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

Voice Study Centre is an Associate College of the University of Essex. 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

(Early-bird fee discount of 5% for applications received before 31st July)

  • 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

See below for more detail

Overview

Fully Online
Part-Time
Research Topics That Suit Your Practice
1:1 Tutorial Support
UK Student Finance 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.


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.

Provisional Timetable: Introduction to Academic Skills

Introduction to Academic Skills

Welcome to the beginning of your MA journey. You will bridge the gap between undergraduate and postgraduate study, providing a comprehensive induction and preparation for the MA pathway. You will meet as a cohort and form small study groups to develop your academic skills. We run multiple live sessions to facilitate connectivity across multiple timezones and where you are unable to attend because of a hectic schedule, you can follow along on catch-up.

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Understand the differences between postgraduate and undergraduate study
  • Work effectively with a chosen document management system such as Mendeley
  • Discuss and justify choices of literature.
  • Show a critical understanding of the hierarchy of evidence.
  • Understand the value of and work with quality criteria.
  • Understand the Harvard referencing system and the value and need for accurate referencing.
  • Deconstruct academic writing and evaluate a range of stylistic devices
  • Develop an academic writing style by completing discrete and specific writing tasks.
  • Understand the do’s and don’ts of Academic Misconduct
  • Effectively access and search the online library and use relevant databases such as Pro Quest Central, EBSCO, JSTOR, Oxford Handbooks Online, Performing Arts Digital Database, PsycARTICLES, Pubmed, Sageejournals, Science Direct, Taylor and Frances and Wiley Online.

On the left is a provisional timetable that outlines the structure of our sessions (click to expand).

Please note that while the dates are unlikely to change, we do occasionally make alterations due to unforeseen circumstances. This timetable is designed to help you plan your time effectively and be prepared for the upcoming sessions.

Provisional Timetable: Module 1

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

Welcome to Module 1! After you have completed the introductory academic skills-building course, you will progress onto the first module of the MA. 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. We will run a series of live sessions where we host visiting lecturers who are leaders in the field. Again, these are all recorded and available for catch-up if you cannot attend live. The syllabus evolves around the following core areas:

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

On the left is a provisional timetable for Module 1 (click to expand).

Please note that timings and personnel may change in the unlikely event of unforeseen circumstances. All lectures take place on zoom. If you are unable to attend, you may watch the session on playback.

Provisional Timetable: Module 2

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

The Learning Outcomes for Module 2 are as follows.

By the end of the module students will be able to:

  1. Critically understand and reflect on principles, theories, techniques, and methodologies related to voice pedagogy, the student's own professional practice, or other voice-related teaching contexts.
  2. Evaluate methodologies, develop critiques, and apply them to propose a new solution to a teaching problem or challenge.
  3. Reason critically and creatively, make sound judgments and clearly communicate conclusions.
  4. Develop and apply relevant theory to create teaching tools or resources.

These learning outcomes will be accomplished by the end of the module.

Assignment

Component 1:

A) Rationale

Devise an evidence-based rationale to support the design and development of a teaching tool/resource (3,000 words).

Component 2:

A) The Practical Output

The practical component will be presented as a finished output.

Examples could include:

teaching tools, speeches, dialogue, curriculum design, schemes of work, digital media, song writing, compositions, teaching strategies, or creative performances. (2,000 words indicative).

B) Reflective Analysis

Critically reflect on the design of the teaching aid/resource and analyse future applications, developments and improvements (1,000 words).

On the left is a provisional timetable for Module 2 (click to expand).

Please note that timings and personnel may change in the unlikely event of unforeseen circumstances. All lectures take place on zoom. If you are unable to attend, you may watch the session on playback.

Provisional Timetable: Module 3

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

The Learning Outcomes for Module 3 are as follows:

By the end of the module, students will be able to:

  • Develop advanced knowledge and a critical awareness of motor learning, coaching, mentoring, psychology, and performance coaching theories relevant to practice.
  • Develop a critical understanding of the ethical principles and professional codes of conduct that relate to coaching, mentoring, performance coaching and teaching.
  • Develop and apply a coaching/mentoring/teaching programme having regard to the differences between them.

Assignment

Component 1:

Choose from a range of topics and critically examine how the relevant theories and methodologies will inform your teaching/coaching/mentoring practice (3,000 words).

Component 2:

Plan and implement a teaching/coaching/mentoring session relevant to a client/group having regard to relevant ethical considerations (2,000)

Critically reflect on your coaching/mentoring session (1000 words).

On the left is a provisional timetable for Module 3 (click to expand).

Please note that timings and personnel may change in the unlikely event of unforeseen circumstances. All lectures take place on zoom. If you are unable to attend, you may watch the session on playback.

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 facilitate 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.

Here's a sneak preview of some of our visiting lecturers:

Please note: we do not expect this schedule to change. However, unforeseen circumstances can arise and therefore last minute cancelations or amendments may occur. 

 

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 12-15 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. We also accept other relevant work experience such as SLT/P, Laryngologist, Physical Therapist or Psychotherapist. Applicants will need to 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

Early-bird discount of 5% for applications received before 31st July

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 £1000 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 may still be liable for a proportion of the fees. 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 and fee liability points 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 - this is in addition to any early-bird discount

 

The installment schedule is set out below.

The initial USD $1000 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 may still be liable for a proportion of the fees. 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 and fee liability points 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*

£1000 – Deposit

£1000 – Deposit

£1,665 – 1st October 2024

£2,500 – 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

£670 - 1st August 2026

£1,495 - 1st August 2026

$16,000 USD*

$1,000 – Deposit

$3,500 – 1st October 2024

$2,500 – 1st February 2025

$2,500 – 1st August 2025

$2,500 – 1st October 2025

$2,500 - 1st February 2026

$1,500 - 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