Course Review: Progressive Vocal Development in the Voice Studio: An Evidence-Based Framework with Josh Glasner
Jody SparrowWednesday 30th August 2023
Baritone singer, researcher and Assistant Professor of Music at Clarke University Josh Glasner led a discussion around building an evidence-based framework for progressive vocal development, starting with encouraging participants to engage with the format and share their goals for the session.Read More...
Course Review: Beyond the Mechanics: Vocal Injury Prevention & Performance Optimization with Jennie Morton
Jody SparrowWednesday 23rd August 2023
Osteopath, author and performance coach Jennie Morton began her vocal injury prevention course by introducing the context of her background as a West End performer and the lead singer of a 20-piece swing band and how poor advice from treatment professionals during that time ignited her desire to...Read More...
Course Review: Theatre's Best Kept Secret: An Introduction to The Meisner Technique
Jody SparrowFriday 18th August 2023
Founder of The London Meisner Company Robyn Paterson delivered an insightful and interesting masterclass on the Meisner Technique, fusing entertaining anecdotes with foundational information and practical tips.Read More...
Course Review: Trauma-Informed Voice Care with Dr Geneva Mayne
Jody SparrowWednesday 16th August 2023
Dr Geneva Mayne’s course on ‘Trauma-Informed Voice Care’ was inspired both by her own background (diagnosed with muscle tension dysphonia in 2016) and by her research (on associations between trauma, discrimination and voice disorders) carried out during her doctoral studies in speech-language pathology at Kean University.Read More...
Course Review: Vocal Rehabilitation with a Multi-Disciplinary Team: The Strength of Collaboration in the Successful Remediation of Voice with Margaret Baroody
Jody SparrowFriday 11th August 2023
Highly respected singing teacher and Singing Voice Specialist Margaret Baroody delivered a fascinating presentation on vocal rehabilitation starting with a discussion around what the term ‘Singing Voice Specialist’ means and its relevance in the context of vocal injuries and medical licensing.Read More...
Course Review: Progressive Procedures: Applying the Alexander Technique to the Voice from Release to Re-engagement with Michele Capalbo
Jody SparrowFriday 4th August 2023
So, who exactly was F.M. Alexander? Michele Capalbo started her practical Alexander Technique (AT) workshop by answering this question and describing the ‘breathing man’ behind the technique in a little more detail. She then went on to discuss...Read More...
Course Review: Singing With Your Whole Self: An Introduction to Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement with Elizabeth Blades
Jody SparrowFriday 21st July 2023
The multi-talented Elizabeth Blades gave an interactive, experiential short course featuring a number of ‘lessons’ affiliated to the Feldenkrais Method® and its notion of Awareness Through Movement® (ATM).Read More...
Course Review: Case Reflections: Diagnosis and Treatment of 4 Professional Performers Attending a Specialist SLT-Led Performers’ Voice Clinic at a Tertiary Level London Hospital with Tori Burnay
Jody SparrowFriday 14th July 2023
This fascinating short course began with Tori giving an overview of her job role and the South London Voice, Airway & Swallow Centre (SOLVAS) team in which she works. She talked through the function of the Voice Specialist Speech and Language Therapist and the aim of an SLT intervention, and made her intro very relevant to singers and performers despite SLTs’ primary focus usually being on the speaking voice.Read More...
Course Review: Dynamic Coordination: Posture through an Alexander Technique Lens with Michele Capalbo
Jody SparrowWednesday 12th July 2023
Michele Capalbo’s hour-long short course explored both common and alternative postural models for singers, taking into account the Alexander Technique (AT), and provided some practical approaches to ‘discovering a dynamic, efficient balance’.Read More...