Thesis Title

An Investigation of the Effects of Feldenkrais-Based Sensory Movement Techniques on Breathing For Voice Production For the Stage

Date of Graduation

Spring 2006

Degree

Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders

Department

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Committee Chair

Lynette Goldberg

Keywords

Feldenkrais, voice, breathing, stage performance

Subject Categories

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of a Feldenkrais-based sensory movement approach on breathing for speech production in students who are planning a career in stage performance. The Feldenkrais Method is designed to use movement and perception to facilitate individualized improvement in function. Seventeen students in THE 326 at Missouri State University served as the experimental group. Eleven theater students who had not been exposed to the Feldenkrais Method in any other class comprised the control group. Objective measures of breathing and voice were collected for all participants. During the course, the experimental group also completed reflection journals about their experience with the Feldenkrais-based approach to learning. Results revealed statistically significant differences regarding vocal quality when comparing the experimental group with the control group, and when comparing pre- and post-Feldenkrais experiences within the experimental group. The use of both quantitative and qualitative measurements was of value. The inclusion of Feldenkrais-based techniques in methods to prepare students for a career in stage performance appears warranted and worthy of continued investigation.

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© Jessica Rockwell

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