Research Strategy and Events


The Voice Study Centre is a vibrant research hub in which staff and students are research active. Our Research Hub consists of four Special Interest Groups (SIG). In these groups staff, students and external colleagues meet as one research community discussing recent research, critiquing papers and debate contentious questions. The Research Hub meets regularly [link to events page] and you are welcome to come to a meeting either as an interested colleague or as a prospective student. Please email

Dr Motje Wolf

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Debbie Winter

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Special Interest Groups

How to teach singing is a question discussed for centuries. However, while many singing treatises were published throughout the last centuries, only now we are seeing a vivid academic debate that is based in science and research. This SIG aims to foster this debate through the exchange of ideas, critique of current research, entering the public debate through conferences and symposia, and publishing new research on Vocal Pedagogy.


Dr Motje Wolf, Director of Research and Leader of SIG Vocal Pedagogy

International partners

Prof Dr Helmut Schaumberger, Gustav Mahler Privatuniversität Klagenfurt, Austria

Dr Sanna Salminen, Jyväskylä University, Finland

Current Projects:

MOVE – Models of Vocal Education (LINK to page with description)

Music MESHguides – Vocal Pedagogy (LINK to page with description)


Recent publications

Wolf, M. (2020) Concepts, Models and Methods in Vocal Pedagogy with Children, in: Johannes van der Sandt (Ed) Singing With Children.

Wolf, M. et al (2020) The Status of Singing in the National School Curricula of Austria, England, Italy and South Tyrol (Italy) in: Johannes van der Sandt (Ed) Singing With Children. Accepted.

Wolf, M. (2020) Schulchöre in England eine Herausforderung für die Musikpädagogik [School Choirs a challenge for music education]. In Tagungsband 1. Symposium Sächsische Schulchöre. Symposium der Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber Dresden und des Sächsischen Musikrates in Zusammenarbeit mit dem Netzwerk Musikalische Nachwuchsförderung und in Kooperation mit dem Landesamt für Schule und Bildung. Pp. 520 ́ß61. Available from: https://www.schulchor-

Recent Conference Presentations

The Effect of Covid-19 Lockdowns on Performer Identities of Professional Singers in the UK, at Research Symposium Singing, Wellbeing and Social Inclusion, De Montfort University Leicester and Voice Study Centre, 24/09/2021.

The Changing Knowledge of A Changing Profession, as part of the Symposium ‘Singing is what we do (together) – redefining “together”, with Sam Whelan at 28th EAS and 8th ISME European Regional Conference, 24-27 March 2021, Freiburg, Germany.

Mapping Educational Specialist knowHow (MESH): connecting researchers and teachers to share research knowledge worldwide on music education, with Prof Gabriele Schellberg, Dr Hermione Ruck-Keene and Nikki Booth, at 28th EAS and 8th ISME European Regional Conference, 24-27 March 2021, Freiburg, Germany.

Singing in Music Education – Reading Session, with Helmut Schaumberger, Johann van der Sandt and Sanna Salminen, at 28th EAS and 8th ISME European Regional Conference, 24-27 March 2021, Freiburg, Germany.

Models Of Vocal Education (MOVE)

This project investigates models of vocal pedagogy aiming to understand the current knowledge and the acquisition of knowledge of singing teachers better. The project follows two strands: Historical Models of Vocal Education and Contemporary Models of Vocal Education.

In the historical part, historic singing treatises are analysed in order to understand the knowledge of singing at the time. In the contemporary part, current knowledge of singing teachers is mapped. The project, further, aims to make recent research knowledge accessible to singing teachers, in order to foster an evidence-based teaching approach throughout the profession. This is in close collaboration with the MESHguide project:

Contact: Dr Motje Wolf,

Music MESHguides – Vocal Pedagogy

MESHguide stands for Mapping Educational Specialist Know How. MESHguides are flowcharts that contain research results for teachers in an open access and easy to understand format. The project aims to provide research summaries for teachers to help build and sustain evidence-based teaching in the profession. We are adding to the Vocal Pedagogy Strand of the MESHguides by writing MESHguides and therefore supporting our own profession.

Contact: Dr Motje Wolf, Editor in Chief of Music MESHguides,

The Singing for Health and Wellbeing research group aims to foster a sense of a collective movement towards building singing for health literature and to building practice underpinned by evidence and strong theoretical frameworks. It will explore current trends and themes in Singing for Health research along with the limitations and gaps. Researchers, no matter if staff or students, will have opportunities to share their research ideas in a collaborative and supportive group and to identify common areas of interest with other students.


Emily Foulkes, Leader of SIG Singing for Health and Wellbeing


Singing for Health Network –


Upcoming events:

Singing and Mental Health – overview of the research – Lunch time lecture Monday 11th October 2021

Singing for Health research conference – ‘Insights and Innovations in Singing for Health Research’ Date TBC (Jan/Feb 2022)

This research group investigates aspects of vocal health. This may be in relation to the singing classroom, professional voice users, speech and language therapy, head and neck cancer, manual therapy, looking after the voice and the potential ethical quandary that may arise from working in this field.

The group aims are:

•    to offer a platform for new researchers to participate in a research exchange with other likeminded practitioners

•    to develop research skills, such as summarising your own research

•    to engage in useful discussion relating to research shared by peers

•    to encourage, engage and inspire group members

•    to present work within an informal and supportive setting

Current projects include…

Singing and Allergies

Ethical Considerations for Teaching Singing and Caring for Voices


Kate Cubley, Leader of SIG Vocal Health


Current Projects:

The effect of Allergies on singers (LINK)

Ethical boundaries in Voice Practice (LINK)

Past Projects:

Kate, MA module 6


Upcoming events:

Ethics Symposium – 2nd December 2021

This special interest group investigates aspects of music performance anxiety (MPA) in both professional singers and singing students.  With a particular interest in Acceptance Commitment Coaching (ACC) and coaching in general it aims to look at improving awareness among teachers and performers and examines some of the latest strategies in development for dealing with MPA.


Teresa Shaw, Head of Research Group



Shaw, T. A., Juncos, D. G., & Winter, D. (2020). Piloting a New Model for Treating Music Performance Anxiety: Training a Singing Teacher to Use Acceptance and Commitment Coaching With a Student. Frontiers in Psychology, 11(Article 882), 1-14. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2020.00882

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