Debbie Winter (LLB Hons, MA) lectured in Law and sang professionally on the jazz scene before deciding to change careers and become a vocal coach. She noticed a lack of high-quality training provision and certification opportunities, which led to the development of Voice Study Centre. Debbie worked in partnership with Cardiff Metropolitan University and leading pedagogues to develop a unique training pathway in Professional Practice and Vocal Pedagogy. She has recently established a second MA in Performance Coaching and is currently creating content with leading specialists. UWTSD has recognised Voice Study Centre to be a Centre of Excellence.
Since the MA began, Debbie has mentored and examined the Postgraduate students through the pathway. She is the academic lead responsible for recruiting the lecturing staff, designing and modifying the syllabus, lecturing in qualitative research methods, and managing the student projects. Debbie was also nominated for the Student-Led Teaching Fellowship awards for her outstanding work on the programme at Cardiff Metropolitan University and is the only external provider to receive such recognition. The programme was also shortlisted for the Music Teacher Awards for Excellence ‘Outstanding Music Educational Product’ in 2019.
Debbie has also, recently established the popular, rapidly growing Facebook group Voice Geek, which consists of 4.7k members. This popular discussion forum shares and discusses new research involving the voice. The Voice Geek conferences have enabled new researchers to present alongside leading pedagogues. The Voice Geek Conference ran successfully online during the first Pandemic Lockdown, generating £3,000 in aid of Help Musicians.
Debbie has also authored two articles, published in peer-reviewed journals:
- Piloting a New Model for Treating Music Performance Anxiety: Training a Singing Teacher to Use Acceptance and Commitment Coaching With a Student Teresa A. Shaw, David G. Juncos and Debbie Winter
- Voicing a Practitioner Research Methodology: Further Framing the Conversation
Debbie is also on the Editorial Board of VSR published by Routledge.
Student & Alumni News
MA Student Interview – Research On Acceptance And Commitment Training
Voice Study CentreTuesday 20th December 2022
Last month, our Director of Studies interviewed MA Voice Pedagogy student, Gökçe Kutsal, about her research on Acceptance and Commitment Training as a treatment for Music Performance Anxiety.Read More...
Director & Team News
VSC Director Of Studies Published In The Voice And Speech Review
Voice Study CentreMonday 5th December 2022
We’d like to congratulate our Director of Studies, Debbie Winter, who has been published in VASTA’s Voice and Speech Review journal (VSR)!Read More...
Director & Team News
VSC Director Of Studies Features In Singing For Health Network Podcast
Voice Study CentreFriday 18th November 2022
We are thrilled that Debbie Winter (Voice Study Centre’s Director of Studies) has been featured in the Singing for Health Network’s latest podcast episode!Read More...
Past Short Courses
Wednesday 30th November 2022
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Exploring The Narrative: Practitioner Research And The Literature Review Process
Within this workshop, Debbie will explore the different types of literature review and will cover some helpful search strategies and potential methodologies. It is beneficial to students who are new to research. It will also raise important questions relating to the specific needs of a practitioner-researcher.
Tuesday 31st May 2022
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Finding Your Authorial Voice In Academic Writing
Drawing on the field of Applied Linguistics, this workshop examines stylistic devices used to enable an authorial voice in academic writing. The stringent rules at play in the academic field can paralyse the writer.
Tuesday 8th February 2022
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Building Rigour into the Literature Review Process: Literature Review Methodology, Searches and Qualitative Data
Since the rise of Cochrane and the systematic review process, there has been a call for a greater degree of rigour in qualitative literature reviews.