MA/PG Cert Professional Practice
Performance Coaching for Performing Artists
Now Taking Applications for October 2021

Our MA in Professional Practice (Performance Coaching) is a unique pathway aimed at musicians, dancers, singing teachers, voice coaches, and actors who wish to develop a career in performance coaching. It is the only programme in the world that:

  • Provides a solid theoretical foundation exploring the social and psychological needs of the performer
  • Draws together up to date empirical evidence to deepen understanding of the pressures experienced by the performing artist
  • Treats performers as unique and avoids a direct comparison to sports athletes or leadership and managers. Although some of the theories can be cross-applied, we recognise the individual needs of the performing artist. The course fuses relevant multidisciplinary approaches to provide a bedrock for further research and development
  • Explores artistic-sensitive coaching and mentoring theory
  • Applies theory to practice through the development of relevant coaching strategies for many artist-related purposes such as career coaching, dealing with stress, burnout, and coaching Performance Anxiety
  • Builds valuable coaching hours to kick-start a career in performance coaching

This course ideal for music teachers, singing teachers, acting coaches, and dance teachers who wish to embed coaching and mentoring within their practical sessions.

For a sample of the online content, please contact info@voiceworkshop.co.uk


The pre-requisite for the MA is a Degree or degree level equivalent. We do accept Trinity and ABRSM higher-level Diplomas providing there is an academic component to them. We will accept level 5 qualifications in some cases, and we do accept level 6 transcriptions where a degree level qualification has not been completed.

Please do enquire as to your qualification status.

Students without the requisite qualifications can undertake the foundation course at no extra cost and forms part of our inclusivity policy.

The course draws on a combination of Formative (not formally assessed) and Summative (formally assessed) assignments to build and develop your skill base. It is designed to deepen your theoretical understanding alongside gaining valuable practical coaching experience. Each study module requires a filmed coaching session for supervisory purposes. Triad coaching days and in-private coaching will also contribute to logged coaching hours.

Formative Assignment 1

The focus of this assignment is to develop your understanding of the performer alongside building your academic written skills. Pre-recorded videos on both the Psychology and Social Psychology of the performer are viewable in your own time, and you will choose from a wide variety of essay titles. You will explore issues around the Creative Self, Occupational Health, Social Identity, Social Comparison, Group Norms, Social Cohesion, Social Facilitation, and Self Presentation. Understanding the performer’s needs will provide a firm foundation for building a cohesive coaching strategy, and your tutor will mentor you through this process.

Module 1 – Building a Pathway

In module 1, you will begin to build a coaching strategy by exploring a range of coaching and mentoring theories. You will explore the differences between Coaching and Mentoring and examine how they can be implemented within your practice. You will also study a range of appropriate coaching theories for the performer, including Acceptance and Commitment, Person Centred, Solution Focused, Narrative, Somatic and Positive Psychology. This module will be accompanied by the submission of a live coaching session for supervision.

Module 2 – Research Methodology

This module will focus on both quantitative or qualitative methodology. You may specialise in either or both. The purpose of this unit is to prepare you for experimenting with new approaches within your professional practice. This module will also be accompanied by the submission of a live coaching session for supervision.

Module 3 – Applied Coaching

During this module, you will devise a coaching strategy and coach six coachees for six sessions. You will draw on the data to inform your professional practice and development. A live coaching session will accompany this module for supervision purposes.

Module 4 – Performance Anxiety

This independent study will explore the extensive area of Music Performance Anxiety. You will examine the existing research and will apply it to your practice to deepen your understanding. A live coaching session will accompany this module for supervision purposes.

Module 5 – Skills building in Coaching and Mentoring (Open Choice)

This independent study will explore coaching and mentoring theory further. Each module incrementally builds on the previous one. An extensive range of questions will stimulate areas for further exploration.

Module 6 – Final Dissertation (Open Choice)

The programme will culminate in a dissertation that requires an in-depth study that applying your skills and knowledge to your practice. The data will further inform your practice.

Coaching Hours and Supervision

  • PGCert: 180 hours – 108 hours must be carried out externally. This equates to 12 hours per month
  • MA: 540 in total – This equates to 16 hours per month

Commonly asked questions?

I am a vocal coach – Am I still coaching during these sessions?

  • Yes, you are coaching! You can embed the perspectives and models into your coaching
  • Many of the coaching models in existence can take into account physical performance into the process of coaching
  • Your coaching sessions will be enhanced beyond technical voice coaching
  • It is up to you to choose one that suits your needs or combine them to develop your own

Is coaching and mentoring part of teaching?

Yes! there will be times when you are coaching and mentoring rather than

teaching. Take care to log those hours!

Is it easy to log the hours?

Yes – we will provide you with the relevant documentation and guidance

Should I join an Association?

You may wish to join an Association on completion or even during the MA

Coaching and Mentoring is not a regulated industry, and many of these associations have evolved due to the shortage of recognised qualifications

Hierarchically, nationally recognised credit is subject to far greater rigour and process than association related qualifications

All assignments are double marked, moderated and pass through an exam board. University credit is transferrable and nationally recognised, Association based qualifications are not

Tutorial support is pivotal to your development throughout the course. You will be offered contact via Zoom, and you can book in for sessions as you need them. We do recommend a minimum and maximum but readily provide advanced support where necessary.

It is beneficial to discuss project ideas and to re-shape projects as they progress. We also offer group sessions on Zoom to ease isolation and share ideas with other students. We try to provide these at a time that suits everyone, although time differences and work commitments may make this problematic, and for this reason, we will record the sessions for you to access the content at a later date.

With regards to other support, you will have access to the UWTSD online library, as well as their support structures. These include learning support, disability advice, and counseling services.

Meet Our Tutors

Teresa Shaw

Teresa Shaw graduated as an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music, an award conferred for artistic excellence. She went on to work as a soloist for the English National Opera in works including The Marriage of Figaro, Orfeo, and King Priam. Her solo performances extend to the London Symphony Orchestra, The London Sinfonietta, The Berlin Symphony Orchestra, and the Monteverdi Choir.

She gained a Distinction in her Voice Pedagogy Masters, and she is pioneering in her work with singers and Music Performance Anxiety. Her paper Piloting a New Model for Treating Music Performance Anxiety: Training a Singing Teacher to Use Acceptance and Commitment Coaching With a Student was published in Frontiers of Psychology. She presented at the Voice Foundation Symposium and was an invited speaker at the AOTOS conference in 2020.

Kate Cubley

Kate Cubley (BA (Hons), MA) is an advanced level Voice Coach, Singing Teacher, singer and researcher working predominantly from her private studio in Cheshire. Kate has a particular interest in encouraging singing for fun, whilst incorporating her specialist knowledge in voice pedagogy, vocal health, body alignment, phonetics, emotion and performance skills. 

Continually committed to teacher training and personal development through practical education, Kate completed the Voice Workshop and UWTSD MA in Professional Practice and Voice Pedagogy in 2019 with Distinction. Her body alignment research was shortlisted as a finalist for the Van Lawrence Prize in 2016 and her poster gained 1st Place at Teaching Singing in Higher Education – Core Competencies. 

Kate has a BA (Hons) from the University of Sheffield in English Language and Linguistics and is a qualified Level 7 coach and mentor. She is a certified CoreSinging® Teacher, has attended Estill teacher Training Courses, a selection of Vocal Process Singing Teacher Retreats. She is an active member of the British Voice Association, AOTOS, The Musicians Union and The European Voice Teachers Association. 

Emily Foulkes

Emily gained a Distinction in her Master’s in Voice Pedagogy, specialising in Singing for Mental Health, Pain Management, and Trauma-Informed Practice. Her pioneering work within this field led her to establish the Signing for Health Network, attracting National funding to sustain and build the initiative. With a clear mission statement to bridge the gap between theory and practice, Emily has drawn together leading academics and practitioners to engage in knowledge dissemination and research.

Emily has presented at several conferences and events, including the BVA, Voice Geek conference, the MARCH Network, and the Spheres of Singing conference. She was also invited to peer review for the World Health Organisation (WHO). Emily’s recent research Exploring Online singing and Mindfulness for Mental Health is published in the peer-reviewed International Journal for Community Music.

She is a trainer for Trauma-Informed Schools UK and is the Director of Music for Good, a music for well-being charity based in Cornwall. In her work in Cornwall, Emily is a practitioner for the Music Education Hub, Primary Healthcare (Social Prescribing), and local hospital.

She has delivered training/workshops for Cornwall Music Education Hub, Arts & Health South West, Sing for Pleasure, Voice Workshop, ArtsLink (West Midlands), Trinity Laban (London), NYMAZ (for Music Education Hub leads in Yorkshire), Sing Space and for the Centre for Child Mental Health (London).

Voice Workshop programmes of study are moderated and accredited by our academic partner, the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Applicants will therefore go through a two-stage application process, with the first tier of application through Voice Workshop and the second tier of application through the University.

As part of the application process, you will meet with a Course Tutor for an interview. This is an excellent way for you to find out more about the programme and discuss your background and interests with one of our tutors. During this interview, a Course Tutor will assess your suitability for the programme and be able to answer any questions you may have.

Applicants will be asked to provide the following:

  • Two references (one of these must be academic) available upon request.
  • A personal statement detailing your reasons for wishing to undertake this postgraduate programme of study. This should be between 500-1000 words and include your professional and academic experience, your interests, your motivation for undertaking this programme of study, and what you hope to gain for your career path and continuing professional development.
  • Copies of your highest qualification (degree certificate and transcript).
  • Evidence of your English language proficiency.

During the formal University enrolment process, International students will be asked to provide a Personal Statement, academic references and proof of English language level to UWTSD. This is in line with UK Government regulations for higher education institutions. Voice Workshop will be supporting applicants and on hand to provide advice and guidance through this second tier of their application process with the University.

Programme of studyCreditsLength of course
PG Certificate6015 months
Remainder of the MA12018 months


Programme of studyCreditsLength of course
Full MA18033 months

The MA consists of 180 credits in total. There is an opportunity to exit with just 60 credits and a PGCert.

An MA is a lengthy commitment, spanning 33 months of intensive work, which needs to be combined with a demanding professional life and family commitments. For this reason, we advise you to enrol on the PGCert and then continue on the MA pathway.

Please be aware that the PGCert is part of the MA as it forms the first 60 credits; it is NOT a separate course.

Is it possible to enrol onto the MA rather than the PGCert?

It is possible to enrol onto the MA from the outset, allowing an application for a student loan to take place. For UK students, this is an important consideration.

Programme of studyUKInternational
PG Certificate£2,995 (VAT Inclusive)£2,995 (VAT not applicable)


Programme of studyUKInternational
Full MA£8,995 (VAT inclusive)£8,995 (VAT not applicable)

The SLC will provide up to £10,000 of your tuition fees, which will be paid in instalments. Please note that once you enrol onto the MA, you are contractually bound even if you do not complete it. Also, be aware that our instalment programme may not match the Student Loan Company, and temporary borrowing may be necessary.

2021 Course Fee Details

For UK based MA students, do be aware that student finance instalments may not align with the tuition fee schedule. In this case, you will still have to abide by the tuition fee deadlines. This is due to differences in student loan schedules that individual applicants receive and it is not possible to facilitate differing agreements. We would advise you to make sure that you are able to financially commit to this before your application.



MA Course fees

Course fees are all non-refundable (apart from the initial £1,000 which has the refundable 14-day cooling off period) and must be paid in accordance with the instalment schedule below:

  • To reserve a place on the course, you will need to pay a first instalment of £1,000 (VAT inclusive) payable to Voice Workshop Ltd.
  • The second instalment of £1,308 (VAT inclusive) is directly payable to Voice Workshop Ltd by 1st November 2021.
  • The third instalment of £2,308 (VAT inclusive) is directly payable to Voice Workshop Ltd by 1st November 2022.
  • The final instalment that is made payable to Voice Workshop Ltd of £2,309 is to be paid by 1st November 2023.
  • There is a registration fee of £2,070 which is directly payable to University of Wales Trinity St David once enrolment has taken place. This can be paid in instalments.
  • In the unlikely event that the course does not run, all fees will be refunded to you.
  • While we try to accommodate for Student Loan Company instalments, we cannot guarantee the dates will coincide with your instalments as these are individual to each student. We will still require the payment to be paid on the dates set.
  • Please be aware that you will also have to pay fees to UWTSD and the Student Loan Company instalment programme will not match those requests for payment. You may need to borrow in the interim to pay the instalments by the due date.

PGCert Course fees

Course fees are all non-refundable (apart from the initial £698 which has the refundable 14-day cooling off period) and must be paid in accordance with the instalment schedule below:

  • To reserve a place on the course, you will need to pay a first instalment of £698 (VAT inclusive) payable to Voice Workshop Ltd.
  • The second instalment of £698 (VAT inclusive) is directly payable to Voice Workshop Ltd by 31st December 2021.
  • The third instalment of £699 (VAT inclusive) is directly payable to Voice Workshop Ltd. by 28th February 2022.
  • There is a course cost fee of £900 which is directly payable to University of Wales Trinity St David once enrolment has taken place.
  • In the unlikely event that the course does not run, all fees will be refunded to you.

Please note, we are only able to accept students from Northern Ireland who are self-funding or privately funding their studies.

We are unable to accept students funding their studies through Northern Ireland student finance.


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