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A Review of “The Singer’s Tale” by Carol Grimes

Voice Movement Therapy Practitioner Carol Grimes published her memoir "The Singer's Tale" - Part One in 2017. The book covers her life from birth to her life as a singer, songwriter, and performer both on stage and studio recordings for decades in the UK, Europe and America up until the early 80s where punk vied… Continue reading A Review of “The Singer’s Tale” by Carol Grimes

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Kaaiman’s River Blessing, South Africa

Kaaiman’s River Blessing: in search of a sacred place The Kaaimans river flows through the Outeniqua Mountains in the Western Cape of South Africa to reach the Indian Ocean near the village of Wilderness. In colonial times it was nicknamed "Keeromrivier" [or 'Turnabout River' in Afrikaans], because the rapid waters halted travel until a pass… Continue reading Kaaiman’s River Blessing, South Africa

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What is Voice Movement Therapy? Part 3

[Note: This is a continuation of "What is Voicement Movement Therapy?" Please read Parts 1 and 2 first.] The purpose and principles of VMT Combining Wolfsohn’s therapeutic voicework with: the theater work of Hart, Grotowski, and others; the work of Reich in body-centered psychotherapy; of Jung through the process of active imagination and the concepts… Continue reading What is Voice Movement Therapy? Part 3

Expressive Arts Therapy, Songs of Cambodia, Voice Movement Therapy Cambodia

Hidden Voices of Cambodia

Over 6 days, we travelled through [Cambodian] Provinces and slept within the heart of village life. The students interviewed senior song keepers in markets, around campfires and under trees. What emerged were songs filled with joy, fragility, beauty and sadness. It was incredibly moving to witness.

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What is Voice Movement Therapy? Part 2

[Note this blogpost is a continuation of "What is Voice Movement Therapy?" Part 1. Please read Part 1 first.] Freud It was Freud who demonstrated through the development and practice of psychoanalysis that the psychological health of an individual depended in large part on his ability to express feelings through the voice. Freud derived this… Continue reading What is Voice Movement Therapy? Part 2

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VMT in a Music School Environment

I’ve been a vocal coach for the last 20 years of my life and completed my VMT training in 2013. At this stage I have 50 students, but I’m also principal of Ovie-Vibz music school that currently has 14 teachers and 250 students. The reason I’m telling you this is because I would like to… Continue reading VMT in a Music School Environment