Fully Online Master's Degree Voice Pedagogy (two-year)

Our two-year MA Voice Pedagogy is a structured taught pathway that facilitates a deep understanding of the what, the why, and the how of voice teaching and training. It is suitable for singing teachers, voice teachers, performance coaches, and other health professionals who work with voice within a professional context. You will engage with a range of voice-related theories and practices to develop a critically informed approach to working. The course balances academic research with practical application, begininning with a thorough grounding of Voice Pedagogy and culminating in a dissertation on any area of your choosing.

Now taking applications for September 2024

  • New two-year course!
  • Fully online and available to study internationally
  • Part-time to accommodate students with busy working lives
  • Study online with our new Virtual Learning Environment
  • Focus on specific research topics to suit your practice
  • Enrolled students get additional free full access to all our online short courses.
  • Government student finance is available for UK students

Overview

Fully Online
Part-Time
Research Topics That Suit Your Practice
1:1 Tutorial Support
Funding Available
  • Our full Master's Degree Voice Pedagogy enables voice professionals to apply theory to practice within the broad field of Voice Pedagogy (Vocal Pedagogy).
  • This innovative postgraduate pathway facilitates the research of new areas of learning, facilitating the design and implementation of new initiatives that contribute to an individual’s practice, organisation, and professional network.
  • The course exposes students to a vast range of academic and practitioner resources through pre-recorded and real-time online content.
  • The course consists of five distinct modules that allow for the application of theory to practice.
  • Live classes are available most weeks, these are all recorded and available to view after the event.
  • This online pathway is for both International and UK students.

The qualification is accredited and is a collaboration between the Voice Study Centre and the University of Essex (course subject to validation: expected mid-April 2024)


Structure & Content

The two-year MA consists of 180 credits and there are five modules in total.

An introductory course and three modules are completed in year one and two modules completed in year two:

Pre-course: Introduction to Academic Skills Required at Master’s Level

Module 1 - Foundations of Voice Pedagogy: Exploring and Evaluating the Research Literature

Module 2 - Developing Research-Based Voice Pedagogy: Applications in Designing Tools and Resources

Module 3 - Coaching, Mentoring and Teaching: Pedagogical Theory and Applications

Module 4 - Research Methods: Understanding and Applying Research Methods in Voice Practice

Module 5 - Dissertation: Completing and Reporting an Original Research Project

All of our classes take place online and you can either join live or watch on catch-up.

The course consists of one non-assessed assignment and five micro-projects (modules), each with a written assignment.

You will also receive step-by-step guidance on how to complete the written assignments and engage in research.

Introduction to Academic Skills Building

You will join us online in September to build your academic skills to master’s level. You will bridge the gap between undergraduate and postgraduate study, providing a comprehensive induction and preparation for the MA pathway.

Module 1 - Foundations of Voice Pedagogy: Exploring and Evaluating the Research Literature

Within this module, you will inform your learning by attending a series of live online structured lectures on voice pedagogy. The aim is to provide an overview of the multidisciplinary influences and core research studies that have shaped our understanding of voice teaching and practice.

You will follow structured content either live online or on playback and you will examine:

  • Voice and the Brain
  • Respiration
  • The Vocal Mechanism: Anatomy and Physiology
  • Acoustics and Pyschoacoustics
  • Alignment
  • Vocal Health

 

Module 2 - Developing Research-Based Voice Pedagogy: Applications in Designing Tools and Resources

The purpose of this module is to build on module 1 through the translation of theory into practice. It provides an opportunity to design a teaching tool or useful aid that can be used in a practical context. It may take the form of a teaching curriculum, a scheme of work, a strategy/toolkit, digital media, compositions, or any other practical aid that facilitates professional development.

Below are examples of some of the study options, and these can expand and evolve to suit your needs:

  • The development of the male voice and implications for training
  • The development of the female voice and
  • implications for training
  • Working with neurodiverse students
  • Gender-affirming voice and communication training
  • The evidence base for singing and health: Is singing good for us?
  • Vocal health
  • Reflective Theory
  • Evaluating learning and development
  • Research-based design and practice

 

 

Module 3 - Coaching, Mentoring and Teaching: Pedagogical Theory and Applications

This module will develop the pedagogical aspect of your practice. It will enable you to engage with a range of theoretical perspectives, including the definitions and scope of the terms 'coaching', 'mentoring', and 'teaching’.

The purpose of the module is to explore the extent to which these processes shape a pedagogical strategy giving due consideration to shifts in approach that occur through the coaching or mentoring process.

You will draw on neuroscience and motor learning to understand vocal skill development. Broader education theory and an understanding of recent primary research into neurodiversity will also inform practice. You will focus on the specific needs of the performer, garnering an in-depth understanding of their psychology and the issues they experience.

The syllabus is broad to give you a range of options. You’ll be able to focus on just one or a combination of areas to suit your own practice:

  • What is coaching and mentoring?
  • An exploration of the similarities and differences between coaches and mentors and the responsibilities of teachers,
  • coaches, and mentors
  • Who are we coaching? You will explore the psychology of the performer, looking at the specific issues performers face,
  • such as career instability, resilience, performance anxiety, self-efficacy and burnout
  • An examination of learning theories and learner motivation, and the selection of appropriate coaching/mentoring
  • styles to meet the needs of diverse learners
  • Neuroscience and motor learning theory
  • Developing practical skills coaching informed by research-based evidence and/or support from the literature
  • A review of differing theories, perspectives and approaches, and the different models and methods available within
  • coaching and mentoring
  • Group coaching
  • A consideration of the need for and the importance of reflective practice, coaching supervision, and the role of critical
  • evaluation of personal performance in identifying areas for improvement

 

Module 4 - Research Methods: Understanding and Applying Research Methods in Voice Practice

The aim of this module is to provide you with a theoretical and practical foundation in qualitative and quantitative research methods.

The module aims to support the development of practical skills for conducting qualitative and quantitative research using methods and approaches key to your respective fields of study.

It will support and facilcitate your research literacy and skills in critiquing and evaluating qualitative and quantitative research.

Alongside furthering your practical and evaluative skills, the module aims to support your understanding of the theoretical and conceptual foundations of qualitative and quantitative research.

 

Module 5 - Dissertation: Completing and Reporting an Original Research Project

This module is the culmination of the MA Voice Pedagogy, allowing you to develop and present a substantial dissertation.

This module is an opportunity for you to develop theoretical perspectives, ideas and practices that have emerged in your studies within the context of a dissertation. You will synthesise previous learning and develop new perspectives to address a problem within your professional practice.

You will hone a research question, scope out appropriate peer-reviewed and practice-based literature and select a research approach to garner valuable data regarding an aspect of your professional practice. You will apply qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods methodologies to execute a research design. Effective methods will be applied and evaluated, having regard to the moral and ethical implications of their processes. You will develop data analysis strategies, present data, and evaluate the relevance and impact of the data on your professional practice and wider field.

This course strikes a balance between structured learning and individual practice needs. All the assigments allow you to negotiate your chosen topic within the boundaries of that module. We, therefore, offer a flexible learning approach combining taught lectures with independent research. The classes are diverse and act as a stimulus rather than a rigid syllabus. They provide a framework, sparking areas of interest and exploration.

 

Will I be able to fit my studies around professional work commitments and family life?

The course is designed specifically for practitioners who have multiple jobs and busy working lives.

You will study one module at a time and the deadlines enable students to continue their professional commitments whilst studying.

In a recent survey, the average number of hours spent studying was 8-12 per week.

 

Hours of study per week bar chart

Tutor Support

Support is pivotal to your development throughout the course.

You will join us on our virtual learning environment (VLE), a collaborative online space where we also post announcements and discussions. Each module has taught content delivered by a wide range of visiting lecturers and you can either join the classes in real time or watch on catch-up. We also have a vast library of pre-recorded content that is easily searchable within our VLE.

Each module is led by a module leader who will guide you through the content. They will host group tutorials and some of the modules require one-to-one supervision. You will also have a support tutor who is separate from the teaching team and will check in with you regularly.

If you suspect that you are neurodiverse, we can assess you as part of the application process and provide advanced support where necessary and make reasonable adjustments to deadlines in accordance with university policy.

With regards to other support, you will have access to the University of Essex online library, as well as our support structures. These include learning support, disability advice, and counselling services.


Applications

Our application process: 

If you're interested in being part of our next cohort, please register your interest using the form at the bottom of this page and we'll send you an application form.

Eligibility

a) Standard Applicants

  • Degree or equivalent qualification with a minimum 2:2 classification. We also accept ABRSM/Trinity qualifications that carry nationally recognised credit to level 6 or above, providing the qualification contains a written component (20%).
  • We also require two years’ teaching experience, post-graduation at the course start date, or three years’ performance experience. We also accept other relevant work experience such as SLT/P, Laryngologist, Physical Therapist or Psychotherapist (2 years).
  • Where a student wishes to progress directly from undergraduate study and does not have any formal relevant teaching experience, they must evidence professional performance experience alongside coaching/mentoring work undertaken during their undergraduate studies. The coaching and mentoring work may take the form of working with peers or voluntary/paid work undertaken during the degree, such as coaching younger students or directing a choir.
  • A bachelor’s degree with no relevant teaching experience must be evidenced by two years of coaching or mentoring experience within another professional field.

(a) Non-Standard Applicants (those without an existing degree)

  • Non-standard applicants should have three years of coaching experience or five years of performing experience and have completed our Introduction to Academic Skills Course and gained a pass mark of 50.

International applicants may also require English Proficiency (please see our English Proficiency Policy)


Fees & Timescales

Programme of study Credits Length of course

Master's Degree Voice Pedagogy

180

24 months

We’re now taking applications for our September 2024 cohort.

September 2024 Fees

Programme of study UK students International students

Master's Degree Voice Pedagogy

£9,995 total cost

$15,000 total cost

£12,995 total cost

Programme of study US Students

Full MA

$16,000

At the time of writing, the UK Student Loan Company (SLC) will offer up to £12,167 towards postgraduate tuition fees, which will be paid in instalments.  For student loan enquiries, please follow this link.

For UK based MA students, do be aware that student finance instalments may not align with the Voice Study Centre tuition fee schedule, though we do try and be flexible where possible. 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. Therefore there may be a requirement for temporary borrowing, and we would advise you to make sure that you are able to financially commit to this before your application.

The initial £800 deposit is refundable during a 14-day cooling off period. The instalment schedule is set out below - if you do not complete the course, then you are only liable for those instalments due within the same calendar year as your departure from the course. Similarly, if you have already paid the full amount up front then you would be entitled to an appropriate refund when you leave the course. A copy of our Tuition Fee policy is available upon request.

ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED

September 2024 – MA Fee Payment Schedule

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

 

The installment schedule is set out below.

The initial $1000 deposit is refundable during a 14-day cooling off period. If you do not complete the course, then you are only liable for those installments due within the same calendar year as your departure from the course. Similarly, if you have already paid the full amount up front then you would be entitled to an appropriate refund when you leave the course. A copy of our Tuition Fee policy is available upon request.

ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED

October 2024 – MA Fee Payment Schedule

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

 

UK £9,995* INTERNATIONAL £12,995*

£800 – Deposit

£995– Deposit

£1,000 – 1st October 2024

£2,000 – 1st October 2024

£1,665 – 1st February 2025

£2,000 – 1st February 2025

£1,665 – 1st August 2025

£2,000 – 1st August 2025

£1,665 – 1st October 2025

£2,000 – 1st October 2025

£1,665 - 1st February 2026

£2,000 - 1st February 2026

£1535 - 1st August 2026

£2,000 - 1st August 2026

$16,000 USD*

$1,000 – Deposit

$2,500 – 1st October 2024

$2,500 – 1st February 2025

$2,500 – 1st August 2025

$2,500 – 1st October 2025

$2,500 - 1st February 2026

$2,500 - 1st August 2026


Our Students

We currently have 230 students enrolled on our MA programme, across 32 countries!

 

 


Interested?

If you would like to learn more about the course please complete the form below or email us at info@voicestudycentre.com