Breath Support: What, How, and Why

Instructor: Dr. Julia Nielsen

Format: Seminar (in person) and simultaneous webinar (online)

When: Monday, December 2, 2019 6:30pm-8:30pm

Where: Dr. Nielsen’s Studio, San Francisco, CA

Fee: $70 for studio members, $60 for early registrations prepaid by November 25

Description: Have you ever wondered:

  • What is breath support anyway? And how do I know if I’m doing it?
  • What muscles are involved and can I even control them?
  • Are breathing and support the same thing?
  • What is appoggio?
  • Won’t support just take care of itself if “the vowel is right” OR “I’m in character” OR fill-in-the-blank?
  • (For teachers) How do I teach support?

During Breath Support: What, How, and Why, Julia will help participants sift through a lifetime’s worth of often conflicting advice regarding breath support (“Push out!” “Pull in!” “Bear down!” “Open the ribs and hold them open!” “Don’t think about it!”) to come to a clear, fact-based understanding of what breath support truly is, how singers do it, and why their success depends on mastering it. Singers will leave the seminar/webinar with:

  • A practical, concise definition of breath support
  • An understanding of three myths about breath support
  • Knowledge of lower body musculature related to breathing and support, and common support sensations in various muscle groups
  • A dozen exercises to develop the coordination necessary for breath support

Registration: Please contact Dr. Julia Nielsen to reserve a spot.