These articles all deal with the relevance of Alfred A. Tomatis’ work to the Alexander Technique. Tomatis (1920–2001) claimed that vocal problems were really hearing problems, that a number of auditory communication problems begin in pregnancy, that the whole body is involved in the production of speech and language, and that his method (which includes listening to recordings by Mozart and Gregorian Chant) addresses diverse disorders including auditory processing problems, dyslexia, learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, autism, and sensory processing and motor-skill difficulties. It is asserted that there is a link between hearing and balance, coordination and uprightness, because of the close connection between the hearing and the balance organs.
‘The use of the ear’ by Rafaele Joudry; on Alfred Tomatis’ Sound Therapy, a method for re-educating our ear’s functioning.
‘The generous voice’ by Kate Kelly-Tanguay; on Dr Alfred A. Tomatis and his work on sound and hearing, and the influence of voice and sound on our own body.
‘The ear and the Alexander Technique: Sound is movement’ by Kay Hogan is a detailed introduction to Tomatis’ theories.
‘Appreciation for Tomatis’ by Kathryn Miranda is a tribute, from personal experience, to Tomatis’ work.