Fully Online MA Voice Pedagogy
Specialising in Performance Coaching
Now Taking Applications for April 2023

Fully Online MA Voice Pedagogy
Specialising in Performance Coaching
Now Taking Applications for April 2023

Our MA Professional Practice (Voice Pedagogy): Specialising in Performance Coaching is a unique pathway aimed at musicians, dancers, singing teachers, voice coaches, and actors who wish to develop a career in performance coaching.

It is the only programme in the world that:

  • Provides a solid theoretical foundation exploring the social and psychological needs of the performer
  • Draws together up to date empirical evidence to deepen understanding of the pressures experienced by the performing artist
  • Treats performers as unique and avoids a direct comparison to sports athletes or leadership and managers. Although some of the theories can be cross-applied, we recognise the individual needs of the performing artist. The course fuses relevant multidisciplinary approaches to provide a bedrock for further research and development
  • Explores artistic-sensitive coaching and mentoring theory
  • Applies theory to practice through the development of relevant coaching strategies for many artist-related purposes such as career coaching, dealing with stress, burnout, and coaching Performance Anxiety
  • Builds valuable coaching hours to kick-start a career in performance coaching

This course is ideal for music teachers, singing teachers, acting coaches, and dance teachers who wish to embed coaching and mentoring singers, dancers, and actors within their practical sessions.

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We have tailored content, designed to explore the core issues in Performance Coaching. These include the following:

  • The Psychology of the Performer

Identity, Self Efficacy, Self Conscious Emotions, Perfectionism, Self Criticism, Self-doubt and Procrastination, Occupational Relationships, Working Conditions, Financial Concerns, Career Progression and Burnout.

  • The Social Psychology of the Performer

Social Identity and Self Categorisation, Social Comparison, Group Norms and Social Exclusion, Social Cohesion, Social Facilitation and Self Presentation.

  • Coaching and Mentoring

Coaching and Mentoring definitions, Values and Ethics, Person-Centred Coaching, Solution-Based Coaching, Acceptance and Commitment Coaching, Narrative Coaching, Psychodynamic Coaching, Existential Coaching, Ontological Coaching, Positive Psychology Coaching, Somatic Coaching, Coaching Models, Active Listening and Coaching Skills

  • Music Performance Anxiety

Symptoms and causes of MPA, Kenny Attachment Theory, Triple Threat Vulnerability, Coaching strategies including Acceptance and Commitment Coaching and Mindfulness and other relevant coaching strategies

  • Sports Psychology and Peak Performance

You will examine two critical approaches; Psychological Skills Training and The Mindfulness Acceptance and Commitment approach. You will examine its efficacy in terms of performance enhancement and explore how to incorporate aspects into your coaching.

  • Motivational Interviewing

You will examine the Transtheoretical Model of Change, the general principles of motivational interviewing, alongside the research to support its application.

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Will I be able to fit it into my working commitments and family life?

The course is designed specifically for practitioners who combine a busy working life and family life. The course is designed to study one module at a time. The deadlines are set and students work in tandem with one another. The deadlines give a generous time allocation as your working life is factored into the calculation. Our retention rate is very high with the majority of our students continuing onto the MA.

Tutorial support is pivotal to your development throughout the course.

You will be offered contact via Zoom, and you can book in for sessions as you need them. We can provide advanced support where necessary, and eligible students with registered disabilities receive additional one-to-one support from the university.

It is beneficial to discuss project ideas and to re-shape projects as they progress. We also offer group sessions on Zoom to ease isolation and share ideas with other students. We try to provide these at a time that suits everyone, although time differences and work commitments may make this problematic, and for this reason, we will record the sessions for you to access the content at a later date.

With regards to other support, you will have access to the UWTSD online library, as well as their support structures.

These include learning support, disability advice, and counselling services.

You will be able to access a tutor five days a week, between the hours of 9am-5pm (UK time).



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Our MA programme is moderated and accredited by our academic partner, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Applicants will therefore go through a two-stage application process, with the first tier of application through the Voice Study Centre (formerly Voice Workshop) and the second tier of application through the University.

As part of the application process, you will meet with a Course Tutor for an interview. This is an excellent way for you to find out more about the programme and discuss your background and interests with one of our tutors. During this interview, a Course Tutor will assess your suitability for the programme and be able to answer any questions you may have.

Applicants must have a degree qualification, if you are not educated to degree level, you may wish to undertake our Foundation Course.

Applicants will be asked to provide the following:

  • Two references (one of these must be academic) available upon request.
  • A personal statement detailing your reasons for wishing to undertake this postgraduate programme of study. This should be between 500-1000 words and include your professional and academic experience, your interests, your motivation for undertaking this programme of study, and what you hope to gain for your career path and continuing professional development.
  • Copies of your highest qualification (degree certificate and transcript).

During the formal University enrolment process, International students will be asked to provide a Personal Statement, ID, qualification certificates/transcripts, academic references and proof of English language level to UWTSD. This is in line with UK Government regulations for higher education institutions. Voice Study Centre (formerly Voice Workshop) will be supporting applicants and on hand to provide advice and guidance through this second tier of their application process with the University.

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International Applicants

If an applicant has:

  • Successfully completed a recognised undergraduate or postgraduate qualification, at a recognised institution based in one of the above majority English speaking countries (certificates, transcripts and/or other documents stating language of delivery and assessment may be required by the University prior to an offer being made).
  • Successfully completed within the last five years a recognised undergraduate or postgraduate qualification at a recognised institution that has been certified as being taught in the medium of English (certificates, transcripts and / or other documents stating language of delivery and assessment may be required by the University prior to an offer being made).
  • A UKVI recognised Secure English Language Test awarded within 2 years of applying for entry to the University.
  • One of the following English Language Test documents awarded within 2 years of applying for entry to the University:
IELTS (Academic) Minimum overall score of 6.0 with no lower than 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening or Speaking.
Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE). Minimum score of 169 or above with no lower than 162 in Reading, Writing, Listening or Speaking.
Cambridge English: Business Vantage
(BEC Vantage)
– for Business courses only.
Minimum score of 75 or above.
Cambridge English: Business Higher
(BEC Higher)
– for Business courses only
Minimum score of 60 or above
BULATS: Business Language Testing Service (online certificated version taken with certifying BULATS agents) – for Business courses only Minimum score of 65 or above.
Cambridge English: Financial (ICFE)
– for Business courses only.
Minimum score of 60 or above.
Cambridge English: Legal (ILEC)
– for Business courses only
Minimum score of 60 or above.
Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) C1
Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) Benchmark Score of 56 with a Minimum Score of 51 in Communicative Skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking). Scores may fall below the Benchmark Score in the Communicative Skills by no more than the specified Minimum Score and in no more than two Communicative Skills.
University of Wales Trinity Saint David: Wales Academic Language Test Minimum overall score of 6.0 with no lower than 5.5 in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking.
Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) ll Distinction in each component
Trinity Integrated Skills in English (ISE) lll Pass or above overall, with Passes or above in each component
International Baccalaureate Higher Level 5 or Standard Level 5 Language A or Higher Level 5 or Standard Level 5 Language B
Cambridge IGCSE Minimum Grade C (grade 4) in IGCSE in English as a first language, Grade C (grade 4) in IGCSE in English as a Second Language satisfy the English language proficiency requirements for undergraduate study
Programme of study Credits Length of course
Full MA 180 33 months
The MA consists of 180 credits in total. There is an opportunity to exit with 60 credits and a Post Graduate Certificate (PGCert), though the majority of our students continue on to the full MA pathway. Please be aware that the PGCert is part of the MA as it forms the first 60 credits; it is NOT a separate course.

We’re now taking applications for our April 2023 cohort.

April 2023 Course Fees

Programme of study
UK Students
US Students
International Students
£9,995 (VAT inclusive) total cost

$15,000 USD total cost
£11,995 total cost
If you decide to enrol onto the full MA after completing the PGCert, the fee you paid for the PGCert will be deducted from the MA fee. For example, after completing the PGCert you will need to pay £6,495 (UK) or £8,000 (International) to complete the full MA.
Students that opt to pay the full amount up front rather than installments, will receive a $250 discount. The total amount payable in that case will be $14,750.

The SLC will provide up to £11,500 of your tuition fees, which will be paid in instalments.
Please note that once you have enrolled on to the MA, you are contractually bound even if you do not complete it.
Also, be aware that our instalment programme may not match the Student Loan Company, and temporary borrowing may be necessary.

Students who require US Federal Student Aid funding will need to apply for the MA to access the loan.

For UK based MA students, do be aware that student finance instalments may not align with the tuition fee schedule. In this case, you will still have to abide by the tuition fee deadlines. This is due to differences in student loan schedules that individual applicants receive and it is not possible to facilitate differing agreements. We would advise you to make sure that you are able to financially commit to this before your application.

October 2022 Payment Schedule

(April 2023 payment schedule coming soon)

MA Course fees

Course fees are all non-refundable (apart from the initial

which has the refundable 14-day cooling off period) and must be paid in accordance with the
schedule below.

Students from Northern Ireland are eligible for finance for the fees payable to the university only.

Students from Scotland are not eligible for student finance, however, as policies do change please consult Student Finance Scotland.


October 2022 – MA Fee Payment Schedule

* discount of 5% applicable if full MA fee is paid up front

UK £9,995*
$15,000 USD*
International £11,995*
– Deposit
£1,000 – Deposit
– 1st November 2022
£2,995 – 1st November 2022
– 1st November 2023
£2,995 – 1st November 2023
– 30th August 2024
£2,935 – 30th August 2024
£2,070 – UWTSD

UWTSD fees are payable in instalments.

October 2022 – PGCert Fee Payment Schedule

UK £3,500
£1,000 – Deposit
£800 – November 2022
£800 – July 2023
£900 – UWTSD

For full student experience stories and testimonials, please follow the links below.

International Student Stories
UK Student Stories
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What opportunities will the course give me?

Until recently, all of our students have been based in the UK and the opportunities created are therefore relevant to their locality.

We have recently seen the completion of our first MA and from this cohort of 20:

  • 3 have been accepted to present at EuroVox 2020.
  • 3 have been accepted to present at the Society of Music Education in Ireland.
  • 1 has been asked to present at Mental Health Network conference specialising in Singing and Health.
  • 1 presented her research at the British Voice Association – Vocal Health Forum in 2019.
  • 3 have moved into teaching at University level on the basis of their qualification.
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If you would like to learn more about the course, please complete the form below or email us at  info@voicestudycentre.com

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