Releasing the Body; Relaxing the Voice

3-session course LIVE in NYC

with Anne Hartung

Learn how to strengthen your vocal instrument through a series of physical exercises and body & vocal awareness.

Wednesdays, Oct 18, 25, & Nov 1
6:00 - 7:30pm ET
Live in NYC

Learn how to strengthen your vocal instrument through a series of physical exercises. The exercises are designed to connect the breath to the voice, and to release the physical tension that causes vocal tension. Calm your nerves and gain vocal confidence for a clear, relaxed, fully supported performance of the copy.

These techniques help improve clarity of speech and combat common vocal issues such as:

  • Vocal Tension
  • Breath Control
  • Slurred Phrases
  • Vocal Fry
  • Upspeak
  • Copy Connection
Session 1 – Physical and Breathing Exercises to Release the Voice


  • Understanding your instrument – A clear knowledge of the vocal anatomy is essential to having full power over your voice. We’ll use imagery and movement to detail the way your voice flows through your body. At the end of this class, your voice should come out as a sound that is both unique to you and appropriate for the copy in front of you.
  • Spine Work – The efficiency of your vocal instrument depends on body alignment and the economy with which it moves. Throughout this class, your attention will often be called to your spine. It is the center of your body, and supports all that you do. Proper support lets your other muscles relax, which is the starting point for free passage of sound through your body.
  • Finding Your Natural Register – Many of us go through our days speaking higher or lower than the range where our natural voice lives. While it’s important to have the ability to expand your range depending on the needs to the script, it is equality important to be aware of your voice’s natural home, the sweet spot where your pitch is the most free and comfortable.
  • Breath Support – What happens if you don’t breath? You die. If you don’t breath when you’re performing a script, the text will die. The breath informs all that we do, and all that we say. Notice how your breath changes with emotion, and in turn, how this affects your voice. Breath also brings a necessary fluidity to voice acting – when used correctly. We will work to find the balance that comes with breathing as often as needed, but no more so.
  • Muscle Release – Voice-over is all about sound, and sound is comprised of waves and vibration. Tension kills vibration, so in order to let your voice flow most freely, you must let all the tension leave your muscles. Then the sound waves can travel unimpeded through your body. (As you advance in your practice, you may add tension strategically to help manipulate your sound. This should always be done consciously. Your base state should be one of relaxation.)
Session 2 – Vocal Exercises to Strengthen the Embouchure (the muscles we speak with) and Increase Speech Clarity


  • Tongue Exercises and Anatomy – The tongue is a complex muscle that influences the entirety of our speech. In order to communicate a script clearly, the tongue must be both flexible and relaxed, and the actor must have a clear understanding of tongue movement as it relates to speech.
  • Pitch Work – The fundamental difference between speaking and singing is that in singing we sustain a pitch. In speaking, we drop off-pitch immediately. We’ll use pitch in this exercise to develop an organic range, to increase the variety of sounds in your voice, and to encourage vocal flexibility.
  • Finding Chest, Mouth, and Teeth Resonators – Vocal vibrations need surfaces and spaces to grow. Letting your voice resonate in different areas will help change the texture and pitch of your instrument. We will explore the various places your voice can vibrate, in order to manipulate the sound you produce.
  • Consonant Clarification – In voice acting, clear, appropriate articulation is especially important. Unlike stage or screen acting, your voice is the only thing conveying your message. If your listener has trouble understanding you, they can’t get clues from body language and facial expressions.
  • Playing With Prepared Text – Put the exercises we’re working on into practice while connecting with copy. Be ready to think outside the box, as we speak our text while performing a variety of physical, visual, and imagination exercises. We’ll roll through our spines, and play in many other ways that aim to marry your technique to your emotions.
Session 3 – Translate the Work from Days 1 and 2 to the Booth


  • Warm Up – Review exercises from previous classes and practice how they can be used as vocal warm up.
  • Booth Work – Now you can put to work everything you’ve been discovering. Get direction as it relates to the specific vocal journey we’ve been traveling over the last three weeks.
Note For Students:
  • Students should come in comfortable clothes and bring a piece of copy they have not previously worked on. The copy should be 30 seconds to 1 minute in length.
  • This work will be about the process of vocalizing, rather than creating a perfected performance. Your focus should be on how each exercise feels, rather than straining to sound a certain way. Let go of any pre-conceived notions of what a script should sound like, and allow yourself to step away from the familiar, out of your comfort zone.


Releasing the Body; Relaxing the Voice

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Dates: Wednesdays, Oct 18, 25, & Nov 1, 6:00-7:30 pm ET

Location: Edge Studio, 115 W. 45th Street, Floor 8, New York, NY 10036

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