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When our bodies are compromised by age, stress, anxiety, unhappiness or lack of confidence our voices reveal that information whether we want to or not. As NVPN members we acknowledge that the voice is just part of the body and as such we put an emphasis on warming up the whole body and on singing with the whole body.
Creating a relaxed and accepting atmosphere is one of the key things that defines Natural Voice workshops and choirs. Allowing people to be heard – even if that’s only by everyone in the group saying their name – and getting people to have fun are both key elements of our working practice.
Many people arrive at workshops with previous experiences of criticism and judgment. The philosophy that NVPN members share embraces inclusivity and acceptance. At Natural Voice workshops, teachers work hard to create a space where everyone’s voice is accepted without judgment.
The starting point for Natural Voice choirs is that they are accessible without audition and without the need to read music. We aim to teach at a pace that accommodates people learning by ear and try to always use clear plain language rather than technical and musical jargon that only people with a formal music education can readily understand.
There's been a lot of publicity in the media recently about singing and the benefits of joining a choir. Here NVPN member Janet Stansfeld talks about some of the health benefits.
The words and tune for this song were written by the young mums (age 14-16yrs) as part of CRISP's Positive Activities for Young People project with teenage mums and mums-to-be.
Teenage mums get a bad reputation in the UK but this wonderful specialist Pupil Referral Unit has places for 40 babies, and most mums become responsible mothers, retaining care of their infants and going on to achieve well educationally.
For more info please contact CRISP Co-ordinator Catherine Pestano: firstname.lastname@example.org