This course is aimed at voice practitioners who already have a working knowledge of anatomy and function but who wish to gain a deeper understanding in order to further their practice. The three-day residential intensive is taught by leading industry-specialists and it includes an exciting opportunity to engage in one to one mentoring work with Dr Williams whilst working towards the completion of an independent study relevant to your role. You can either attend the residential course as a standalone option or pursue full accredited certification.
The independent study carries 30 credits at level 7 and students will receive a transcript of their credit on completion. This has RPL value onto other level 7 courses including the MA Professional Practice (Voice Pedagogy).
Dates and Fees
What does accredited mean?
Voice Workshop Ltd works in conjunction with University of Wales (Trinity St David) and we run a full MA pathway specialising in Voice Pedagogy. An MA consists of 180 credits in total, a PGDip consists of 120 credits and a PGcert consists of 60 credits. This gives you an idea of the level of credits offered with the independent study. These credits can be added to a CV, used for employment but more importantly they carry RPL value. This means that you can RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) onto the MA Professional Practice (Voice Pedagogy) and you would only need to achieve 150 credits for the full MA as 30 credits would be subtracted from the full 180. It may be that you have acquired other credits that can also be added on OR you could RPL onto a different university course. As the Independent Study specialises in an area of your choice, these credits have significant transferability to other postgraduate degrees.
The Independent Study is also ideal for those who are interested in embarking on an MPhil but are uncertain as to what to study. This assignment will enable you to explore relevant literature with a view to carving out a potential research pathway.
The independent study is suitable for degree level students who are thinking of embarking on postgraduate study but do not wish to commit to a complete pathway. It is also suitable for highly experienced practitioners who have gained specialist qualifications such as Estill (CMT), ABRSM/Trinity/LAMDA/LSM qualifications to Diploma Level. We are also keen to hear from you if you have considerable professional experience as UWTSD will consider each application on its merits.
What could I study with the Independent Study?
The Independent Study essentially consists of two key assignments totalling 9,000 words. The first study, is geared towards research preparation. methodology and time planning. The second assignment consists of an exploration of your research with clear links to practice. We recommend that you engage in desktop study linked to a specific area of practice. Students have specialised in a wide range of areas such as vocal registers, belting, posture and the neurological system, TMJ and hearing loss. The purpose of the project is to explore the academic research on a given area and to make specific links to professional practice.
How much support will I get?
Students will be provided with plenty of academic support and there are several opportunities to submit a draft with tracked changes included.
What form will my accreditation take?
You will receive a credit transcript which is documentary evidence of your achievement. You may add it to your CV as Level 7, 30 Credit Independent Study specialising in (details of study).
This first day seeks to connect the anatomy with vocal function.
Anatomy and applied function of the body in relation to voice:
30 credits level 7 - This consists of a two part assignment directly linking anatomy and physiology with your practice. 9000 words approximately. You may specialise in any area of expertise. For further information please contact DeeStallan@voiceworkshop.co.uk.
A library of articles will be made available to you via dropbox
Writing up your projects - Academic writing should be clear and unambiguous. All statements of fact are referenced with the source; ideally this is a primary source such as a research paper from a peer-reviewed journal. Just because something is published does not mean that it is evidence-based. Books written by singing teachers will contain opinion and beliefs; these may be interesting and valid, but need to be acknowledged as such. Wikipedia is not a primary source, the references in the bibliography will be. Please refer to the Harvard Referencing guidance included.
Tutorials and feedback - Email support and feedback is available throughout the devising and writing of your projects. Skype or phone tutorials are also available.
Deadlines – these are only negotiable in exceptional circumstancesDraft hand-in for project one: TBCDraft hand-in for project two: TBCFinal hand-in for both projects: TBC
Level 7 - 30 Credit Independent Study Option
The 3 day residential course provided me with an intense focus into the specifics of all anatomical necessities for voice use. Alongside looking at technique and biology for singing, the training included an in depth knowledge into human anatomy including skeletal and muscle functions and complex breathing mechanics. But the fun didn’t stop here.. somehow we also managed to study a variety of singing elements from health, the ageing processes, rehabilitation and even aspects of sound frequency! Although I had recently completed my Postgraduate Certificate in Vocal Pedagogy with Voice Workshop, this course still exposed me to even more in-depth knowledge and has inspired my research ideas further for future MA study in voice science. Anyone who wants to learn more about anatomy of the voice and equip themselves with the best knowledge possible to support their own voice, or those they are teaching, would highly benefit from this course/certification. Sometimes we think we are starting to feel our feet on the ground and then suddenly a new door opens and enlightens us with new theories. Voice Workshop is constantly helping me to find new doors to open and new exciting adventures to experience!
I have just received a level 6 qualification in Advanced Anatomy for the Voice Professional having attended the most brilliant 3 day conference through Voice Workshop Ltd. The whole experience has been thoroughly rewarding and enjoyable having been guided expertly by Debbie Winter and Jenevora Williams. Every aspect of the conference from the seminars, to expert academic guidance and supporting feedback has informed and improved my singing teaching helping me to construct advanced, practical teaching strategies and giving me a renewed enthusiasm for my work. I now have more teaching confidence through my newly acquired deeper knowledge. I can now respond informatively and in detail to the many challenges of teaching singing and this gives me even more thirst for ongoing personal development. I would whole-heartedly recommend this course for the conscientious singing teacher.
The Advanced Certificate in Vocal Anatomy for Voice Professionals has been an invaluable addition to my ongoing professional development as a vocal coach and singing teacher. The three-day course was a great opportunity to learn from some of the UK’s leading voice professionals and connect with other voice colleagues. The teaching was extensive and academically rich without being overwhelming, and plenty of time was given to questions.
I am very pleased that I chose the additional certification route as it has provided the academic and intellectual rigor required to delve deeper into areas I wished to develop within my own practice than might otherwise have been the case. Dr. Jenevora William’s excellent support, feedback, and tutorials have been an invaluable source of encouragement and challenge. I highly recommend this course to all those who wish to both broaden and deepen their knowledge and expertise. Voice Workshop is to be greatly commended for this and other innovative courses
I wanted to thank you and the team for putting on such an inspiring and interesting course. I hadn’t really grasped exactly how much detail you would be going into and as the course unfolded I was amazed at how much there is to know. It was delivered brilliantly by all three presenters who were so knowledgeable, patient and helpful. I have come away feeling much more secure about my own teaching methods as a result of this course and was able to see a direct connection between the anatomical things I was learning and the things I routinely say to students. I was just blown away by how inclusive and generous everybody was. I can’t wait to attend more Voice Workshop events!
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