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Fall 2020 MECA

Continuing Education Courses


Kinesthesia & Singing: Exploring Body Awareness



Course Code



3 Graduate Credits


$1,065, due in full with registration


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This course is an exploration of the various body awareness disciplines and how they can enhance the study of singing. Students will learn about Body Mapping, the Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais and yoga by reading literature from each discipline, learning the various movements and how they improve the vocal sound, meeting with experts from each discipline, engaging in a self study, and creating lesson plans for the classroom and for online learning.

Learning Objectives:

By reading literature from a variety of sources and watching lectures, students will understand the similarities and differences within each discipline.
Through guided exercises and online meetings with experts in each discipline, students will have a better understanding of how the body moves for singing.
By observing singers in class, students will be able to assess how to enhance the singers’ kinesthesia.
Through a guided self-study, students will have a deeper understanding of each discpline and how to apply it to singing.
Through class discussions and activities, students will create lesson plans for the classroom and for online learning.


Chat Session

Saturdays, 10:00 a.m. CST



Required Text(s)

Vocal Yoga: The Joy of Breathing, Singing and Sounding by Heather Lyle (Bluecat Music & Publishing)

The Structures and Movements of Breathing by Barbara Conable (GIA)

Awareness Through Movement: Easy-to-Do Health Exercises to Improve Your Posture, Vision, Imagination, and Personal Awareness by Moshe Feldenkrais (HarperOne)

Body Learning: An Introduction to the Alexander Technique by Michael J. Gelb (Henry Holt)

Learning Platform Information (Online Courses Only)

Schoology is a learning management system that allows you to interact directly with your instructors, fellow students, and members of the greater VanderCook community.

The evening  before your class begins, be on the lookout for an email from Schoology with log-in instructions. Once you receive credentials, visit to login. 

Some courses have specific online chat meeting times (please see course descriptions), while others have a flexible meeting schedule. You can expect all courses to meet together in a live online chat. If a live meeting time doesn’t work, you can work with your instructor to make other arrangements.

More information about Schoology can be found at

Please see specific software/hardware requirements in the course description.

Online course grades are available within two weeks of the course(s) completion.  If you need a transcript, please CLICK HERE to access the online transcript request form. For a faster turnaround time, please submit the transcript request to the registrar prior to the end of your course(s).


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Angela Presutti Korbitz

Associate Professor of Voice

Angela Presutti Korbitz holds degrees in voice performance and vocal pedagogy from The University of Illinois and Roosevelt University. She has also studied at the International Institute of Vocal Arts in Chiari, Italy and The Britten-Pears School where she studied art song with Elly Ameling. She is a professional member of the Chicago Symphony Chorus and The Grant Park Chorus. Angela has appeared as a soloist and small ensemble member with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and as a soloist with numerous orchestras including The Grant Park Orchestra of Chicago, Bel Canto of Milwaukee, The Park Ridge Civic Orchestra, Salt Creek Sinfonietta, Sinfonietta Bel Canto, and The Naples Philharmonic Orchestra. She has performed recital programs for The Musicians Club of Women, West Virginia Federation of Women’s Clubs, Fairmont Chamber Music Society, and the Dame Myra Hess Memorial Concert Series. She has also performed programs at colleges and universities throughout the Midwest. Angela also performs regularly with guitarist and husband Ron Korbitz. Their collaboration has led to performances on WFMT, The Chicago Classical Guitar Society and numerous recital series throughout the Chicagoland area. Recent performance highlights for Angela include a tribute to Leonard Bernstein on WFMT and The Messiah with the Elmhurst Choral Union and a tribute to Nadia Boulanger on WFMT. Angela is on faculty at VanderCook College of Music in Chicago and North Central College in Naperville.

Angela’s goal as an educator is to help every singer find their most efficient and beautiful sound. She follows an approach that addresses the five systems of the voice: breath, phonation, resonance, articulation, and registration. This philosophy is based on voice science, motor learning principles, vocal pedagogy, and ideas she has gleaned from her teachers and experiences as a professional singer. She is particularly interested in the various body awareness disciplines as these practices encourage singers toward experimentation and guided discovery. Angela endeavors to help each person find their true voice and guide them in developing musicianship and artistry to their fullest potential.

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