The Cossu method is a way to manipulate directly voice production from the body and not just from vocal tract and air. It is an amazing and at today new tool to obtain a voice in difficult objectives situations and conditions. It has had results confirmed by voice production and abilities, careers with a clear discontinuity from before it, confirmed in medical objectives exams and cases.
It is a set of physical exercises and of positions associated to vocalisation or done on their own conceived to obtain a voice, and for professional purposes the correct application of Italian belcanto technique’s principles in all, even if the starting point would be very far or had been impossible with excellent training or excellent speech therapy to make significant progresses. It has shown a pretty high success rate, from beginners or yet singers with really deaf voices or no sound or no extension, in cases of vocal damages in singers or not singers, in solving the difficulties and straining in professionals, in just improving the expressive characteristics and qualities of beginners or professional voices. It has also shown a gain in efficiency on a breathing issue of genetical origin in professional kickboxer for which drugs and treatements were not sufficient to have an easy run (now she has) and on making the complete solving a of a flat foot in trained classical dance teacher (at the same time of gaining larynx elasticity and chords’s damages disappearing). General posture and breathing improvements are generally reported to me by all my students, without previous parameters and a real measure this is actually also common in good singing lessons or in other practices as yoga or martial arts, so I cannot know if also commonly there is a discontinuity in body uncorrect functioning toward a more physiological one. This would need a specific study. The general judgement and impression after the use of those specific exercises is of naturally gifted voices with great possibility, no sign of previous impossibilities and no signs of artificiality or of perceived orders during voice production, from that my hypothesis that they contain the way of appropriately connect some muscular chains voice related that give the appropriate larynx movement and balance of breathing forces. Those muscles are not commonly thought as involved in voice production but in all my experience working on them in a precise way make a discontinuity in voice production and make possible things not possible previously, and this happens in singers trained or untrained, and in not singers. To confort this hypothesis also the fact that the time to obtain that different voice production are surprisingly fast and on few sessions, being the successive longer work is to train properly and get used to the new image of the gesture if it was wronged by previous feedbacks. I associate those physical exercises to vocalization using vocalises yet existent, vocalises invented by me and adapted for the specific characteristics of the person I am working with, using vocalisation the singer yet uses not to change too much what is yet good and his style when not totally wrong.
To refine and control and improve this method I have a study program (under medical control) more specific than the work with students and I continually select participants to it, candidates have to be people with vocal damages or vocal impossibilities, not solved by medical treatements or speech therapy. It is a program of 24 sessions of one hour in three months with a suspension of a month after the first eight weeks, with the exercises I have invented to work directly on the muscles I found being related to voice and that the medical controlled results I have had seem confirming this hypothesis. All the cases were followed by a phoniatrist and had previous medical treatements with not the resolution of the problems, some were sent directly to me by speech theraphysts. I only work with people who have yet had the medical treatments and reached what is considered their maximal gain. The program has been effective also in an organic damage not solved by phoniatrists and speech therapists.
Two examples of the program in two singers.
The first is the one of the video above. Nine weeks to change the first photo to the second with professional singer who had excellent training and could not develop the voice without straining it. From nodules, a precontact since many years, aematoma and a whiplash injury to good vocal chords and sound finally.
In the video (the same as above in the page) the sound improvements in the three months of the program and one year after.
Second professional singer with a recrudescence of the effects of the adduction deficit she carried since long years, at the end of the three months in four months program deficit solved. She had previously the program excellent phoniatric and logopedic treatments and training also with no resolution.
Both have a career they did not have really previously, did win competitions, cd produced etc.
The program is on three months of one hour twice a week, an accurate examination at the beginning and at the end of the program with an eminent phoniatrist and objective exams before and after (sometimes also in the middle). Generally after a year we control if the results are stable.
If interested contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
An organic damage solved in amateur
She had voice problems both in speaking and singing voice after a tyroidectomy. Left vocal chord hypotonic, no movement at all. The excellent speech therapy could help the speaking voice but not the singing and the chord was still hypotonic with no changes. She sings from the sixth session and never stopped since, she has been soloist also many times since. In here a post with the complete story and a better view of certifications
Other two examples
Other two examples: a kid with a lot of struggle in speaking solved with #cossumethod and an amateur singer who was so dysfunctional to be defined dysphonic.
With her we just made weekly lessons and not the #cossuprogram
Practical on the program: costs and how it works
The program is a very low budget friendly for my part: I ask a 250 euros totally for the 24 one hour long sessions if 15-80 years old and 130 euros if 6-14 (the sessions are of 30 minutes each), the candidate is asked to pay the fees of phoniatric visit and exams (a stroboscopy is required) and a consent for the videos during the sessions and their use for scientific and pedagogical uses.
Of course you can have the advantages of #cossumethod just with the usual lessons.
Contact me if interested at email@example.com
* Nothing of what I do and I have worked on and that I will work on is intended in opposition or at the place of medical phoniatrics and speech treatments or advice but only according with them and as an extension of them when they had not been the complete solution. My research is to be intended to add knowledge and tools to voice teachers, phoniatrics and in speech therapy and I always work in sincronicity with medical advice.
Talks on Cossumethod
A couple of talks about the cossumethod with the singer Eleonora Bianchini and the occupational therapist Alexander di Re, both former students.
Lucia Cossu Voice teacher online/in person
Rue Charles Morren 9 – 4000 Liège BELGIUM