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“You do not sing yourself…your body sings you!” – Francesco Lamperti⁠

For renowned voice and Alexander Technique teacher, Jean McClelland, this quote could not be more true. According to McClelland, singing and vocal projection rely on a “great synergy between the psoas muscles and the diaphragm.” These powerful muscles work together to form the physical and breath support for our body and voice.⁠


The psoas muscles link our legs to our spine, and intersect with the diaphragm, our breathing muscle, at the solar plexus. The psoas muscles are the great emotional response muscles of our body and they communicate with the diaphragm, which, in turn, sustains air pressure in our lungs to vibrate our vocal cords to produce sound.


When we pull down or “collapse” in our bodies our psoas muscles simply can’t work, and our breath and voices weaken and become “flat” in emotion and pitch.


In the upcoming series, “Awakening Your True Voice: Health and Vitality through Better Breathing,” beginning Nov. 2, McClelland integrates the Alexander Technique with natural, reflexive breathing to help create greater ease and vitality in our bodies, fuller breathing and stronger, more nuanced voices.⁠

Jean McClelland

Is a renowned voice and Alexander Technique teacher, workshop leader and noted musical theater performer. She is currently on the faculty of the Graduate Department of Theater at Columbia University.

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