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I’ve talked about opening courageously before. It’s one of the vital steps you can take to support the physical act of singing or speaking. It requires building awareness and strength in your body, but it’s not just about posture and muscles. Opening courageously engages your mind and your heart. It means developing a connection to your surroundings, and to the feeling of whether it’s safe for you to step forward in the moment. Here are some practices and reflections to help you start the opening process.

Michèle Voillequé is a singer and a voice teacher living in Berkeley, California. 

Links to the resources mentioned in this episode:

Episode 5, Why YouTube Warm-Ups Might Not Work for You: 

Episode 9, Your Whole Self is the Instrument: 

Episode 10, Confidence Comes From Doing:

Improv actor and teacher David Rasowsky: 

The Bach Museum in Lepzig, Germany: 

Danielle Laporte’s advice on love: 

A transcript of this episode is available at You can subscribe to Can’t Wait to Hear You wherever you get podcasts. If you have a question about your voice or how you’re using it, please email To learn more about Michèle or to subscribe to her newsletter, visit

Our music is thanks to Katya and Ada.

The show is edited by K.O. Myers at Particulate Media.


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