In partnership between the Welsh Institute of Work Based Learning and the University of Wales (Trinity St David) and Voice Workshop Ltd.
This course is ideal for people who wish to work professionally with spoken voice or for those who would like to develop a deeper understanding. This postgraduate pathway will enable you to gain an insight into a diverse range of spoken voice methodologies. A distinct MA pathway will become available for those who wish to developed a specialised knowledge. This course is highly flexible and is designed specifically to support the working practitioner. Taught sessions take place during a number of weekends and flexible tutorial support is also provided.
The course is designed to provide a broad overview of a number of approaches to working with spoken voice. There is no methodological bias and students will be encouraged to develop their own pedagogical pathway. The course will examine anatomy and physiology alongside traditional spoken voice techniques. It can be used to provide a number of tools that can be applied to maximise vocal efficiency.
This course combines solid teaching of anatomy and function alongside key practitioners such as Berry, Rodenberg, Houseman, Carey, Verdolini and Turner. It combines practical techniques with theoretical research and it encourages development through the process of reflection and independent research.
The timetable for this course will be formalised in due course but it will take place at weekends throughout the year. The assignments consist of two formative assignments and three summative assignments. The formative assessments are crucial to developing your written skills and they also provide an academic knowledge base. They feed into the summative assessments which form part of the final accreditation. All assignments are an integral part of the course and both forms of assessment are interdependent in terms of their relationship. This postgraduate pathway will provide you with a number of opportunities to develop your research interests. It is common for students to change direction while they are exploring different pedagogical areas. The formative assessments allow for such development whilst building key academic, level 7 skills.
Introductory day with University of Wales
Trinity St David.
Detailed course overview including course
structure and assessments.
Introduction to Moodle.
Course requirements and expectations.
This day is designed to provide an overview of anatomy and function. Many voice techniques work with the imagination and are not grounded in the anatomy of voice. Understanding how the voice works will act as a firm foundation upon which to build.
An overview of anatomy and function.
Skeleton (spine/vertebrae, pelvis, shoulders, neck, jaw, joints, bones).
Mental impact on muscles.
Training effect on muscles.
Practical work on alignment.
This day will examine how both alignment and breathing can impact on the efficiency of voice. We will examine compensatory behaviour caused by injuries/body & spine shape, habits (compensation vs structure) and medical conditions such as Asthma, Cystic fibrosis.
Approaches used in voice work:
Day four will explore the physiology of our vocal tone and articulation. We will examine anatomical function alongside
the work of leading practitioners.
Vocal fold level
This day will examine voice training in different contexts.
Voice over/broadcast media/Radio/TV.
Corporate / boardroom / negotiation / presentation (Gravitas – Caroline Goyder)
Teachers / Clergy / Call centre workers Voice Disorders/working together.
Perceptual vs objective.
Sensation vs reality (Mathieson study).
This day will provide a detailed breakdown of the assignment and requisite reflective theory. The purpose of this portfolio is to demonstrate the technical skills gained during your learning both on the course and in your workplace. You will demonstrate a wide range of advanced techniques and will draw on a wide range of information sources. Through the process of critical reflection, the portfolio is an opportunity for you to evaluate your learning experience and consider your plans for future learning and research. This summative assignment is worth 15 credits and is 4,000 words.
This weekend will enable you to engage in valuable dialogue with your fellow-students and consider in detail your research interests. You will analyse how the research can benefit your practice and will choose an appropriate area. You will already have formed ideas from the formative assignments undertaken. The weekend will explore relevant research methodologies alongside extensive project planning. The two assignments for
1) Research Proposal – 15 credits – 4,000 words. This research proposal examines relevant research methodology and critically examines how it can be used in a proposed area of research. You will explore a number of methodological approaches for research in work-based settings and a range of research techniques appropriate for gathering data will be evaluated. You will draw on your formative assessments to identify an area of interest.
2) Work Based Learning Project – 30 credits - 8,000 words. This is where the research proposal is put into action and reported. You will also present your work to a panel and your peers during a study weekend.
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