose, sinuses, larynx, pharynx, and upper thorax, and, by the skeletal structure of the body. With the use of tuning fork exercises, straw exercises, tube exercises, resonant voice speech therapy exercises, vocalizes and yoga toning we will explore each resonant area of the body and learn to identify areas that are dormant to sound and how to awaken them. We will discover how to experience the whole body sounding!

Day 7
Morning Session: MORE RESONANCE AND CHAKRA TUNING: Seed sounds for each chakra and how to use tuning forks to activate the chakras and release blocked parts of the body.

Afternoon Session: AIRFLOW: One of the differences between singing and speech is the need to develop airflow, what the Italians called, filar al suono ( to spin the sound). Range extension and airflow sounding exercises will be delved into. Physic based airflow voice exercises to ancient Indian kriyas will be learned to raise the kundalini though the nadis and assist in airflow activation.Heather Lyle, NCVS Vocologist, BM, MM, FV, E-RYT, C.Ht.

Day 8
Morning and Afternoon: PHYSICS OF SOUND AND ACOUSTICS OF THE VOICE: Study of the overtone series and how to optimize vocal cord closure and couple the resonators to optimize the overtones in the voice. Individual work with Heather Lyle on each person's voice. How to create a Vocal Yoga Sequence for a class.
FINAL WRAP: Questions and Answers session followed by each participant teaching a session to the class. You may focus on what ever aspect best fits your passion. The purpose of teaching is to see if you can articulate what you have learned and put it into practice for yourself or others.


Heather Lyle: NCVS Vocologist, B.M., M.M., F.V., E-RYT, C.Ht. Lyle is the author of Vocal Yoga, the Joy of Breathing, Singing and Sounding and a contributing author to The Voice Teacher’s Cookbook. 
She is considered one of the leading voice teachers in Los Angeles for singers, actors and public speakers. She is a dedicated educator who received her bachelor’s and master degree’s in voice, specializing in singing, diction and speech science. A winner of the Sally Casanova Doctoral Scholarship, Lyle completed doctoral voice research and a doctoral internship in vocal pedagogy at the Indiana University School of Music under the tutelage of renown voice teacher Paul Kiesgen in 2000. In 2006 Lyle became a Certified Associate Teacher of Fitzmaurice Voicework®, and has taught in the Fitzmaurice Teacher Certification Program. In January 2017, Lyle and Catherine Fitzmaurice took 28 people to India to teach Vocal Yoga® and Fitzmaurice Voicework® in the UNESCO site Auroville, India. In summer 2017 Lyle graduated from the National Center of Voice and Speech's Vocology Program with voice scientist Ingo Titze and received a certificate in Vocology. In 2015 she studied at NYU Medical Center with Swedish voice scientist Johan Sundberg and Dr. Brian Gill receiving a certificate in voice science/vocal pedagogy.

In addition to operating a busy private L.A. studio, Lyle has taught singing, vocal technique and Vocal Yoga® for the University of Southern California's School of Dramatic Arts (USC), Santa Monica College, the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Mt Saint Mary’s College, Loyola Marymount University, LA Mission College, the Los Angeles High School for the Arts, Studio 5 in New York, The Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts, Loreto College, Probir Guha's acclaimed “Alternative Living Theatre” and Indian Idol Academy in Kolkata. Lyle is also a certified yoga teacher and the founder of her patented Vocal Yoga Method®, a voice work synthesizing techniques from Yoga, Pranayama, Alexander Technique, Physical Therapy, Roy Hart, the Bel Canto School of Singing, Qi Gong, kirtan chanting, primal voice work, circle singing and voice science to free the voice. Lyle began her practice of yoga at age 14 through the influence of her father, yoga teacher Auro Arindam. She has been a life long student of Integral Yoga and a devotee of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother.

Books: Vocal Yoga, the Joy of Breathing, Singing and Sounding, New Leaf Distributing, 2013. 
Contributing author, The Voice Teacher’s Cookbook, Ed. Brian Winnie, Meredith Music Publications, 2018.
VASTA Journal Article:  “A Historical Look at Breathing Techniques for Singing.”
VASTA Journal Book Review: “Living the Alexander technique, interviews with nine senior teachers.” 
CDs: "Vocal Yoga Singing Exercises"
        "Vocal Yoga Breathing Exercises"
        "The Spirit of New Orleans"
        "The Mystery of the Sphinx"

Terra Gold, M.A., L.Ac., YTRX, E-RYT500  Terra is co-author of the comprehensive yoga therapy medical book, entitled Yoga Therapy and Integrative Medicine: Where Ancient Science Meets Modern Medicine, released in early 2015 that highlights the uses of yoga therapy within specific medical fields. She is a licensed acupuncturist, a clinically trained nutritionist, a certified yoga therapist, and has an allied professional degree in Integrative Body Psychotherapy (IBP). Terra integrates all of these modalities into her work with private clientele, and has been the private yoga therapist/primary care specialist for several large entertainment media executives and celebrities, as well as the co-creator and director of the annual Yoga and the Healing Sciences Teacher Training Program at Loyola Marymount. She has been featured in LA Yoga Magazine and in the widely acclaimed books, Yoga For Dummies, Shakti: The Feminine Power of Yoga, and The Secret Art of Adjusting Yoga Poses. Terra is also a Bhakti Kirtan Musician with a self-released album entitled, “Sun and Moon.”  She loves travel, all forms of art, music and nature, and greatly enjoys being a mom to her 2 year old son, River.

Jennie Morton BSc (Hons) Osteopathy, MS Psychology Jennie began her career as a classical Ballet dancer before moving into musical theatre, performing in London’s West End for many years. She was also the lead singer of a top UK Big Band performing across, jazz, swing, rock, and pop genres. She is now an Osteopath specializing in the treatment of all performing artists, and worked at The British Association for Performing Arts Medicine Clinic in London (UK) for 10 years. Her treatments are focused on injury prevention, rehabilitation, and integration into performance, and she is a specialist in laryngeal manual therapy for vocalists. Now living in Los Angeles, she provides treatment for performing artists, and also offers performance coaching for singers, actors, instrumentalists, and dancers. She is an adjunct professor at Chapman University where she works with the dance, music, and voice students, and is the Wellness Professor at The Colburn School. She is on the Board of Directors for the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA), an international organization dedicated to the health and wellbeing of performing artists, and the Dance Resource Center (DRC), an LA-based service organization providing support and resources for the dance community. Jennie is dedicated to the provision of education on the subject of healthy practice in the performing arts, and provides lectures and workshops internationally for performers, teachers, and medical professionals. She is an Honorary Lecturer for the MSc in Performing Arts Medicine at University College London, for which she compiled the Musculoskeletal and Neuromuscular Injury syllabus, and is on the Health and Wellness Committee for the International Society for Music Education. Published articles include “Voice and Dance Technique Integration for Musical Theatre - Triple Threat or Double Trouble?” (VASTA Voice and Speech Review Journal), “Osteopathy In The Arts” (The Osteopath journal),“The Hazards of the Musical Theatre Workplace” and “The Integration of Voice and Dance Techniques in Musical Theatre” (Medical Problems of Performing Artists) “Osteopathy For Singers” (iSing Magazine), as well as several others on injury management for dancers and musicians. Jennie is the founder of, and her book The Authentic Performer: Wearing A Mask And The Effect On Health was published in May 2015.

Cost: $1800

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: 310-200-0506

Web Address for More Information:

July 15, 2019 1:00am

5-Day Alexander Technique Retreat

Workshop Leader/Facilitator:

Michael Frederick & Geordie MacMinn



Dates & Times:

July 15-20th, 2019 

Physical Address:

University of North Carolina School of the Arts
1533 S. Main Street
Winston-Salem, North Carolina


The Alexander Technique offers a clear look into the principles of human movement, which will guide you to a dynamic, kinesthetic lightness. Your thinking will become clearer, your feelings balanced, your sensations livelier, and your movement more pleasurable. Everything you do will become easier and more balanced.

New students will build a practical foundation in The Alexander Technique

Experienced students will deepen their practice and understanding of this psycho-physical work.

Alexander teacher trainees compliment their training with a mix of qualified international teachers

Alexander teachers enjoy advanced training in Master Classes taught by Senior teachers.


varies; please see website

Contact Email:

Contact Phone: (310) 880-7700 

Web Address for More Information: