Aims and Objectives: Autophonetics Workshop

Autophonetics Workshops

Autophonetics is a vocal technique developed by INNER SOUND.

Autophonetics essentially combines working with your body and your voice to re-tune your whole system. Regular practice can potentially deepen self-awareness, build self-confidence and promote the expression of your inner sound.

Autophonetics can be integrated with other therapies or vocal techniques such as toning, chanting or overtone singing to deepen and enhance their effect.

Experience the therapeutic benefits of developing your own unique sound

Course Content

Autophonetics Workshops

Introducing 'Autophonetics' - 'personalized' sound therapy using your own voice!

Basic Level: we use 5 basic elements which promote the release of tensions in the body (neutralizing, opening, breaking, flowing and integration) that form an integral part of the INNER SOUND Motifs and the musical structure of the INNER SOUND CDs.

Advanced Level: we work in a more focused way with our voice, using 21 INNER SOUND Motifs developed by Arden Wilken. Practical exercises and theory instruction throughout the workshop. We explain how you can combine these motifs to explore a range of different themes.


A motif is a short musical phrase made up of several notes that create a distinctive rhythmic pattern. Since 1978, through her investigative work with sound and music, Arden has identified over 50 motifs that enhance relaxation and release through voicework and movement.

Motifs can be played with any instrument, including the voice.

How to Use Autophonetics

Autophonetics Workshops

No previous musical/singing experience is required to attend these workshops. We provide all the information you need to learn how to use the INNER SOUND motifs. Your practice CD helps you learn how to sing the motifs correctly.

Autophonetics can be practiced on a daily basis or used intermittently for concentrated periods to help you develop your self-expression. Choose the motif(s) most suited to the aspect you wish to develop or change and use on a regular basis until you begin to notice a difference. Practising the motifs with exercises for a minimum of 10 minutes per motif per day will help you create a progressive movement and growing awareness of your chosen theme.

Autophonetics will help you bring your focus back to yourself rather than the people or things around you. Practiced regularly, you gradually become more aware of what's going on inside of you – mentally, emotionally or physically – which, in turn, allows you to be more receptive to your own thoughts and feelings.

Your experience of using Autophonetics will vary depending on the following factors:

How often you practice; whether you use the correct posture when vocalizing motifs; whether you hum or sing just one motif or all 21 motifs in sequence; whether you use the movements associated with each vocalic sound; your emotional state or level of personal awareness; your general state of health and how much you control your expression of emotions; how rapidly your nervous system responds to sound stimuli.


Initially, you may find the motifs a bit strange, not at all what you're accustomed to listen to or sing. This is due to their simple harmonic structure and the predominance of the open intervals of the octave, perfect fourth and perfect fifth, as well as the lack of intricate harmony. You may initially reject them because they don't match your 'musical expectations', but will find that - if you persevere - you'll eventually shift into a different state of awareness and acceptance. Afterwards, you may not want to listen to anything else for a while.

It is important to bear in mind the reason for vocalizing the motifs. As with other music titles in the Inner Sound series, the motifs will promote a vibrational movement throughout your body via the combined effect of sympathetic resonance and bone conduction. The purpose is to promote vibrations as deeply and consistently as you can rather than singing for entertainment.

Our voice is perhpas the most therapeutic 'instrument' we can use to work with our own body.

How to Contact Us

Sheila Hill, Inner Sound(UK) Instructor

After 32 years with INNER SOUND (1990 to 2022) Sheila Hill, our UK based instructor, has retired!

We thank her for all her dedicated work and service to her community and her superb contritubion to INNER SOUND and Sound Therapy. She was Director of the School for Inner Sound UK & a Certified Instructor of Tunings Forks, Voice Workshop, Intro to Sound Therapy and a Personal Music Practitioner.

For virtual trainings, please contact Arden Wilken, Director of Education School for INNER SOUND and Co-Founder of INNER SOUND. Creator of: INNER SOUND TUNING FORK Trainings, the AUTOPHONETICS Voice Workshop trainings and the SOUND TOUCH Manual to play the motifs. With Jack Wilken she created all the other INNER SOUND Trainings, including the Practitioner Training in Therapeutic Music (distance learning).

Tel (USA): +001 (206) 618 3985