Video Subscription: Around the Body in 12 Installments --- For Voice Teachers
Each 45-60 minute video includes a 20-30 minute exercise sequence, plus pedagogy and vocal instruction. The videos are broken up into manageable segments, so it's easy to find specific exercises later.
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- 20-30 minutes of exercises, designed specfically to address a specific body issue (the exercises appear as individual segments, so it's easy to find a specific exercise later).
- 5-10 minutes of pedagogy, as Ruth explains the science informing the exercises
- 10-20 minutes of vocal instruction -- watch Ruth apply the concepts and exercises to individual singers in their own repertoire.
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A new video each month, stored right here in your personal library!
Every month, Ruth takes on a different performance and/or body issue in her Monthly BodyWorkShop©. Topics follow the schedule below.
Each month, you receive a video targeting a particular body issue. Learn exercises to improve alignment, core support, and much more. Beginning with foundational exercises, the sequence of the videos is carefully designed to build your awareness, flexibility, and strength. Topics follow the schedule below.
Subscriptions begin on the date of your purchase, beginning with Video 1 and continuing in sequence. To view your videos after purchase, choose "My Library" from the menu at the top of the page. All your videos remain stored in your library, in one convenient location, so you can refer to previous videos to refresh and deepen your understanding of the exercises.
"Thank you! I had no idea I actually could release the tongue singing high, and what a difference! It felt so effortless!"
I never experienced so much ease or joy when singing until working with Ruth. The Monthly BodyWorkShops are an open, supportive working environment, the work simple to understand and easy to implement… and the results are dramatic and seem to work for everyone! The tools and tips from the workshop are easy to remember and use in practice later — and you can watch the video again whenever you want. I highly recommend this work to performers of all kinds — you will be amazed at your effortless improvement! — Katie Zaffrann, AEA; New York, NY
VIDEO 1: Feet and Legs--the Foundation of Your Performing Body --- Feet and legs provide support for both the body and the breath. Learn Ruth's unique exercises specifically designed to release overworking muscles, strengthen underworking muscles, and engage your feet and legs optimally, resulting in improved posture, alignment, and stability. (Available for individual purchase.)
VIDEO 2: Alignment and Posture --- See and feel immediate changes in power, ease, and consistency with improved alignment and postural support. Exercises address postural issues such as: forward head position, drooping shoulders, collapsed chest, pronation/supination, and hyperextension (swayback). (Available for individual purchase.)
Video 3: Jaw --- Jaw release and movement is affected not only by the jaw itself, but also by the feet, pelvis, and head. Alignment exercises and massage techniques (including intraoral massage) promote jaw release and freedom of movement. (Available for individual purchase.)
Video 4: Tongue --- Release and massage maneuvers (including intraoral massage), as well as innovative usage exercises, create a more flexible and responsive tongue. Muscles addressed include the hyoglossus and genioglossus. (Available for individual purchase on 2/1/17.)
Video 5: Core Support --- Exercises improve strength and coordination of the core support muscles in the body, resulting in power without misplaced tension and pushing--what Ruth calls "effortless effort." (Available for individual purchase on 3/1/17.)
Video 6: Pelvic Powerhouse--the Seat of Your Power --- Exercises to strengthen and improve coordination of pelvic support for breath, power, and resonance. (Available for individual purchase on 5/1/17.)
Video 7: Connecting Core Support and the Pelvic Powerhouse to the Whole Body (Available for individual purchase on 4/1/17.)
Video 8: Breathing With Your Whole Body --- It takes your whole body to support your optimal performance. Learn to engage your optimal breath without holding misplaced tension. (Available for individual purchase on 6/1/17.)
Video 9: Ribcage and Shoulder Girdle --- Releasing misplaced tension and “holding” in the shoulder girdle and ribcage creates freedom and expansion in the breath, while also improving power and consistency. (Available for individual purchase on 7/1/17.)
Video 10: Head and Neck, including "TEXT NECK" --- Proper alignment of the head affects the upper back, shoulders, jaw, larynx, and vocal tract. Both releasing and strengthening exercises are employed to improve structural support in the neck, resulting in improved posture and alignment, head position, and resonance. (Available for individual purchase on 8/1/17.)
Video 11: Creating Your Optimal Vocal Tract --- Misplaced tension in the neck, jaw, tongue, and extrinsic laryngeal muscles compromises the integrity of the vocal tract. Learn exercises and massage techniques (including laryngeal massage). (Available for individual purchase on 9/1/17.)
Video 12: Putting It All Together --- A holisitic look at everything you've learned this year. (Available for individual purchase on 10/1/17.)
Video 13: Going Deeper --- Your subscription continues with a deeper look at the body.