'Introduction to Acoustics and Singing' with David Howard - 2 Days, starting 1st November 2019

Course Details

This course is designed to introduce you to basic Acoustic principles with specific reference to the vocal tract and singing. It is ideal for those who wish to gain a fuller understanding of Formants and Harmonics with a view to applying these principles to the singing voice. David will then explore relevant software that can be used within the singing studio. The two-day course will consist of the following:

Day 1

  • Defining Acoustics
  • Types of Acoustic Waves
  • Periodic and Fundamental Frequency
  • Speed of Sound and Frequency
  • Time and Frequency
  • Pitched Sounds
  • Harmonics
  • Voice Production Anatomy
  • Acoustics and the Sound Source

Day 2

  • Acoustics of the Vocal Tract
  • Vocal Tract shapes
  • Vowels and Consonants
  • Phonetic Descriptors
  • Monophthongs and Diphthongs
  • Voice Projection
  • Voice Analysis


Professor David Howard is the Head of Department of Electronic Engineering at the Royal Holloway University, London. He was formerly the Head of Department of the University of York’s Department of Engineering and the Head of the Audio Lab Research Group and an EPSRC Senior Media Fellow. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng), Fellow of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (FIET), Senior Member of the Institution of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (Senior MIEEE), and Fellow of the Institute of Acoustics (FIOA).

David’s innovative research explores the links between creativity and engineering through music technology both as an academic and an accomplished musician. He is a choral director, choral singer, organist and a founder member of the York Centre for Singing Science.

Course Venue - The Gattinetts

East Bergholt is a picturesque village in the heart of Constable Country.  Complete with several village pubs, a shop, tea room and bakery, East Bergholt is an ideal retreat for teacher training events. The Gattinetts was the first disused farm sheds to be converted into a thriving business centre with a quaint, artistic feel.  It is accessible by car with free onsite parking, the nearest station is Manningtree Station with Colchester North Station just a 20 minute taxi journey away.

The Gattinetts
4CD – The Training Suite – Office 2
Hadleigh Road
East Bergholt

Dates, Fees & Accommodation

1st and 2nd
November, 2019

10am - 4.30pm

£195 (VAT inclusive)

Both days includes refreshment for breaks and lunch is provided.

 Accommodation is not included in the price. Voice Workshop Ltd is not responsible for these recommendations.

Premier Inn – A12 / Colchester
East Bergholt, approx. 7 miles, CO4 9WP

Visit Website / 0333 003 8101

Mistley Thorn Hotel
Mistley, approx. 5 miles, CO11 1HE

Visit Website / 01206 392 821

Travelodge – Capel St Mary
Capel St Mary, approx. 4 miles, IP9 2JP

Visit Website / 08719 846 042

Rosemary Bed & Breakfast
East Bergholt, approx. 0.3 miles, CO7 6AY

Visit Website / 01206 298241

Air bnb – Chestnut Cottage
Chestnut Cottage, East Bergholt, approx. 0.5 miles

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Woodburn Cottage
Woodburn Cottage, Dedham, approx. 4 miles

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Local Taxi’s are Riverside Taxi’s, 01206 397 563 and Topmarx Taxi’s, 01206 395 449.

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