This innovative course will be delivered by Dr Jenevora Williams
Dates and Fees
We begin by considering the basic question of why we sing. This is investigated from an evolutionary and anthropological perspective and gives us insights into the benefits of singing for health and wellbeing. Much of this is found ‘hard-wired’ into systems in the brain and leads us to the next questions of how we learn the skills that are involved in singing and voice use. There is a great deal of recent research into the acquisition of motor learning skills in sport; much of this is relevant for voice education, some needs to be adapted. We can also glean from the last 50 years of education research: what are the best models for teaching style and learning environments? Alongside this theoretical information, we will look into the neurological systems governing our responses at a much deeper level: the autonomic nervous system, vagal responses, emotions and primal sound.
As we investigate these ideas, we will listen to voices, look at films of singing teachers with newly analytical eyes, and explore the outcomes in small discussion groups.
On the first day we will look at Why would singing have evolved?
Singing (in modern humans) increases wellbeing and cohesion
Singing in groups increases levels of endorphins and oxytocin and lowers levels of cortisol.
Singing together will enable synchronised activity.
The social brain hypothesis: Group size and group bonding is essential for survival of the species; group size depends on many factors and is reflected in brain size.
Sexual dimorphism – the differences between male and female voices
Emotional voice – the difference between speech and song. Singing is closer to emotive sounds than speech and uses different parts of the brain.
Learning and experiencing – mirror neurons. How empathy is hard-wired into the brain, exploiting these responses for learning.
The responses of the autonomic nervous system – the vagal response and performance anxiety.
On the second day we will look at how the brain learns and how teaching styles need to take this into account in order to enable the student to progress towards autonomy. This will include some small-group discussion work.
Hierarchy of competence
Neurology of implicit memory
Music and singing
The singer’s brain
Schema Theory – Richard Schmidt
Focus and attention
Embedding the moment
Feedback – how much and when
Fixed and growth mindset: How the language we choose can influence learning
The clinician’s illusion and confirmation bias
What makes a master teacher?
Cost: £245.00 VAT inclusive. Tea, coffee and a light lunch are supplied on both days.
not included in the price.
Voice Workshop Ltd is
not responsible for these recommendations.
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