The Musical Body

The Musical Body
Explore. Sing. Connect.
Cultivating vitality through improvised singing.

What is it? Co-creation, harmony, rhythm, flow, presence, joy, wonder, curiosity, spontaneity, community, vocal improvisational artistry for advanced and shower singers alike: relational musical improvisation: emergent, feeling, listening, structured in the moment, vocal sculpting and weaving and responding to what interests us in the music.
Presence + song + collaborative story-songs + play =  A community enlivened through voice.
Dancing voices and singing bodies exploring the art of their improvisational vocal instruments with others.
Awakening and enlivening your musical body through improvised singing.
A delicious opportunity to explore the connections between body, voice, sound, breath, story, movement and music.
Re-igniting the spirit of play through an emergent and responsive class, singing circles, workshops, one on one sessions or play-shops.
Nourish your body-voice; unleashing your unique expression and engaging in sustained playfulness collaboratively.

The Musical Body, teaching since 2003 (And being developed since 1991), has been a part of youth and adult leadership and personal development programs, retreats, festivals, Asylum seeker support programs, school programs, inter-cultural programs, camps, performances, teacher training programs, professional development programs, retreats, music training programs, elderly persons programs and in facilitating improvised community music rituals.

More information

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

Musical Body Participant

History

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.