Foundation Course into the PG Cert (Voice Pedagogy)
The foundation course into the PGCert is an innovative new offering from the Voice Workshop that is designed to facilitate access into higher education for those who may otherwise be unable to do so. This course was formed as part of the Voice Workshop’s Corporate Social Responsibility programme and came from the Director of Studies’ desire to tackle inequalities within higher education access.
As such, this course is designed for students who do not have the relevant qualifications to be eligible for the PGCert or MA program. This course facilitates the development of academic writing skills, ability to read and research academic papers and ability to keep to a tight deadline. During this course, we commit to intensively tutoring students so as to minimise the academic and financial cost of non-completion.
This course is a 3-month programme and is structured to mimic a PGCert module in Music Performance Anxiety. There will be 4 hours of online classes and lectures, as well as full access to the Voice Workshop academic library. These classes and resources are designed to introduce you to the module topic and then allow you to formulate an essay question on which you will be assessed. The essay will be 4,000 words and you will be supervised by a tutor throughout the writing process.
Upon completion of the course, and conditional upon a student submitting the essay to be marked and graded as passed, the student will be able to enrol on the Voice Workshop/UWTSD PGCert. The foundation course fee will be deducted from the full cost of the PGCert and the graded essay will be allowed as submitted work. This means that all your work from the foundation course will be carried on to the next stage of your higher education journey.
The fee for this course is £750.
Nicholas Taylor Grigsby is one of the first students to complete the Foundation Course, with intensive tutoring and academic support. Based in the USA, Nicholas left school to pursue a vocational pathway and found he could not go on to postgraduate education due to financial constraints and academic inexperience. Throughout his journey with Voice Workshop, Nicholas gained access to key resources and received valuable one-to-one tutoring on academic writing. He plans to begin the PGCert in Professional Practice (Voice Pedagogy) in May 2021. A voice teacher since 2017 and a performer since 2012, Nicholas chose to do the Foundation Course because of the breadth of researchers involved with the MA process, “Seeing the names of some researchers that I have a lot of respect for having been involved with Voice Workshop.” He was attracted to “the open-endedness of the programme, the accessibility and the affordability compared to an American university.”
During his studies on the Foundation Course, Nicholas has become attracted to learning and performance processes and has focused on vocal motor learning and the relevant psychology and neuroscience. He is planning to pursue this further and continue looking at the psychology and neuroscience of both speech and song. He feels that the Foundation Course has given him a strong academic base from which to go on to confidently study at postgraduate level.
“It’s been a great help. Debbie’s guidance has been super valuable and she is always there to answer any questions or concerns I have about how to move forward. There’s also an online library of resources, papers, video lectures all sorted by topic. That’s really, really useful for a crash course in whatever Voice Ped topic you’re curious about.”
Looking ahead to the PGCert, he expects to continue expanding his knowledge base. He is confident that his studies with Voice Workshop will fulfil his aim of becoming a better teacher and a better performer. “I’ve already experienced that, so I’m positive that that trend will continue.”
Voice Workshop and UWTSD look forward to welcoming more students like Nicholas onto the MA pathway, who would not have had the opportunity to study at postgraduate level without this carefully designed academic access course.
Foundation Course admissions for our October postgraduate intake are now open.
In order to begin your postgraduate programme with the October 2021 intake, the Foundation Course must be completed by September 2021.
As this course is three months, we will therefore close applications for the Foundation Course on 31st May, 2021.