Stanford University
Postdoctoral Scholars

Vocal Yoga

Weekly Classes, Free & Open to the Stanford Community

Vocal Yoga is a weekly drop-in voice workshop designed to help you get your voice in shape for public speaking.  These sessions are open to the entire Stanford community.

Date: Wednesdays during the Academic Quarter*; drop-in/no fee
Time: noon to 1:00 pm
Location for Winter Quarter 2016: Room E 104 (map) in the Graduate School of Business (GSB)

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* Class is held during fall, winter and spring academic quarters only (when undergraduate students are on-campus): Academic Calendar for 2015-16.


Special Sessions for Postdocs: April 19, 26 and May 3, 2016

Dates:April 19, 26 and May 3, 2016
Time: noon-1 PM
Instructor: Thomas Freeland, Ph.D., Lecturer, Oral Communication Program


Vocal Yoga is a weekly voice workshop that has been offered at Stanford for over ten years, and this session is being offered for postdocs only.  The instructor, Dr. Thomas Freeland, received his PhD in Drama from Stanford in 1999.  He is a lecturer in the Oral Communication Program at Stanford where he teaches public speaking  and vocal technique. Vocal Yoga is based upon the training Dr. Freeland underwent in acting school, and he specializes in making these techniques accessible to non-actors for use in their careers.

Vocal Yoga for Postdocs will have three sessions:  

Session 1 - General relaxation and breath control; decompression of the spine and alignment of the body; release of tension in major zones of the  body (head and neck, shoulders, arms, ribcage, lower spine, pelvis, and legs). 

Session 2 - Release of free, open, projected sound; range and resonance of tone, breath support of full vocal vibration.

Session 3 - Shaping of sound through clear, consistent articulation; the thrill of consonants; connection to clear intention and focused delivery;  exploration of texts to seek out opportunities for the voice. 



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