ON DEMAND AND ONE-ON-ONE!
DESIGNED TO PREPARE PERFORMANCE SPECIALISTS TO WORK ACROSS BOUNDARIES, IN THEATRE, MUSIC AND DANCE
Candidates complete an initial Intensive focusing on integrative curricula in theatre, music and dance. They may then devise individual projects to qualify for certification.
Although "interdisciplinary" has become an international buzz word, separate trainings remain the norm in the US and most other parts of the world. Yet the value to performers in a more comprehensive approach can be enormous, as singers, actors and dancers seek to diversify skills, work across media, and access multiple styles. For voice teachers, the biggest gap in both singing and acting training is typically that between voice and dance. Therefore, dance pedagogies figure prominently in the initial work.
Likewise, dance teachers and choreographers need to understand the training backgrounds of actors and singers in order to ensure movement is sympathetically created to encompass vocal requirements. Therefore, voice and acting pedagogies are integral to the curriculum.
While participants will not be expected to develop advanced skills in all areas, they should come out with an awareness of the physical requirements and technical language of related disciplines, and enough practical experience to communicate across boundaries.
Classes or Lessons include:
- Voice (including singing)/Movement Integration
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Integrative Research/Practical Applications
- Speech/Dialects; Prose/Poetic/Dramatic Text
- Dance Techniques; Voice/Dance Integration
- Professional Voice Care
- Singing Techniques across genres
- Approaches to Actor Training
- Dance Techniques across genres
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.
TUTORIALS VIA EMAIL AND SKYPE
Course Leaders are available for email and Skype discussions and for general mentoring of candidates moving toward certification. Guest Artists are available as special advisors. Faculty bios at http://www.joanmelton.com/guest-artist-bios
QUESTIONS AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Please contact Joan Melton at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or need additional information.
Application for the One Voice Course should include a Personal Statement addressing the following questions, along with a brief CV:
- What, specifically, would you like to be able to do as a result of completing the course?
- What are your strengths as a performer, teacher, coach, and/or therapist?
- What areas do you want to explore and/or strengthen, e.g., research skills, musicianship, acting (training/experience), knowledge of anatomy/physiology, speech/dialects, dance techniques, vocal coaching in a variety of venues?
- Are you interested in: 1) certification; 2) the introductory course only; or 3) are you unsure at this point?
Please send application materials to Joan Melton at email@example.com.
TUITION for 1st Intensive
On Demand, 2 or more participants $950
Tuition for additional work toward certification TBA
Joan Melton, PhD, ADVS (Director) is a pioneer in the integration of singing pedagogies and voice/movement training for the actor. A leading researcher in cross-disciplinary performance techniques, she is the author of three groundbreaking textbooks: Dancing with Voice: A Collaborative Journey across Disciplines (Voice Theatre Solutions 2015), One Voice: Integrating Singing and Theatre Voice Techniques, with Kenneth Tom, PhD (2nd ed., Waveland 2012), and Singing in Musical Theatre: The Training of Singers and Actors (Allworth 2007). Joan has worked as a performer, composer, voice coach and/or music director on productions in virtually all media and is an Associate Artist with New York Classical Theatre. She is an Emeritus Professor, California State University Fullerton and has taught at leading centers of drama and music in the US, UK, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Australia and NZ. She currently heads research projects in the US and Sweden. www.joanmelton.com
Jennie Morton BSc (Hons) Osteopathy, MS Psychology (co-founder), began her career as a ballet dancer before moving into musical theatre, film, and television. She is now an Osteopath specializing in the treatment of performing artists, and a performance coach for dancers, instrumentalists, and professional voice users. She was on the creative team for the MSc Performing Arts Medicine at University College, London, where she is an Honorary Lecturer. She provides lectures and workshops internationally for performers, students, teachers, and medical professionals on healthy practice for performing artists, and is on the Board of Directors for the Performing Arts Medicine Association (PAMA). Jennie is the Wellness Professor at the Colburn School in Los Angeles and treats performers from an office in West Hollywood. She has published numerous articles on performing arts healthcare and is author of The Authentic Performer: Wearing A Mask and the Effect On Health (Compton 2015). www.healthyperformers.com