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Skill-building for students in 6th-12th Grades

Physical Warm-Ups

This four-part TRAINER series focuses on physical activities for healthy vocal production, be it for the stage actor or singer. Combined, these videos serve as a comprehensive physical warm-up, giving the actor tools to prepare for any challenge a performance, audition, or class might present.


A 10-minute practice designed to increase mobility in the neck, shoulders, and ribcage, as well as increase air capacity in the vocal instrument


Concepts Introduced:

  1. Square Breathing
  2. Sternocleidomastoid Stretch
  3. Splenius Stretch
  4. Neck Rolls
  5. Intercostal Stretches


Keep In Mind:

  • Keep breathing and breathing deeply
  • If something is uncomfortable, stop
  • Relaxation is the key

Facial Massage and Stretch 

An 8-minute massage designed to increase awareness of facial muscles, relax tension in the face that impedes healthy vocal work, and relieve pressure that accumulates in the sinuses


Concepts Introduced:

  1. Masseter Massage
  2. Tongue Root -or- Suprahyoid Massage
  3. Three-Part Sinus Massage
    • Maxillary
    • Ethmoid
    • Frontal
  4. Auditory Tube Stretch


Keep In Mind:

  • Continue to breath in through the nose and out through the mouth
  • Pay close attention to the fingers used
  • Be careful around your temples


An 8-minute heart-pumping exercise sequence designed to increase lung capacity and stamina, while preparing the body for the demands of healthy live performance


Concepts Introduced:

  1. Jumping Jacks
  2. High Knees
  3.  Inchworm
  4. Standing Toe Touches
  5. 2 Sets of Squat Modifications
    1. Traditional Squats
    2. Jumping Squats
  6. Quick Feet Shuffle


Keep In Mind:

  • Wear athletic shoes, or go barefoot
  • Keep breathing, and drink water
  • Complete cardio warm-ups as close to performance time as possible

Core Strength

A 10-minute exercise sequence designed to increase vocal power and breath support, while preparing the body for the demands of healthy live performance


Concepts Introduced:

  1. Four Sets of Push Up Modifications:
    • Knees
    • Plank
    • Three-Part
    • Spiderman
  2. Pilates Abdominal Sequence
    • Single-Leg Stretch
    • Double-Leg Stretch
    • Single-Leg Straight-Leg Stretch
    • Double-Leg Lower and Lift
    • Crisscross


Keep In Mind:

  • Modify to your ability and skill level
  • Keep breathing, and drink water
  • Pay attention to whether feet are pointed or flexed

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