Bernadett is not just a professional singer but she also tought on Alexander technique courses. Márton is not just an experienced choir conductor but as a composer and jazz musician he has a lot to say about creativity and improvisation.
From these two materials have we produced our choir-mastercourse which is unique in the entire world. The programme is designed for amateur or semi-amteur choirs who would like to improve in creativity, rhytmics and clear hearing as well as who suffer from the typical problems what are usually caused by the improper way how we use our body while singing. These are problems like stress in the throat, difficulty with high tones, the feeling of not having enough air etc.
What is Alexander Technique?
Alexander Technique is a method that works to change (movement) habits in singing such as in our everyday activities. It is a simple and practical method for improving ease and freedom of movement, balance, support and coordination. The technique teaches the use of the appropriate amount of effort for a particular activity, giving you more energy for all your activities.
The release of unnecessary muscular tension is vital to our well-being; Alexander Technique offers a way to let go of such destructive tension by learning to monitor the way we coordinate ourselves in singing so that we can carry out that activity with … the minimum of strain.
Musicians who uses Alexander technique on a daily basis and suggest it to
every musicians and amateur choir or band members:
Paul McCartney, Sting, Julian Bream, Yehudi Menuhin, James Galway etc.
Further informations about the method can be found on the following links:
What about the other part:
Improvisation and the ability to sing ‘freely’ is a surprisingly great part of the everyday musical practice of an average choir. More than this, working with this field, it doesn’t just improve our ability to improvise but breaks the locks in reaching high tones without strain, be able to listen to the other parts carefully and not being confused. Clear hearing. The rhytmical ability. After this programme your choir will feel ‘stand together and listen to eachother’ than never before. Last but not least, playing these improvisational vocal games it’s a superb and fun way of team building of a choir.
How it works?
-You contact us and go through the methods and what especially YOUR choir needs to be improved.
-You order the package you are interested in and we negotiate the price. (Our goal is to reach all the choirs who need this programme, so we always find out the price together with the choir foreman or conductor. Every choir is different in size, needs, place of operating and many more things so the best is to design the programme and the price to your own choir)
-It’s possible to have just the Alexander Technique part or the whole programme.
-We travel to your choir and have a 2-days training with them. (It can be on a weekend but we can also visit you in 2 rehearsals on the usual day in a row).
-In the first part we focus on laying down the abilities what the group needs to master the techniques what we teach them. In the end of the first part they will be able to do some of the most useful exercises without us.
-At the second part, we learn some detailed techniques and excercises and thereafter work with 2-3 pieces what the choir is actually is working on. It’s very important because we would like to give you a practical knowledge what you can try out immidiately in the real life.
After completing the programme, if you would like to, you can join our follow-up programme. In this phase we meet again with our partner choirs time to time to check, how the process is working by them. It means that we give a shorter improved training for the choir, reveal and corrrect possible difficulties or mistakes in the use of our technique and consult with the conductor to change our experiences.
In the follow up programme we provide an even more friendly price. It’s also important that we do not visit any choir more than 3 times a year. We believe that any choir will need time to adjust to the newly adopted techniques and build them in into their work.
Our goal is not to get te most of money out of it, we would like to improve the general method of choir work in the country and in whole Europe.