Every time I find something new that works for me in my own practice, I try it out on my students. Here’s my latest – the BOSU ball. It’s basically an exercise ball cut in half (& on a sturdy platform – you can turn it over and stand on the flat part, too). But, just standing on the thing works your core muscles. A MUST for singers. I’ve been using the BOSU to really work on my core muscles (needed after 2 C-sections!) and had a brainstorm that I wanted one of my students to use it.
This student is a high school student, but will likely develop into a dramatic soprano of great strength & power. The thing about those voices is that they REALLY need a lot of control as they are often called upon to have great subtlety as well as great power. So, I’ve called upon the BOSU to help her activate her core muscles. It’s helped a LOT and she’s really happy with the results (although sore at the end of the lesson.
Other tricks I’ve utilized lately in my studio to help my students: [···]