Leonard ('Leo") Krubsack » Singing and Movement

Singing and Movement

October 1, 2014

For those of you who do not know, I teach a series of movement-based techniques in our vocal classes.
These techniques couple vocalizing with body motions to 1) trick the voice into relaxing, and 2) commit this relaxed state into muscle memory for the singer.

In short, this is good stuff. Beneficial for all and anyone who tries.

My techniques include warmups and rehearsal strategies, most of which use movement while singing.

Movement-based tricks are abundant, and lots of coaches use them. I have never gone so public before about this, because I do not consider myself an expert. My techniques are not 'the only way,' but they certainly do achieve results that are tangible - both right away, and in the long run. They do not stress or harm the voice, nor do they conflict with the techniques taught by any responsible teacher. They only enhance the singer's ease in singing, especially high notes.

I was first introduced to singing/movements long ago, I do not remember when. But no one has imparted their benefits more potently to me than Miriam Claire, a singer, composer, dancer - now real estate agent in Topanga Canyon, CA It was Miriam who nominated me for the BRAVO award in 2009. Miriam worked with me and my students while her son, Lucas was attending Millikan and changed my program for the better.

My hope is that my students will take this simple gift of movement and singing to better their voices, increase their vocal prowess, and enrich their lives with more musical excellence.

April 21, 2007

A long time, I know. . . b r e a k t h r o u g h s ! !
I think I finally understand some of what Miriam Claire has been trying to teach us.
Her techniques are simple. Well researched, I assure you, but simple. Relaxation of the larynx
(the vocal cords, the voice box et al)makes a n y t h i n g your voice teacher gives you
L O T S E A S I E R to do and your voice will last longer, too!!

The relaxation movements are E S S E N T I A L ! ! I know, I know, you do not always FEEL LIKE
doing them, but then, that's a human thing, right? But they work. Enough students have exhibited
R E M A R K A B L E success - JUST ASK THEM !! - that we know from experience how right she is.

Miriam's techniques have made it easy for many of us to sing things which were seeming hard or even
impossible. T H A N K Y O U, Miriam!!

October 4, 2005

A year ago I began exploring combinations of movement and singing with the kind and
brilliant help of Miriam Claire.

Here is the first thing she taught me: try this at home!!

THIS MOVEMENT GOES WITH THE PURRING type of warmup (see warm up
page). Sing a g-f-e-d-c-d-e-f-repeat pattern. Arms make mirrored infinity shaped
motions as you sing. Relaxing movement calms the body and relaxes the voice. Out
and in . . .out and in. Muscle memory for vocal relaxation WHILE SINGING is built
when doig these or any movements during warm-ups.

Another idea Miriam had was using movement which DENIES THE DIFFICULTY of
something you find hard to sing. When singing notes that are increasingly higher,
move the hand from high over your head to below your waist. At the end of long
phrases, slowly extend the hand from the chest, as to 'draw out' the sound, rather than
let it begin to fade.