Apprenticeship

Would you like to apprentice in Vocal Tai Chi and receive a certificate reflecting your completion of an apprenticeship process enabling you to become a ‘Vocal Tai Chi Artist-Leader’?

Next online preview session October 2nd 2022 https://fb.me/e/2a38AbaQ7

Please email apprenticevtc@gmail.com to go on the interested list.

Foundation [module 1]

There are 12 places offered. Those who are accepted will be met and received, just as you are, where you find yourself, today. Please read the Home page for full background description of the work.

The five VTC spaces

  1. VTC music
  2. VTC therapeutic
  3. VTC leadership 
  4. VTC collaborative 
  5. VTC meditation 

We do the work as a whole, and moving between these different spaces is a central part of the scope of the work. In the moving between, new potentials are often uncovered. In the foundation module we will touch into all five spaces and you will be encouraged to recognise in yourself how each one plays into your strengths and experience and how you can draw VTC into your own journey, practice and accomplishments.

Development [module 2]

As we move into the second stage we will go into more details in these five areas, while continuing to work with all five as a whole as well.

  1. VTC music:  ‘Your music can never be more or less than you as a human being’ – Nadia Boulanger to Quincy Jones in 1954. Where is your music coming from?
  2. VTC therapeutic: Listen to people under their words, read their timbres, how to see the signs, intervene, demonstrate, inspire, wait, contain, invite self-reflection and insight.
  3. VTC leadership:   Drawing out the session from the group, while not being afraid of your own impulses to lead, guide, include, tolerate, respond, suggest, provoke, follow.
  4. VTC collaborative:  Give and take, when to do nothing, do something, work together, co-creators, groups, choirs, conduction.
  5. VTC meditation: contemplative voice, heart-brain-voice coherence.

Empowerment [module 3]

Collating and presenting your practice. Between modules 2 and 3 you need to work with 3 practice clients in your own time exploring the work. You then bring one of these clients to the 3rd module for a practice session in front of the group. We create practice groups where you lead the workshop, with supervision.

  1. One to one
  2. Group
  3. Performance
  4. Collaboration
  5. Working towards including VTC in your own accumulating practice method.  
  6. Feedback to build the process for next time 

A statement about Vocal Tai Chi in relation to ‘character virtue development’. This is part of an application to the Templeton Foundation for further development of the work.

Listening is becoming a lost art, but it is vital to nurture this part of human life. VTC invites a listening stillness from which a full spectrum of expressive voices can spring. Freeing the voice safely through VTC opens a channel between awareness, emotion and sound. A participant may sense pain, but in voicing it the pain is heard. This gives shape to the unformed, as emotional honesty. ‘Was that really my voice?’ is a common refrain. Tai Chi is a perfect holistic body-mind form. Anchoring in Tai Chi stabilises mind and body. VTC can then honour the imperfections of being human, including our daemons, respectfully inviting engagement with them. Incapacitated grief rises as vibrant keening. Stuck anger trumpets belly sounds of courage. VTC is an intimate truth space: a quivering, distressed voice for example once encountered draws in love, and self-awareness, to meet with this pain. Opening occurs as pain hears its own voice. Compassion mingles with pain and gratitude begins to rise.

Becoming a Vocal Tai Chi Artist-Leader


If you have attended regularly, participated fully, and can demonstrate your own Vocal Tai Chi in a comprehensive manner, then you can expect to be approved and get a VTC Artist Leader certificate. You may then run your own sessions and use the title Vocal Tai Chi in your practice.

Team members

Jenni will invite in musicians and others from time to time to support the practical work.

Timescale


The start date for the work will only commence following the publication of “The Routledge Companion to Women in Musical Leadership – from the Nineteenth Century to the Present Day” due out in November 2023, within which Jenni Roditi has contributed a chapter “Beyond Music Workshops – A Composer and A Community.” This chapter goes into some detail about Vocal Tai Chi and related practices, and will act as a reference document in establishing the apprenticeship – you will hopefully be able to read my chapter before making a final decision to apply, although that is not a prerequisite.

Please email apprenticevtc@gmail.com to go on the interested list.

Financial Support

There will be financial support offered for cases of special need, thanks to a generous donation from close supporters. Receiving financial support will be available based on need and strength of application combined, and decided on a case by case basis.

There will be two options to apply for in terms of requesting support.

  1. There will be one full scholarship available to enable one person to attend fully supported, all costs covered, if that is demonstrated to be essential.

2. The second option is that there will be a few part payments available where you will only pay two thirds of the fee and support will be given for the third module i.e. £750, if you cannot meet the full amount.

This assistance is only for people who can demonstrate financial need, outlining their situation clearly in the application, and also have strong suitability and commitment to the work.

Payment

Full payment to be made in advance. Deadline is January 1st 2024, 7 weeks before the first session. Payment per module is not an option I’m afraid as it is too time consuming to keep track of all the different arrangements that would then be struck.

Commitment

You have to be really clear that you want go for it and get to the end of the journey. Don’t apply if you just want to have a bit of an intensive workshop for yourself. That can be arranged separately and is a totally different approach from what will be offered. This is a process in which, while working on your own voice and discovering other peoples voices, you will also be in a process of moving from caterpillar to butterfly with your leadership skills in this practice.
Everything that you do as a practitioner will be regarded as material for learning and building up conscious and intuitive skills as a Vocal Tai Chi Artist Leader.

Structure

Three modules of five days each run over nine days, one day on, one day off. 6 hours, at least, per day.

There will be some extra sessions with guest facilitators, these will be paid for on a one-off basis and you only need come if you want the input being offered, as extra curricular.

Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Sunday, Tuesday.

The main reasons for spacing things out are energy conservation and absorption of the work.

Dates will be in 2024


Foundation: February 19 – February 28, 2024

Development: April 22 – May 1, 2024

Empowerment: June 24 – July 3, 2024

Cost

£2,250.00 [£750 PER MODULE X3]

Application

Applications will open Summer 2023 and close December 3rd 2023. Notice of your acceptance on the apprenticeship will be before Xmas 2023, 8 weeks before the apprenticeship begins. Enough time to make travel and accommodation arrangements as needed without rush. Payment as arranged, with, or without financial support, is requested on January 1st 2024.

Preview Sessions

From summer 2022 running through to summer 2023 there will be a series of preview events (on and offline) for the apprenticeship. You may attend one or more of these events. New online preview session October 2nd 2022 https://fb.me/e/2a38AbaQ7