'The Nature Of Empathy And Its Relevance For Voice Work' with Joanna Cazden - Thursday 10th June 5pm (UK time for 2 hours)
This course will be recorded and sent out to all pre-registered participants to watch in their own time.
Due to licensing laws, we are unable to sell this course retrospectively.
How do we sense, understand, and respond to other people’s feelings? What neurobiological, situational, and sociopolitical influences modify these reactions? In the pandemic era, how have online interactions and social distance modified our capacities for empathy? Can empathy be trained; can it go too far; and does it always lead to helpful action? This presentation will combine research from animal studies, neurology, and social psychology, plus real-life examples, leading to suggestions for effective teaching and impactful artistry.
DEFINITIONS: WHAT IS EMPATHY?
Three recognized components: Somatic; Cognitive; Action-oriented
SOMATIC OR EMBODIED EMPATHY
Neurobiological mirroring of others’ feeling-state
- Influence of sensitivity to own feeling-state
- Influence of kinship and close social bonds
- Relevance of boundaries: whose feelings are whose?
Thinking about, imagining, or mentally assuming how someone else feels
- Influence of group affiliation, moral judgment, and cognitive bias
- Importance of active listening and verbal confirmation
The choice to relieve others’ distress, or to withdraw
- The difference between caring and making a difference
- How the arts may inspire action—or not
THE TRAINABILITY OF EMPATHY
Subjective, experiential training
Objective, formal training
How compassionate action can feed-back into feelings
How screens (virtual world) help or hurt
IMPLICATIONS FOR THE ARTS AND ARTS TEACHERS
Empathy enhances learning
Empathy touches audiences
The importance of self-care
The importance of community
Life after lockdown: empathy at home, in classrooms, and in the wider world
About Joanna Cazden
Joanna Cazden, MFA, MS-CCC is a speech pathologist specializing in vocal arts rehabilitation, now in private practice after 18 years as senior voice clinician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles. A lifelong singer and musician with six solo albums to her credit and ongoing music projects, she has also trained deeply in theater arts, counseling, and energy healing, and she is Certified in HealthCare by the Performing Arts Medicine Association. Her book Everyday Voice Care: The Lifestyle Guide for Singers and Talkers (Hal Leonard, 2012) is widely used in vocal performance and pedagogy programs; other publication credits include the Journal of Voice, Voice and Speech Review, and numerous music magazines and guest blogs. Her lectures bridge clinical and artistic perspectives on voice work, with an increasing focus on cognitive science and the “soft skills” of both teaching and rehabilitation.