We are opening our doors again with our Research Hub where you can listen to an inspiring talk by Dr. Motje Wolf and discuss your research ideas. If you are new to research, you can learn about some core concepts and envisage ways to engage and contribute to the community of practice.
We have created Special Interest Groups to enable you to share ideas and resources. We have scheduled the first one on November 4th, 2 -4pm, and would like to undertake a poll to see who can attend. Please see the outline below:
Research Hub meeting
4 November 2021 2-4pm
2:00 pm Welcome from Debbie and Motje
2:10 pm Talk by Motje: Embracing community – sharing research where it belongs
Research never happens in isolation. Researching is about connecting to people – especially fellow researchers to build communities of research. MA students are researchers in training and belong to this group as much as long-standing researchers. In this talk, I will pick up on the ideas of Lave and Wenger to introduce our research hub as a community of practice. Drawing on Mayer and Land’s Threshold concepts and Vygotsky’s Zone of Proximal Development, I will highlight the ideas behind the need for this community. As researchers we are custodians of knowledge. In that function, we need to know what to keep, how to ensure quality but also for whom this knowledge is curated. In short, how do we make use of the research that has been developed in the Voice Study Centre over the last years? I will introduce different publishing models to see where each of us can contribute to research in its wider scale, no matter at which level you are in your course.
3:00 Breakout rooms
- Vocal Health – Kate Cubley
- Singing For Health – Emily Foulkes
- Performance Anxiety and Coaching – Teresa Shaw
- Vocal Pedagogy – Motje Wolf
- Getting Started in Research – Debbie Winter
3:50 Group Feedback
Dr Motje Wolf
Dr Motje Wolf was awarded a PhD in Music Education from De Montfort University Leicester (UK) and an MA from the University of Leipzig (Germany) in Musicology and Dramatics. Her research focuses on vocal pedagogy, epistemology and pedagogic knowledge exchange.
Monday 4th December 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Compassion Focused Training (CFT) for Singers, Singing Teachers and Other Music Professionals (2-week course)
Dr David Juncos
In this two-part course, you will learn about the theoretical underpinnings of Gilbert’s CFT model and Neff & Germer’s model of self-compassion. You’ll also learn about the three emotion regulation systems, and specifically how to increase activity in the Soothing & Contentment system, which is known to create feelings of safeness within oneself & with others, when activated. Specifically, you’ll learn compassion-enhancing strategies to help manage common sources of stress for musicians.
Tuesday 5th December 2023
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Developing Inclusive Praxis & Safe Spaces for Global Majority Vocal Students
This workshop considers what it means to provide a safe learning space for all students; engages in self-reflection and wider reflection; challenges, where necessary, some of the frameworks and systems that dominate vocal theory and praxis; and seeks to make visible some of the many issues Global Majority students and teachers face that remain largely invisible in mainstream vocal rhetoric.
Thursday 7th December 2023
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Vocal Warm-ups For Children; why, how, what?
This talk will cover both the importance of vocal warm-ups for children and the best approaches for different ages. We will look at working one-to-one as well as great ways to engage classrooms of children and choirs.