Date of Award

Spring 2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Music (MM)

Department

Voice/Opera

First Advisor

Matthew Chellis

Second Advisor

Patrick Mason

Abstract

This thesis discusses various ways in which voice teachers can use principles of the Alexander Technique to help students sing with more freedom and efficiency. I first define these principles, and then explain their applications to singing. By examining several published sources and conducting interviews with teachers of both the Alexander Technique and voice, I have compiled practical advice and exercises together into a guide for those who study the art of singing. This research not only helps with efficient singing, but also dispels misconceptions of kinesthetic awareness and body use in relation to vocal pedagogy. The goal of this thesis is to provide teachers with more tools to prevent and solve vocal problems, create a safe space for exploration and expanding awareness, and promote beautiful singing.

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