The Musical Breath

Workshops and training using music for breath regulation including Singing For Lung Health.

Who the training is for

We work with anyone and everyone for whom breathlessness, dysfunctional breathing patterns, the voice, postural integration and/or chronic lung disease might have relevance.

Singing for Lung Health Online Training

The course will be running again:

September 26th – November 14th 2022
Mondays, 5.30pm to 8pm

See Online Training page for details.

“The workshop had quite an impact on me and I found that it was surprisingly moving and affected my whole being – not just my voice.”

Claire RosscornesMusic Therapist

Latest news and resources

Breath

Our first breath welcomes us into the world and our last breath ends our life.

We don’t notice our breath until our attention is drawn to it, either through a meditative practice or when we have been exercising strongly or if we have a pathological condition. We hold our breath with fear and excitement. Working with the breath is vital, powerful and intimate. It is a transformative experience for participant and practitioner.

…breath enables speech and expressive gestures…
Breath energises movement and enables bodily activity.

Nothing is possible without breath; breathing marks life.

Havi CarelInvisible Suffering (2015)

Music

We all have a base pulse, a core tempo, a rhythm that is ours to dance.

Every individual is unique.

When our breathing goes awry for whatever reason, it affects us profoundly as it knocks our internal timing. The judicious, sensitive and participatory use of a beautifully timed and paced melody can elongate the outbreath and slow us down, calm any anxiety and return us to a sense of equilibrium.

People's core relationship to music often remains sound and whole, even if everything else around this seems disrupted or damaged.

This basic attachment to music is often a key resource for people to locate what is still healthy in themselves and others

Gary AnsdellHow Music Helps (2014)