Special Interest Group: Vocal Pedagogy

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- symposium.de/files/SchulchorSymposium/Downloads/Schulchorsymposium_Tagungsband_online.pdf

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)

Models of Vocal Education (MOVE)

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: meshguides.org.

Contact: Dr Motje Wolf, motje.wolf@voicestudycentre.com

Music MESHguides - Vocal Pedagogy

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, motje.wolf@voicestudycentre.com

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