Singing Teacher and Voice Professional Training, Short Courses and Events

Voice Study Centre (formerly Voice Workshop) provides voice pedagogy-based continuing professional development and teacher training for singing teachers, music directors and choral conductors.

Unless stated otherwise, our Online Short Courses are recorded and sent out to all pre-registered participants to watch in their own time.
Due to licensing laws, we are unable to sell our courses retrospectively.

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Starting in April 2022

This 15 credit module provides a comprehensive insight into the Psychology of the Performer.

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Come along to our informal open day to ask questions about the structure and content of the course and to meet our students who are currently undertaking it.

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Thirty Years of Interviews with Adolescent Boys: Why They Sing & Why They Don't
with Patrick K. Freer
Thursday 3rd February at 5-7pm (UK time)

Highlights from new research will ground this discussion of what teachers can do to: 1) keep boys enrolled in choral singing during adolescence, 2) facilitate the return to choral singing by boys who withdraw, and 3) develop active and successful recruitment/retention strategies for different types of schools and choral situations.

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Building Rigour into the Literature Review Process: Literature Review Methodology, Searches and Qualitative Data
with Debbie Winter
Tuesday 8th February 2022 at 1-2pm (UK time)

This session will:

– Give an example of ‘hermeneutics’ applied to research processes

– Explore the underpinning principles that shape and determine the research strategy

– Building inclusion and exclusion criteria based on a hermeneutic perspective

– Explore the practicalities of the search strategy. Keywords versus relevance, barriers to qualitative research, backward chaining and citation searches, creating a pearl growing strategy

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Exercise Physiology And Motor Learning Principles In The Studio And The Practice Room with John Nix
Thursday 10th February 2022 At 7-9pm (UK Time)

This class will outline key concepts in exercise physiology and motor learning, and provide examples of how these concepts might be applied to training singers and practicing.

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LEARNING TO LEARN: What Is The Feldenkrais® Method And How Can It Be Applied To Vocal Learning?
With Robert Sussuma
Thursday 17th February At 5-7pm (UK Time)

In this workshop, Robert will introduce you to the classic Feldenkrais approach to movement improvement and demonstrate how it can be applied in the vocal context.

Singing for Health Conference 2022

Friday 18th February 2022 9am-4pm UK time
In association with The Royal College of Music, University College London, University of Limerick, York St John University and The Singing for Health Network.

This online conference aims to bring together some leaders in Singing for Health research to share their expertise and experiences in line with the theme of ‘insights and innovations’. It will be of interest to students, researchers, healthcare professionals and singing practitioners as well as those interested in Singing for Health research and practice.

All proceeds will go to the Singing for Health Network.

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A Tonguecentric Pedagogy: Reframing The Conversation About This Important Structure
With Kerrie Obert
Thursday 24th February At 5-7pm (UK Time)

The tongue is the most flexible structure in the vocal tract. It is possibly the most important structure to learn about in singing, this course shifts the pedagogical approach toward a “TongueCentric” one instead of one centered around the vocal folds. After all, the folds are only a small portion of the overall sound created.

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A Systematic Approach to Kinesthetic Singing Tools
with Dr Kari Ragan
Thursday 3rd March 2022 at 5-7pm (UK time)

This workshop will focus on the use of kinesthetic singing tools during studio application.

Kinesthetic singing tools provide a more expeditious approach to a new sensory experience than ongoing explanations by the teacher.

This provides clarity for studio application to guide singers toward vocal efficiency.

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Introduction to Performance Psychology
with Mel Toy
Thursday 10th March 2022 at 5-7pm (UK time)

This session is designed to give prospective students and otherwise interested educators or performance professionals an opportunity to explore an array of topics relating to the aspects of wellbeing, psychology, and performance anxiety that performing artists (dancers, actors, singers, and musicians) may experience throughout their career and its development.

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Can we decolonise our voices?
With Nate Holder
Thursday 17th March 2022 at 5-7pm (UK time)

We will examine ideas of what a ‘good voice’ might be, and looks at the ways in which pedagogy might be informed by the legacy of colonialism.

Students are invited to bring their thoughts, experiences, and suggestions about how teaching and learning about the voice can become more diverse and inclusive.

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Emotion Performance Pedagogy: Developing a Practical Pathway of Emotion Access and Regulation for Performers
with Matthew Ellenwood
Thursday 31st March 2022 At 5-7pm (UK Time)

Articulating the need for practical emotion education for performers: using consent-based, trauma-informed, culturally competent pedagogy to develop sustainable rehearsal and performance practices.

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What has the last two decades of research on singing and health taught us?
With Stephen Clift
Thursday 12th May at 5-7pm (UK time)

This course will help students develop the skills needed for critical interpretation of research studies, and the potential translation of their findings into practice.

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Short Course Archive

A look back on our previous short courses, complete with clips and testimonials.

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