Janice Chapman In Conversation With James Platt:
Honing Your Pedagogical Skills
Thursday 21st October at 5-7pm (UK time)

This course will be recorded and sent out to all pre-registered participants to watch in their own time.
Due to licensing laws, we are unable to sell this course retrospectively.

Course Details

Anticipating the upcoming release of the fourth edition of Janice Chapman’s Singing and Singing Teaching: A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice (Plural Publishing) later this year, authors and editors of the book Janice and James Platt discuss the updated approaches, new information and “sharpened” pedagogical tools outlined in the new and greatly expanded edition.


This workshop is designed primarily for teachers and singers of classical voice and will introduce the following concepts with in-depth discussions, practical examples and Q&A’s.


  • Primal Sound & Current Neurology
    • Primal sound or voluntary emotional vocalisation as the bedrock of elite classical singing
    • Using emotional triggers to shape the voice in a holistic manner
  • From Pure Accent Method into Supported Singing
    • An updated palpation protocol to identify the correct muscle support junctions and their engagement for efficient exhalation/support for classical singing
    • The SPLAT Inhalation and its variants
    • Assessment and remediation of common breath management faults including epigastric locking and the mismanagement of the abdominal wall and ribcage
  • The Advanced “Dial-A-Vowel” Exercise
    • Locating the best gross oral posture of the tongue for maximal classical resonance
    • The advanced use of the American Retroflex “R” to help locate a singer’s resonant sweet spot
    • Managing consonants without compromising optimal resonance
  • Redefining the Open Throat
    • Collar Connection and the lower larynx
      • The Pre-Yawn Gesture
    • The combination of a wide pharynx and a raised tongue
    • The high soft palate (velum)
    • Maintaining pharyngeal width
      • Deconstricting the false vocal folds
      • Relaxing extraneous pharyngeal tension
    • The role of optimal breath management in maintaining the open throat
    • The open throat in combination with appropriate pharyngeal tuning

About Janice Chapman

Professor Janice L. Chapman, A.U.A., F.G.S., O.A.M. is a singing teacher of world renown.  Born and educated in Australia, she won a number of major competitions, including the Sun Aria, and the A.B.C. Concerto and Vocal Competition, before migrating to the United Kingdom and winning the coveted Kathleen Ferrier Competition.  She performed for, among others, The Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera, Sadlers Wells Opera, Scottish and Welsh National Operas, and the English Opera Group, and appeared in broadcasts for the BBC and concerts and recitals worldwide.  Her operatic roles included Aida, Abigaille, Countess (Figaro), Donna Anna, Vitellia, Elettra, Sieglinde, Third Norn, Leonora (Forza del Destino), Agathe, Lady Billows, Ellen Orford, and Mrs. Grose, and at Covent Garden, she created the role of Mrs. Julian in the world stage premiere of Britten’s “Owen Wingrave”.

For many years, she taught at the  Royal Academy of Music, London College of Music, and is currently Professor of Voice at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London.  In private practice she works with many of the world’s leading opera, concert and recording artists.   She is also mentoring young singing teachers and developing a collaborative approach to the teaching of singing.

Her workload also includes rehabilitation of damaged voices referred by Laryngologists and Voice Clinics, and she is known as a pioneer in the field of multi-disciplinary work in vocal science and health.  Her published articles and academic papers appear in journals in the U.K., U.S.A., Canada, Australia, Germany, and Austria.  In addition she has given papers, lectures, masterclasses, and workshops at international voice conferences, universities, and music colleges.  She was a founding member of the multi-disciplinary British Voice Association and served as its chair for five years.

In recognition of her work in 2004, Janice was awarded the medal of the Order of Australia “for service to music as an operatic singer and teacher of voice, and as a contributor to research into human sound production and vocal health”.  In 2010, Janice was elected as a Fellow of the Guildhall School London, and in 2012 as a Fellow of the British Voice Association.

Janice is the author of “Singing and Teaching Singing – A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice” (pub. Plural Publishing, San Diego) and in collaboration with Ron Morris, James Platt and others, has recently completed the updated 4th edition which will be published in November 2021.  This book forms the core of vocal pedagogy courses in universities and music colleges world-wide and continues to be a best seller amongst its target readers — singers and singing teachers.

About James Platt

James has been a professional soloist, singing teacher, vocal pedagogy lecturer and consultant for over 15 years. He is currently undertaking his PhD and is also the Assistant Editor of, and a contributing author to, the upcoming 4th edition of Singing and Teaching Singing: A Holistic Approach to Classical Voice (Plural Publishing).

He sings regularly with Teatro alla Scala, Milan; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Deutsche Oper, Berlin; Dutch National Opera; Welsh National Opera and Glyndebourne Festival Opera amongst others. On the concert platform, James has collaborated and recorded with many of today’s greatest conductors and orchestras including the Hallé/Sir Mark Elder, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Sir Andrew Davis, London Symphony Orchestra/Valery Gergiev, BBC Symphony and Concert Orchestras/Jiri Belohlavek, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Sir Mark Elder and Les Musiciens du Louvre/ Marc Minkowski.

He lectures in voice pedagogy and has run accredited Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses at some of the nation’s leading arts institutions, including Chetham’s School of Music, Guildhall School of Music and Drama, and the Royal Northern College of Music. He is the principal lecturer of the vocal pedagogy course at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire and is the senior visiting vocal consultant for the Mascarade Opera Studio and New Generation Artists Festival in Florence.

Alongside Janice Chapman, he is a co-Director of Classical Voice Training Ltd, and has a thriving teaching studio, Vocal Craft, which offers singing lessons as well as access to the Classical Voice Training archive of lectures and workshops on vocal pedagogy.

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