The Musical Body with Charlotte Roberts
Exploring the spaces between life and music.
Charlotte provides “structure, ease and flexibility and is deeply responsive as we enter via the body and voice work into a thrilling space.” (Lindy F) “Every workshop is different. Every workshop is nourishing” (Wendy C)
Each class is different and drenched in music, nourishment, play and community. In each workshop; there are elements of conversation, somatic practices, voice exploration and processing, reflection, instrumental play, responses to music, body, breath, stories and imagination, and the opportunity to co-create something that’s never been made before, express and explore.
“Playful, ecstatic, inclusive.” William Thompson
/- An introduction experience-/
10-4.30pm/Sat 20th Jan/$170
( *Earlybird $150 by 6 Jan)
/-The Musical Body weekly experience -/
Thurs days 7-9pm / 1-22 Feb / $140/ $40 casual – drop in
( *Earlybird $130 by 13th January)
/- A residential immersion experience-/
Fri arvo -Sun 4.30pm /23-25th March 2018 /$280
(*Earlybird $250 by March 6th)
firstname.lastname@example.org or 0432550460
Pay for all three Term One events: (The One day Workshop /20th Jan/, The Term one Four week series /1st Feb/ AND The Musical Body Camping Retreat /23rd March/) by 13th January and get the special price of $350.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“Expect the beauty of organic unexpected when working with Charlotte. She holds the creative, improvised space with sensitivity, joy and care whilst gently easing your natural voice instincts into a state of warm radiance. Charlotte’s natural ability to invite, gather and include peoples is soul enriching; you feel earthed and light at the same time. I have witnessed Charlotte create with everyone from babies to wise folk and everything in between… age is no barrier – everyone has a voice… An empowered rich experience that alters your world for the better. Knowing and working with Charlotte has allowed me to grow and deepen my personal connection with not just my music but myself as a human. 10 out of 10 would recommend Charlotte to get your creative juices flowing.” Caitlin Brown
“Deep, nurturing and playful space for everyone to find their voice…Working with a group to find flow together, safely challenging yourself to unleash more joy.” (Kiri Bear)
“I was inspired, guided and encouraged by Charlotte to express myself in a way I didn’t know I could.” (Jill Sullivan)
“Charlotte’s work is essential for the beginner through to the professional musician…..it has equipped me with tools around presence, belief and healing through my music” (Liana Pearl)
“Delightfully fun, deeply touching and highly recommended” Bec Apost
“I have witnessed Charlotte create with everyone from babies to wise folk and everything in between… age is no barrier – everyone has a voice… An empowered rich experience that alters your world for the better. “ Caitlin Brown
“I felt nourished, re-connected to my intuitive sound, playful and energised!” Lindzee Stillwell
“I was mesmerised by Charlotte’s skill; deeply tuning into the participants feelings, in the moment, openly facilitating communication through voice and movement and taking the time to reflect on what it all means. It was also incredibly vocally challenging which was great, and Charlotte is an incredible singer/improviser. Charlotte has a gift with this and I would highly recommend it to anyone who wants to explore vocal/movement expression and improvisation.” Nina Vincent
WHAT IS THE MUSICAL BODY?
The Musical Body connects you to your body, voice, place & other people. Through a multi-faceted and responsive process; you cultivate presence, spontaneity, musicality and courage as you develop and transform through your creative-expressive voice. The Musical Body takes place in weekly classes, weekend workshops, residentials, private sessions along with organisations and community groups and events.
You may be an artist, musician, painter, visual artist, dancer, mover, writer, community worker, mother, father, therapist, teacher, or car/shower singer. You may want to create social change, connect to feelings, people and place.
Developing The Musical Body since 1991, Charlotte is the originator and facilitator of this process; leading a considerable number and variety of groups of people since 2003 in explorations of the relationships between body, voice, sound, breath, movement, music, story-singing and imagination.
Based between Moreland and The Macedon Ranges; Charlotte is a musician, vocal artist, facilitator and performer. She offers private and group The Musical Body sessions. She is head of music at Gisborne Montessori School and apprentice in hobby-farm and conservation work. Charlotte is skilled in assisting others to develop responsiveness in life and improvisational music, connect to, express and transform their creative potential.
Go direct to The Musical Body website for details on courses and workshops.
I’ve never thought of myself as someone who can sing…but these beautiful classes tap into something deeper than repetition of someone else’s music, they help you access your own expression. Delightfully fun, deeply touching and highly recommended even if you don’t know where your vocal chords are.Bec Apost
Charlotte Roberts is the originator of The Musical Body (Cultivating vitality through improvised singing)
and has been evolving this process since 1991, and teaching actively in the community since 2003. Charlotte first began visiting her local park and farm as a small child; writing songs with the birds, and then giving them as gifts to her family. According to her journal, she knew at 10 years old she wanted to facilitate groups, where people could “make up songs together, make silly sounds….. cry whenever they need to and dance how they want and feel happy… eat enough food and be healthy…”. Her grandad, Anthony Rogers, was a big advocate for her vision: actively listening and contributing motivational quotes as she dreamed big. In crafting The Musical Body workshops, trainings, retreats, circles, play-shops and classes, Charlotte has integrated a number of traditions and experiences: beginning with observations and the experience of being a child/children at-play with movement, silence, nature and sound, song-writing from life-experiences, jamming, story-singing and song-gift giving (developed in her childhood), A’ cappella (unaccompanied singing) and world music; which she studied intensely throughout childhood with the Australian Girls Choir, experiential education and group-work facilitation principles (Bachelor degree in Outdoor Education and Primary Education and community development work since 1999 nationally and internationally), body based therapies including dance-therapy, WaterDance and body-work modalities, The Tamalpa Life/Art Process, somatic modalities such as Feldenkrais, Qigong and Body Mind Centring, And other vocal improvisational practices such as Creative Voice, Vocal River exercises and Circle Singing.
The Musical Body has it’s own space on the internet. Check out the website.
Read more of Charlottes history here
Charlotte has been a Facilitator of collaborative creative processes since 2001, and dreaming, cultivating play and planning since 1991; nationally and internationally. The Musical Body is a process that has emerged as an ongoing inquiry and exploration of the connections between life-voice-body-sound-imagination and coming home. The Musical Body has taken many forms over that time but has always had its roots in supporting individuals and communities to transform and unleash their creative potential through the profound avenues of body, voice, music, breath and imagination. The Musical Body’s history spans from improvisational en-masse choirs, vocal play, song writing and jamming explorations at youth camps and with teachers of music, group circles and explorations at adult leadership programs: exploring creativity through vocal play, Melbourne Singing Circles in Federation Square, The Lalalulu Ensemble, improvisational music teaching in schools, and since 2013- as a regular class for adults in Melbourne. The Musical Body has been offered to youth (Discovery For Teens, schools across Victoria and YMCA camps), adults (World Youth International Personal Empowerment Program and in Australia and Internationally in halls and studios), special needs groups (Mildura and Southern Specialist Schools), Asylum seeker families (Edmund Rice Harmony Camp) and at various festivals (FRL, Woodend Children’s Festival and The Village Festival). The Musical Body has a dedicated interest in the emergent understanding, connecting, healing, growth and health made possible through co-created vocal improvisation in the form of story singing from moments of experience in our lives, meditative sound exploration, explorations into life through vocal art and expressing our aliveness through body and voice.